All students from Grades 1 to 13 have been recalled to attend school as usual from today.
The Ministry of Education said a decision was reached to resume academic activities as usual for students, while adhering to health guidelines, as the COVID-19 situation has been brought under control to a certain extent at present.
Steps were taken to close all schools across the island due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country, while education officials took steps to resume academic activities at schools under several phases, with the reduction of cases.
Accordingly, steps were taken to recall students to schools under several limitations.
Secretary to the Ministry of Education Professor Kapila Perera said academic activities will resume as usual from today, while adhering to health guidelines, taking into consideration the experiences gained over the past, and steps taken to vaccinate school children against COVID-19.
Speaking to NewsRadio Professor Kapila Perera said the Director General of Health Services granted permission for students of all grades to return to school as usual from today.
He said all students are returning to school together for the first time since the 23rd of November, 2020.
He requested children, parents, persons transporting students to school, Public Health Inspectors and area Medical Officers of Health to remain vigilant regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country.
He requested parents to refrain from sending children to school if they have contracted COVID-19, or are deemed close contacts of a COVID-19 patient, and to follow health guidelines.
Professor Kapila Perera further said permission has not been granted to open canteens at schools, under the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
He therefore informed students to take their breakfast and lunch from home, when going to school.