Schools were remained closed since March 2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, but steps are now being taken to reopen the schools under the guidelines of ‘Unlock 4’ announced by the Centre. According to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, schools will be opening from the 2nd of November. As per the instructions of the state government, the department of education in the district is gearing up to start schools and junior colleges from November 2 in phases.
As part of COVID-19, schools managements were also ordered to take adequate steps to ensure physical distancing among students to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Schools having huge strength, the headmasters were asked to divide the students into shifts. Wearing the mask was made mandatory for the students to enter the school premises. Mandatory check of body temperatures of students should be done while they enter the school and also provide masks if possible.
During a review meeting with all the headmasters to check the preparedness on Thursday, GVMC Commissioner G. Srijana asked the officials to make sure classes are sanitized every morning. To create awareness about the safety precautions to be followed in the school, management of the schools should arrange flexis to educate in the first and the last periods. All headmasters instructed to inform parents if students suffer from fever, cold, or cough to conduct rapid tests.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Raja Babu, Headmaster of Zilla Parishad High School, Chandrampalem, said that they have around 700 students studying in Class X alone and would see that only one-third of students attend per day. Only two students will only sit on a bench and 16 students per class to ensure social distancing. A mandatory check of temperatures will be done at the entrance of the school. If any student fails to wear masks, we would provide him,” he added. The parents of the children welcome the government’s decision to the opening of schools in a phased manner.
As the schools were closed for the last six months in the wake of the pandemic, they have adopted the system of online teaching through Zoom and other mobile applications. The state government has canceled their examinations and the syllabus for the next academic year has been reduced by 30% to lessen the burden for the students.
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