Unlock 4 has placed the responsibility on parents of pupils from Class IX to XII to determine whether they want to send children to school outside containment zones from the 21st of September in search of guidance from teachers. The New Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry stating that the states should not force any local lockdowns outside containment zones with the seeking advice from the center. According to new guidelines of Unlock 4 pupils of Class IX to XII may be allowed to go to schools, in areas outside the containment zones only, on an optional basis, for taking guidance from their teachers (from September 21) subject to the written consent of their parents/ guardians.
Schools in the state remained shut since the second week of March due to coronavirus induced lockdown. Due to this, all schools are conducting 2 online classes per day with a duration of 45 minutes each. Now the state government is gearing up to reopen schools in the very near future on a caution note, most of the parents not in a mood to send their children at a time when the COVID-19 cases are rising at an alarming level.
For some parents, it is a difficult to call to make. Though, social distancing norms in schools will be taken care of but what about children’s travel and safety in transit. How can we be sure that children don’t get infected? Another parent raised a pertinent question that it is a complete burden on parents to provide the status of a child’s health twice a month. A private practitioner will do it, but how are we going to standardize the procedure to ascertain the status?
Speaking to Hello Vizag, a principal of CBSE affiliated school in the city, said the present situation needs safety precautions with long-term planning to fight this Cofid-19 pandemic. Of course, we are mindful of anxiety that inducing among parents for their children’s safety and we are doing the best to address the same. Our prime concern is our children’s safety and we plan to reopen schools only after closely assessing the prevailing development and future course of events carefully. It is not wise to open cramped classroom teaching but with online teaching, schools can accomplish the same goals safely, effectively, and effortlessly. This is going to be our unique USP where we are making arrangement to bring 50 percent of strength in the class and remaining will be online, sitting at home at the same time; they come to school every alternative day; this will help in maintaining the balance and also coping with school environment which kids truly deserve, the principal added.
On the other hand, a high school teacher of a government-run school opined that nothing can beat real and physical learning experience. Since the Covid-19 is amid us, we have to find ways to begin with normal learning, making some changes. On top of that, we have seen that online classes have been restricted to those who have laptops/systems and internet access to them at homes.
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