After a five-month shutdown following the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in the city are preparing to reopen from September 21st after the State Home Department ordered it under Unlock 4.0.
The main secretary training Sanjay Kumar made it clear that according to the MHA guidelines all schools, colleges and coaching institutes will be closed until September 30th.
Patna District Judge Kumar Ravi has allowed schools outside the security zones to call students in grades 9 to 12 who wish to voluntarily attend schools for academic advice starting September 21 with the written consent of their legal guardians.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare issued Standard Operating Instructions (SOPs) on Tuesday, including staggering classrooms, no sharing of objects, separate time slots, physical distancing and redevelopment of premises for the gradual reopening of schools.
Meanwhile, several city schools and their management were busy Wednesday working out the plan for a partial reopening – for the first time since a pandemic – and implementing precautionary measures.
CBSE city coordinator, Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, who is also the director of Baldwin Academy, said, “We have arranged a thermal screening of students at the entrance gate. Teachers and other staff must be trained to stay 6 feet apart during interaction. Since students attend school after a long time, they may feel like they are hugging or getting close to their classmates with excitement. Teachers were asked to monitor students and prevent them from making physical contact or sharing items, lunch, etc. “
He said: “The school campus, the classroom and the common interface will be thoroughly cleaned the day before the reopening. Seating arrangements ensure that there is an appropriate gap. The supply of fresh masks is kept so that it can be made available to students in the event that their mask is ripped or damaged. “
“The reopening of the school was urgently needed to make up for the academic loss. The students who will take the board exams require adequate guidance. Despite online courses, physical lessons are required for better performance, ”added Sinha.
Similarly, St. Michael’s High School principal Fr. Armstrong Edison said, “We are going to do a thorough renovation of the campus before we call the students. Our school has been named the test center for NEET, so staff training is being carried out on how to deal with crowds. This workout also helps with the partial reopening. “
Regarding the number of students who are allowed to attend school in one day, Edison said: “It is uncertain how many students would like to attend school. After consultation with the students, a duty roster is drawn up in which the SOPs are taken into account.”
Parents in town got mixed reactions for sending their wards to school.
Rupali Singh, whose daughter is studying in grade 9, said, “I have yet to gain trust. What if the school doesn’t take precautions? Children often take off the mask when they feel choked. “
Kamlesh Gupta, whose son is in grade 10, said, “Online classes aren’t for every subject like math. Combining online class and offline class to remove doubts would produce better results. Six months have passed since the current academic session. In the absence of adequate guidance, students’ academic performance is likely to be affected. “
All state educational institutions have been closed since mid-March due to nationwide closures.