India has now reached the third to second position in the world with the highest number of coronavirus infections, but despite this, preparations have already begun to open schools in the country. However, there will also be no regular classes. If a student is facing a course problem, they are being given the opportunity to get guidance from their teachers. According to government guidelines, it is being done under reopening activities in a phased manner after the lockout, but it will be entirely voluntary, i.e., it is not yet being made mandatory for any student to go to school.
Parental permission will also be mandatory. Schools have also been allowed to retain 50 percent of teachers and other employees. It has also been asked to follow all COVID management instructions applicable to public spaces, such as maintaining a distance of six feet, wearing masks, washing hands, etc. It is believed to be an experiment to see whether schools are ready to open on behalf of the government.
But are students, parents, teachers, and other employees and school management ready for it? Parents of at least young children are not at all willing to send their children to school, but parents, as well as almost everyone, have many concerns about the current situation. People are not as worried about the infection, but why take a little risk when it comes to children.
Parents are concerned:
After opening schools in many developed countries in the world, infection cases have increased, schools will not be able to follow social distancing at all, and how schools, especially young children, will be able to ensure that they keep sanitizing their hands over a short while.
Teachers and other employees feel that they will be forced to go to school if they are mandated to go to school as an order, but they believe that there is still a significant risk of infection in traveling and regularly working. If something happens to a teacher, then who would teach the children? In addition to the risk of infection, there are many concerns related to opening schools. Schools will face a lot of difficulties in meeting the needs of maintaining distance. Even in small schools, classes are not so large that they can have a distance of six feet between all children. How many additional classes will schools be able to make? If you create classes, additional teachers will have to be hired. The managers of the schools are facing many such questions.
In addition, there are many difficulties in the partial opening up of schools. Doing so will increase the burden on teachers and school management. Just calling children from certain classes to school means that teachers will have to teach some students online and some students offline. These two methods will be difficult to run together, and it would be better to either open the school completely or not open at all. It has to be seen how many schools will open from September 21, how many students will go to school, and how schools' opening will affect the transition.
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