Schools across the country are speculating on cancelling sport, events, seminars and assemblies to stop the spread of infection that crossed 1.45 lakh cases in India till Tuesday morning. Educational institutions closed since the second week of March are still in a fix regarding resuming of classes post-lockdown although the government has chalked out a plan to put things into perspective. Re-opening of schools also echo danger for teaching and non-teaching staff, many of whom are above 60 with diabetes, asthma or cancer.
School administrative bodies are setting new protocols to curb traffic outside school campus. Children and parents will gather in large numbers outside the gates, leading to traffic congestion. We have to ensure that there is very little contact between people,” commented Sheela Rajendran, director, PSB School.
The idea of social distancing in classrooms has also been tossed by many as absurd. It will need the construction of new classrooms almost by double. Similarly, the concept of shutting playgrounds or banning sports also sounds wrong since it will mostly tire out the students.
Amidst the surge of cases and looming uncertainties surrounding school re-opening post-lockdown, children continue fight emotional, social and academic battles, albeit at different levels.
School authorities have expressed equal uncertainties over social distancing especially amidst elementary school students. COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on schools and disrupt what has been the locus of learning.