Thousands of State-board schools in Gujarat on Thursday started physical classes for standard 6 to 8 with attendance even lower than the 50% capacity prescribed by the State Government according to the Covid-19 protocol, while several private CBSE schools are yet to decide on resuming offline classes.
Officials said a good number from the 30,000 schools in Gujarat reopened with thin attendance and most of those which opened ensured that there was only one student sitting on one bench. Many schools which decided against starting classes are learnt to be planning to do so in a phased manner.
Giving a positive feedback, Deepak Rajguru, the spokesperson of the self-financed school association of Gujarat, told Vibes of India that, “According to my information, 70% of students were present at self-financed schools in the urban areas. There has been no complaint from either students or parents across Gujarat.”
Rajguru said, “Today it was a great day for students and teachers as they all met after a long time. They were seen maintaining every guideline given in the SOP.” According to him, the age group under which the 6-8th standard children fall under is normally a disciplined age-group. So resuming offline classes is a very wise decision.”
The schools said all the teachers barring a couple of exceptions were fully vaccinated. According to the guidelines for schools, only one student will sit on one bench, the children are told to keep their hands clean, they will not be allowed to play outside, they will have to carry their own tiffin boxes, the schools will provide only boiled water to drink and that the school buildings must be sanitized. Parents have been asked to measure their children’s body temperature before they reach school. Rajguru said many schools that had not opened would do so from next week.
A few top CBSE schools in Ahmedabad have not yet decided on resuming physical classes. They include Zydus School of Excellence, Prakash High School and Anand Niketan school. They said they would soon decide on the date. The Ahmedabad International School (AIS) authorities said they were waiting for the parents’ consent letters to reach them in good numbers. Maharaja Agrasen Vidyalaya will open offline classes from September 6.
Positive response are there from the parents ..
Students are happy to back to school.
Teachers are ready to welcome all the children from six standard onwards..