Ahead of the state's formal notification regarding the reopening of all schools in Maharashtra for classes 1 to 7 from December 1, school authorities in Mumbai are planning to bring only secondary classes to campuses, as of now. As per reports, a staggered reopening of schools is being favoured across the city. Initially, only classes 5-7 will return to school. Lower grades will be welcomed once these classes settle. Noteworthily, BMC has the final authority to take a call regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai. The civic body will take a decision only after the Education Department releases its official circular, read reports.
Staggering school reopening to adhere to COVID norms
Mumbai schools are preparing to conduct a graded reopening of classes As per the space and social distance constraints, schools only have the capacity to welcome a few grades as of now. It may be noted that Mumbai schools are already conducting classes for standards 8 to 12, where most of the classrooms have been occupied by these students to adhere to the one student-one bench seating format. The failure of hybrid online learning is bringing more pupils to schools, breaking every class to spread over at least 4 classrooms.
School administrations are now looking at a batch format to get the classroom system rolling. Most schools in Mumbai will operate in 2 batches of 3-4 hours or call students on alternate days, depending on the number of students in each class. The initial plan of action includes only classes 5 to 7, informed an official from a Goregaon School, given the lack of seating space on campus.
As per reports, Education Officers have directed schools to submit their plan of action for the reopening of schools. Administrations have to ensure that they comply with all COVID protocols, which is becoming a task now as more students have to be accommodated.
Offline classes to pack a tight schedule
Schools have a period of about 3 weeks before they shut down again for Christmas vacation. During this time, classes 5 to 7 will attend physical classes, while adhering to all precautions such as wearing masks, temperature checks at the entrance, sanitization and social distancing. Reportedly, additional safety norms will be set in motion for students of classes 1 to 4.
Consent from parents is mandatory for any child to attend these classes, informed school authorities. Here, they have also acknowledged the woes of those students who wish to attend offline sessions but are in their native towns due to the pandemic. However, there are students you cannot even attend the online sessions due to financial troubles. These situations pose troubles for the teachers, who have been directed to rush through the syllabus for the upcoming exams.