Low attendance on the first day of schools operating at full capacity
Although primary and secondary schools were open to all students and were operating at 100% capacity throughout Friday, attendance remained low, especially in private schools. Many departments had also decided not to operate all day for lack of adequate infrastructure.
To address the issue and allay fears that children will contract COVID-19 in crowded classrooms, some schools have decided to teach classes outdoors. “We don’t have adequate classrooms to maintain social distance between students. Outdoor lessons are a solution, ”said the director of a private school in Bangalore.
Many other schools also decided to run classes for only half a day as they felt that managing the children and ensuring that they followed appropriate COVID behavior during the lunch break and the short break would be a challenge. challenge.
Mansoor Ali Khan, Delhi Public School Board Member, said they would start physical classes after Dasara’s vacation. “We are planning to give classes in open spaces such as playgrounds and basketball courts,” he said.
D. Shashi Kumar, Secretary General of the Associated Directorates of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, also reported low attendance on Friday. “We expect students to come to school after Dasara’s vacation because parents are worried about the viral flu in the air,” he said, adding that many of his schools members planned to teach classes in auditoriums, rooftops and playgrounds. “We are running out of time because the academic calendar has been disrupted. We are therefore going to give day classes and use all the infrastructure we have. Once the primary classes reopen, it will be difficult for us to maintain a physical distance between the students, ”he said.
Most parents are open to the idea of classes being held in outdoor spaces, according to principals. Ranju S., whose son studies in Class VII, said: “Since the children are not vaccinated, I will be more confident to send my child to school if the classes are held outside. I will only give my consent if this is done. I told the teacher that my son will not enter the school building, ”she said.
BMTC will operate 100 additional buses
Starting Monday, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate an additional 100 buses on various routes for the benefit of students and other commuters. In a press release, the BMTC said it had gradually increased its services after the state government lifted the lockdown restrictions. It currently operates 4,953 buses. However, the majority of AC buses in its fleet are still not in circulation.