The Directorate of Education (DoE) ordered on Monday that the consent of the parents was a must, especially because many parents aren’t too keen on their children going to schools at this time.
On Sunday, Delhi Disaster Management Authority said that schools could reopen for practicals, project work, admissions and counselling from August 9. Most schools did not resume on Monday, though some government institutions called students in batches for counselling and admission processes.
Jyoti Arora, principal, Mount Abu Public School, said, “We will take at least a week’s time for preparations. I have collected the important data on the vaccination status of the teachers and have asked them to work out schedules for calling the students to school.”
At The Indian School, principal Tania Joshi was categorical that only vaccinated teachers would be allowed to report to work. “We have the experience of January when board students were allowed to come to school for practicals and projects. We will follow the same steps, dividing students into groups of 10-15 and holding two or three class sessions while calling Class X and XII children on alternate days,” said Joshi.
Government schools too will be able to resume classes only after some days. “The circular came late on Monday, so we will have a meeting on Tuesday to prepare the timetable,” said Sunil Kumar Joon, teacher at Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School, Ghitorni. “We need parental consent, so we will send them Google forms. The children can get the physical forms when they come to school.”
However, many parents are apprehensive about their children going to school. Pooja Jain, mother of Class XII student at Manav Sthali School, Rajendra Nagar, said, “The second wave has just diminished and vaccination for children hasn’t happened yet, so I am little concerned.” Another parent, Munish Tamang, whose daughter studies in Class X at Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, similarly said, “I will not send my daughter because I don’t feel safe. People in their age group haven’t been given the jab yet.”
Delhi Parents’ Association conducted a survey on social media platforms and found that over 79% parents did not want school opened just yet. “Contrary to government figures, the responses we got shows parents do want schools to resume,” claimed Aprajita Gautam, member of the association. In contrast, the government claims that around 33,000 stakeholders have written in, with 58% wanting resumption of classes.
Deepa Kakkar, parent of a student at The Srijan School, Model Town, was of the view that gradual reopening of schools was good for the children. “My daughter was in the first batch of students in January to attend the practical classes before the board exams,” she reported. “It was really helpful for her. The school held an orientation on Covid dos and don’ts,” said Kakkar, a member of the parents’ association of the school.