After a break of around 10 months, private and government schools along with training centers in the state are ready to host Standard 9-12 students for regular classes starting Monday.
City school administrations tiptoed Sunday to sanitize school facilities and complete last-minute preparation to ensure proper implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the state department of education.
The Bihar Independent Schools Association, which coordinates with 890 private schools affiliated with CBSE and CISCE, ensured that all private schools will rigorously follow Covid-19 safety guidelines after reopening.
CB Singh, president of the association, said: “We have asked all schools associated with us to constitute the ‘Covid Care Committee’ in an attempt to implement and monitor security protocols. 50% of the students will be called alternately and the facilities will be disinfected every day after school. With the consent of the parents, several schools are considering the possibility of teaching during the holidays, as well as to compensate for the academic loss that occurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic ”.
Ashfaque Iqbal, Vice Principal of Bishop Scott Boys’ School, said: “By calling 50% of the students, we have classified them in the east and west region to facilitate better transportation ease. We have made alternate seating arrangements in classrooms to maintain social distancing. We also held a drill today to train our security staff on thermal protection and hand sanitizing at the entrance without any physical contact. We will give classes from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ”.
Meanwhile, public schools have also cleaned up the facilities to receive students.
Meena Kumari, Principal of Bankipore Girls’ High School, said: “The classrooms have been cleaned up. Circles have been marked on the floors for the classroom practice to maintain a 6-foot distance. Students must bring a letter of consent from their guardians to attend classes. Two masks will be provided to each student at the front door. “
Divya Rani, a Class 10 student, said, “I am excited to go to school because I was extremely bored at home without my friends. I am more comfortable learning in the classroom than in online classes. “
Most parents have welcomed the decision considering the board’s reviews. Kumkum Jha, whose son is studying in class 9, said: “I have kept face masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer in my neighborhood school backpack. He has been advised not to share lunch or stationery with his colleagues. “
On December 18, Bihar’s department of education allowed educational institutions to reopen for seniors after SOPs.
Sanjay Kumar, senior secretary of the education department, said: “We will hold a review meeting on January 18 to evaluate the result of the reopening of the schools for the upper classes and the decision to resume the junior classes will be made later.”
Universities prepared to teach offline classes
Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College, and BN College are also scheduled to hold department-specific regular classes starting Monday.