Schools and colleges in Delhi are unsure to open, whether to return on September 1
Most private schools say reopening from September 1 may be difficult for students in grades 9-12. However, the first students in groups 10 and 12 continue as usual. Many schools will discuss reopening with parental consent. This is also a wait-and-see scenario for colleges and universities, as internal discussions about a reopening are still ongoing.
Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public school, Rohini said, “ on Tuesday, we will be sending the consent form to parents. Most importantly, we will have to revive the school’s Transport. Earlier, we used to run 12 buses on different routes, we had to seek the opinion of parents on how many will be willing to take the buses”.
Indian Schools would also send a declaration of consent to their parents “depending on the response we get from parents, arrangements will be made”, said Tania Joshi, the principal.
Schools like Mount Carmel and Dwarka have decided, based on the experience of the government and other schools, to wait until October and reopen.
While the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) urged directors to make vaccination of employees a priority, most principals said that call was only directed to those who had received it at least once. “Some of the teachers have got Covid, so while they have taken the first dose, they are yet to get the second one,” said Joshi
Also in government schools, CM Manish Sisodia said 98% of staff received the first dose of the vaccine.
Sarita Batra, director of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Shalimar Bagh, was convinced that the children would be called from September.
“All teachers are already coming and we have been having district-level workshops on reopening of schools. As the DDMA order has allowed only 50% seating capacity, students will be divided in batches and called on a rotation basis, ” she added.
Delhi University and Ambedkar University will meet on Tuesday to decide on modalities. “We may conduct a meeting on Tuesday with deans and heads of colleges. Outstation students will have to be given at least 10 days’ time to come to Delhi for the practical, ” said Vikas Gupta, DU registrar.
AUD vice-chancellor Anu Lather said, “I will be speaking to the deans on how reopening can be done. But I have ordered for cleaning and sanitisation of the campus”.
Sources:- Times of India
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