PUNE schools under the Central Council of Secondary Education (CBSE) can reopen for primary and upper classes, after the winter holidays. Schools will focus on immunizing children aged 15-18 while continuing the hybrid mode of education.
After the incident at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Ahmednagar district where 19 students tested positive for Covid-19, there are parents who are skeptical about reopening offline schools for students.
With the growing number of Omicron cases, many parents have expressed that offline schools should not start. On Monday, at least 42 patients tested positive in Pune district for Omicron and 141 in Maharashtra.
However, the city’s CBSE schools want to reopen after the end of winter vacation. Schools will reopen from January 3.
SNBP School Principal Rahatani Jayshree Venkatraman said parents and students are delighted that the school is reopening after the winter break.
“Yes, the Omicron variant is scary, but parents have repeatedly expressed that they want to send their pupil to offline classes. We take all kinds of precautions to make sure students are in a safer environment here in schools. Transportation for many parents is a problem. But we also organize this at the request of the parent, ”said Venkatraman.
She added that for primary classes as well, parents are ready to send the student to school.
“The classroom capacity is 50 percent anyway. And so, the mode of online and offline education will continue for every child. As the government has declared vaccination for the 15-18 age group, we will also be focusing on this campaign when it begins. Student precautions are our top priority, ”said Venkatraman.
Arti Sharma, director of the army’s public school, Khadki, said offline classes for ages 8 to 12 will continue.
“For the primary sections, we receive requests from parents to start school offline. But we are awaiting the government’s final decision on reopening following the Omicron variant. During this time, we will continue the hybrid education mode for students, ”said Sharma.
She added that the vaccination of students will be privileged.
“From the start of childhood immunizations, we will do our utmost to ensure that every student in this age group is immunized for their safety and the safety of others. Our staff, teachers and non-teachers are already vaccinated and the school is adopting appropriate behavior to keep students safe, ”said Sharma.