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Schools reimagine classroom space ahead of reopening

June 06, 2020 05:28 AM

COURTESY HT JUNE  6

Schools reimagine classroom space ahead of reopening

Schools have started formulating their own operating procedures ahead of a possible reopening in July. representative image/HT archive
Sadia Akhtar

sadia.akhtar@htlive.com

Gurugram : After staying closed for over two months now, schools in Haryana are expected to reopen in July. While private schools in the city await specific guidelines from the government, some of them have started reimagining the classroom space and working on protocols that would be in place as and when schools reopen.

SOP for schools

Excelsior American School, Sector 43, has created a standard operating procedure (SOP) which will be in place whenever the school reopens. As per the SOP, school buses and staff will be sanitised before leaving the campus, the staff will wear gloves and masks at all times. Students will occupy two seats in the bus and will be directed to keep their hands on the lap and not touch any surfaces, among other measures.

Pranita Verma, director, admissions and marketing, said, “Physical distancing within the classroom might not be a major challenge for us. However, for other common places such as the cafeteria, we are planning to employ more staff to handle operations so that distancing norms are complied with during lunch hours.”

Other schools, meanwhile, are treading cautiously and awaiting specific directions from the government before they can take a call on the resumption of classes on premises. “We don’t know by when we will be able to open the schools again. The situation is changing daily and in case there’s a spike, as expected, I doubt if the government will even ask schools to open,” said Aditi Misra, principal, Delhi Public School, Sector 45.

Misra said that even parents might have concerns about sending children to school before the actual flattening of the curve begins.

Preparing for the Boards

The schools, meanwhile, will be opening for board exams from July 1 to 15 and has been sanitised for the same. It has also started prepping up infrastructure to meet the demands of the changing nature of imparting education. “Arrangements have been made for having stronger Wi-Fi signals in schools, in case there’s an arrangement of having some children in school, while others stay at home. We could record the interaction and make it available for those at home or we can work out an arrangement whereby classes are beamed directly into the homes of children,” said Misra.

Enforcing social distancing

Misra said that while physical distancing norms could be put in place, the bigger challenge lied in ensuring that students complied with distancing norms amid the changing classroom dynamics. “Little children hug their teachers as soon as they enter the classroom. Telling children to not hug their teachers will be difficult,” said Misra

The school has plans of investing in posters with messages that will be plastered across the school. “We will have messages all over which will make the child feel loved and wanted without being touched,” said Misra.

Kunal Bhadoo, director of Kunskapsskolan Schools, said the school would be assessing the population of children and teachers who come from Delhi and other NCR cities and consult parents.

Infrastructure challenges

Bhadoo said that implementation of physical distancing practices would be challenging, with infrastructure becoming a possible bottleneck. “While working on mock classroom setups, we realised that even with huge rooms in schools, we would only be able to accommodate 12-13 children in a classroom. For a school like ours, this would mean splitting the classroom in two,” said Bhadoo.

Parents speak

Most parents, especially those with children in smaller classes, expressed concerns over the reopening of schools amid rising Covid-19 cases in the city.

Rakshanda Fatima, a parent, said that it was better for schools to continue with online classes for younger children.

“We can expect older children to maintain distancing norms and hygiene but monitoring younger children all the time is going to be a difficult task,” said Fatima.

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