When kids like Arian are ready to come out of their epidemic bunker with their bold smiles and brand new backpacks, there aren’t many parents. As families prepare to return to personal education in grades 8 through 12 from Monday, new concerns have allayed race-worries, leaving parents of students-from pre-school to high school-more concerned than usual.
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Although some are more stable for their child who has been stuck in the screen for more than a year, ready to handle the transition to an interactive learning environment Which seems to be difficult for epidemic-alert parents to avoid.
“I am not excited about the return, especially because the cases against children have increased. And there are no specific immunization plans for minors yet, ”said Ashish Banerjee, father of a Class Nine boy on Pedar Road.
Even how schools can find ways to help remote students reunite in physical classrooms with SOPs, how to shepherd or teach through a hybrid model of private and online classes can be a chore to break a child’s emotions. Banerjee worries, “It may become more difficult for children to follow an orderly path to get to and from class, the canteen or the washroom.”
Sutapa Bhagat, coordinator of Eurokids and mother of a Class VIII child, could not worry about the kids playing hockey for the days lost in the lockdown. “Wouldn’t it be a challenge to maintain two attendance registers, one batch at school and another at home? What if some kids unintentionally decide to skip school. Parents can feel like they are in class and teachers can believe they are at home! He thinks, adding time and rotating routines will throw working parents out of gear.
Another threat to parents is the children’s healthcare protocol tested positive for Covid. “There is no question of whether there will be a special helpline for the case or whether there will be a proper infirmary at the school,” Banerjee said.
The decision to reopen schools for junior classes will come after the festive season, but there is growing concern among parents of elementary school children – especially those who are finding it more difficult to go to school for the first time.
Jimit Shah, whose eldest started elementary school in 2019, is worried about how his son will cope in the classroom environment. “Even though she’s in Grade 2, she was only in online school. As parents, we were always at home when he couldn’t keep up. Amrita Roy, who used to sit in every online class of her 10-year-old, is not sure how much instruction her daughter will get from the teacher. “I hope teachers will be slow to adjust to the kids,” she says.
The Pratham Education Foundation, an NGO that works with schools across India, is running a preparatory campaign for young children and parents in 10,000 villages across India and in urban communities to help mothers of early children attend formal schools, including bridging exercises. “Children from rural or low-income urban families who have no formal education or online access now fall into one or two classes,” said Rukmini Banerjee, the first chief executive, emphasizing the need for schools and parents to come together first. Schools are officially open. “Plan for conversion and security measures to allay fears and more effectively.”
To understand return-related concerns among pre- and primary school stakeholders, the Early Childhood Association (ECA) and the Association of Primary Education and Research surveyed 500 parents, revealing that many disagree on what safe methods might be. If fathers seemed more open to dealing with risk, mothers were concerned about the impending ‘third wave’ and the lack of baby covid care facilities.
“It is essential that we help parents and teachers to acknowledge their concerns and talk to them about it. Babies have mirror neurons and if the two most important partners in their care are concerned, they will also feel stress. This will affect their ability to remember the rules. It will also affect their immunity, ”said ECA President Swati Popat Vats.
Whether they trust the school to keep their children safe or not, many parents who could not wait to send their children back to the classroom can now wait and see. “Just last week, two children my daughter’s age in our building started showing signs of covid. We haven’t come out of the epidemic yet, so why this knee-jerk reaction in the middle of the school year? Shyam Hari, the seafaring father of the Class VIII girl, asks, refusing to give his consent to the school.
But despite such debates, parents like Aryan realize that virtual learning and the ad-hoc system are no substitute for the classroom experience. “Especially when they are missing the last few precious days of school. I believe the institution will take enough care and my son will be careful to return to the most memorable stage of his life. “Her father insisted on Sagar Arole
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