here is this debate going on about re-opening schools. Everyone has an opinion about it. There was a news item carried by dapaan. com (WhatsApp news groups) that the administration is planning to re-open schools in Kashmir in a phased manner wherein social distancing would be taken care of. However DSEK made it clear that there is no such order in this regard so far. One of the major concerns, at the moment is, that children cannot maintain physical distance effectively if they are in classrooms.
Further, if schools reopen and children have to travel by school buses, the concept of physical distancing would once again be hard to follow. At present, parents can help contain a child’s fears about the virus at home. But a dystopian school environment with scary rules and strict protocols could be a nightmare for a child. How will young learners react? So much of their learning is about play and socialization.
What if a child carries the disease home, or believes they do? How will they feel? So far so good but is it practicable? And more importantly is it safe? At such a young age how would one ensure that students would not like to mingle with each other or play games involving physical contact. With our limited resources, how would school administrations be able to monitor the temperatures of students? And one more important thing which is the very nature of this virus is that it can linger on the wooden or plastic surfaces for many days thus making all those vulnerable to infection who come in contact with them.
As far as our administration is concerned, they are well aware that the safety of the children is paramount and cannot be compromised under any circumstances. When governments across the globe have taken a resolute decision not to open schools till July, why are parents in a hurry to force the administration to open schools here? At a time when the number of positive cases for Covid-19 is decreasing at a phenomenal speed it is not the wisest of decisions to throw open schools in a matter of days from now. Our parents have to be very calibrated in their actions, and more so with their decisions. Ensure that all students have an online connection, and plan for schools to reopen better later when the virus is contained.