Karnataka: LKG, UKG classes set to reopen from November 8 | Bengaluru News – Times of India
With this, all classes will be fully functional in the state for the first time since March 2020. TOI reported on Wednesday that the government decided to reopen pre-primaries following anganwadis opening. As per the standard operating procedure, teachers and staff will have to compulsorily wear masks and be fully vaccinated. Teachers over 50 years have to use face shields too. However, masks for students are not mandated.
Experts said children below 5 years need not wear masks. Children have to be asked to cover mouths and nose while coughing or sneezing. If a student shows any Covid symptoms like cough, fever, cold, loss of sense of smell or taste, she has to be isolated and guardians informed. If a student tests positive, all kids should be tested and the school closed temporarily. Reopening should be done based on health workers’ instructions.
‘Don’t send kids who are ill to schools’
Parents should not send sick children to school. Campuses should be regularly sanitised with sodium hypochlorite solution. Children should be tested for Covid symptoms at the entrance and they should maintain a physical distance of 1m between each other. Children should bring food and water from home. Schools should have hot water facility. Care should be taken to ensure that children don’t put any other substance in mouths other than food and water and sanitisers should be stored away from their reach.
Classes for these children can be run from 9am to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday. In the government sector, Karnataka Public Schools have LKG and UKG. The School Development Monitoring Committees that want to run nurseries can do so at their own cost. In the private sector, apart from schools having nursery and kindergarten classes, there are neighbourhood stand-alone pre-schools .
Students enrolled in Class 1 haven’t attended school for about 21 months and not learnt their mother tongue or skills like writing or reading. There are over 12 lakh students in Class 1, and it’s difficult to teach them after this long gap. We’re happy about the reopening. Students have lost touch and need to learn something as they have no basic knowledge, said Lokesh T, secretary, Recognised Unaided Private Schools’ Association.