Primary classes: Possible third Covid-19 wave the only hurdle | Mysuru News – Times of India

Now that the government has allowed regular classes to resume for students from classes 1-5, anxiety is looming large. While some parents, albeit a small number, and school managements are wary of a possible third wave of infections, teachers are worried over conducting both online and regular classes since it doubles their workload.
Another big issue for parents is the lack of transport since schools have not resumed bus services.
Many schools plan to begin physical classes in the first week of November, instead of October 25. As a precautionary measure, all private schools are seeking opinions of parents on resuming regular classes before taking a call on the issue.
“Children are eager to go to school as they are struggling to cope up with online classes and the lack of extracurricular activities,” said Shailaja Suresh, a resident from Chamundipuram. “But some parents are fearful of a possible third wave of infections which experts have said will affect children the most.”
Shailaja revealed she plans to send her two children to school after Diwali when she hopes a clearer picture will emerge. “A majority of parents want schools to reopen, but the only question is what if we have another situation like the second wave,” she said.
Swaroopini Sandesh, secretary, Manasarowar Pushkarini Vidyashrama, said the school plans to resume regular classes for primary sections from November 2. “We are seeking opinions from parents and a lot will depend on their response. If enough children are willing to attend regular classes, then we will divide students into batches and hold classes on alternate days,” she said.
Santosh Kumar, Mysuru district representative for Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools, said schools are ready to resume physical classes. “But our final decision will be based on what parents say,” he said. KB Somegowda, primary teachers’ association, district unit president, Mysuru, said teachers are ready for on-campus classes and to resume the midday meal scheme. “Some schools are yet to get groceries. That is the only challenge,” he said.
Bagadi Gautham, Mysuru DC, said the administration will hold a review meeting to take stock of measures to ensure campuses are safe.

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