Source: NDTV Education
Thousands of students on Monday stepped into schools for the first time, after a hiatus of more than one-and-a-half years, in unusual circumstances induced due to Covid-19 health protocols. Students of Classes from 1 to 7, 10 and 12 reached the schools, which were sanitized and decorated to welcome the children across Kerala adhering to Covid protocols.
The school authorities tested the temperature of students, provided sanitizers and ensured that they wore masks. Offline classes for students in Classes 8, 9 and 11 will start on November 15. The children looked excited as some were going to school after a gap of more than 18 months while small children of Class 1 and 2 were going to the school for the first time.
The school authorities welcomed the children with tiny gift packets which included books, pen, sanitizers, masks and balloons. Even teachers were excited as they could take a break from the online classes and physically talk to the children and get the feedback.
Meanwhile, State Education Minister V Sivankutty inaugurated the state-level school reopening at Cotton Hill Girls schools near here and asked the parents not to worry about sending their children to school as the government had taken all precautions.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed the schools to implement the measures to control congestion, maintain social distancing and ensure cleanliness in classrooms and surroundings. The preparations included cleaning and disinfecting places where children throng and strictly implementing the bio-bubble system.