New Delhi: After the third wave of Kovid, Delhi’s public and private schools are now ready to open (schools to reopen in Delhi). Schools 9 to 12 will open from 7 February. The standard 8 number will come from the nursery from 14th February. The study will start in hybrid mode. The 50% limit on class has also been removed, but parents’ written consent will still be required to send to school. Schools are happy with the decision, although many schools feel that standard 9 to 12 should now have physical classes instead of hybrid mode. Parents, on the other hand, have also agreed to open schools for older children, but say the government should also clear the situation on transportation. Private schools say the decision on bus service can only be made by looking at the number of students.

‘Children up to 8th grade need physical classes’
All Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi are also expected to open next week. An official of the KV Institute said that the date of opening of the school will be decided soon keeping in view the guidelines of DDMA. Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya principal PD Sharma says, “We were looking forward to this decision. It is good that schools from nursery to 8th standard will open from 14th February. This will give you some time to work on sanitation, time table. It would be great to open a school for children up to standard 8 as they need more physical classes.

‘Older children need physical condition’
Written consent of parents is currently required to send children to school. Meenakshi Kushwaha, principal of Birla Vidya Niketan, a school in South Delhi, says, “Opening a school is a good decision but I think now it is necessary for all the children in Std. 9 to 12 to come to school as most of them have been vaccinated in this department.” It can be kept hybrid for the rest of the classes. Bharat Arora, general secretary of the action committee of the unaided private school, says the decision to open the school is a good one, but we think schools should now open on physical mode for all classes. Children have started going to school in all the states of the country. This will offset the loss of education.

‘Government should also look into social gaps’
The question of guardianship is now transport. Aparajita Gautam, president of the Delhi Parents Association, says it is appropriate to open schools for Std 9 to 12, but the government should address the issue of transportation as buses do not run. How will parents send their children to school? Also, if the 50% cap is removed, the government will have to monitor whether schools maintain social distance. They say only online classes from nursery to standard 8 should be run because they have not received the vaccine.

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