PANJIM: After a massive gap since early 2020, some schools resumed classes for Std VII and Std VIII students in physical mode on Thursday. There are other schools which will start classes on November 29.
A decision to hold these classes with the option of hybrid mode was taken by the Directorate of Education following the recommendations by the COVID Task Force and Expert Committee.
Given that classes for Std IX to Std XII were already being held in a physical mode, school managements had a better idea of how to host these classes again keeping in mind the strict guidelines that had been issued to them.
Before the schools could reopen, there were checks to ensure that all SOPs were in place and students were checked for temperature, face masks, etc. They were explained the rules.
Classes were held with 50% capacity and the students were asked not to sit together. They were divided into groups that have been asked to visit the schools on alternate days to reduce crowding while there were staggered timings for the classes. The students were noticed in a jubilant mood to meet their classmates.
Headmasters of these schools, many of whom are part of the Goa Headmasters’ Association welcomed the move to start classes for Std VII and VIII. They said this offered a relief to a section of parents.
They said the option to hold classes in online mode is there where students are sent recorded videos of the classes.
Some headmasters opined that Classes for Std VI and below should continue in an online mode for some time as it would allow the school managements to assess their infrastructure and how these classes are conducted.