December 4, 2021

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Allow schools from nursery to Class VIII to reopen from Monday, says task force

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PANAJI: The state task force on Tuesday decided to approve the Covid expert committee’s decision and has recommended that the government permit reopening of schools for students from nursery to Class VIII from November 22.

The taskforce has recommended some SOP guidelines that schools can follow, like not holding morning assemblies and adopting staggered timings for school opening and closing. The taskforce has said that it should be ensured that no crowding of students takes place at any given time.

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Expert committee member Dr Shekhar Salkar, who attended the task force meeting on Tuesday, said that the directorate of education can issue SOPs for schools to follow.
The task force also recommended that stress be laid on both parents being vaccinated before they can send their child to school.

“Today, the taskforce meeting was held. The state Covid expert committee had recommended that schools should be allowed to start for lower classes and the taskforce has accepted it and decided that schools should start from November 22. The director of education will hold discussions with all school managements. It is finally up to school managements on how to manage it,” Salkar said.

“We have said that schools can reopen and, if someone wants to reopen their KG section, nursery, balwadi also, they can,” he said.

Classes IX to XII are already on and students of Class VIII and lower classes have not attended school since the March 2020 lockdown.

“We have said that it should be ensured that both parents are vaccinated if they want to send the child to school. It is important. It is not only that school drivers and teachers are vaccinated, but parents too, because their children will be mingling with other children,” Salkar said.

Almost 98% of school staff is vaccinated and even if someone does not meet the criteria due to medical reasons, they will have to produce a weekly Covid negative certificate, he said.

“Only there will be a problem where there is a cluster of schools like at Cujira. The problem will be when all schools start and end at the same time. This can lead to crowding. The director will speak to the schools and may be staggered timing can be adopted,” Salkar said.

Salkar said that schools will be asked to tie-up with local primary or community health centres for monitoring.

“The Covid positivity in the state is presently down. We look at the weekly positivity rate, which is below 1% for the last two weeks. Today, the positivity is 0.8%. If we see positivity rising, then we can always curtail, we will have some indication beforehand. Suppose there is a cluster with a big number testing positive, then too we can come up with a solution,” he said.

There are lower chances of children testing positive, even if they do, the infection will resemble more a flu, Salkar said. Since the time students of Classes IX to XII have begun being called to school there has been no increase in children testing positive, he said. “There is a time needed for the virus to mutate. Even if there is a third wave now, it will be very mild. Because almost 98% of the population must be already hit by the virus without even being aware of it,” Salkar said.

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