Express news service
BENGALURU: Even though 33 students and a staff member at a private school in the city have tested positive for Covid-19, officials from the education and social protection department seem convinced that the rules in force and their robustness will prevent any propagation. But the parents are worried and wait a few days to assess the situation, before taking a call to continue offline lessons for their wards.
Education Commissioner Vishal R told TNIE that sufficient measures had already been outlined in the SOPs issued when the schools opened, with local issues to be addressed by the block education officer, the Taluk Health Officer and District Health Officer. “There is nothing more because the precautionary measures are well defined in the SOPs,” he said.
Meanwhile, the social welfare department has over 1,900 homes under its responsibility, with over 1.46 lakh class 1 students at post-registration. Dr GP Devaraj, Co-Director (Education), Department of Social Protection, told TNIE that the latest Precautions Circular was issued in July-August, with guidelines on the use of a disinfectant, a mask and regular health checks, in addition to a compulsory isolation room.
Equally confident educator Niranjanaradhya VP said parents need not worry as the medical community believes India has developed herd immunity and the chances of third wave spreading are dark. “Medical guidelines should be followed and every precaution should be taken to provide support to children, especially those with previous health problems. “
“We have already authorized the use of additional buildings such as nearby schools or rented buildings in case there are more than the limited number of seats. Hostels were asked to ensure that the number of students per room is reduced, ”Devaraj said.
Parents of children in private schools are alerted, with the outbreak at The International School Bengaluru. A parent from an IGCSE school said she had not sent her child to school and wanted to send information about the vaccination because “the third wave is upon us.” Reviews are also underway, but online, she said. A parent of a CBSE school student at ITPL said he was concerned about vaccinating his children.