Back to School after a Long Break
The bell rings again after a long break and our children are back to school. Since the Covid restrictions have been gradually removed, we are slowly returning to normality. Despite the epidemic still lingering, schools are slowly reopening. Students return from virtual classrooms to live classrooms. Due to the epidemic, educational institutions are the most likely to be closed for the longest time. For a child’s intellectual, emotional, and social development, direct learning experiences are essential. They are returning to a world filled with friendship and love. Friendship and love await them on their return to this new school world. A student’s intellectual, mental, and emotional development should be experienced from the school. The student community faces many problems and challenges when these critical learning spaces are closed. We will never be able to comprehend and analyze the problems our students face. Experiences that should have defined their success in personal and social lives were robbed by the pandemic. Children experience a lot of upset due to a lack of chances to attain mental and emotional balance from schools. The direct method of learning is preferred and appreciated by students and teachers. In this way, educational institutions open their doors to a world of hope and spring of opportunity. After the pause, our students return to their regular classrooms after spending time in virtual classrooms. As everyone knows educational institutions are the most likely to be closed for the longest period of time as a result of the outbreak. They’re returning to a world full of love and camaraderie. On their return to this new educational world, there are numerous changes when returning to the former classroom after an interval of around twenty months. Long-term foster care has had a substantial impact on the conduct of youngsters. Their mindsets, behaviors, and routines shifted.
Back to School with Confidence
After 20 months, the schools are operational. After months of online study, students return to classrooms. For the first time, not only first graders but also second graders will enter the school together. The Covid pandemic compelled children to remain in a state they do not like and do not want. Millions of children could be liberated from it. Children’s instincts were not compatible with living at home all the time. The Covid Protocol forced them to live in a state that they did not like. Because moving and crowding spread the disease A virus made our children experience an unfamiliar state, who had gone to school and studied happily. Despite the fact that the severity of the Covid epidemic has decreased, the virus has not vanished. As a result, extreme caution and vigilance are required. Vaccination is required for all teachers and staff. Everyone who arrives at school is required to wear a mask. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid outbreak, our children are now confident and happy to be back in school.
Were our Children Happy with Online Classes?
The ability to manage everything according to one’s own preferences and to be virtual participation in everything from anywhere has turned them into a euphoric style. Some of them logged in while lying in bed, said attendance, and sat and lay down in all of their classes. The internet was difficult when asked to turn on the video, and if the question was asked, the class would be cut, and the exam would be duplicated or googled. They didn’t like it, but that’s their way today. Being at home provided numerous opportunities to eat and pass the time after each class. They will return to the world of internet entertainment after each period. They learned new things that they couldn’t learn in the classroom. Thanks to the internet platform. Some students took advantage of the opportunity to study the greatest courses given by internationally renowned schools in addition to their own curriculum. Some bright and brilliant pupils devised the best teachers and instructional methods. Cyberspace was where the best teachers and instructional methods could be found. Teachers must renew and develop themselves in order to deal with all of this. Many online platforms offer skill and excellence training through arts, competitions, and other extracurricular activities. Many of our children went on to become celebrities. They discovered new ways and places to rediscover lost virtues, friendships, warmth, and celebrations. Imperfection and necessity drove them there. With new techniques, they were able to recapture what seemed impossible during the plague.
Wounds from the Covid Period
Remember, there are those who come with a wounded mind, with wounds from the Covid period that have yet to heal. Separation from loved ones, post-covid health issues, concerns about parents losing their jobs and income, financial obligations, debt trap, missed classes due to digital backwardness, and so much more. They cannot be blamed if they believe that online classes are superior. Because they have to wake up early in the morning, get ready, go to class with a food package, put on a mask and sanitizer, and sit in classrooms at a social distance. Some may believe so. Aside from that, some other children are sitting in class with a variety of other annoyances. As a result, the students are returning to old classrooms in a highly complex, ambiguous, intellectual, and emotional state. Teachers must make a mature effort to integrate them into the post-covid education system and methods. These days, teachers must approach this task with dedication and instinct. May they take on that mission wholeheartedly.
Yet They are in Ecstasy
In spite of all the challenges posed by the Covid outbreak, our children are now back in school feeling confident and happy. Children are not the only ones who share in this happiness but the whole country as well. It has been twenty months since Covid took control of the world. Due to the fact that the disease was carried by humans, various precautionary measures were necessary for survival. The most significant restriction was the ban on travel. When certain conditions are met, adults are allowed to work and do other things. However, the children did not get a chance to do so. Our digital classes have already been launched in June to allow all students to participate without being overwhelmed by crises. We believe that digital classes are not a substitute for traditional classroom learning. Digital classes, in our opinion, are not a replacement for classroom instruction. Schools are gradually reopening despite the fact that the epidemic hasn’t completely disappeared. At this time, we must prioritize children’s health and the prevention of communicable diseases. Children come to school hoping to finish their virtual classroom at home. Millions of children are enrolling in school for the first time. Children may experience both happiness and fear of disease transmission. Teachers and parents must ensure both physical and mental health.
Schools are Anticipating the Arrival of Students
The country is in the process of recovering from the Covid crisis. The establishment of educational institutions is a significant step in that direction. The entire community must support the best method of implementation. Despite efforts to improve online learning, children found it difficult to learn and play with their peers. There are also issues raised by a lack of education that should be addressed directly in schools. Authorities, PTAs, and Management Committees should take special care to establish schools in accordance with the Department of Education’s guidelines. It could take some time for schools to return to normal. Covid is not completely gone, so extreme caution is required. Setting up the school before the children arrive, furniture maintenance, reptile avoidance, disinfection, and so on. Many things have been done to make our students feel welcome. We live in a society where knowledge is extremely important. It is critical to acquire the knowledge, abilities, and skills required for survival. Children must engage in age-appropriate activities on a regular basis in order to gain knowledge and develop emotionally and socially. This can also be done at school. Let us all work together to equip schools so that opportunities for this can be created.
For the Attention of Teachers
- Gatherings should be avoided.
- Avoid crowds near water fountains and urinals.
- Schools and the environment should be maintained in a clean condition.
- To avoid congestion, the Department of Education has also decided to organize classes in batches based on bio-bubbles.
- Ensure that disinfection is performed.
- After a long period of continuous digital learning at home, teachers and parents should take the initiative to guide children into the school environment.
- In schools, children should not be subjected to any kind of stress.
- To prepare children for learning, they should first receive psychological and social support.
- Children should be welcomed into a cheerful environment.
- Children who have transitioned from the virtual world to the real classroom should take the same approach they did when they were first introduced to first grade or LKG.
- Mask is the main attraction. Make sure to use a double mask or an N95 mask.
- People suffering from symptoms, as well as those on the contact list, should avoid going to school.
- After lunch or snacks, apply a new mask.
- The classroom’s windows and doors should be left open.
- Avoid eating with others.
- Take care not to speak too much at this time.
- The school should keep a symptomatic register.
- Each school should make arrangements for the services of a local doctor.
When the classrooms are live again parents should pay attention to the following
- Children should follow Covid defensive habits since disease risks persist.
- Assemble the masks properly so that they fully cover the mouth and nose of the children.
- In case of replacement, the mask to be used and the cover to bring back the used mask should be provided.
- It is important to give sanitizer.
- Boiled drinking water should be given.
- Food, water, and study materials should not be transferred.
- If possible, it is better to travel in a less crowded vehicle.
- After arriving home from school, take a shower.
- Soak the worn clothes in soapy water.
- Never wear clothes once they have been worn without washing them.
- When children have symptoms like fever, cough, or sore throat, do not go to school.
- In case anyone in the house is under Covid surveillance, don’t send children to school.
- As much as possible, avoid outside food.
- Include fruits and vegetables in their diet.
- Drink warm boiled water occasionally.
What is Needed is Vigilance, not Fear
When a school is opened, children’s safety is extremely important. It has been accomplished entirely with the help of the community. The disease is all around us, and we may have to live with it for a long period of time. Let us not forget this when implementing concessions. There must be some care taken to prevent a repeat of the lockdown. At least, some parents may be concerned. To resolve this, all necessary precautions should be taken. Public engagement led by health professionals and educators should continue to address parents’ concerns so that they can be fully trusted. There is no need to panic; all that is required is attention. Classes were rearranged into batches to avoid having all of the children arrive at school at the same time. Things were communicated to parents in advance. Teachers have been given the necessary training and guidance. All security has been ensured through the creation of a public atmosphere by education officials and people’s representatives in local bodies. In the event of Covid expansion, we must deal with the Covid protocol. The Department of Health has put in place facilities and equipment to deal with any emergency.