New normal for schools post Covid – 19

Dr. Sandeepa Sood

We understand that online teaching methodology cannot replace the traditional way of teaching and the students miss that immensely, says Dr. Sandeepa Sood, Principal of Saffron Public School in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Being the Principal of Saffron Public School I have already started working on the re-opening process of the school by creating a professional blueprint on the massive changes being made in the school.

I am regularly going to the school and working towards revamping the whole structure keeping social distancing and the security and hygiene of the students and staff as a priority. Since the lockdown has started, the teachers of Saffron Public school are diligently taking online classes for their students and helping them with syllabus completion, assessments, assignments and doubtclearing sessions. I and my teachers are in regular contact with the parents, motivating them to coach their children and also taking constant feedback from them regarding the online classes.

More than the academics, I have worked immensely hard towards the upkeep of the mental health of students. We have promoted the conduction of psychometric tests, counselling sessions and one-to one- coaching for many students as per their needs and requirements.

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We understand that online teaching methodology cannot replace the traditional way of teaching and the students miss that immensely. They miss the interaction with their teachers and want to start coming to school like before. Despite the fact, that all efforts have been made to provide excellent and technologically updated education to all students, but just the feeling of coming to school, meeting friends, sitting in a class and studying is badly missed by all.

We don’t have any idea for how long the pandemic will continue and by when can we see the happy and beautiful faces of our students back in school. But we are preparing for the same. The safety and hygiene of my students and staff is my first priority and we are all making every possible effort to provide the same to them when the schools re-open. We have organised and reset the classrooms keeping social distancing in mind. The tables have been allocated at a distance as prescribed by the physical distancing norms. We will be increasing the number of sections to accommodate all our students of one class in different rooms. The entire school will be properly sanitised, and we will conduct all classes including recreational, yoga and other academic based classes while the students is sitting on that one desk only. They will not be allowed to share meals and a stringent check will be made on the meal breaks, washroom breaks and other activities of all students.

All precautionary measures will be taken to protect the children and to make sure they keep away from each other and maintain social distancing. Even the transport system including buses will be properly sanitised before we star with the pick and drop of our students. We will also give an option to the parents to look after and into the transport system, if manageable.

Additional measures will be taken to boost the immunity of the children and to work on their mental and physical health. The school will be introducing additional yoga classes and rigorous counselling and mentoring sessions with the concerned faculty to deal with any kind of anxiety or depression that the student may face.

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