600 Students found Coronavirus infected after Reopening of Schools: Experts

After being closed for 16 months, now schools have opened or are opening in most of the states of the country. Most of the states decided that senior classes should be opened first, then smaller classes would be opened.
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After being closed for 16 months, now schools have opened or are opening in most of the states of the country. Most of the states decided that senior classes should be opened first, then smaller classes would be opened. It has also been made mandatory for the students to follow the Covid protocol.

According to media reports, in the last two weeks, more than 600 children across the country have been infected with Covid-19. In the last week alone, more than 100 children have been found infected in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Earlier, there were reports of children getting infected in other states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat. In Himachal Pradesh, schools have been closed till August 22. The Punjab government has also decided to conduct an RT-PCR test of 10,000 students every day.

Fear of Corona or let there be loss of studies, this dilemma is haunting the parents. There is a risk of infection if children are sent to school and there is a fear of loss of education if they are not sent. Let us know in which states schools have opened? Where have there been cases of students getting infected with corona? Is it safe to send children to school? And what do experts have to say about sending children to school?

Where have the schools open?

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School has opened in about half the states of the country. In most states, only students from class 9th to 12th are being called to school following the Covid protocol. Schools are open for all classes in Punjab itself. Schools are also set to be opened in Telangana, Assam, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu from September 1.

When and how did big states open schools?

Rajasthan: The state government has given permission to open schools, colleges, and coaching centers from September 1. Schools, colleges, and coaching centers will be able to start offline classes with 50% capacity from class 9th to 12th. Online classes for children of classes 1 to 8 will continue. During this online studies will also continue and classes will have to be closed for 10 days if the corona is found infected.

Madhya Pradesh: The state government has opened schools for the students of class 9th and 10th from August 5. At present, children will have to go to school only 2 days a week. Schools were open for class 11th and 12th students from July 26. By dividing the 11th and 12th students into 2 batches, each batch is being called to the school on different days.

Gujarat: Offline classes for class 12 students started in the state on July 15. Schools are also open for students from 9th to 11th from 26th July. At present, only 50% of students can attend offline classes. Colleges and technical institutes have also started with 50% capacity.

Maharashtra: The state government had announced the opening of schools from 5th to 12th from August 17 in the state, but the decision has been postponed after the advice of the expert committee. Offline classes have been started in about 5,900 schools in Maharashtra from July 15 for classes 8th to 12th. All these schools are in rural areas where new cases of corona are not coming.

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Haryana: First of all schools have been opened in Haryana in the country. Schools from 9th to 12th have been opened in Haryana from 16th July. The government has asked the authorities to prepare a report for opening schools up to class 5. Based on this report, a decision will be taken to open the remaining classes.

Punjab: From July 26, schools were open for class 10th and 12th students in Punjab. From August 2, the government has started offline classes for all the students, expanding the scope. Parental consent is required for children to come to school. Online classes will also continue for children who do not want to come to school.

Himachal Pradesh: Schools from 9th to 12th were opened in the state from August 2. When the cases of Corona started increasing, the schools were closed again till 22 August. After August 22, it will be decided which children have to come to school when.

Bihar: From 16th August, class 1 to 8 has been started in the state with 50% capacity. 9th to 12th classes are also running offline from 7th August. Social distancing is being followed. Children will have to bring a homemade lunch box only. ACs in buses will remain off, and windows will remain open for ventilation. There will be sanitization of buses twice daily.

Uttar Pradesh: Schools from 9th to 12th have opened in the state from 16th August. Preparations are to be made to open schools from 6th to 8th from 23rd August and from 1st to 5th from 1st September. Schools have been asked to vaccinate students above 18 years of age. Vaccination camps will also be organized in schools.

Delhi: The Delhi government has allowed students of class 10th and 12th to attend schools for counseling and practicals for board exams. However, the written consent of the parents is required. Students should not share books and stationery with anyone. Along with this, it is also necessary to do sanitization and thermal scanning in schools.

Chhattisgarh: Schools have opened for class 10th and 12th students from August 2 in the state. At present only schools are open with 50% capacity. Half the students will have to come to school every day.

What is the status of other states?

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Image Credit: The Indian Express
  • Schools can be opened for senior classes from September 1 in Telangana, Assam, and Tamil Nadu. Schools from 8th to 12th can be opened.
  • Karnataka has said that schools will soon be opened for students from class 9th to 12th. At present, schools will open in those districts where the positivity rate is less than 2%.
  • Schools in West Bengal will remain closed for the time being. Schools can be opened after the Durga Puja holidays.
  • Kerala has not taken any decision regarding schools due to increasing cases.
  • Schools have opened for class 12th in Andhra Pradesh from August 16.

Is it safe to send children to school?

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the US has reported in a study that heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in schools and colleges can reduce the risk of infection. If attention is paid to ventilation, heating, and air conditioning in the classroom, the virus cannot survive in the aerosol present in the air for long. These aerosols increase the risk of infection. This danger can be reduced by having good ventilation in the classroom.
  • A report published on August 4 in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health Journal says that children infected with Kovid-19 recover in 6 days. The risk of them getting along covid is also very less. Only 1 in 20 babies have symptoms for more than 4 weeks. But the good thing is that babies are recovering completely in 8 weeks. This study has been done on 2.5 lakh children in the age group of 5 to 17 years.
  • There is no scientific basis that the third wave will be dangerous for children. Even in the first and second waves, children have been less infected. Only 10 to 11% of the total severe patients are under the age of 18 years.
  • The coronavirus binds to receptors called ACE-2 present in the lungs. In children these receptors are under-developed. For this reason, even after infection in children, serious symptoms do not occur.
  • Even in countries where there is a third or fourth wave, children have not been affected much. The new variants are also not affecting children much. That is, in comparison, there is no risk to the children.

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