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Back To School
February 21, 2022
In view of Covid-19 cases declining in the state, Education Department of Goa announced the reopening of physical classes for students of classes 1 to 12 from 21st February 2022. This announcement has been welcomed by many parents and school authorities who were worried about the physical, social, and emotional repercussions on students due to such a long gap away from physical schooling.
Although a short notice was issued for school reopening, St. Joseph’s Institute Primary Section in Baina was fully prepared, by reason of their infrastructure, when the day dawned.
The classrooms are spacious enough to have students seated with enough distance between them. There are clean, separate toilets for girls and boys. These are well maintained throughout the day by designated helpers, who also assist the students by reminding them to wash their hands with handwash after each toilet use. Washing of hands is encouraged before and after snacks as well as after play. The school has 24-hour water supply. Filtered water is freely available to students on each of the three floors.
During the first week of school commencing, the students of class 3 and 4 were given the timings of 8 am to 1 pm whereas students of class 1 and 2 were called at 9 am to 12:30 pm. This was to avoid crowding and to ensure support for the children as they were returning after a long break. There was temperature check and hand sanitisation station at the entrance of the school building. This was duly done by maintaining social distancing.
The students were welcomed warmly by the the teachers and staff as they came to school. The environment felt festive. They were greeted and guided lovingly by their teachers and mentors. Students and teachers alike were overjoyed to return to physical school. It did not seem at all that there was a two-year physical school gap. There was 90% attendance on the first day of school. At the closing of the week, the school recorded 99% attendance. All classes functioned effortlessly. The credit for this goes to the fact that online classes were planned, as the teachers would plan for offline classes. Each class had a co teacher on the first day, as they did during online classes. This practice will be followed for the lower primary classes of 1 and 2 at school. It is worthy to note that each student has their own individual lockers, as such, their books and stationery are kept separate. During break time, students were encouraged to maintain social distance while having their snacks. Students did not face transition difficulties as the continuation of their studies and time in school fell in easily.
The supportive and affectionate environment motivates all students to be present every school day. No one child wants to be left behind as they do not want to miss the excitement of being with friends, alongside the confidence, that they are looked after with love and care during these difficult pandemic times.