Are schools ready to open up their campuses for high school students?

The central government recently announced that students from classes IX to XII would be allowed to visit schools to take guidance from their teachers’ with parents’ consent.

At schools in the Mylapore area, while some of them are ready to reopen anytime, others plan to wait for more information from the state government.

At Sir Sivaswami Kalalaya Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, the principal G. Pandian says, “As of now we are not sure about what we need to do. We are waiting for further instructions from the state government in this regard”.

The principal of P. S. Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Revathi Parameswaran, says, “The Corporation has sanitized the premises thrice for us, we also did so before the NEET exam. We have the hand sanitizing machines and thermometers ready. If and when the state government asks us to reopen, we will adhere to the rules put down by the government. We will ensure that social distancing is followed”.

With an average of about 37 students per class, Revathi says that they will probably have a shift system. The teachers, who will wear masks and gloves, will be asked to constantly monitor the students to ensure that they are sanitizing themselves. Lunches have to be brought from home as the canteen will not function. All other extra curricular activities will be minimized.