Covid Worries Keep Kids Away As Schools Reopen
Hindustan Times Delhi|November 30, 2021
Few students attended in-person classes at schools across the national capital on Monday, when physical lessons resumed after a two-week closure due to the city's air emergency.
Sadia Akhtar

NEW DELHI:

School administrators attributed the thin attendance to uncertainty surrounding the emergence of the new coronavirus variant (renamed Omicron) as well logistical challenges, such as the absence of school buses.

Tania Joshi, principal of The Indian School, said that attendance was poor and several students who had given their consent for in-person classes did not come to school on Monday. The school resumed in-person classes for students in Class 6 onwards.

The feedback has not been very good. If 15 students consent from one section, hardly two turn up. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new variant, and some parents are scared. They are a little apprehensive about sending children to school since they are not vaccinated, said Joshi.

The Delhi government on November 13 announced the closure of schools after the Supreme Court raised concerns about the Capital's air pollution levels.

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