KOLKATA: The news of two school campuses shutting down temporarily after a Class X student and a teacher contracted novel coronavirus has got the rest of the city schools worried. Many have told their boards students that they had a choice of staying home and get their doubts solved online and come back to school campus only for the boards practical exams, scheduled throughout April in staggered batches.
At most schools, the pre-board exams are over and results are either out or are due, but in some, the tests are still on. La Martiniere for Boys has shut down its campus for the time being after a Class X boy, who was writing his rehearsal examinations, tested positive for Covid. The school shifted the rest of the exams to the online mode. All physical classes have been suspended for the time being and teachers have been asked to work from home. But La Martiniere for Girls is in the last leg of its physical rehearsal exams, confirmed the secretary of the two schools, Supriyo Dhar.
St Lawrence High School has suspended classes and postponed its boards practical exams to March 30-31 as a teacher has contracted Covid.
“Our students are all home since we have finished all our pre-board exams. But teachers are coming to the campus for corrections and are conducting online doubt-clearing sessions. Now, we will call students only for boards practicals,” said Sujoy Biswas, head of Ram Mohan Mission.
St James’ School has stepped up its gate vigil so that no kid with any symptom can enter the premises. The rehearsal exams are on in the offline mode here. “We are being as careful as possible and thankfully, no one has yet called in sick. God forbid, if anyone falls ill, the child’s score will be drawn up, following a scientific calculation pattern,” said principal T H Ireland.