MUMBAI: A number of city schools are reporting a drop in students’ attendance with children or their family members testing positive for Covid-19. The BMC has now asked schools and junior colleges to submit data on vaccination of students in the 12-14, 14-16 and 16-18 age groups.
“Very few students aged 12 and 13 are vaccinated, and their parents also don’t seem keen on taking the dose,” said the principal of a Matunga school.
Principals also pointed out instances of students, especially those commuting by school buses, testing positive. “Children have been advised to wear masks while commuting,” said the principal of a Mazgaon school.
While learning in 2022-23 is entirely offline two years after the pandemic, some schools have been moving affected classes online for at least a week to break the cycle of infection.
Despite being instructed not to send unwell children to school, several parents are doing so fearing that they may miss out on studies. Some schools have delayed their unit tests to help students adjust to offline classes.
School heads said students who returned to the city after vacation were asked to watch out for symptoms in the family. “Students who are forced to stay at home after family members tested positive are being helped by their teachers and classmates with their lessons,” said a Vile Parle school principal.
While students are recovering from Covid infection in less than a week, the majority of them are not vaccinated, pointed out principals. The 12-14 age group is the least vaccinated, they added.
Vaccination for the 12-14 age group began from mid-March. The 15-18 age group’s vaccination took off from January 3.