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Hi, this is Fitness Radio Episode 18, and you are back with Priya Dogra. So there has been a survey done in which parents of children of all ages are asked that are they ready to send their children back to schools. So I thought that’s the burning question for every parent today. Since the lockdown opened, and I have children of my own, I am worried what are we going to do? Because everybody is worried about every other thing, but nobody is thinking about our state of mind. Are we really ready to send children back to schools?
So from the online survey, the figure which came out says that 90% of parents are unwilling to send their children to schools back. And I am happened to be one of them. 56% said that they will watch for a month or two and then they will send them back. 8% said that yes they will send kids back to schools. One day the school will open then, what are we going to do after 50 days of lockdown? There is no vaccine, there is no cure, there are clustered areas with positive Coronavirus cases and cases are still coming.
I don’t think we just have two choices, whether to send them or whether to not send them, because education is important and how long we can keep them at home? But then the debate actually comes down to dropping a year. Because when the schools are open teachers will not provide them online classes. They will teach them in the physical classes, and you left with no choice other than sending them back to schools.
In the same survey, 64% of parents said that they are not going to send their children to social gatherings like birthday parties, pajama parties, or group studies. So when we are not comfortable sending them to each other’s home then how can we send them to schools? That’s a very valid question. Only 1% of the parents said that they would be comfortable taking their children to malls again. I will not be. What is the burning need to go to a mall or a public place, which is air-conditioned, where people are walking out in the whole day? Why? What is the urgency?
35% of parents said they would be willing to let their children to go out to the parks, to play with their friends, till the time they maintain social distancing. 45% of parents said that they will not let their kids play any sport this year. Then what how our post lockdown will look like? I have no clue. How will schools manage a mishap of a school person or child due to a positive case? 1% of the parents also said that they will not be taking their kids to any holidays. It makes sense to me.
Nothing is important than our kids’ security. So please think thousand times before taking the call to send your children back to school this year. I am hoping for better times and more clarity.
Till then be safe and stay healthy!