I don’t know about you, but when I recall my school days, I tend to picture my teachers as being zen and calm. There’s chaos all around them (obviously heightened in my imagination), but time stands still for the teacher — at least the best ones — and they could wrangle any situation before it got out of hand. The last year has been anything but calm.
It’s been over a year since the pandemic began and life changed for teachers in India and around the world. With no end in sight yet, we might not go back to the normal when it comes to school for a while.
Even as schools reopen this week in parts of the country, there are limits and restrictions in place, which makes reopening precarious. Schools will be required to shut down if there are any cases, which will be followed by contact tracing and other measures, according to the official rules in various states where schools have reopened.