From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : School bubbles
Mains level : Not Much
The Karnataka government has proposed the ‘school bubble’ concept to mitigate the spread of the disease among children (aged below 18) attending offline classes at schools and pre-university colleges across the state.
It takes a village to raise a child.
What are school bubbles?
- School bubbles are physical classifications made between groups comprising a small number of students.
- As per the concept, each such bubble will include students who tend to remain as a group during school hours throughout the term or an academic year.
- The concept would help managements easily isolate a fewer number of students in case anyone gets infected.
- For instance, a school bubble can include 30 students. If one among them gets infected, the others can self-isolate but the school need not be closed completely.
- This would allow uninterrupted learning to others as well.
Why are school bubbles significant?
- The concept of school bubbles, experts feel, will be more relevant to students studying in primary school or below.
- These students will have more chances of peer-to-peer interactions on a daily basis.
- With school bubbles in place, the risk assessment process to identify close contacts of a Covid-positive student will also get easier.
Is this concept completely new?
- This has been successfully implemented at schools in the United Kingdom.
- The government there has further relaxed social-distancing measures for students within a particular school bubble.
- However, all members of the bubble are mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR tests if a student is infected.