Several private schools in the city are making arrangements to accommodate both students and their parents for the National Achievement Survey on November 12.
Students of classes III, V, VIII and X will have to take a single paper test that will assess the learning level of students during the pandemic.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the test.
In Bengal, 3,165 schools, both government and private, have been randomly selected for the exercise.
In some schools that have more than one class, the number of students can go up to 500 or more. And if at least one parent accompanies a student, the number of people on the campus or just outside will automatically double.
Besides ways to accommodate the students and their parents, the schools have to chalk out a plan for the students to enter and leave following Covid norms.
Schools have placed teachers on duty to monitor that the children enter in a single line. “We have staggered the timing for the students to enter the campus because we will have 900 students across three classes,” said Bratati Bhattacharyya, the secretary general of Shri Shikshayatan School.
The school has also informed the local police station about the possibility of a crowd on Lord Sinha Road.
Schools have sent consent forms to parents but several of them said it was up to parents to send their children for the survey.
“We are preparing Plan A and B which will be executed depending on the number of students who turn up,” said Sushila Birla Girls’ School director Sharmila Bose.
Since the survey also includes primary children, teachers are worried about that age group maintaining distance and wearing masks.
“We are making arrangements to give space to parents on the premises following the Covid protocols,” said Krishna Damani, the trustee of South Point.
The arrangements also include preparing the data of the students of these classes and handing them over to the observers before the exam, said Terence John, the principal of Julien Day School,Kalyani.
“We are earmarking the space. We will have to keep the area sanitised,” he said.