In 2021, the Government of Tamil Nadu announced the reopening of schools for children in the XIth and XIIth Stds. from the third week of January. As a result, nineteen students were able to return to Boys Town in Gummidipoondi to attend their normal classes from the 20th January. Subsequently, the Government also announced the reopening of schools for children in the IXth and Xth Stds. from the 16th February and so a further group of sixteen students joined the others in Boys Town.
All students were advised to get a COVID-19 test done before arrival and all of them arrived back at the school with certificates stating that their results were negative. Staff at Boys Town are also following the health and safety guidance set out by local government authorities.
The annual examination dates for the XIIth Std. have been announced and will run from the 3rd May to the 21st May 2021. Teachers are helping students to be fully prepared for the final examinations by giving them extra tuition and tutorials after school hours. The examination schedules for the IXth, Xth and XIth Stds. have yet to be announced.
Classes for students in the VIIth and VIIIth Stds. are still not functional, but teachers are in touch with the students and their families and providing them with appropriate guidance and support as needed.
To monitor the students’ return to Boys Town a few club members visited them on the 26th January to celebrate Republic Day. In addition, on the 26th February, the Governor of Rotary District 3232, visited Boys Town and spent some time with the students.