Odisha Parents Federation requested the state government not to open the schools before December and restructure the academic calendar for 2020-21, keeping the COVID-19 situation in view. Federation wants that decision should be taken after a discussion with all parties involved. Odisha Parents Federation Chairman, Basudev Bhatta said, "Odisha governmnet should assure the parents that students won't get COVID-19 infection while attending classes in schools. Then only parents will consider sending their children to school. Why we're being asked to give this assurance."