Last Update: April 13, 2023, 11:13 AM IST
The Delhi government on Wednesday issued guidelines for schools in view of the heatwave forecast in the national capital.
In the circular issued by the government, it has been said that all the schools in Delhi are recognized under the directorate. Education (DoE) has to ensure that there is no gathering of students in schools during the afternoon shift.
“During the summer season in Delhi, the day temperature exceeds 40 degree Celsius, it is harmful to the health of children and adolescents studying in schools. Due to increase in temperature in NCR, there has been a rise in cases of heat related illness.”
“All government/government aided/private unaided schools recognized under the Directorate of Education will have to ensure the availability of drinking water to the students in the schools. Students should be given water breaks during classes,” the circular mentioned.
The Directorate of Education also mentioned that schools have to sensitize students to cover their heads during day time.
“Sensitize students to cover their heads when coming to or leaving school (use umbrellas, hats, caps, towels, and other traditional head gear) when exposed to direct sunlight. In case of related illness, the schools will have to report to the nearest hospital or health facility.”
The maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 36.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal for this time of the year. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature of the city was recorded at 36.8 degree Celsius, which is the highest temperature so far this summer season.
Meanwhile, with the continuation of Heat wave across OdishaOn Tuesday, morning classes for students of classes 1 to 12 began across the state. The timing of morning classes will now be from 7 am to 11.30 am. The state government has allowed district collectors to change the timings of schools keeping in view the local heat conditions. Schools have also been asked to ensure arrangements for drinking water and other facilities required to cope with the heat.
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