Delhi Schools Closed With Immediate Effect Till June 30 Amid Heatwave Conditions

Mumbai: In response to the severe heatwave gripping the city, the Delhi government has directed all private schools to commence summer vacation immediately, extending until June 30. The decision, aimed at protecting students and staff from the extreme temperatures, was announced through a government circular on Sunday.

The directive comes after observations that some government-aided and unaided private schools remained open despite the dangerous heat conditions. “All the Heads of Schools of DoE were directed to observe Summer Vacation from 11.05.2024 (Sunday) to 30.06.2024 (Sunday) for the Academic Year 2024-25. However, it has been observed that some of the government-aided and unaided recognised private schools are still open during ongoing severe heat waves,” the circular stated. It further instructed these schools to “close schools for summer vacation with immediate effect.”

This measure aligns with actions taken by other states in India, where prolonged heatwaves have prompted the early declaration of summer vacations for both government and private schools.

The urgency of the directive is underscored by recent temperature records, with Najafgarh district in Delhi recording a scorching 47.8°C on Sunday, the highest temperature in the country this season. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted the continuation of the heatwave this week, warning of a high risk of heat-related illnesses and heat strokes affecting people of all ages.

The IMD has also issued advisories for “extreme care” to be taken for vulnerable groups such as infants, the elderly, and individuals with chronic diseases. Severe heatwave conditions are expected to persist in several states, including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Gujarat, starting May 18.

In light of these predictions, the Delhi government’s swift action aims to mitigate the risks posed by the heatwave, ensuring the safety and well-being of students and school staff across the city.

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