New Timings Help Haryana Schools to Adapt to Intense Heatwave


In response to the intense heatwave alert, the Directorate of School Education, Haryana, has revised the school timings from May 18 to May 31, 2024. This decision aims to safeguard students, parents, and teachers from the extreme temperatures forecasted for the region. Additionally, all schools in Haryana, both government and private, will remain closed for summer vacations from June 1 to June 30, 2024, and will reopen on July 1.

For single-shift schools, the new timings are 7 am to 12 pm, while double-shift schools will operate in two shifts: the first shift from 7 am to 11:30 am, and the second shift from 11:45 am to 4:15 pm.

The Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave alert for Haryana, predicting temperatures could soar up to 46 degrees Celsius. This prompted the decision to revise the school timings to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.

Earlier, in February, the Haryana education department had adjusted school timings to facilitate the smooth conduct of board exams, with single-shift schools operating from 8 am to 2:30 pm, and double-shift schools running from 7 am to 12:30 pm and 12:45 pm to 6:15 pm.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a severe heatwave in Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana for the next five days, with no respite from the intense heat scorching many parts of the country. Delhi’s temperature is expected to reach 44 degrees Celsius on Monday, following the season’s highest of 44.4 degrees recorded the previous day.

According to the latest IMD bulletin, severe heatwave conditions will also affect parts of Rajasthan from Tuesday to Friday and some regions of Uttar Pradesh on Monday and Tuesday.

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