The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education has advised all private schools in the city to remain closed until January 15, 2023 due to the cold wave sweeping the region. This extension of the winter break comes after Bihar and Jharkhand also extended their breaks until January 15, and some schools in Rajasthan have pushed back their reopening dates.
All municipal schools in Delhi will also be closed until January 15, with remedial sessions continuing for students in grades 9 through 12. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a Red alert for Punjab, Haryana, UP, Chandigarh, and Delhi, with an Orange warning in place for Bihar and Rajasthan. IMD Scientist Dr. RK Jenamani stated that while the coldwave is expected to end on January 10, very dense to dense fog is still anticipated. However, the next western disturbance, beginning on the night of January 10, is expected to bring some relief from the thick fog and coldwave.
In Noida, schools will be closed until January 14 for students in Classes 1 through 8. Classes 9 through 12 will now meet from 8 am to 2 pm until further notice. The Delhi government’s decision to extend the winter break for private schools aims to protect the health and safety of students and staff during the harsh weather conditions.
In addition to the school closures, the Delhi government has also issued a warning for residents to stay indoors as much as possible and to dress in warm layers when venturing outside. The extreme cold temperatures and dense fog have created hazardous conditions for travel, and officials are urging people to take caution and stay off the roads if possible.
The cold wave has caused disruptions in the city, with several flights and trains being cancelled or delayed. The Delhi International Airport has implemented a low visibility procedure, with only a limited number of flights allowed to land and take off during the foggy conditions. The government has urged people to check with their respective airlines and railway authorities for updates on schedules.
As the cold wave continues to grip the city, the Delhi government is taking necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of its citizens. The decision to close schools until January 15 is a precautionary measure to protect students and staff from the harsh weather. Officials are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.