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More schools close, cut down on activities

On Monday, yet another school in the Capital decided to close for a week in a bid to contain the spread of swine flu among students., reports Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2009 00:25 IST
Ritika Chopra

On Monday, yet another school in the Capital decided to close for a week in a bid to contain the spread of swine flu among students.

Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road, in Central Delhi became the third institution — after Sanskriti School and Delhi Public School, East of Kailash — to do so.

The school that has reported two cases from Class III will remain closed till August 16.

St. Mary’s School, Dwarka, also declared a week’s break for its Nursery and KG sections. Two children from KG have tested positive for the flu.

The other affected institutions in Delhi may not have taken such an extreme step, but have tweaked their normal functioning with changes.

Extra-curricular activities have temporarily taken a backseat. Independence Day celebration are likely to get affected.

While almost all the affected schools have suspended the common morning assembly (and substituted it with class assembly instead), some have either cancelled or postponed inter and intra-school competitions to ensure that students don’t congregate in large numbers and increase the risk of infection.

Mother’s International School, Aurobindo Marg, for instance, has postponed an inter-school competition scheduled for Tuesday by ten days. The school has, till date, had only one student with H1N1 infection.

At Springdales School, Pusa Road, the August 15 programme will not be the usual grand affair.

Delhi Public School Mathura Road, will hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide on whether to have an Independence Day assembly or not.

“Till last year, we had a huge celebration and even invited parents to mark Independence Day. But this time around, we'll limit it to the individual classrooms,” said Ameeta Wattal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.

Here, the authorities have also staggered the timings of school getting over for different groups of children.

“The whole idea is to not have all of them together in one place. For example, the junior school gets over at 1.20 pm and those taking the school bus home get over at 1.30 pm,” added Wattal.

The Film Club of Sanskriti School will have to tone down its activities for a few weeks.