The plummeting mercury and dense fog have forced several schools in Gurgaon to extend their winter vacations by one week.
Schools that were scheduled to open on Monday and Tuesday had sent out messages to parents over the weekend about the extension of the holiday.
"Due to the extreme cold, we have decided to reopen on January 14. We do have heaters and air-conditioners in the school but the commute to school will take a toll on students," said Sudha Goyal, principal, Scottish High International School. The school was scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.
According school authorities, the blanket of fog over the city, which is likely to increase through the week, is a safety hazard.
"It's not just about the cold wave. The Met forecast of deteriorating fog conditions is an important concern due to low visibility on the roads. Also, dense fog leads to respiratory problems among kids," said Rupa Chakravarty, principal, Suncity School. The school has decided to reopen on January 14 instead of Tuesday for students of Class 2 and below.
The Euro International School, which was supposed to reopen on Monday, is likely to resume classes on January 15. "We took the decision on Sunday as a precautionary measure since the cold is set to get worse during this week," said Satyavir Yadav, chairperson of the Euro group of schools.
On the other hand, DAV Public School and The Shri Ram School will reopen on January 14 as per their schedule every year.
Before the winter vacations commenced, many schools in the city had also pushed the timings by ahead by nearly one hour to avoid the early morning fog.