Several schools remained shut on Monday or worked for half the day, following heavy rain in some parts of the city.
Heavy flooding and disruption of public transport made it difficult for students and staff to reach schools and colleges. Schools said they would decide late Monday or early Tuesday whether to stay open and would communicate to their students.
“We will send out text messages and spread the word through class representatives if we decide to stay shut on Tuesday,” said Husein Burhani, academic director of DY Patil International School at Worli, which stayed open on Monday.
Schools in south Mumbai said they didn’t have a problem with attendance, but some in the suburbs stayed closed. “We informed students on Monday morning that the school would be shut as we weren’t sure about the level of flooding in other areas,” said V Balasubramanian, director, NES International School, Mulund.
The five Bombay Cambridge schools shut their primary section on Monday, while RN Podar School in Santacruz did not function for its afternoon shift. All civic schools remained shut.
Colleges reported lower attendance than usual. “Attendance was around 70%,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College, Vile Parle.