As Delhi and National Capital Region continue to battle falling temperatures and dense fog, Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate, NP Singh, has asked all district based schools to change their timings from Friday.
The new timings for all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) and Uttar Pradesh board schools are 9.30am to 2.30pm.
“Due to thick fog and chilly winds, all ICSE/CBSE and UP Board secondary schools will now function from 9.30am to 2.30pm. All primary schools (class nursery to eighth) will function from 9.30 am to 3pm,” said Singh.
According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Thursday’s maximum and minimum temperatures in Noida were 26 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. The weather is expected to remain the same in the next week.
Noida-based schools have said they are willing to comply with the order.
“We have read the order from the district magistrate. We are also concerned with the current situation of dense fog and will comply with the order,” said Dr Shalini Advani, director, Pathways School.
Parents have also welcomed the move saying that such a step was necessary as dense fog has reduced vehicular movement.
“I have two children studying in a Noida school and everyday I have to drive them to school at 7.30am. For the past one week, it has been extremely difficult for me to drive due to dense fog in the morning. It is a welcome step taken by the district administration,” said Shalini Singh, a homemaker in Noida sector 28.