In view of late winters this year, several private schools in the city have decided to postpone the winter vacations to December 31 onwards.
Earlier, most private schools used to close schools for vacations after December 20.
The private schools which have postponed the vacations, include Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri; Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road; Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town; Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri; BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar; and Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Mona Singh, principal, Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, said, "We have scheduled our winter vacations from December 30 to January 7. As of now the schools timings are 8:40 am to 2:40 pm. However, when the school reopens on January 8, we are planning to change the school timings to 9 am."
Sister Chantal, principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, said, "Our school will be closed for winter vacations from December 23 to January 2. The school will reopen on January 3. If the weather conditions are harsh, we will change the timings from 8.30 am to 9 am."
Unhappy over the schools' decision, Anita Kaushal, a bank employee, said, "The weather these days is so chilly. My daughter leaves for school at 7.30 am as the school starts at 8.30. The schools must schedule the winter break from December 25 to January 15, as it is very cold and foggy during these days."
Another parent, Janak Mehra, a businessman, said, "Instead of shortening the winter break, schools should skip the autumn break, so they can keep the schools closed during harsh weather."
Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road: December 30 to January 8
BCM Arya School, Shastri Nagar: December 30 to January 6
Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town: December 31 to January 5
Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines: December 30 to January 9
Sat Paul Mittal School: January 6 to January 14
BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar: December 30 to January 5
Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri: January 1 to January 14
At government schools in the city, the winter vacations are from December 25 to December 31. The schools will reopen on January 1, 2013.