The West Bengal Government has planned to declare the summer vacations for schools early because of the massive heatwave conditions. The schools will remain closed from 2nd May to 15th June 2022. Darjeeling and Kalimpong schools will also have the same holidays.
Summer vacations for West Bengal schools from May 2 to June 15
The West Bengal state government is planning to shift primary school’s working hours from day to morning. The government is also taking various precautions to save the children from the soaring heatwave. As the temperatures are exceeding 40 degrees Celsius for three days in a row, the government is considering the health officials for supporting the children during the heatwave.
Seema Sapru, principal at The Heritage School, said, “In the pre-Covid years, exams used to take place in February and March. So, the kids never had to face this kind of heat. Today we allowed the board examinees to avail of our bus services and ensured they had their meals at school. Of the 182 students taking their exam today, 40 came by bus. We have also decided that from the May 16 to 20, our children will have online classes so that they do not have to be out in the summer heat.”
Principal at DPS Howrah Sunita Arora said, “I have ordered glucose and ORS for our infirmary. A supply will be kept in each exam room. We also encourage students to continuously drink water. Moreover, we are holding exams in the better-ventilated rooms. Eighteen students will be allotted to each room in three rows to ensure more space.”
Vijaylaxmi Kumar, principal at Asian International School, said, “We will conduct an online orientation programme on Tuesday for our Class X students, advising them on how to take guard against the heat-wave-like conditions. We will hold a similar session for Class XII before their boards. The school is also stocking up on glucose and medical help will continue to be available.”
Supriyo Dhar, secretary at La Martiniere, said, “Boards students will write their papers in AC rooms. If students face any issues with exhaustion or sickness during transit, they will receive immediate medical attention.”