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Schools in full sleeves

Dengue has forced several Calcutta schools to bend their rules and allow students to wear full-sleeve shirts, trousers and leggings with skirts to protect them from mosquito bite.

Students of Garden High School, near the EM Bypass, can even wear full-sleeve shirts of a colour different from their uniform if they haven’t bought the specified winter wear yet. “The shirts need to be of a light colour. Girls can wear trousers,” pro rector Kavita Guha said.

The school texted parents on Wednesday about the rules.

Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Salt Lake have also advised their students to bring out their full sleeves much before the uniform officially changes for winter.

Boys in kindergarten, who are required to wear shorts, have been allowed to switch to trousers in both schools. Girls at DPS, Ruby Park, can wear leggings along with skirts. At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, track pants that are part of the school uniform for sport can be paired with skirts. Few might dare try this fashion challenge but it’s probably better than getting a mosquito bite.

Several students of DPS, Ruby Park, have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of dengue in the past couple of weeks. “I have been receiving five to six notes from parents every day,” principal Anushree Ghose said.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has had two or three absentees in each class during the terminal exams.

DPS Ruby Park, which has campuses at Kasba Rathtala and Rajdanga, is fumigating the surroundings twice daily. Mosquito repellents and other insecticides are being sprayed in most institutions, including the two La Martiniere schools, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mahadevi Birla, Modern High, St. James and the Apeejay schools.

At La Martiniere for Girls, spray cans of repellent are kept in each class so that teachers can use those whenever required. “We are not allowing water to accumulate under flower pots and AC ducts,” said Supriyo Dhar, secretary of the La Martiniere schools.