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Schools tweak timing to beat April heat

Most city schools have decided to change their timings in view of the gradually rising Celsius as summer approaches.

Reopening on April 5, all classes of Notre Dame Academy from Montessori would start at 7am and wind up at 12.50pm. All classes at Don Bosco Academy that reopens on April 2 would be held between 6.50am and 12.30pm.

St Joseph’s Convent High School has not yet changed the timings (8am to 2pm). The new session starts on April 2.

Brother Felix, the principal of Loyola High School, said: “We are not changing the timings, 6.50am to 12.40pm. The school will reopen on April 2 for classes I to IX and XII and for Class X, on April 4. If the temperature goes up, we may change the timings.”

Weathermen said the temperatures are on the rise in the state.

“The maximum temperature in the first week of April is expected to be around 38ºC, which is hovering around 35ºC now. The minimum temperature, on the other hand, is expected to be around 22ºC. The temperature around 8am, when the schools open, is expected to be around 25ºC accompanied by southeasterly winds,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department, Patna.

On the other hand, few schools like Loyola High School, which have already changed the timings, would re-revise them depending on the weather condition. Radiant International School, which reopens on April 8, is one such institution.

DPS, Patna, would reopen on April 2.

A schoolteacher said: “Our timings are the same throughout the year — from 7am to 1pm for seniors and from 10am to 3pm for the junior wing. However, if we get instructions from the district magistrate, we may change the timings.”

Radhika K., the vice-principal of Radiant International School, said: “Considering summer, we have already changed the timings. If temperatures rise, we will revise them again. For classes LKG And UKG, the new timings are 9am to noon. For classes I to VI, classes would be from 9am to 2pm. For classes VII to XII, the revised timing would be 7am to noon.”

St Dominic Savio’s High School, reopening on April 2 for classes Nursery to V, and on April 3 for classes VI to XII, would not change the timings from the first day. The timings would change from April 4.

Asha Nutan, the principal of DAV, Transport Nagar, which runs in two shifts, has not decided the timings yet.