Schools across Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad will reopen on Monday, even as the air quality over the weekend remained at hazardous levels. Gurgaon, however, announced that schools will remain closed on Monday. On Sunday, Delhi’s AQI was 460 — up from Saturday’s 403. A Delhi government spokesperson said, “There is no order for schools to be closed on Monday. But we will be evaluating the situation at each step.” In Ghaziabad and Noida — where the AQI was 498 and 492 — the district administration announced that schools would open, but with riders.
Ghaziabad district magistrate, Ritu Maheshwari, said schools “will reopen at 9 am on Monday as opposed to the earlier hour to ensure children aren’t exposed to high levels of pollution”. Noida district magistrate B N Singh said, “Schools are open on Monday, but principals have been called for a meeting, following which a decision will be taken for future dates. Concerns have been raised by schools about how studies are being affected. If not closure, we might alter timings of the schools.”
In Gurgaon, where the AQI is 460, Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said: “All government and private schools are to be closed on November 13 due to continuing smog situation in last 48 hours…” However, some schools decided to remain closed. Shashi Banerjee, Principal of Shiv Nadar School, Noida, wrote to parents on Sunday and said, “… In view of the prevailing situation, the management has decided to shut the school on November 13 and 14.”
Private schools in Delhi said they will reopen on Monday. DPS Vasant Kunj Principal Bindu Sehgal said the school will reopen. Priyanka Mehta, principal of Amity International School, Mayur Vihar, said, “Light rain is expected in the morning after which the smog is likely to go down; so we’re keeping the school open as of now. But we’ll assess the situation. There could be a last-minute change.”