April 21, 2024

Gurugram shuts school for students up to Grade 5 owing to poor air quality

The Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram announced the suspension of in-person classes for Pre-school, Pre-primary, and Primary sections (Nursery to class V) in both private and government schools.

Gurugram announced discontinuation of pre-School, pre- Primary & Primary classes (Nursery to class V) in physical form from 7th November 2023 for both private and govt. schools due to pollution.

Gurugram announced discontinuation of pre-School, pre- Primary & Primary classes (Nursery to class V) in physical form from 7th November 2023 for both private and govt. schools due to pollution. (Image: @DC_Gurugram)

Due to the worsening Air Quality Index (AQI) in Gurugram, the Deputy Commissioner has taken proactive measures to address air pollution concerns in the city. As of November 7, 2023, physical classes for students up to class 5 have been discontinued.

The following measures were announced by him:

  • Discontinuation of Pre School, Pre Primary & Primary classes (Nursery to class V) in physical form from 7th November 2023 for both Private and Govt. Schools.
  • Transition to online lessons for students up to Grade 5, ensuring easy access to online resources.
  • Offline classes suspension will continue until further notice, based on air quality conditions and government directives.

The Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram announced the suspension of in-person classes for Pre School, Pre Primary, and Primary sections (Nursery to class V) in both private and government schools. The directive emphasizes the adoption of online classes to ensure continued education for students up to Grade 5.

Gurugram’s air quality has persistently remained at a very poor level for three consecutive days, prompting this decision. This directive applies to all schools in the region, private and government alike, until further notice.

On November 5, 2023, the Delhi government also extended the closure of schools up to the fifth grade until November 10, 2023, due to elevated pollution levels. Atishi, the Education Minister of Delhi, conveyed this update via a tweet on a social media platform, highlighting the priority of student safety and well-being amidst the ongoing pollution crisis.

When air pollution levels increase, it’s crucial to take proactive steps to protect your health and well-being. Here are some recommended actions:

Limit Outdoor Activities:

Minimize outdoor activities, especially strenuous exercises and sports, when air quality is poor. If you need to go out, try to do so during times when pollution levels are lower, such as early in the morning or late in the evening.

Use Air Purifiers:

Consider using air purifiers in your home, especially in bedrooms and living spaces. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can help reduce indoor air pollution.

Close Windows and Doors:

Keep windows and doors closed to prevent outdoor pollutants from entering your home. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal any gaps or cracks where pollutants may seep in.

Use Masks:

When venturing outside, consider using N95 or N99 masks, which are designed to filter out fine particulate matter. These masks can help protect your respiratory system from harmful pollutants.

Avoid Smoking Indoors:

Avoid smoking or allowing others to smoke indoors. Tobacco smoke can significantly contribute to indoor air pollution.

Ventilate Your Home:

Use exhaust fans or open windows briefly when outdoor air quality improves. This can help exchange indoor air with fresher, cleaner air.

Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy Diet:

Drinking plenty of water and maintaining a balanced diet rich in antioxidants can help support your immune system and counteract the effects of pollution.

Seek Medical Advice if Needed:

If you or a family member experience respiratory or health issues related to poor air quality, seek medical advice promptly. Keep essential medications on hand if prescribed by a doctor.

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