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Posted On: 18 October 2009 11:41 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Schools may have shorter winter break

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Some private schools will have a shorter winter holiday this year due to the delayed reopening after the summer break. Any change in the holiday schedule could upset the travel plans of a number of families. Some schools have already announced their changed holiday schedule and more institutions are expected to follow suit. For instance, the Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) a sister concern of Cambridge School Doha and Cambridge International School for Girls, will be closing for the winter holiday on December 18, more than two weeks later than the normal schedule. The school will reopen on January 3 after a curtailed two-week holiday. Most other Indian schools, however, will have their usual month-long winter holiday. They would close with the Eid Al Adha holiday and reopen by the end of December or early January. “We have decided on a shorter vacation this year to compensate for the lost working days due to the prolonged summer holiday,” said DMIS principal S K Saxena. He, however, said students who had already made plans to go on vacation during December could go ahead with their plans. “They will lose hardly 10 school days and we will try to arrange special classes for such students after vacation. Only a few families would be leaving on holiday in December since the majority of them have just retuned from a long vacation,” added Saxena. The two sister institutions of DMIS would also have a shorter winter vacation, although they are following a totally different academic schedule. Senior officials from MES Indian School and Birla Public School said they would have a one-month winter vacation beginning with the Eid Al Adha holiday. The Ideal Indian School is yet to announce its decision. “We are planning to have our school annual day before the Eid holiday. If it takes place as scheduled, we will also have a one-month holiday,” said sources from the school. Although the reopening of the schools was delayed by one week due to swine flu, most schools are not expecting an emergency closure, given the fact that very few suspected H1N1 cases have been reported from the schools after their reopening. Only one school had to suspend four of its classes after several suspected flu cases were reported. Experts have warned of a possible rise in H1N1 cases with the beginning of winter, but many in the academic community prefer to believe it will not lead to closure of the schools. “We hope it would not happen. Such a turn of events would upset all our academic schedule,” said the principal of a leading expatriate school.