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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Students and teachers in schools heaved a sigh of relief after all the educational institutions across Odisha today started morning classes as a preventive measure against the rising temperature and intensifying heat wave situation in the State.

With mercury level mounting day by day, timings of all private and government-run schools have been changed to 6.30 AM till 10.30 AM.

The School and Mass Education (S&ME) department, in a letter to all educational boards, had directed the concerned authorities to take precautionary and preparatory measures in all educational institutions including all the government schools and privately run schools to reschedule the timing of classes.

As per the notification, the school authorities have also been asked to serve midday meals at 10.00 AM and close the schools by 11.00 AM while directing that no activities would be carried in the school after that.

Though the school authorities have made adequate provision of drinking water, they have directed all students to bring water bottles and umbrellas to save themselves from the scorching heat.

All government and private schools in Nabarangpur, Gunupur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Nilagiri in Balasore and other districts began morning classes today. The new academic session 2019-20 would begin from April 3, whereas summer vacations will start from May 6.

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