New Delhi: Schools in the national capital reopened once again on Monday even the Delhi air quality continues to be in 'very poor' category.
"All the schools in Delhi will reopen from 29.11.2021 for all classes," tweeted Delhi deputy CM and education minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday.
Meanwhile, many parents have expressed fear of air pollution and COVID-19. A parent said, "I have advised my son to wear a mask all the time and maintain distance from other students as much as possible."
The another parent said, "Pollution is a big worry, similarly, we are seeing an increase in Covid cases once again. I think online classes could have been continued for some more time. But now that children are coming out, I have instructed them not to remove masks anytime."
Students too are aware of the rising pollution level and have been taking all possible precautionary measures to protect themselves from both pollution and COVID-19
A student said it is difficult to study online and contact teachers. "Pollution is there but physical classes are also necessary as I don't have a phone it becomes difficult for me to contact teachers."
"It was necessary for schools to reopen as our exams are coming we needed to come to school to revise our syllabus. Since the pollution is also too much everyone should wear masks," said a student.
The school authorities says they have made preparation for following covid protocols strictly. Monica Anand, vice president of Atal Adarsh Vidyalaya said, "We sanitize our building every day in the evening. We have distributed students in different batches. We have also allotted different gates to enter and exit the students of different classes."
However, overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi recorded at 370 according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
The AQI in Mathura Road (406) and Delhi University area (416) was recorded in the 'severe' category.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi today recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius (°C), while the maximum temperature recorded was 27 degrees Celsius (°C).
All schools in the national capital were shut down due to a spike in air pollution levels earlier this month.