Winter vacation announcement brings jubilation to parents, children amidst chilling temps in Kmr

SRINAGAR, NOV 25: As temperatures in Kashmir plummet, the Union Territory government’s announcement of winter vacation on Saturday has sparked widespread joy among parents and children alike.
The intensifying cold in recent days prompted educational authorities to declare the winter break, bringing smiles to the faces of children and parents across the valley.
The decision, made with the safety and well-being of students in mind, has been met with enthusiasm from both parents and their excited children. “I was initially worried about the cold affecting my children’s commute to school. The winter vacation is a relief. It was really a stressful morning for kids to get ready for school in this cold,” shared Naseema Bano, a parent in Srinagar.
“The safety of our students is our top priority. Given the intensifying cold and the challenges it poses for daily activities, we believe the winter vacation is a prudent decision,” states Shabir Ahmad, another relieved parent.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) announced winter vacations in a phased manner for educational institutions across the Kashmir Valley.
This decision was a response to the prevailing severe cold conditions in the region and aims to provide respite to both students and staff.
For students up to the 8th standard, winter vacations are scheduled to commence from November 28, 2023, extending through February 29, 2024. Subsequently, for students in classes 8th to 12th, the winter break will be observed from December 11, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
This measured approach ensures an extended break for younger students and a slightly shortened period for those in higher classes.
The decision to declare winter vacations follows earlier appeals made by various parents and the Private Schools Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) to DSEK. The PSAJK had urged authorities to consider the severe cold weather conditions and announce a winter break for schools across the valley.
In response to these appeals, the Divisional Commissioner had assured that winter vacations would be announced soon, taking into account the chilling temperatures in Kashmir.
This proactive step from the authorities is aimed at safeguarding the well-being of students and staff, acknowledging the need for a break during the harsh winter months.
The order specifies that teaching staff is expected to report back to their respective schools on February 21, 2024. The announcement reflects a thoughtful approach by education authorities in addressing the concerns raised by parents and the PSAJK, prioritizing the safety and comfort of students during the winter season.

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