The winter timetable has been issued by the Punjab government for all public and private schools across the province. The new timings were notified by the provincial School Education Department. They will be effective from 16th October to 31st March 2021.
According to the report, schools running in either single or double shifts need to comply with the specified schedule.
According to the revised timetable, schools operating in a single shift will operate from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm between Mondays and Saturdays, except Fridays, when they’ll close at 12:15 pm.
Likewise, schools with two shifts will open from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm between Mondays and Saturdays in the first shift, and from 1 pm to 4:30 pm in the second. The new timings for Fridays will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
The new timings have allowed headteachers to make a recess schedule for 10 minutes each day, after consultation with the concerned Controlling Officer. Recess will not be available on Fridays. The authorities have also urged schools to maintain social distancing during the lunch breaks.
The schools reopened last month after closure of six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
School administration has directed the education department to make sure that all comply by the standard operating procedures (SOPs).