**Bhubaneswar:** While mercury levels are soaring in Odisha, the State Government on Friday announced the summer season schedule for all Government and private schools. As per a notification issued by the School and Mass Education Department, from April 2, the school timings will be 6:30 am to 10:30 am, and no school will remain open beyond 11 am.
The mid-day meals will be served in all Government schools at 10 am. All school assessment examinations should be completed before March 31 and drinking water and first aid must be readily available at all examination centres. Academic session for 2018-19 will start from April 3 and April 2 will be observed as Pravesh Utsav, the notification stated.
At schools where tube-wells are not available, the authorities should ensure availability of drinking water and advice students to come with umbrella and water bottles. Physical training should be made optional in all the schools during the summer season.
“Summer vacation will start from May 4 and all school authorities should take all possible steps to combat the heat wave situation,” the notification added.