Shillong: Meghalaya government on Wednesday decided to resume offline classes from classes VI to XII throughout the state. However, the government has made it clear that consent of the parents is paramount.

Classes I-V will continue with online classes in Shillong and Shillong Urban Agglomeration till further notice, the government said.

In a notification issued by the education department for the district administration to consider, stress has been laid to ensure that all the Covid-19 protocols are strictly followed.

The notification also said consent of the parents is paramount on the physical presence of their wards and that the attendance norms will be made flexible.

The teaching hours have been reduced to 3-4 hours per day and alternate days routine is recommended. No cultural gathering and sports events are permitted, the notification said.

A blended mode of online and offline classes shall be an option to be exercised.

The notification further said that respective deputy commissioners are empowered to assess the risk locally and decide on reopening of schools, either online or offline, taking into consideration COVID cases and in consultation with the District Health Officials.

A Task Force Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner may be constituted to monitor the resumption and safe operations of schools. The District School Education Officers may be nominated as member secretary along with the District Medical Health Officers, principals of prominent school and community leaders.

The Task Force Committee is empowered to assess the COVID-19 situation and the feasibility of school reopening.

According to the notification, elementary to higher secondary school teachers are to attend schools according to their duty chart prepared by the school for compulsory transaction of daily / weekly lessons, and submission of assignments / lesson plans / worksheet /etc., accordingly via offline or online.

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