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Shillong: Following the new guidelines of the Union ministry of home affairs concerning reopening of schools, the Meghalaya education department on Thursday issued a notification with a set of guidelines pertaining to the issue.

The education department has informed that regular class activities for schools, colleges and other educational institutions will continue to remain closed up to September 30. However, some activities will be permitted.

Schools will be permitted to open for activities, such as teacher-student counselling, clearing doubts, addressing hard spots, sharing unit lesson plans, assignments, submission of works, student assessment programme, etc.

All schools are to prepare a Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) to ensure all students are learning. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and encouraged. All schools to develop a 50% attendance schedule/roster duty of teaching and non-teaching staff.

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Only students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the containment zone only, on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 and mandatory compliance to the SOP given below.

Elementary school teachers are to attend schools as per their Roster duty chart developed by the school for compulsory transaction of daily/weekly lessons plans/worksheet/etc. distribution at the school campus.

Schools are to develop their individual micro planning relating to flexibility in school timings, scheduling of students visit and uniform code. Schools are advised to ensure short duration visit of students. School buses if utilized will be exempted from odd /even rule.

The adjusted academic calendar is uploaded in the education department website ( and also at the MBOSE website (

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The department has issued generic preventive measures and simple public health measures that the schools should follow:

Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory, frequent hand washing with soap and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Respiratory etiquettes like covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow to be followed.

Prior to resumption of activities, teaching/demonstrations etc., shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution. The school should display State helpline numbers and also numbers of local health authorities etc. to teachers /students employees to contact in case of any emergency.

Appropriate backup stock of personal protection items like face covers/masks, visors, hand sanitizers etc. shall be made available by management to the teachers and students. Ensure availability of sufficient covered dustbins and trash cans. Housekeeping employee to be informed & trained about norms for waste management & disposal.

The entrances of the schools or institutions are to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions. Multiple gates/separate gates, if feasible, should be used for entry and exit.

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Posters/standees on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently. Proper crowd management should be followed and entry of visitors should be strictly regulated/restricted.

Sharing of items like notebook, pens/pencil, eraser, water bottle, etc. amongst students should not be allowed.

Regular Cleaning and disinfection (using 1% sodum hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces. Provision of soap in toilets and hand sanitizers in other common areas in sufficient quantity must be ensured.

Teaching materials, computers, laptops, printers, shall be disinfected with 70% alcohol/wipes. Students should not be involved in any of the cleaning activities for health safety reasons.

Sensitize students, parents, teachers and employees to create awareness on COVID appropriate behaviour, as detailed under generic measures above.

If a student, teacher or employee is sick, they should not come to the School and follow necessary protocols in this regard.

Parents will be solely responsible to maintain students’ hygiene (uniform, tiffin, bags, etc.)

The department has informed that this order will come into force with immediate effect till further orders.

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