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Govt allows reopening of schools in rural areas

Shillong,Sept 29: The government has allowed reopening of schools from October 1.

A notification issued on Wednesday said schools from class I to XII in rural areas are allowed to reopen from October 1.

However, in urban areas, the government will allow only school visits or online classes for class I to V while classes VI to XII will reopen.

The notification said protocols should be maintained and added that the consent of parents is paramount. “Parents will have final say on the physical presence of their wards and hence attendance norms will be relaxed,” it said.

Teaching hours will be three to four hours per day and no cultural gathering or sports events will be permitted.

Schools/colleges have been asked to provide isolation facilities and tie up with local health departments for any emergency situation.

The deputy commissioners have been empowered to assess the risk locally and decide on reopening schools.

The deputy commissioners have been asked to constitute a task force committee which will be empowered to assess the Covid-19 situation and the feasibility of school/college reopening.

The notification said vaccination is encouraged for teachers/staff. Non-vaccinated teachers/staff will have to undergo mandatory RT PCR test every 10 days and submit the test certificate to the school head.

Only 15-20 students will be permitted to be present in a class at a given time and to ensure this, schools will call students on shifts or alternate days, the notification said.

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