Meghalaya: In view of the Christmas festival and winter holidays break, the Meghalaya Education Department has declared the closure of all academic sessions from December 21 and will reopen on January 11.
On Tuesday (December 16) DP Wahlang, Principal Secretary of the state Education Department in a notification said that the Adjusted Academic Calendar (AAC) for all classes except those appearing for Board examinations in 2021 have been revised.
From December 21 schools will be close for winter vacation and will be reopening from January 11, 2020, up to March 10. This period will include lesson transactions, assignments, on-line interaction, counselling, etc.
The final examination/assessment will be from 11-20 March, while the term break will be from 21-31March. The new academic session (2021-22) will begin on April 1 next year.
Classes for 9-12 will be fully reopened in both urban and rural areas for completion of the courses and the preparation of the Board examination 2021.
Classes for 6-8 will be completely opened in rural areas while in urban/semi-urban towns of Shillong, Nongpoh, Khanapara, Jowai, Byrnihat, Tura, and Jorabat will be open partly. Partial opening only requires meetings, application of assignments, and talks with teachers/counselors at school premises.
The classes for 1to 5 will be partly open in rural areas and remain closed in urban/semi-urban towns.
The generic preventive steps to be taken include mandatory parental approval for attendance. The school management committee shall meet with the stakeholders (parents, district health officials, and the local community) before any class is reopened.
The school authorities are empowered to take any decision about the closing of schools in an event of any suspected COVID-19cases in consultation with Health officials.
The school authorities are also allowed to draw up a regular schedule and limit the duration of classes to 30 minutes and a break of 5 minutes after each period.