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“For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State/ UT governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation,” the MHA said in the guidelines. Also Read - School Reopening 2021: Andhra Pradesh to Reopen Schools on August 16, Class X Students of Year 2020, 2021 to Get Marks

1) The MHA said that the online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged in all schools. Also Read - Karnataka, Himachal, Telangana: When Will Schools Reopen in These States? Check Latest Updates Here

2) The further added that where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.

3) The Centre said students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.

4) In the guidelines, it said that the states /UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions. The SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.

5) Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.

6) Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.