FG has updated COVID-19 guidelines ahead of school resumption across Nigeria.
On Thursday, January 14, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, approved the reopening of schools on January 18, and teachers are advised to ensure that students adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as the schools resume. The federal education ministry has revised the COVID-19 guidelines for schools following the announcement of the resumption of academic activities for both public and private schools throughout the country. In all the schools, the federal government also suspended assembly and visiting days.
This was contained in a statement released by the press and public relations director of the ministry, Ben Bem Goong, entitled,’ School resumption date of 18 January 2021 stands-Minister.’
On January 18, the education minister, Adamu Adamu, demanded that schools reopen. The statement indicated that a thorough evaluation of the situation accompanied the decision to reopen schools and review the COVID-19 protocols. Finally, FG orders schools to resume on January 18. Here are the updated guidelines to be strictly adhered to as the schools resume on Monday, January 18:
1. Parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including – the compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers, and workers in all schools.
2. There must be temperature checks and handwashing facilities at strategic locations in all schools.
3. They should ensure a constant supply of water and sanitisers
4. There should be enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
5. Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy.
6. Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities.
7. Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/approved by the PTF from time to time. COVID-19: Why you shouldn’t impose another lockdown – UNICEF to FG
8. The measures which are to ensure the safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review
9. Teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders should ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols
10. Schools and educational bodies that plan to reopen must have detailed communication protocols that include parents, school health teams, school authorities, and local (and) state officials.
11. They must also have a system for providing regular updates for parents, staff, and relevant authorities as well as communicate changes to procedures effectively and clearly as well as taking effective measures to understand how COVID-19 can spread and how to mitigate the spread in line with official guidelines.
12. Specifically, school authorities have the responsibility to ensure that everyone gaining access to their schools is screened properly, is wearing a mask, and sanitizing their hands.
13. Boarding schools must have identified areas for screening and putting positive students aside.
14. There must be access to running water and handwashing facilities.
15. The health staff, particularly in boarding schools, must be trained and provided with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
16. There must be appropriate waste management systems.
17. Health facilities that are within the schools that serve the schools should have the ability to cater for an outbreak and a response protocol must be in place for these schools for students who test positive. In this regard, it is important to involve their parents and make sure that parents have signed consent forms in advance.
18. Schools should also work in synergy with the local government rapid response teams and collaborate with the state ministries of health on planning, implementation, and reopening of schools.