School Reopening: FG Rolls Out Guidelines For Resumption – See Details Here

Nigeria’s  Federal Government  Has Rolled Out A Full and Detailed Guidelines For Schools And Learning Facilities That Will Guide Educational Activities – Full Details Below

The Federal Government has rolled out conditions schools and learning institutions must meet before they reopen.

The conditions are contained in a 36-page document submitted to the Senate by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu for their Information.

The document titled: “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure.”

The Minister, in his forward to the document, described the conditions as key strategies for implementing safe, efficient, and equitable plans for school reopening and operations.

From the statements of the Minister and his responses to journalist at his appearance at the senate, the following is the abridged summary of the guidelines.

Before Opening

1. Create temporary isolation space and fully equipped clinics before reopening.

2. Establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators and other education personnel become unwell while in school.

3. Construct additional structures and classroom

4. Employ more teachers and care-givers

5. Seek grant and loans to procure soap, bucket and ensure regular safe water supply

6. Ensure constant supply of learning and instructional materials

7. Pay salaries on time.

8. Consultations and communication exchanged should be held with parents, teachers, learners and communities to understand and address common concerns.

9. Conduct Risk assessments with the best interests of the learners, teachers and other education personnel in mind. (For early years, younger primary school children and those with additional needs.)

10. Develop appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services that address stigmatization and discrimination to assist learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel and their families to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and continued uncertainties of the pandemic.

When Opened (In Class and School Environment)

11. Maintain social distancing of 2m in every class

12. Organize learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance to the two-metres safe distancing guideline.

13. Use out-door learning model

14. Apply staggered attendance (Learners come to school at different times)

15. Platooning of classes (classes should be divided into morning and afternoon shifts)

16. Continue distance learning and sought modalities to improve on it.

17. Use blended learning model for classes with high vulnerability

18. A gradual and phased reopening of school levels (prioritizing learners who are vulnerable, have reduced access to distance learning modalities, and/or are in examination classes.)

Government Inputs and Reviewed policies

19. Review of existing policies, practices and risk mitigation strategies in the use of schools for other purposes, such as distance learning centres, temporary shelters and isolation.

20. Staggered use of school facilities to ensure compliance with the NCDC guidelines

21. Development and dissemination of safe school reopening checklist to assist appropriate evidence-based decisions to reopen schools.

22. Disinfection and fumigation of facilities, including hostel accommodation, with particular attention given to those used as temporary isolation and treatment centres and for other purposes during the pandemic.

23. Provide grants for purchase of basic amenities and prompt payment of salaries

24. Sensitize, train and build capacity of teachers, administrators and other education personnel to effectively use and comply with the School COVID-19 Referral System and protocols for safe distancing and hygiene in schools.

25. Make adequate provisions for school feeding where applicable to encourage learners to return and sustain attendance.

26. Federal and States Ministries if Education should decide when to reopen after due consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Health, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and other critical stakeholders, including non-state education providers, teachers’ unions, PTAs, and school based management committees (SBMCs).

27. Establish a team of supervisors comprising of Educationist, Health and Environmental workers to certified each school safe for resumption.

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