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FG release guidelines on Nationwide school reopening

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FG to release guidelines on Nationwide school reopening

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has insisted that state governments must conduct risk assessment of schools before reopening them.

The PTF also stated that safety measures must be put in place before students were asked to return to educational facilities.

 

Aliyu said, “We know that state authorities are in the process of planning to reopen schools. The PTF is appealing to state governments to ensure that two things happen; one, a risk assessment should be done for all schools that are reopening and two, that measures are put in place for schools to reopen safely in strict compliance with national and state guidelines.”

 

We are also asking parents to please explain the lifesaving guidelines to their children. Ensure that your children have masks, ensure that they have access to hand sanitisers, ensure that they maintain physical distancing and they understand the importance of these measures,” he added.

 

SUMMARY OF THE GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING OF SCHOOLS

The guidelines cover four thematic areas:
i. Staying home and learning safely
ii. Before schools and learning facilities reopen
iii. Reopening process
iv. Conditions for safety when learning facilities are reopened.
In each of these areas actions and responsibilities are identified for various
stakeholders such as policy, financing, safe operations, learning, training, reaching the most marginalized, building back better, safety and hygiene, Infection
Prevention and Control, (IPC).

1. STAYING HOME AND LEARNING SAFELY

Ensuring continuity of learning is vital.
Staying home and learning in a safe environment does not only address learners and educator’s basic physical safety needs but also ensure that all learners and their families/ household members are safe.

This means that all education environments must be inclusive irrespective of location, access to the internet, and socio-economic background.

The following actions are recommended to safeguard the health, safety and
security of learners accessing remote learning while ensuring that quality outcomes are obtainable:
• Conduct online training that not only prepares teachers to teach in a way that
safeguards the health, safety, and security of the learners but also enables
them to facilitate learning using 21st century pedagogy based on Information
and Communications Technology, (ICT).
• Revise to strengthen current remote learning programs initially launched for
stronger curriculum backing towards improving relevance and quality on a
grade level to level basis.
• Provide learners access to online resources materials online learning
platforms, radio or television programs

 

Children and young people should at home and wash their hands regularly,
maintain personal hygiene and adhere to the Nigerian Centre for Disease
Control, (NCDC), and World Health Organisation, (WHO), Covid-19
guidelines.

2. BEFORE SCHOOLS AND LEARNING FACILITIES REOPEN

Federal and State Ministries of Education (SMoE) should decide when to reopen
schools after due consultations with the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19
(PTF) and other critical stakeholders taking into consideration key requirements listed in the guidelines. In each state, a functional School Health programme chaired by a state school health focus officer should be put in place while a school focal officer should be assigned in every school.
Schools must also put in place systems that meet the following:
• Safe distancing procedures
• Alternative learning models for safe distancing. The guideline proffers
diverse alternative learning models tailored to the specific learning context that assures equity in learning

• Review existing policies, practices, and risk mitigation strategies in the use
of schools for other purposes, such as distance learning centers, temporary shelters,isolation, quarantine and treatment centers, markets, voting centers, and others.

• Develop and display at school’s simple context-specific reference protocols
on day to day actions to be operated in each school.

• Conduct risk assessment with a view to understanding the gaps in the system
that can increase the risk of transmission and make recommendations for
addressing the gaps

• Safety and hygiene in all stages and phases of the school reopening process
which promote behaviors that reduce spread, such as school commutes (to and
from school travelling), safe distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of
facemasks.

Other guiding framework includes sensitization, financing, learning, and
monitoring procedures.

THE REOPENING PROCESS

Adjusting to the new school process requires much planning. A phased and gradual reopening of schools is advocated to minimize the risk of infections in schools and the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in the community. This involves measures
including:
• Training of teachers and other personnel on safety and hygiene measures.
• Establishing a COVID-19 referral system.
• Ensure availability of an ambulance and access to a
testing/isolation/treatment centre including NCDC helpline and state government
facilities.
• Ensure adequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities across
the school premises.
• De-congesting classrooms, hostels, worship centres and other spaces.
• Encouraging use of open spaces for gathering and promoting outdoor
activities.
• Establish a staff/students committee for regular surveillance, monitoring and
enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines.

4. ENSURING SAFETY WHEN SCHOOLS AND LEARNING FACILITIES
REOPEN

 

Preventive actions are sustained through regular monitoring of compliance in
schools after reopening to ensure the safety and health of all learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel.

Each school will comply with periodic Joint Risk Assessment for Safe Reopening
of Schools and Learning Facilities Checklist under Annex A of the guidelines. Implementing these guidelines will require the collaborative support of all stakeholders to reopen schools and learning facilities.

With the guidance offered in this document, schools should be able to put systems in place that allow them reopen in a way that protects learners, teachers,
administrators, parents, and all stakeholders while providing high-quality education.

 

According to our informant umerah Raphael email address is request to download it And also can only be view on google drive.

 

 

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The Federal Government says it is thinking of sectionalising classes for primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions in the country ahead of school reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The minister, who faulted the reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8, said the government could not afford to take any costly risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students in the country.

 

He said, “Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost.”

Nwajiuba said the ministry is being guided by the advice of experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation, noting that the decision to reopen schools in the country would be carefully arrived at because education is on the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution.

He appealed to private owners of schools in the country to co-operate with the government in ensuring the safe reopening of schools in the country.

“We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like. We are not talking about coping with COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we will adapt.

“For a country that has over 115,000 primary schools, you will understand that 35,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in.

“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us. I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he explained.

Nwajiuba said aside ensuring that social distancing is observed when schools reopen, said the ministry is working on sanitation in the schools, noting that the government wants to ensure that all schools could deploy pedal-push handwashing machines.

 

 

 

The Federal Government has said it would roll out the course of action for the reopening of schools in the country.

 

According to our informant umerah rapheal this was disclose by the  Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

 

 

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He said,

 

I wish to inform Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Education will roll out measures for the self-reopening of schools.

 

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“The Presidential Task Force wishes to use the occasion of this celebration to congratulate our children and assure them, their parents and all stakeholders alike that all hands are on deck to reopen schools at a safe time.

 

“We, therefore, use this medium to urge states, local governments, proprietors and all other stakeholders to begin to take steps that will facilitate an early and safe reopening.”

 

FG to release guidelines on Nationwide school reopening

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