The strict conditions for the reopening of schools contained in the rules submitted to the National Assembly by the Federal Ministry of Education, may force a few schools to shut down their activities.
The report, got by our Punch News is named, “Rules for schools and learning offices reviving after COVID-19 pandemic conclusion.”
As indicated by the record, each school is required to make impermanent seclusion space and completely prepared centers before reopening.
They are also to establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators and other education personnel become unwell while in school.
Apart from that, the Federal Government in the document, mandated any state wishing to reopen schools to hold adequate consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the parents.
The guidelines also require school proprietors to construct additional structures and employ more teachers to ensure that they accommodate their pupils by adhering to the two-metre spacing system in classrooms
Owners of schools have likewise been approached to look for awards to get cleanser and basins, guarantee customary safe water flexibly, guarantee steady gracefully of learning and instructional materials and pay compensations on schedule.
The Federal Ministry of Education had introduced to the National Assembly, a point by point proposition on its arrangement to reopening schools the nation over.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, showed up before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on Tuesday, however wouldn’t give subtleties of the proposition.
Funloaded however, obtained a copy of the document, on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, reopening of schools demands that sufficient provisions, including infrastructure, equipment and expertise, be available in the schools as stipulated in the guidelines.
The guidelines, it said, were to ensure maximum possible safety and protection against COVlD-19 infection, and effective response if anyone exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19 Infection.
The document read “It is equally crucial that consultations are held and communication exchanged with parents, teachers, learners and communities to understand and address common concerns.”
To observe safe distancing in schools and other learning facilities, the document recommends that students are to stay two metres apart according to the NCDC’s public advice. The ministry, however, cited exceptional cases.
It said, “However, there are exceptions where the two-metres rule cannot be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies may be adopted.
“Examples include early years, younger primary school children and those with additional needs.
“In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers and other education personnel in mind.
“The scenarios require organising learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance to the two-metres safe distancing guideline.
“The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise. The safety and hygiene measures outlined in this document should, as in all cases, be followed carefully. It is imperative that safe distancing between adult staff working with such groups be maintained.”
The government also proposed alternative learning models for safe distancing.
They include outdoor learning, which the ministry said could limit transmission and allow safe distancing between learners and teachers.
“The use of shelter outdoors is necessary for the protection and safety of learners and teachers. In addition, safety in all weathers and security measures is required for each location,” it said.
The ministry also suggested staggered attendance where learners may arrive and depart at different times to avoid overcrowding, adding that schools might reopen gradually, starting with particular grade levels.
The government also proposed “platooning” where classes may be divided into morning and afternoon shifts and “decreased interaction where students may remain in one location’ with teachers coming to them.
Others on the list are flexible schedule and creative delivery.
The guidelines read, “A gradual and phased reopening can then be considered while prioritising learners who are vulnerable, have reduced access to distance learning modalities, and/or are in examination classes.
“This would help assess the readiness of schools and learning facilities to reopen fully to all learners. In addition, this would serve to minimise the risk of resurgence of coronavirus infections.”
The government listed the steps and actions to be taken before schools and learning facilities could be reopened.
They include a 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, among others
They likewise incorporate stunned utilization of school offices to guarantee consistence with the NCDC rules, and advancement and dispersal of safe school reopening agenda to help proper proof based choices to reopen schools.
Different conditions are “purification and fumigation of offices, including inn settlement, with specific consideration given to those utilized as transitory seclusion and treatment focuses and for different purposes during the pandemic.
“Sharpen, train and assemble limit of instructors, chairmen and other training work force to adequately utilize and consent to the School COVID-19 Referral System and conventions for safe removing and cleanliness in schools.