FG releases fresh guidelines for reopening of schools

The Federal Government on Thursday released fresh guidelines for the reopening of schools in the country .

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 , Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja .

Schools in the country had been shut for more than four months as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel disease .

But the PTF had okayed the reopening of schools in August with some subnational already reopening primary , secondary and tertiary institutions in their states.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that FG ordered all Unity Schools in the country to resume with effect from October 12 .

Giving an update on Thursday , Aliyu said, “ The Federal Ministry of Education , the PTF and the NCDC ( Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ) have developed guidelines to ensure schools can reopen , minimise the risk of transmission and continue to operate safely .

“ 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 .

“ 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 .

“ Specifically , school authorities have the responsibilities to ensure that everyone gaining access to their schools is screened properly , is wearing a mask and sanitising their hands .

“ Boarding schools must have identified areas for screening and putting positive students aside.

“ There must be access to running water and handwashing facilities .