COVID-19: Isolation center criteria for reopening schools

The Federal Ministry of Education has said that schools must create isolation spaces and have fully-equipped clinics before they can be allowed to reopen.

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COVID-19_ Isolation center criteria for reopening schools - FG lailasnews

Schools were closed across the country due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and as organisations reopen, many have been asking when schools would be allowed to function again.

The “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure”, submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 23, has now revealed that each school is “required to create temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics before reopening”.

Schools are also required to “establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.’

The Ministry further stated in the document that any state wishing to reopen schools should “hold adequate consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the parents.”

The guidelines also require that proprietors construct additional structures and employ more teachers to ensure that they accommodate their students by adhering to the two-metre spacing system in classrooms.

It also mandated proprietors to seek “grants to procure soaps and buckets, ensure regular safe water supply, ensure a constant supply of learning and instructional materials, and pay salaries on time.”

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