Education CS Prof Magoha has given 8 Strict guidelines to be followed when schools re-open.

The ministry of education is making small adjustments that will guide learning upon reopening of schools.

The guidelines majorly encourage learning outside classrooms or lecture halls. However, if learning is to take place inside a hall/class, 1 m distance between learners must be observed.

They also aim at minimising physical contacts between teachers and learners.

Emphasis is laid on complete social distance in classrooms, lecture halls, dormitories, halls of residence, libraries, workshops, dining halls and water points.

When learning resumes,parents are asked to consider day schools at the expense of boarding as the latter will be optional.

Below are the guidelines;

1.Staffroom

Social distancing to be observed in all staff meetings.

If possible,these methods of communication shall be employed;

  • Memo
  • Mobile chats
  • Text messages
  • Emails

Break times shall be staggered to limit the number of teachers in the staff room and offices at any time.

2.Classrooms

All facilities will be required to have a pedal-operated waste collection bins with liners.

Proper ventilation mechanisms to be enhanced by all classrooms, lecture halls, tutorial rooms and laboratories .

No sharing of personal items such as slippers, shoes, clothes, towels, toothbrush, soap, shoe brushes and beds among learners.

3.Dormitories and Toilets

Vermin-free:School heads will have to ensure that there are no rodents,insects or other vermin in the dormitories.

Clean Water: All boarding facilities will be required to have adequate clean water for drinking, bathing, laundry and frequent washing of hands. A liquid soap shall also be provided.

Toilets:These will have to be adequate, clean and well maintained at a ratio of one for every 25 girls and one for every 30 boys with a urinal.

Girls’ toilets must have sanitary disposal bins.

4.Kitchen

Food handlers: All to have personal protective equipment.

Learners will have to wash their hands thoroughly with clean water and soap, pre and post eating.

Staggered eating shifts by classes or cohorts will be considered where learners population is high to avoid crowding in the dining hall.

Learners shall not share food and utensils. Utensils will have to be clean.

5.Transport

Schools will be required to implement staggered pick-up and drop-off times, with limited number of people at the institution.

While aboard the vehicles,learners will have to sit at least one metre away from each other,and have mask on.

Any learner or staff feeling unwell and showing Covid-19 symptoms however mild shall not be allowed to travel.

Caregivers or parents above age 58 should not pick or drop children at their learning centres.

6.Extracurricular activities.

School activities that brings together a crowd will remain suspended.These include; swimming, inter-institution competitions including games, drama, music, sports and other events.

There will be no more assemblies,in stead ,Schools will only hold class mini-assemblies to pray, pass health messages and make announcements.

7.Safety and compliance.

School heads will generally be mandated to ensure compliance to specified health requirements on social distancing, regular hand washing, fumigation and sanitising and disinfecting surfaces.

Everybody in the school will be required to wear mask at all times.

School heads will be required to develop school-based guidelines on improving hygiene practices for learners, teachers and non teaching staff with a view to enforcing compliance.

8.Hygiene

Buildings and frequently touched surfaces such as desktops, door handles, switches, door frames and book covers will have to be regularly cleaned and disinfected to enhance cleanliness.

Cleaning programmes and use of grounds and facilities will be developed by school managers.

Headteachers will also be required to enhance security in schools in order to ensure there is no unauthorized entrance into or exit from the institutions.

They will therefore have to revise and re-adjust budgets to prioritise addressing the impact of COVID-19-19 in order to effect all these.

Besides,they will have to clearly communicate to education institutions, parents and guardians on arrangements made for learners in boarding institutions.

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