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COVID-19: Federal Government releases guidelines for reopening of Schools

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The Federal Government has released guidelines ahead of the planned resumption of schools at every level in the country but refused to disclose the resumption dates.
Actions, measures and requirements needed to keep safe during and after the COVID-19 pandemic were outlined in the guideline.

The guideline was released by the Federal ministry of Education in Abuja on Monday, it proposed a new safe distancing measure of staying two metres apart in the classroom or other learning facilities.

News4Naija gathered that the new guideline which was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of State (Education), Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba was developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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It was stated in the document that there should be exceptions wherever the two-meter rule cannot be reasonably applied, such cases include early years children, younger primary school children and those with early needs, the document suggested that other precautionary measures should be adopted.

The document read “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 organizing learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies. The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise.”

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However, the government explained that it was time to plan and address the eventual safe reopening of schools and learning facilities in the country, and stated that after the release of the guidelines,a rapid assessment would be conducted to determine the amount of fund required for the upgrading school infrastructure and facilities to tally with the safety school reopening requirements.

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