FG releases guidelines as it begins plans for schools’ resumption


The Federal Government has released guidelines for the safe reopening of schools, ahead of the resumption of schools at every level in the country.

In a document released on Monday, the government recommended the practice of keeping a safe distance from others.

It says learners are required to stay two meters apart.

The NCDC public health guideline also require learners and children to be divided into small groups to mitigate risk of contact.

“However, there are exceptions where the two-meter 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,” the document read.

It added: “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 with the risk mitigation strategies. The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise.”

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, schools and all learning facilities were closed, to safeguard the health of children, youths, teachers, and educational personnel.

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