Following the announcement of the resumption of academic activities in all primary and secondary schools across the country, the Federal Government on Thursday, October 8, released fresh guidelines that must be strictly adhered to.
Reporters At Large reports that the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, October 8.
It would be recalled that schools in the country had been shut for more than four months as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel disease.
Aliyu, while giving an update said the federal ministry of education, the PTF and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have developed guidelines to ensure schools can reopen, minimise the risk of transmission and continue to operate safely.
He 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.”
He said school authorities in the country have the responsibility to ensure that everyone gaining access to their schools is screened properly.