Reopening of public and private schools

Reopening of public and private schools

RE-OPENING OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Pursuant to the Presidential Directive issued during the Twelfth (12th) Presidential  Address to the  Nation  on the  Coronavirus  Pandemic on  Monday,  28th September,  2020,  and following  broad-based education stakeholder consultations;

The Ministry of Education notifies the  public that the  progressive re-opening of schools will  commence with  Grade 4 (Competency  Based  Curriculum  Class),  Class 8  and  Form 4  on Monday, 12th October, 2020.

The specifics of the same are as follows:

Revised 2020 School Calendar for Examination Candidates and Grade 4 Learners

Reopening of public and private schools

All schools will  be required to strictly  adhere to the  following  COVID-19 protocols  and guidelines:

1.     Mandatory  use of face masks, monitoring  of the  body temperature for  all learners,  staff  and all other  persons accessing the  schools, handwashing  and  observance of  high  levels  of  hygiene.

Where there  is no running water,  schools will use sanitizers;

2.    Although  physical  distancing will remain a  challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school;

3.    All schools  that  had been used as quarantine centres have been fumigated   under  the  supervision  of  the  Ministry  of  Health  in readiness for re-opening;

4.    All schools that had been designated  as quarantine centres but not used, need not be fumigated  prior to their re-opening;

5.    All schools have been linked  to  the  nearest public health  facility prior to being re-opened;

6.    All teachers are encouraged to  continuously  provide  psychosocial and spiritual  support to  learners  and school  support  staff  during the duration of the current pandemic; and

7.    Boards  of  Management/  Principals/  Head-Teachers  shall  ensure full  compliance with  the  guidelines  and  protocols  issued  by the Ministry of Health

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