The Federal Government on Thursday released fresh guidelines for the reopening of schools in the country .
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 , Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday .
Schools in the country had reopened after more than five months of closure as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel disease .
Giving an update on Thursday , Aliyu 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 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 .
“ Specifically , school authorities have the responsibilities to ensure that everyone gaining access to their schools is screened properly , is wearing a mask and sanitising their hands .
“ Boarding schools must have identified areas for screening and putting positive students aside.
“ There must be access to running water and handwashing facilities .The health staff, particularly in boarding schools , must be trained and provided with PPEs .
“ There must be appropriate waste management systems .
“ Health facilities that are within the schools that serve the schools should have the ability to cater to an outbreak and a response protocol must be in place for these schools for students who test positive . In this regard , it is important to involve their parents and make sure that parents have signed consent forms in advance. ”
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