The Kaduna state government has approved Sunday 18 and Monday 19 October 2020 as resumption dates for SS II, JSS II boarding schools and day schools, respectively, and 6th grade students in the state.
The State Ministry of Education is directing all principals to make arrangements to receive boarding students on Sunday 18 and day students on Monday 19 October 2020.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Shehu Usman Mohammad, in a statement explained that all higher institutions in the state are expected to open based on the approved schedule presented to the Ministry, adding that higher institutions that have not yet approached the ministry with its reopening plan is expected to be done as soon as possible.
The statement further explained that all public and private school administrators must take into account that, saying that they must comply with all COVID-19 protocols (temperature control at the entrance, mandatory use of masks, hand washing / disinfectant and all COVID-19 guidelines as stated by the NCDC and the state COVID-19 task force).
He said that schools will be in 2 shifts to allow them to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines, as the first shift will be from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm, while the second shift will be from 01:00 pm to 05: 00 pm.
The class size, according to the statement should not be more than 20 students per normal class with a physical distance of 1.5m – 2.0m, schools must have a COVID-19 team that will be composed of SBMC, PTA, representative of the community, student representatives and teachers who will monitor compliance.
The statement directed all public and private school administrators to adopt a blended learning system, while also recommending that parents provide their children with masks and other sanitary items to help reduce the spread of the virus.
He said that private school owners are also expected to ensure proper arrangements and compliance with all COVID-19 protocols and communicate their readiness to reopen to the Schools Quality Assurance Authority.
He added that all other learning, training and training centers, including Islamiyyah / madrasas, should approach the State Schools Quality Assurance Authority (SQAA) so that they can obtain authorization to open after meeting all COVID protocols. -19.
He added that the SQAA will work closely with the Office of Interfaith Authorities and Local Government to ensure that the Islamiyyah / Madrasahs are gradually opened based on their readiness to comply with the COVID 19 protocols, ensuring that monitoring teams are expected to are working to ensure compliance.
The statement said the appropriate resumption dates for the rest of the classes will be announced in due course.
The Ministry is assuring the public that it will continue the e-learning program using Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications until normality is returned to the academic environment.