The Lagos State Ministry of Education has released the approved resumption dates for all public and private primary, secondary schools in Lagos State for the year 2020/2021 session.
According to the approved and released Lagos State Schools Academic Calendar all public and private schools will resume for the 2020/2021 academic activities as follows:
First Term – Monday, 21st September, 2020 to Friday, 18th December, 2020.Second Term – Monday, 18th January, 2021 (Tentative) to Friday, 16th April, 2021.Third Term – Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 to Friday, 6th August, 2021.
All public and private schools in Lagos State to adhere strictly to the approved above resumption dates and as well have qualitative health and safety plans that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen.
All schools must make efforts to comply with all the outlined COVID-19 requirements for resumption of schools, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for the safe reopening of academic activities to support the Lagos State Government’s quest for a full return.
Schools should also have flexible teaching and learning plans, where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms, schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection among all students and staff.
Teachers, students and visitors must wear facemasks at all times, observe physical distancing, embrace regularly handwashing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.
Schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should anyone come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.
The Lagos State Government has also rolled out measures which include online registration of public and private schools in Lagos State with the OEQA, taking a School Self-Risk Assessment as well as undergoing an online training course in order to obtain the reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.
The registration exercise will help the Office to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on conditions for a safe reopening, school leaders are advised to embrace new learning styles like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance, among others, in collaboration with parents to foster a safe and secure environment.