The government has announced the schools reopening guidelines in regards to how schools will reopen next month first for the writing classes and later on for the rest of the students.

When schools re-open here are the guideline on how learners and teachers and schools at large will operate:

  1. All schools’ out and indoor sporting activities are prohibited, learners are not supposed to have physical contact in school playgrounds, or engage in choral practices and or any other activity that involves physical contact.
  2. Breaks will be staggered or held in class
  3. Classrooms will accommodate not more than 35 learners seated one metre apart
  4. Learners are prohibited from sharing textbooks and other learning materials
  5. Schools encouraged to start hot sitting sessions to accommodate all students
  6. Schools to avoid mixing learners for lessons and after school activities.
  7. Learners in a class should stay in one classroom throughout the day while teachers move between classrooms in secondary schools
  8. Social and physical distancing should be practised in hostels, the use of bunk beds in hostels is prohibited.
  9. Each school is required to have sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a health co-ordinator trained by the Ministry of Health and Child Care before schools open.
  10. Each classroom should be equipped with a handwashing facility, running water and soaps
  11. Ablution facilities should be cleaned and disinfected thrice a day.
  12. Transport services will be required to carry one student per seat with a distance of one metre effected.

It is, therefore, made clear in this document that failure by any school head for any reason to observe these guidelines is deemed an act of misconduct and will attract serious disciplinary action. The seating arrangement in every classroom should be that there is a distance of one metre from one learner to another.

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