By STAFF WRITER
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has developed standard operating procedures to guide school heads and other stakeholders on conducting their business when the phased reopening of schools set for July 28 begins.
The operating standards stipulate that the seating arrangements in every classroom should allow one metre between learners.
Each desk should have one learner and a classroom should not accommodate over 35 learners.
Social and physical distancing should be practised in hostels and bunk beds are prohibited.
All sporting activities, including matches, choral practice, indoor games and festivals are prohibited.
Also banned by the ministry is the use of play centres, sporting equipment, gymnasium and sporting facilities.
Learners in a class should stay in one classroom throughout the day while teachers move between classrooms in secondary schools.
Each school will be required to have sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a health coordinator trained by the Ministry of Health before schools open.
Each classroom should be equipped with a handwashing facility, running water and soaps.
Ablution facilities, according to the guidelines, should be cleaned and disinfected three times a day.
Transport services will be required to carry one student per seat with a distance of one metre effected.
Finally, the Ministry has also mandated schools to come up with Covid-19 awareness programmes for learners.