Universities, schools’ Covid-19 reopening plans

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By HEALTH REPORTER

THE Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has presented detailed individual State universities and colleges re-opening plans in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this yesterday when she  outlined the measures being taken to combat Covid-19 for tertiary education students, visitors and staff.

Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education measures

All tertiary education institutions are required to have one or, at most two, entrances to the entire institution.

All students and staff entering and exiting the institution cited above shall be required to go through screening.

The institution shall ensure students and employees are educated on the symptoms and the measures to take if Covid-19 symptoms manifest.

A capacity utilisation chart/timetable shall be provided to Ministry Tertiary Education Compliance Inspectors satisfactorily adjusted to ensure that all classrooms observe and maintain acceptable physical distancing.

Depending on student volumes, timetables may have to be adjusted to ensure an even wider spread of students.

Students and employees will be encouraged to leave the institutions as soon as classes or work is completed for the day. These measures will be enforced by College Security Officials who patrol institution campuses at all times and by all senior staff and tutors.

No sporting activities are to be conducted at all institutions.

All institutions are to be fumigated prior to re-opening.

If any employee or student shows symptoms of Covid-19 whilst on campus, a report shall immediately be made to the institution health department for appropriate medical assistance.

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education SOPs

Standard Operating Procedures for the Prevention and Management of Covid-19 and other Influenza like Illnesses in the Primary and Secondary Education Sector” which the National Taskforce adopted:

The SOPs, which were crafted in line with the Health School Policy, are meant to guide the conduct school business in a safe and healthy environment for all.  The list of requirements will be updated depending on the nature of the public health pandemic at any time.

The SOPs measures include: enforcement of the “stay at home if unwell” policy for learners, teachers, and school staff with symptoms

Each school shall establish a temporary Isolation Holding Bay.

Apart from the major disinfection of all school buildings and grounds before the re-opening of schools, schools should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, desks, toys, teaching aids, and play equipment.

All sporting activities, which include matches, choral practice, indoor games and festivals are prohibited until further notice.

The Taskforce noted that strict compliance to these SOPs is required by all and failure to observe these guidelines would compromise the health and safety of all. This would be in breach of the Public Health Act and relevant Covid-19 prevention and control measures. Heads of Office at National, Provincial, District and school level authorities have the responsibility to ensure and enforce compliance.

I wish to express best wishes to all students that are commencing their June/July Examinations tomorrow. Government has put in place measures to keep both learners and staff safe.

 

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