The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has directed that all schools in the state should reopen on October 19th, after over six months break following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
While disclosing this in a statement on Tuesday October 13, 2020, Akeredolu stated that primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state are to open on the same date.
Also, Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Prof Segun Fatusi, said all schools in Ondo State can resume full academic activities by Monday 19th October, 2020.
He further directed that all schools should abide by the COVID-19 guidelines released by the Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee to ensure the safety of staff and students.
“The governor has also instructed the Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee to conduct periodic monitoring visit to schools and any school found not to be complying with the COVID-19 guidelines should be shut,” Fatusi said.
While urging schools to adhere to some guidelines, Fatusi stated that “No Mask, No Entry, must be boldly displayed at the entrance of the school and at strategic spots throughout the school compound.
“Infrared thermometer must be made available and used to assess the temperature of each staff, student, and visitors at the point of entry into the schools.
“Handwashing devices with an adequate and constant source of running water and soaps must be available in schools and all individuals must wash their hands when entering the schools
“Alternatively, hand sanitisers with alcohol content of not less than 70% may be used,” the statement reads.
“All individuals with high temperature or who show any form of illness must not be allowed into the school: written guidelines must be available in that regard,” it adds.