Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has released the new health guidelines for reopening primary and secondary schools.
The new protocol outline measures basic measures schools will be required to enforce before being allowed to resume their operations, which will ensure learning continues amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Learning institutions will be required to develop procedures and policies suitable in their own environment to enable smooth learning.
They will also be expected to adopt a time table and make sure the syllabus is covered without straining learners after a six-month break.
According to a press statement from the Education Ministry, all schools must have adequate, clean, and well-maintained toilets at a 1 door ratio to 25 girls and 1 door to 30 boys with a urinal.
The toilets should also be disinfected three times a day.
Also, all food handlers will be required to undergo an asymptomatic screen for Covid-19 on a daily basis with those with symptoms of the contagious virus being allowed to seek medical attention.
Schools will also be required to table a budget to institute a safe and protective learning environment and build a capacity of institutional staff, learners, and parents on the management of coronavirus.
They will also develop awareness messages and enlighten students on the virus and its prevention measures.
They are also required to revise the institution’s rules, regulations, and daily routine and also observe the 1.5-meter social distance.
Assemblies, inter-institutions contests, including drama, games, sports, music, and all other activities that create crowded conditions, will be suspended for the time being.
Learners, trainees, teachers, and subordinate stuff will have their temperatures taken every day and records maintained and any other person visiting the school premises.
The double-decker beds will be arranged 1.5 meters apart for boarding schools to observe the social distancing protocol.
The administration will also be required to maintain updated biodata of all learners and their contact numbers and home addresses for the management of possible emergencies.