COVID-19 Second Wave: Private School Owners Express Readiness To Resume

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The Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (ALSON), Bauchi State chapter, has said private schools made all necessary arrangements to resume school for the next academic calendar amidst the second wave of COVID-19.

Our correspondent reported that Bauchi State government has announced 18th Monday 2021 resumption date for all schools in the State.

The state Chairman of the Association, Mr Nimshi Lerson, disclosed this in an Interview with journalists on measures put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic in schools on Thursday in Bauchi.

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He said the schools under the association had prepared their schools for resumption in line with the protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC)

“Private schools are ever ready for transitional classes to resume, as we made provision for handwashing, infrared thermometers, sick bay, hand sanitizers, and face masks for workers.

“Our workers had been trained on how to manage the children to avoid the spread of the pandemic as well as seating arrangement adjusted to allow for two-metre distance between the children.

“Ensure entire premises of each school have been decontaminated and make efforts to maintenance of hygiene in the schools,” he said.

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Mr Lerson who is also the National Vice President of APSON said, as a responsible association, “we have shown our readiness to ensure the safety before reopening of schools in the state.”

He also assured effective monitoring of symptoms-reporting, monitoring, rapid testing and tracing of suspected cases and effects of policies and measures on health and well-being of pupils, students and Staff.

“School closures have clear negative impacts on child health, education and development, family income and the overall economy,” he said.

The Chairman commended the Federal Government for including private schools in the stimulus loans for businesses affected by the pandemic. Adding that some of us have gotten while others are still waiting.

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He called on the state governments to also support the private schools with necessary facilities for complementing development of education in the state.

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