COVID-19: Expose Resuming Students To Direct Sunlight Daily, Oyo Govt Orders Schools

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

*bans visitors, food vendors from school premises


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


As Primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3 pupils and students are to resume back to their various schools this Monday, July 6, the state government has mandated Schools Principals /Head Teachers to on daily basis be exposing their pupils and students to “direct sunlight ” for 30minutes in the morning.
Specifically, the state government in a circular signed by the state Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Aremu Olaleye to Principals/Heads of Schools and other stakeholders directed that the pupils and students should be exposed to the direct sunlight between 11.00am to 11.30am .
In the circular dated 2nd July entitled “Re : Resumption of School after COVID- 19 Pandemic lockdown” Oyo state government declared that “only approved Private schools with certificate of attendance at the training on COVID-19 protocols are allowed to open”
“In furtherance to circular earlier released on the above subject, regarding resumption of students in terminal classes , ( Pry 6, JSS3 and SSS3 on Monday, 6th July, 2020. I wish to emphasize the under listed”1) Only approved Private schools with certificate of attendance at the training on COVID-19 protocols are allowed to open”. 2) Each class should have a class warder,whose responsibility would be to ensure strict compliance to COVID- 19 protocols”, it said

The government added, “School Principals/Head Teachers are to ensure that students are exposed to direct sunlight between 11.00am to 11.30am as advised by Health experts”.
The circular stressed hat the Principals/Head Teachers are to ensure that ” visitors are not allowed in school premises” and that “use of school facilities for social engagement is suspended till further notice”.
“Food vendors are not allowed in the school premises. No student or pupil should be allowed in school without face masks. Closing time for all grades of schools is 1.00pm till further notice”.

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