Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo. Credit: Twitter

The Lagos State Government has released the academic calendar for the 2020/2021 session for both public and private schools.

According to a statement by the Office of Education Quality Assurance, the Ministry of Education said that schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on September 21, while the term will end on December 18.

The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, said the resumption date for the second term is January 4, 2021, adding that it will end on April 6 while that of the third term runs from May 4 through August 6.

She appealed to stakeholders to have a qualitative health and safety plan that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen in the state.

“It is not enough to reopen but to keep staying opened since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic.

“All schools must make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for safe reopening for academic activities to support the Lagos State Government quest for a full return,” Seriki-Ayeni said.

The DG also advised schools to have flexible teaching and learning plans to accommodate both sick teachers and students.

In doing this, she suggested that schools should create available online platforms to avoid any COVID-19 infection in schools.

The state government also made face masks compulsory for teachers, students and visitors, adding that they must observe physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene in the school premises.

Similarly, public and private schools in the state are to register online with the OEQA and take the School Self-risk Assessment.

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