The Lagos State Government has released the approved 2020/2021 academic calendar for primary and secondary schools .
Olaniran Emmanuel, Head of Public Affairs, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) released the details in a statement at the weekend..
In the approved calendar, first term begins September 21 and ends December 18, while second term will kick-off from January 4, 2021 to April 16, 2021.
The third term, going by he schedule, would begin from May 4, 2021 and would end on August 6, 2021.
Director-General, OEQA, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, urged school leaders to have a qualitative health and safety plan that would help protect students, teachers and workers.
She said it was 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,” she stated.
The official advised schools to have a flexible teaching and learning plan where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms.
Seriki-Ayeni reminded schools that they must strive to avoid COVID-19 infections.
Teachers, students and visitors, according to her, were expected to wear face mask at all time, observe physical distancing, wash hands at intervals and maintain high standard of personal hygiene.
Lagos State government emphasized that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should students come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.