The Lagos State government has announced 18 January as the resumption date for the second term of the 2020/2021 academic session.
This was made known in a statement signed by Folasade Adefisayo, the state Commissioner for Education, on Monday.
The state government had in December 2020 ordered an indefinite shutdown of schools in the state over the rise in COVID-19 cases.
According to the statement, all schools were also asked to make virtual learning available for sick or willing students.
This, according to the commissioner, is in line with the Federal Government’s directive coupled with the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The statement read: “All public and private schools below the tertiary level in Lagos State should be reopened for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, 18th of January, 2021.
“Schools should have flexible plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms. Schools should also strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection among all students and staff.”
The commissioner also asked “all schools to make efforts to comply with all the outlined COVID-19 requirements for resumption of schools.
“Not just for the improvement of overall school operations but for the safe reopening of academic activities to support the Lagos State Government’s quest for a full return,” the statement read.
Adefisayo enjoined teachers, students, and visitors to wear facemasks at all times, observe physical distancing, embrace regular handwashing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.