The Lagos State Government has released the academic calendar for the 2020/2021 session for both public and private schools.
This was announced in a statement signed by Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
According to the statement, schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on 21 September, while the term will end on 18 December.
The resumption date for the second term, the statement noted, is January 4, 2021, noting that it will end on April 6, 2021, while that of the third term runs from May 4 through August 6, 2021.
Seriki-Ayeni 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.
The statement read: “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.”
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.