The Cross River State Government on Wednesday said a “trial resumption of schools” would commence on June 16.
State Commissioner for Education, Godwin Amanke, in a statement, said, “Students will wear face masks and face shields to school. Once at the school gate, the children will wash their hands and legs. Hand sanitisers will also be used. When the children enter their classrooms, they will remove their face masks and use only their face shields so as to get enough ventilation.
“Upon closure, they will put on their masks and go back home. Teachers will wear the same and observe coronavirus protocols in the classrooms.”
Meanwhile, the state governor, Ben Ayade, has said personal protective equipment were produced at the state-owned garment factory for distribution to the students, who have been at home since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ayade said, “For Cross River State, we have a strong commitment that our children cannot continue to stay at home. The more they stay, the more the moral decadence, the more indiscipline, the more they become lazy of getting back to school and getting started because for every stage in life, there is a time where you have to be in class and once the children miss that delicate phase, it becomes very difficult.
“I think it is wise for the kids to go back to school and I have seen this happen in China where kids are back to schools with their nosemasks and shields. So you wear your nose mask and you wear your face shield and when you get to school, you drop the mask and wear only your shield to allow for more ventilation and more breathing.”