(New Vision)—- A section of science teachers has written a COVID-19 manual advising on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which must be adhered to by all schools, community and parents to protect school going children from contracting COVID-19.
All education institutions were closed by Government on March 20, to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The teachers under their umbrella body known as River Flow International educationists and consultants launched the 38-page book at St Joseph of Nazereth School in Katende.
According to the manual, parents and teachers are advised to create an environment of openness between the children and themselves so that they can be able to freely ask any questions and express their feelings.
“These children may have different reactions to factors like stress, fear hence the need to effectively understand them at all times. Children’s health should be keenly monitored and ensure that they are kept and watched from home whenever they are ill,” reads the report.
The manual further notes that children should be practically showed how to wash their hands with soap and safe water frequently.
If soap and water are not readily available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol should frequently be applied to their hands for disinfection.
Speaking at the function, Iumoni Rugira, the programmes coordinator at River Flow International, science teachers’ initiative, noted that until we get a vaccine for COVID-19, we need to understand that it is a dangerous disease that will continue to spread if we fail to follow the set guidelines.
“Once all sectors have reopened, vigilance from every individual will be vital in preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 in school settings and in the communities where we leave. Parents and teachers should prevent stigma by using facts and reminding students to be considerate with one another,” Rugira said
He added, “Children should be well conversant about the basic age-appropriate information about COVID 19. Coordinate with your child’s school to be able to receive timely information relating to your child in order to be able to have track of your child’s health and activity,”
In his speech, Dr Moses Arinaitwe, a school doctor, said that measures taken by schools as the provision of handwashing facilities, wearing masks and ensuring social distancing in class can prevent the entry and spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.
Delivering his speech, Dr Tony Mukasa Lusambu, Commissioner for basic Education, said that the manual has a lot of facts that teachers and the community should read.
“Students need to change their attitude towards science lessons because science has made a great impact in their lives during this time of COVID-19,” Dr Mukasa said.