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Ministries of education, social development, HCD issue guidelines on health perquisites and preventive measures for special education schools, centres

2020-07-04

The Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), and the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) issue guidelines on health prerequisites and preventive measures for special education centres and schools targeting persons with disabilities. The guide includes a series of procedures that ensure social distancing and the maintenance of hygiene and disinfecting, as well as the continued monitoring of workers and beneficiaries wearing gloves and masks, the washing and disinfecting of hands in those centres and schools. The guide also indicates the need for sterilising educational tools and equipment and assistive devices, as well as the door knobs and surfaces with which contact is made, while also ventilating the rooms.

The guide also obligates the relevant centres and schools to receive a cap of 50% of their capacity so that if the number of students enrolled equals 100% of the school or centre’s capacity, the shift system will be implemented whereby half the number of students will be received on the day, and the other half on the next day, and so on. In light of this teams from both the MOE and HCD will be conducting periodic inspection visits to ensure the guide’s contents are being properly implemented. Closures of any school or centre violating any of the stipulated conditions will be implemented as per the endorsed instructions and regulations.      

The Ministry of Trade and Industry announced last week the further (re-)opening of sectors, including special education centres and schools, in view of the disruption and regression endured by students with disabilities as a result of not attending educational or rehabilitation sessions, in the last weeks.

It is noteworthy to mention that the guide can be downloaded from HCD’s website, at: 

https://bit.ly/2VINMzk