Immaculate Heart Girls School promises safety of learners as Schools reopen

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RUKUNGIRI– As schools resume operations on Monday 10th January 2022, Immaculate Heart Girls School Nyakibale in Rukungiri Distrct has assured parents and guardians of their children’s safety as directed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in his last National Address.

The School Headmistress Sister Gladyce Kachope told this reporter that Parents need not to worry since the School has fully put in place all the requirements to ensure the safety of the learners during this COVID-19 as directed by the government.

“We have worked hard to make sure that we reopen strong and ensure a safe return to our schools. The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families is top of mind. We are committed to following government guidelines and ensuring that we are a good partner for everyone in our community,” said Sr Gladyce Kachope.

Since schools closure in March 2020, Immaculate Heart Girls School Nyakibale in Rukungiri District has been committed to ensuring all learners and families have the learning resources and support they needed. The School provided free learning materials to the students to ensure continued learning while at home.

With the reopening of schools, Kachope says that they will continue providing quality learning as they observe Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

At their schools’ premises, they have put several public health signs, procured sufficient hand washing materials and face masks for their learners.

“Immaculate Heart Girls School will be following and implementing all government reopening guidelines and measures. These include putting up health and safety posters in schools, requiring masks for all students and staff, enhanced cleaning, ensuring social distancing, and improving hand washing facilities,” added Sr Gladyce Kachope.

On arrival, all the staff and students were subjected to mandatory temperature screening while the desks have been rearranged for social distancing.

Learners in Uganda reported back to schools on Monday January 10th 2022. The reopening was confirmed by President Museveni in his 2021 end-of-year address to the nation. The learners have stayed at home for two years and there are learners that have never stepped in school since the March 2020 closure despite attaining school-going age.

In March 2020, President Museveni closed all educational institutions in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Until October 2020, institutions were cleared to operate in a phased manner before the country was hit again with a second wave of COVID-19 in June 2021.

Immaculate Heart Girls School is excited to reopen strongly and is committed to deliver exceptional learning while prioritising for safety and care to meet pupil and family needs.