UPDYATE: Basic Education Debt says leaners will not be going back to school in May, only staff.
The Department of Basic Education has a proposed plan in place as it gears up to have grades seven and twelve returning back to classrooms on 6 May 2020, Wednesday.
The spread of Covid-19 will be minimised in the following way in the classrooms:
- No more than two pupils will be allowed to share a desk
- No handshakes and hugging
- Children and teachers must wear cloth masks at all times
- Mass gatherings will not be permitted. E.g, choral practices.
- Children must be taught in small group
INFRASTRUCTURE AND FURNITURE
- Classrooms must be sanitised upon entering
- Children should limit visiting each other’s classrooms
- Desks in classrooms should not be clustered
- Limited movement between classes
- Buses should be sanitised prior to the start of trips collaboration with the transport department
- Hands should be sanitised upon entering buses
- Masks wearing is compulsory throughout the school day
WATER AND SANITATION
- Some 3,475 schools in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape faces a key challenge of water in the prevention of coronavirus
- Water tanks have been supplied by the department of water and sanitation to deal with the challenge of water security.
- Packages of hygiene and sanitation have been developed for provinces to start procuring them, example, PPEs, sanitisers, hand washing soap, gloves, cloth masks and thermometers
GUIDELINES ON MAINTAINING HYGIENE
- Recommendations on the proper cleaning and use of PPEs based on risk exposure
- Basic principles of infections prevention and control
- Risk reduction methods for schools, classrooms, offices and food preparation areas
- Daily duties of cleaners
SCREENING, TESTING AND TRACING
- Educators and pupils will be oriented and trained at the reopening of the school
- The orientation programme will include a training manual, video clips, and an information booklet, posters, signage to direct teachers, pupils and other stuff on what to do
- Programme will be shared through WhatsApp, TV, radio and social media platforms
- An increase of social, mental, psychological and emotional difficulties are amongst pupils, educators due to losses and trauma experienced
THE PROPOSED AMENDED SOCIAL CALENDAR
- The amended school’s calendar will end on 9 December
- The 2020 school calendar will be adjusted for schools to open on 4 May 2020 for teachers and 6 May for learners
- Other school grades will be phased in, starting with grades seven and twelve
- The holiday of June will be shortened to 5 days and the September holiday to a long weekend to make up for the loss
- The fourth term will be lengthened to close 9 December and 11 December for learners and teachers respectively.
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