Re-Opening of our Schools.

Back in May the Department of education announced the release dates for all grades to go back to school. The minister of Education announced grade 7 & grade 12 pupils would start on the 1st June 2020, later in June she announced that Grade R, 6 & 11 to return back on the 6th July 2020 and the other grades would be eased in later this month.

Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said they were concerned with the return of these grades as some of the schools are still struggling with the Grades7 and 12 as 19 school staff died of this Covid-19 pandemic in the province but no schoolchildren.

Many precaution measures have been taken upon the return of these pupils. Schools have a huge

task at hand before they reopen. Some of the measures listed below:

  • Using social distancing floor stickers – Its certainly going to be difficult to implement social distancing within a busy school but take advantage of all the resources out there and give your students and staff as much guidance as possible. Social distancing floor stickers are a great way of helping people adhere to the two-meter rule.
  • Avoid assemblies – although it will be tempting to get the whole school together again, this is not advisable. Instead of big assemblies, pass on important messages via email year groups so that that there are never too many people gathered in one space.
  • Stagger opening times – It is also advisable to stagger opening times if possible. This way, you won’t get a big influx of students piling through the doors at once. Consider staggering opening times by year group, so that there’s as little contact between students of different ages at there needs to be.
  • Provide hand sanitizer & other cleanliness reminders – It is your duty to ensure that hygiene & cleanliness is at the forefront of both your students and your teacher’s minds, so make sure, you stock u on hand sanitizer, handwashing posters, soap, and other health & safety measures.
  • Shield vulnerable staff and pupils – Although we are all experiencing the turbulent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some are more at risk than others. Take time to understand the needs of every individual student and shield them accordingly. Evens students who are not directly ‘high risk’ might be living in the same household as vulnerable people, so make sure you know who needs extra protection. Allow vulnerable students to learn from home or help them practice strict social distancing in school.