Gauteng’s plan for school reopening: The Gauteng Department of Education expects about 300 000 Grade 7 and 12 pupils when schools reopen on 1 June.
Panyaza Lesufi, Education MEC said that before the reopening can take place, health protocols will have to be met by all schools.
- Schools will be allocated more than R15 000 to start deep cleaning in preparation for 1 June.
- Officials from the district will inspect the premises to observe whether it is ready or not.
- The Department of Health will then issue a certificate of occupation, deeming the school clean and safe.
“Our approach in Gauteng is as follows: PPEs must arrive first, and the principal will arrive to receive (them).
The principal will wait for SMT (school management teams) PPEs. When PPEs for SMT arrive, the principal will then ask SMTs to come back, and when PPEs for learners come, that’s when we will call for learners.”
“It’s PPEs first, then resumption of responsibilities. Where there are no PPEs, we are not going to risk educators or learners to come to our school,” the MEC said.
- Mobile classrooms have also been procured for schools that were vandalised during the lockdown.
- The department has also put in place strict control guidelines in schools, and these include a no visitors approach.
- Anyone who may want to visit a school would need to get permission from the district and head office.
- All schools must ensure that there is one entrance and exit.
- Schools are also expected to be fenced, and strangers will not be allowed to interact with pupils.
- Pupils will have to wear masks before entering the premises, and officials will screen and sanitise at the entrance.
- The lunch break period will be split between the different classes to avoid overcrowding, and pupils qualifying for the School Nutrition Programme will be catered for.
- Classrooms will be marked, and one pupil will occupy each table. No class will have more than 20 pupils.
- The department said, while pupils will be provided with at least two masks a week, parents are urged to provide masks on the first day of school.
- Once the pupils arrive at school on the first day, they will receive additional masks.
- Teachers and pupils will be screened three times a day – on arrival, break, and when they return home.
- “Areas out of bounds, playing fields and soccer fields, will be cordoned off immediately with a red tape.”
- Schools will also have isolation points for pupils showing high temperatures – and will be linked to local clinics for support.