Safety, hygiene packs delivered at Western Cape schools

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The Western Cape Education Department says safety and hygiene packs have been delivered to schools in the province in preparation for the return of  Grade 7 and 12 learners next week.

Provincial Minister, Debbie Schäfer, says teachers across the province reported to schools on Monday to prepare for the phased return of learners.

“Detailed guidelines have also been issued to schools on a variety of topics, including the management of confirmed cases at schools, hygiene practices, hostel and learner transport safety and the management of learners and teachers with co-morbidities. I would like to thank all principals, school management teams and all other staff that have been hard at work getting schools ready to receive teachers today. “

The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) says all schools should have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“Our most important thing is safety. So, we are making sure the schools have got their PPE’s in place, that the equipment and materials are there to clean and sanitise. So, that is the most important thing at this stage and of course, those with co-morbidities are accommodated in a humane way,”  says union’s branch chairperson for the Southern Cape region, Bernadine Probart.

Some schools in the Saldanha district in the Western Cape have put all possible measures in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

Below are some safety precautions to be put in place at schools: 





Last week Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that the back to school plan, starting with the Grade 7 and 12 learners. Schools were shut down in March after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a Level-5 lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Currently, the Western Cape has  14 740 coronavirus cases, which is 65.3% of all the cases in South Africa.