Primary Schools Set to Return to Normal In July With Daily Attendance

Primary Schools Set to Return to Normal In July With Daily Attendance

- Primary Schools are set to return to normal with daily attendance from July 2021

- New regulations gazetted under the Disaster Management Act will allow for children to return to normal attendance and traditional timetables

- Contact sports will remain suspended and teachers will rotate classes and not children to minimise movement around the school

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Grades R through to 7 will be returning to daily attendance from the 26th of July 2021. Newly gazetted regulations under the Disaster Management Act allow for normal attendance.

Schools will follow their normal timetables with children from Grade R to 7 attending school daily. This includes special needs schools.

Primary Schools set to return to normal in July with daily attendance
Primary schools are set to return to normal. Photo credit: GCIS/Flickr
Source: UGC

The regulations allow for lessons to be taught outside of the classroom where practical as long as Covid-19 safety measures are maintained according to the SABC.

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Movement in School

Teachers will rotate the classroom and not pupils in order to minimise movement around the school during teaching time.

According to the Daily Sun schools that cannot return to a traditional timetable must contact the Department of Education and set out steps to return to a normal timetable.

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Contact sports will remain suspended, contact sports are defined as sports where players are unable to maintain a physical distance of at least one and a half meters.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that contact sports in schools across Mzansi has been suspended with immediate effect. The Department of Basic Education made the announcement on Wednesday, 19 May shortly after a virtual meeting with the Council of Education Ministers.

Angie Motshekga's department said it was evident that protocols and various government gazettes outlining safety measures to curb the spread of the virus during contact sports were not working.

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In a statement, the department explained that the Outbreak Response Team said the risk was high when engaged in close-contact sports following the school sports activities related to Covid-19 outbreaks in Gauteng and the general rise of cases in communities across Mzansi.

In other news, Briefly News reported on Tuesday that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africa that the country is in the grip of a third deadly wave of Covid-19. Mkhize cautioned that the number of new infections is rising, signalling that the country is entering a third wave of the deadly virus.

According to News24, Mkhize has warned provinces to prepare for the third wave by meeting regularly and implement contact tracking and quarantine as their main reactions to the new wave.

On Tuesday the country recorded 1 548 new cases and 71 new deaths due to the virus.

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"As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1 599 272 the total number of deaths is 54 896 the total number of recoveries is 1 519 258 and the total number of vaccines administered is 414 372."

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