It is anticipated that the Minister of Basic Education will brief the public on Monday, 18 May 2020 on the dates for the opening of schools and provide details of plans for the opening of schools.
These plans must contain hygiene and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety of learners, teachers, and the wider school environment.
The measures ought to be informed by the latest available medical evidence. Both the College of Medicine of South Africa and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have published recent guidelines for reducing transmission of COVID-19 in the school environment.
SECTION27 is distributing these guidelines to inform parents, teachers, and learners of the available guidelines and to enable them to better assess measures adopted by the Department of Basic Education for reducing transmission of COVID-19 in the school environment.