School Closes After Learners Test Positive For Covid

A school in Gauteng has had to close after many learners tested positive for Covid-19. This comes after another school in the province experienced a cluster outbreak and was forced to close.

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Following 11 learners testing positive for Covid-19, Krugersdorp High School has had to close.

4 cases were recorded last week in the girl's hostel with the rest of the cases being members of staff. 

All sporting activities were suspended at the school and online learning and teaching has commenced.

Krugersdorp High School principal, Ivan Bailey, explains how this started:

The parents got sick initially last week and that was the beginning of term, Sunday evening. The parent I believed was ill and they dropped the kids off but the parent only tested on the Monday and the parent tested positive, the daughter tested positive the following day and then during the week, by Thursday, we had 4 cases.

The school is communicating with the Department of Health as well as the Department of Education.

The remainder of the girls, about 35 of them, at the hostel were tested on Friday and the school received the results on Tuesday evening. They were then quarantined until the weekend.

The 5 teachers in the residence had to stay as well.

Meal and bathroom times were staggered at the residence as well with learners staying in their rooms and avoided public spaces.

Sanitation and contact tracing processes have also taken place at the hostel.

Parents fetched their children from the hostel after hearing about the cases and Bailey has said that about 12 to 15 girls are quarantining at home.

Bailey said they were tracing an event but that the event was in Braamfontein.

34 cases of Covid were recently traced back to pupils from St John's College in Gauteng, said the health department in the province. 2 pupils in Grade 11, 2 in Grade 12 and 1 in Grade 6 were infected with Covid last week. Two teachers, these learners along with the 34 individuals are now being quarantined and monitored. 

Contact tracing started as soon as the department heard about the cluster outbreak.

Stories circulated that the pupils who were at the root of the outbreak were taking part in a rugby festival at the school but the school has said these were false claims.

St. John's then closed and cancelled all activity.

 

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