Schools Will Close Early Due To Level 4 Lockdown
Schools will be closing early, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country will be placed under Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions for two weeks due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa.
Schools will be closing on Wednesday, 30 June, following an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africa will move to adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions. Schools will re-open on 19 July.
The President said the closure of schools for the winter holidays will be brought forward for this adjustment. This includes both public and private schools in the country.
Motshekga was speaking at a media briefing in Free State while giving an update on the education sector's response to Covid-19:
Teaching will stop on Wednesday. We will use Thursday and Friday for teachers and managers to have an orderly closure of schools.
The Minister advised parents to make all necessary arrangements for their children who are in school residential hostels to vacate by Friday 12:30 at the latest.
"The School Management Teams (SMTs), teachers, learners in hostel facilities, and learners with special education needs waiting for parents to pick them up, should report at school until Friday, 02 July 2021," she explained.
Arrangements will be made for learners who receive meals through school feeding schemes to still be able to benefit from this programme while schools are closed.
It was previously announced that from 26 July, schools will see the full capacity of learners return to school everyday but with the new regulations, this might change. The department is set to discuss this further with the relevant stakeholders.
These are the current lockdown restrictions according to a recent government gazette issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance.
- Night vigils at a funeral are banned.
- After-funeral gatherings, including after tears gatherings
- All gatherings are banned, except for funerals.
- Movement between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts are prohibited except for workers who have a permit to perform an essential or permitted service who have to commute to and from work on a daily basis.
- All industries, businesses, entities, both private and in the public sector, which are permitted to operate during Alert Level 4, must designate a COVID-19 compliance officer
- Any place or premises normally open to the public where religious, cultural, sporting, entertainment, recreational, exhibitional, organisational or similar activities may take place is closed.
- No sale of liquor permitted.
- Night clubs, bars, taverns, shebeen and similar establishments
- Travelling in and out of Gauteng for leisure is prohibited
This Level 4 of lockdown is expected to last for two weeks with the President saying that they will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the country.
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