The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has confirmed that the phased return of learners to schools will commence on Monday 1 June 2020. Accordingly, all Grade 7 learners enrolled at John Wesley School will return to school on the above-mentioned date.
There is still no confirmation of the return dates for Grades 1 to 6, LSEN and Pre-primary. Therefore, online teaching, via ClassDojo and Google Classroom, will continue until clarity on the phased return of all other learners is obtained.
Please note the following:
- The entire school has been cleaned and disinfected.
- Classrooms and other high traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitised on a daily basis.
- Hand sanitising spray will be available in all classrooms.
- All learners are required to wear a face mask at school, as well as when travelling to and from school.
- Parents and guardians are required to provide the face masks that their children will be wearing to school. There is no prescription as far as colour or design is concerned, functionality and safety is the only criteria.
- Learners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitising spray/gel to school.
- All staff members will be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment.
- All staff members have been fully briefed on COVID-19 procedures and protocols.
- Temperature screening of learners and staff will be done on a daily basis as they arrive at school. Learners and staff members with elevated temperatures will be isolated and sent home.
- Access to the school will be strictly controlled. Parents and guardians may not exit their vehicles and accompany their children to the classrooms. Strictly drop and go for all grades, from Pre-primary to Grade 7.
- Social distancing will be enforced in classrooms, ablution facilities, break areas and access points.
- Movement within the school will be strictly monitored and controlled to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
- The release of children at the end of the school day will be staggered to avoid congestion.
- Handwashing, using either sanitisers or soap, will be conducted frequently throughout the day.
- Signage reinforcing the observance of protective measures will be displayed throughout the school.
- Clear procedures for handling those displaying COVID-19 symptoms are in place.
- Face masks will be mandatory for all visitors to the school. The movement of visitors will be strictly controlled to prevent contact with learners and staff members.
- Clear guidelines for identifying COVID-19 symptoms will be made available to parents and guardians.
- COVID-19 orientation programmes and ongoing instruction in good hygiene will be incorporated into the curriculum.
- Our Aftercare facility will be operational with effect from 1 June. However, parents and guardians are advised, if possible, to either collect their children or arrange for their transport home, immediately after school each day.
All parents and guardians will be required to sign an indemnity form that will be circulated via e-mail before their children return to school. In addition, all parents, guardians and children will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, in accordance with which they will be required to assume certain responsibilities that are aimed at assisting in the maintenance of a safe environment at school. The Memorandum of Understanding will be issued to parents and guardians prior to the return of their children and will be issued to their children on the day of their return to school as part of their COVID-19 orientation programme.
John Wesley School has established a comprehensive set of protocols and procedures to protect our children upon their return to school and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These protocols and procedures comply with the regulations of the Disaster Management Act, the COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces regulations issued by the Department of Employment and Labour and the regulations for schools as promulgated by the Department of Basic Education.
However, parents and guardians need to acknowledge that there is still risk associated with sending their children to school and that the school cannot, despite its very best efforts, guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. John Wesley School has no control over the movement and social habits of adults and learners outside the school premises and accordingly, parents and guardians need to understand that the school cannot be held responsible for an infection or an outbreak at school, especially considering the manner in which the coronavirus spreads through personal contact and the movement of people.
We thank you for your loyal support of John Wesley School throughout this period of unprecedented disruption. We are making positive progress towards reintegrating our learners into the conventional school environment and our teachers are looking forward to once again engaging with our Grade 7 learners in the classroom. With the continued support of parents and guardians, we are confident that we can keep John Wesley School running optimally so that all of our learners, upon their return, can make a seamless transition back into the classroom.
Your patience is greatly appreciated.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
Mr. D. Tarr