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Directions on the Re-Opening of Schools Amended

May 31, 2021

Department of Basic Education

Directions on the re-opening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in schools have been amended.

The basic education department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44633.

They were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new Direction 5A on return of learners to primary schools and schools for learners with special education needs is inserted.

It stipulates that primary school learners (Grades R to 7) and schools for learners with special education needs (Grades R to 12) must return to the daily attendance and traditional timetabling model from 26 July 2021 provided that the risk adjusted differentiated strategy is implemented.

The Direction also stipulates that a school that is unable to return to the traditional timetabling model and continues with the timetabling model as contemplated in Direction 16 must inform the Head of Department through the district office by 30 June 2021 and set out the steps taken to return to a traditional timetabling model and provide reasons for the decision to adhere to a differentiated timetabling model.

A new Direction 11 on sport and extracurricular activities is also inserted.

It confirms that all contact sport, including competitive events and matches, is suspended.

A list of contact sports is provided.

Direction 11 also points out that non-contact sport training and intra-school matches, non-contact sport-related activities, and all arts and culture intra-school activities, except choirs, may resume without any spectators.

However, matches, national championships and tournaments for non-contact sport that require learners to travel to other schools or provinces are suspended.

The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.