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Directions on the Reopening of Schools Amended

July 19, 2021

Department of Basic Education

Directions on the reopening of schools and measures to combat Covid-19 in the basic education sector have been amended.

The basic education department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44858 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new paragraph (c) in sub-direction (1) of Direction 5 stipulates that schools will reopen on 26 July 2021 for all learners (Grades R to 12) to return to school on the daily or weekly rotational timetable model.

However, primary school learners (Grades R to 7) and learners with special education needs (Grades R to 12) will return to school in accordance with the timetabling models set out in direction 5A(1A) and (1B).

A new paragraph (cA) stipulates that the principal, school management team and non-teaching staff will return to school on 22 July 2021 in order to prepare for the return of learners to school on 26 July 2021.

A new sub-direction (2A) also points out that the winter vacation learner support or catch-up programs for Grades 11 and 12 will continue and are extended until 23 July 2021.

The amended Directions also stipulate that the traditional and daily attendance timetabling model will resume on 2 August 2021.

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