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UPDATED 2020 School calendar - 2 August

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School during covid-19

The Department of Basic Education published the amended 2020 School calendar on 2 August 2020. 

All public schools were on break from 27 July 2020 and the school arrangements after the break are as follows:

27 - 31 July

  • The principal and the School Management Team will determine the staffing requirements to ensure compliance with the health, safety and social distancing requirements and to assist with the distribution of learning material and the roll-out of the daily school feeding programme for all qualifying learners.
  • The principal and the School Management Team must be on duty to make arrangements for the receipt of the learners anticipated in the weeks ahead.
  • Schools will remain open for feeding of qualifying learners in terms of the National School Nutrition Programme.

3 - 7 August

  • Grade 12 and Schools of Skill: Year 4 learners will return to school on 3 August 2020.
  • Grade 12 and Schools of Skill: Year 4 teachers (and teacher support staff) will return to school on 3 August 2020.
  • The principal and the School Management Team (as required) will be in attendance at school.
  • Officials (as identified by the principal and the School Management Team) will return to school on 3 August 2020, to assist in ensuring compliance with the health, safety and social distancing requirements and to assist in the distribution of learning material and the roll-out of the daily school feeding programme for all qualifying learners.

11 - 14 August

  • Grade 7 learners will return to school on 11 August 2020.
  • Grade 7 officials (and teacher support staff) will return to school on 11 August 2020.
  • The principal and the School Management Team (as required) will be in attendance at school.
  • Officials, who are at school, will assist in ensuring compliance with the health, safety and social distancing requirements and to assist in the distribution of learning material and the roll-out of the daily school feeding programme for all qualifying learners.

17 - 21 August 

All officials will report for duty on 17 August 2020 to prepare for the return of learners in the remaining grades.

  • Grade 7; Grade 12; and Schools of Skill: Year 4 learners and officials will already be at school.
  • Officials who are already at school will assist in ensuring compliance with the health, safety and social distancing requirements and to assist in the distribution of learning material and the roll-out of the daily school feeding programme for all qualifying learners.

24 August

Learners in the following grades, years or schools will return to school on 24 August 2020:

  • Grade R; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; and Grade 6;
  • Grade 9; Grade 10; and Grade 11;
  • Schools of Skill: Year 1; Year 2; and Year 3;
  • Schools with Learners with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities (“LSPID”): Year 1; Year 2; and Year 3;
  • Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities (“SID”): Grade R; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; and final year (Occupational); and
  • Schools with autistic learners: Junior group (below 13 years); Senior Group (13 years and above); and final year (18 years and above).

The school must ensure compliance with the health, safety and social distancing requirements in accommodating this group of learners.

31 August

Learners in the following grades or schools will return to school on 31 August 2020:

  • Grade 5 and Grade 8; and
  • Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities (“SID”): Grade 4 and Grade 5.

Download the calendar here Amended School Calender 2020_A3.pdf

Public holidays

09 August 2020    National Women’s Day 
 10 August 2020    Public holiday 
 24 September 2020    Heritage Day 
 16 December 2020    Day of Reconciliation 
 25 December 2020    Christmas Day 
 26 December 2020    Day of Goodwill 

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