Schools will be reopening soon, after closing early in June, following the President's address. A new gazette has now been released, with updated return dates for learners and staff.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga released the gazette on 15 July, revealing updated return dates.
According to the gazette, school management teams and non-teaching staff will return on 22 July in order to make sure schools are ready for the return of learners.
Schools will then reopen on 26 July 2021 for learners in grades R to 12. While the gazette does not state which date independent schools are allowed to reopen on, it does state that they must remain closed until 26 July.
“The usual winter vacation learner support or catch-up programs for Grades 11 and 12, as organised and implemented by the Provincial Departments of Education, districts and schools, will continue under strict compliance with the minimum health, safety and social distancing measures on COVID-19, and are extended by a week until 23 July 2021.” said the department.
Soon after learners in grades 7 to 12 return to school, they will be required to attend classes according to the traditional daily timetable model.
This model will take effect from 2 August 2021, as learners will no longer make use of the rotational timetable model.
Schools for learners with special needs will also be switching to the daily attendance model from 2 August. However, this will apply to learners in grades R to 12, unlike learners in grades 7 to 12 in other schools.
The department said these changes will be monitored as they will take place depending on the risk adjusted differentiated strategy. This will allow for changes to be made, depending on the state of the country's Covid-19 infections.
"Educators must continue with teaching and learning from 26 July 2021, in accordance with the timetabling model adopted by the school, until 2 August 2021, from which date the return to the traditional and daily attendance timetabling model must be implemented.”