Schools to re-open in phases

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03 September 2020 | Education

Michelle Rieth; Teacher at Dwergieland Kindergarten: “Since the start of lockdown many parents opted to take their children out of the school.”

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Schools across the country will reopen in phases as announced by the minister of education, arts and culture Ester Nghipondoka on Thursday.

She said that the fear of many people around Covid-19 and the impact of schools opening on the transmission of the disease is a concern.

All schools were initially slated to restart on Monday, 7 September, however only grades 7, 8 and 9 will start, with the exception of schools in the Khomas region.

Classes for grades 4, 5 and 6 will reopen for the rest of the country including Khomas, which will also welcome back their grades 7, 8 and 9.

Schooling for pre-primary to grade 3 will resume on 21 September.

Schools were already preparing and informing their learners about the various precautions in place.

One of these schools is Narraville Primary who sent out a letter to parents who should indicate if learners will be returning or be making use of Learning from Home (LFH).

The letter informed parents that learners should be in possession of a mask.

“If your child makes use of a face shield, it must be used with a mask as well. Learners should bring their own water bottles to prevent drinking from taps, their own lunchbox as to not share food, and own stationary. It is vital that learners do not share stationary. Learners are also encouraged to bring their own sanitizer or wet wipes, however the school will be providing sanitizer,” Ms Cecilia Nakashole, principal of NPS said.

Erongosig Primary School in Usakos indicated that they will be providing face masks to their learners.

“The school provided face masks to learners in pre-primary to grade 3, as well as those in grade 7 when they returned to school previously. Face masks will be provided to the remaining grades (4 – 6) upon their return. Learners will not be withheld from coming to school because of a mask. If the learner does not have a mask, the school will definitely assist,” Elmer Eiseb, principal of Erongosig said.

The school encouraged parents to follow and stick to the health regulations as prescribed.

“Let us join hands and defeat Covid-19. This disease is real and must not be underestimated.”

Michelle Rieth of Dwergieland Pre-Primary School in Walvis Bay said that they are not expecting many learners back once ECDs are allowed to operate.

“Many feel their children won’t be safe at school. Since the start of lockdown many parents opted to take their children out of the school. However, when we do start operating again, we have various protocols in place to ensure the safety of our learners.”

Rieth said that the measures in place include the sanitizing of the school premises and social distancing for learners with only two learners allowed to be seated at a table.

“Learners must also wear their masks upon entering the school premises, and their hands will be sanitized at the entrance. Their temperature will also be checked.”

Secondary schools were the first to reopen their doors earlier in August for grade 11 and 12 learners.

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