The Department of Education today have released their battle plans for the fight against COVID-19 in the education system. At this stage, the virus is seen as extremely contagious, schools are well-known breeding grounds for further spread of infections.
Department of Education wants all schools to “plan and prepare”, they have said that as the outbreak evolves around the world, schools should be ready for the possibility of further community-based outbreaks.
There are steps in place from the Department to educate and circulate information about the disease to staff and students to further prevent the spread of the virus.
No travel bans have been put into action, although this has been said that further talks will be made to consider these actions by other departments within the Government. The Department of Education has advised that schools should “reconsider the benefits and the risks” of continuing school international travel trips at this time. Schools are advised to consider canceling or at least postponing such trips at this time.
The Department also has said that teachers and learners do not need to worry if they have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case while at school. They explained that no drastic actions should be taken like closing the school or sending students home until lab results have been confirmed.
At this stage, they have also said that schools should not close without scientific evidence and all decisions will be made by local school governors.
Schools have been provided with all the necessary steps required to ensure the safety of staff and students in the institutions, the important step that has been forwarded is to ensure people follow the correct NICD steps of washing their hands.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS pic.twitter.com/cRu1peR3kL— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) March 12, 2020