Six schools were forced to halt lessons and close their gates to learners in the Northern Cape province following “individual” cases of Covid-19.
Four primary schools and two high schools are affected, mainly located within the Pixley Ka Seme District, where mass testing is currently being done by the Department of Health.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, and ensuring that all systems are in place at schools. Although six schools are affected, we must indicate that it is not a breakout of Covid-19 infections, but rather individual cases that were reported,” said the Northern Cape Department of Education in a statement.
The department said it was taking all stipulated measures to curb the spread of the virus in provincial schools.
The closures are considered part of the standard operating procedures in respect of the coronavirus pandemic.
The affected schools are: Carnavon Primary School, Enoch Mthetho High School, Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School, Phillipstown High School, Zingisani Primary School and Beacon Primary School.
“Some of the above-mentioned schools have received their (contact tracing) results, which came back negative; therefore we are preparing these schools to reopen.
“Once a positive case is reported, the department immediately disinfects the school.
“We will further determine whether staff or learners at the affected schools will require psycho-social support and assist in this regard.”
The department said it encouraged all school communities – particularly educators, parents and learners – to continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing at home, while wearing face masks.
“This will contribute significantly in limiting the spread of Covid-19 or contracting the virus.
“During this difficult period, it is expected of all South Africans to act responsibly and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines, and it starts at home.”