The DBE issued circulars providing containment/management guidelines for ordinary public and independent schools to all provincial education departments (PEDs), unions and school governing bodies (Circulars No 1 and 3 of 2020: Containment/management of COVID-19 for schools and school communities). After briefings with education stakeholders, Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, MP, delivered media statements regarding the sector’s response to the pandemic.
This standard operating procedure (SOP) for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 must be adhered to by all the administrators of schools in the basic education sector. This SOP must be read in conjunction with the key and relevant legislation, policies, guidelines and frameworks.
The Standard Operating Procedure for the Prevention, Containment and Management of COVID- 19 in Schools and School Communities provides guidelines for all administrators on the approved steps that must be taken to prevent the spread of, and manage cases of COVID-19 within the basic education sector.