Its official, the reopening of schools during COVID-19 in South Africa, will be on the 1st of June. The resuming of private and public schools was announced in a media briefing on the 19th of May by the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Keeping with the decision to gradually ease out of lockdown, learners will be returning to school in segments. 

School management and teachers will resume work on the 25th of May. 

Here’s what parents need to know about the reopening of schools:

  • Schools will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before schools start
  • Grades 7 and 12 learners will return to school on the 1st of June
  • Grades R to 11 will gradually be phased in once approval has been granted
  • Grade 12 learners will write full end-of-year exams – final dates to be confirmed in due course
  • Teachers, staff members and learners will be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms
  • You have the option to homeschool your child, but you need to apply here: https://www.discovery.co.za/corporate/covid19-recognise-signs-and-symptoms
  • Or you can apply for your child to repeat the grade 
  • The curriculum will be trimmed
  • Wearing masks at school will be compulsory
  • School transports must adhere to social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing 
  • Sports and school trips prohibited 
  • Guidelines to protect teachers and learners with asthma, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory issues are yet to be issued

Understandably, many parents are not comfortable with the decision to reopen schools. If you’re one of the parents who will opt to homeschool your children, we have a few tips that can make your homeschooling journey slightly better. 

Register to homeschool your child.

By law, you’ll need to register your child for homeschooling. Register here:

https://www.education.gov.za/Programmes/HomeEducation.aspx

Start a Facebook group with fellow parents.

Community is essential, and starting a Facebook group with parents from the same grade as your child can help you in endless ways. You can share ideas, advice and ask questions – this will be useful for parents to get acclimated to homeschooling.

Share homeschooling responsibilities.

For busy parents who also have to work from home, try sharing the responsibilities with other parents who are also homeschooling their children. You can alternate weekly or decide which parent is reliable at what subject and take it from there. 

Get homeschooling emails from our Pro Email solution so you can implement the following: 

  • Our pro email solution has calendar sync capabilities so that parents can manage and sync their teaching schedule with the children’s learning schedule
  • Take advantage of our video conferencing capabilities for tutoring the children and homeschool parent meetings  
  • Our instant messenger function will ensure that you stay connected with your homeschooling team

The pandemic has made working from home a default, and perhaps the next theme that is going to be prevalent is homeschooling.