Policy on Home School
Dear Parents/Guardians (GR R, 1, 2 and 3)
The information below are guidelines from the Department of Education for Health and Safety and the Revised Curriculum. The procedures and measures below must be followed by all learners in all grades when they report to school. Grade R, 1, 2 and 3 learners return to school on Monday 24 August 2020 Grade R: Learners in Grade RA and Grade RB attend school every day of the week. Gr 1 – 3: Learners have been divided into new classes. Learners attend school every alternate day.
Parents, please click on the appropriate link below to check the class list and roster for which alternate day your child is to attend school.
Please note that all Grade R learners attend school every day.
Find class lists here to check class allocated to your child.
Time for Screening
R 7:20 – 7:45 13:00 Keep behind the markings on the floor. Toes touching the line.
1 7:20 – 7:45 13:15 Keep behind the markings on the floor. Toes touching the line.
2 7:20 – 7:45 13:30 Keep behind the markings on the floor. Toes touching the line.
3 7:20 – 7:45 13:30 Keep behind the markings on the floor. Toes touching the line.
Bell Times
SCHOOL STARTS 7:20 7:20 7:20 7:20
REGISTER/SCREENING 7:20 – 7:45 7:20 – 7:45 7:20 – 7:45 7:20 – 7:45
SESSION ONE 8:05-10:05 8:05-10:20 8:05-10:20 8:05-10:05
FIRST BREAK 10:05-10:20 10:20-10:35 10:20-10:35 10:05-10:20
SESSION TWO 10:20-12:20 10:35-12:35 10:35-12:35 10:20-12:20
SECOND BREAK 12:20-12:35 12:35-12:50 12:35-12:50 12:20-12:35
SESSION THREE 12:35-13:15 12:50-13:30 12:50-13:45 12:35-13:45
SCHOOL ENDS 13:00 13:15 13:30 13:30
Application for examption of learner to attend school(Annexure E1) download here
learner Acceptance form (Annexure E2) download here
Learner Health Quetionaire COVID-19 download here
Learner Profile download here
Please get more information here
  1. 1. At Home, check that your child has his/her: *Cloth face mask, it must be hygienically clean and not soiled. *Uniform is neat and clean *Lunch is packed, including a plastic bottle with water, all eating utensils must be plastic. (According to FDR Health and Safety Policy, no glass or metal utensils are allowed). *Carry their own stationery, exercise and text books according to the timetable (Borrowing and sharing are strictly prohibited) *To maintain the social distance and the hygienic standards set by health professionals, learners are encouraged to carry a small waste paper plastic bag to keep their used lunch wrappings, bottles, pencil shavings, waste paper, etc. which they will dispose of at home. (All medical PPE items, soiled tissues, gloves, masks and any items with bodily fluid will be placed in a  biohazard bag, that will be disposed of by FDR, at the nearest medical facility) *Learners must CARRY their bags. They are not allowed to roll their bags in order to avoid any transmission from the floor. *If you have a thermometer, we encourage parents to also check their child’s temperature before bringing them to school. (Learners with a temperature of above 38°C will not be allowed at school.) *If your child is sick, coughing, sneezing, has a sore throat, eyes are red and a fever, please keep him/her at home. *If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 please don’t send him/her to school.
  2. 2. Uniform *Learners must wear their winter uniform according to the Uniform Policy in the diary. *Learners are not allowed to carry blankets. *Learners’ uniform will be checked daily for cleanliness according to the COVID- 19 health and safety regulation. *Learners are allowed to wear their full tracksuit on one day and alternate the next day with their blazer, jersey and grey pants. *The blazer can be sprayed with sanitizer at home so that the learner is able to use it the next day. *Learners are not allowed to mix the winter uniform for e.g. a blazer with a tracksuit pants. *Parents can purchase uniform from the second-hand shop at school.
  3. 3. Travelling to school by foot, private, lift clubs and public transport. *Follow the Transport Regulations Act for COVID-19 as stipulated by the Minister of Transport. * The learner must ensure that there is social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitising their hands before entering vehicles, when traveling by public transport, bus or taxi. *Learners on foot must wear a mask and distance themselves from other people. They can walk with a friend but must maintain their distance of 1,5 m. *No physical contact is allowed when walking or using public transport. *Parents that bring their children privately are encouraged to keep them in the car until the school gate opens at 07:20. *Parents are encouraged to park at the bottom of Anton Van Wouw Drive to avoid congestion in the mornings and afternoons. 1
  4. 4. Arrival at FDR *The main gate will only open at 07:20. *Only ONE main entrance and exit to the school is allowed by the GDE Health and Safety guideline for access and control. Except for staff parking, all other entrances to the school will have a NO ENTRY SIGN and will be cordoned- off with barrier tape. * You will notice lines on the pavement, outside the main entrance. Learners must stand on the line with a mask  and wait for the gate to open at 07:20. *No physical contact will be allowed outside the gate. Educators will be on duty from 07:20. *Once the gate opens the learners will follow the markings and enter the school while maintaining the social distance markings of 1,5 m on the paving. *At the entrance the educator on duty will check that the learner is wearing a mask. *A mask will be issued if he/she is not wearing one. *The learner’s hands will be sanitized. *The learner will then be directed to go to the screening table per class (Term 1 – 7A/B/C/D). *There will be 4 screening tables outside the main entrance to the foyer. *At the screening table the learner must follow the marking on the floor to keep his/her 1,5 m distance. *The youth brigade/first aid teacher assistant will take the learner’s temperature and make a recording next to the learner’s name on a tracking screening register. *The symptom screening questions below will be asked or numbered on an A4 board and the learner’s response will be recorded on the same screening register. Yes or No response from the learner.
      1. Do you have a sore throat?
    Do you have difficulty in breathing?
    1. Have you been coughing?
    2. Do you feel weak and tired?
    3. Do you have a loss of smell or taste?
    4. Do you have body aches? *Once the sanitizing and screening is completed according to all the health and safety guidelines, the learner will proceed through the foyer to class, assisted by teachers along the route to ensure that the face mask is still on and social distancing is maintained between learners. *NB: At the screening table the personnel on duty will direct the learner to his/her re-assigned class. *Learners are NOT allowed to go to their lockers, irrespective of what they had left behind in term one. 5. Isolation Process *If a learner’s temperature is above 38°C, he/she will be taken to the temporary isolation area to do a second temperature check and possibly a third re-check of the temperature. The temperature recordings will be indicated on the screening register. *If the temperature readings are consistent the learner will be taken to the isolation room and his/her parent will be called immediately to take the child for a medical examination or testing. *This process must be done in a manner that does not place any other person or member of the public at risk. *The isolation room is at the rear of the hall. There is a toilet available and it is close to the car park for easy exit from the school premises. * The isolation room is demarcated into 1,5 m social distance with plastic chairs. The room is disinfected and deep cleaned. *A learner that is diagnosed with COVID-19 will be traced so that other contact persons are also screened. *The learner must remain at home during the isolation period of 14 days and a clearance medical certificate must be produced in order to return to school. *If a learner was tested and diagnosed with COVID-19 the health department will send people to clean and disinfect the isolation room. The General Assistants at FDR are not responsible to clean and disinfect. 6. Grade 7 Classrooms and class distribution (May be modified when other grades are phased-in) *In compliance with social distancing of 1,5 m, the grade 7s will be distributed into 8 classes. *Four classes upstairs – rooms 47, 52, 54 and 56. *Four classes downstairs – rooms 59, LAB, CC1 and CC2. *There will be 15 learners in each class except in room 47 which will have 16 learners as it is a larger room. *There will be NO changing of classes by learners. *Educators will move according to the timetable. *Each class will have two educators. One educator is the subject teacher and the second educator will monitor the learners’ behaviour and actions in maintaining the social distance to ensure that there is no physical contact, borrowing etc. in class, when the subject educator moves to teach the next class and to also assist to monitor and escort a learner to and from the toilet according to the health and safety requirements. *The desks are arranged approximately 1,5 m apart and there are markings on the floor for positioning the desks according to the guidelines from the GDE and the health department. *One learner per desk. The learner can place his/her bag on the second chair so that it’s not left on the floor. *The term one class lists have been modified to comply with COVID-19 regulations of social distancing.
7. Before the learner enters the class * Keeping to the 1,5 m marking on the floor the register/assistant educator will sanitise the learner’s hands. * On the first day a name tag, facing the door will be placed on the table so he/she know where to sit. *Two face masks and a bar of soap will be placed on the learner’s desk. As mentioned above the learner can place his/her bag on the second chair. *Annexure A – Learner Health Questionnaire: COVID-19 and a learner profile template will be placed on the learner’s desk to be taken home and completed by the parent/guardian and returned immediately. (Refer to attached document for perusal.) *The start of the day is register period and learner attendance will be recorded. *Learners not at school will be marked absent. *Each morning, during the register period, the learners will recite the revised school affirmation. (Refer to attached document for perusal.) *On the first day, the first two periods will be register period. The register educator will give the learners awareness talks on hygiene, COVID-19 and stigmatism. This programme will be prepared by the Life Orientation educator Mr Morapeli. *Thereafter, in third period, the timetable will commence. 3 8. Parents who choose to keep their children at home The school is not obliged to send work home, should parents decide to keep learners at home 9. Home-Schooling The parent must apply to the department. If approved the learner will be de-registered from FDR Primary. The school has not yet been briefed on the processes and procedures regarding applications for home-schooling. 10. Learners with underlying medical conditions/co-morbidities making them more susceptible to COVID-19 infection *The parent/ guardian must complete the Learner Health Questionnaire COVID-19 that will be handed to the learner on the 08-06-2020. *Application for co-morbidities must be accompanied by certified copies of medical evidence and the learner’s birth certificate. *All information will be kept confidential. *This will be processed at school level by the SBST Committee in accordance with the GDE guidelines. *The SBST will submit the list of these applications to the district. *These will then be recommended to the district director and approved at the Head of Department. * Once the district makes a decision, the parent will be informed telephonically and the learner information will be captured on SASAMS for reference purposes. *The school is responsible to provide work for THAT learner once he/she is approved by the district. 11. The catch up-plan for Grade 7 *This will continue for week 8. Thereafter only homework and Grade 7 notices will be loaded on D6 Communicator and the FDR web page. For all other grades, the catch up plan will continue until further notice from the department on the phasing-in of other grades. *Learners with co-morbidities that were approved by the district are to stay at home. The parent will receive the learner’s work for the term according to guidelines from the GDE. *A voice/video recording of the lesson in class will at times will be forwarded from the school via e-mail directly to the parent listed on SASAMS, by the subject educator, to complete the worksheets and activities at home. *The Grade Head will keep a record of the list of co-morbidities that were approved and will arrange with other subject educators in the grade to cascade information to the parent according to COVID-19 guidelines. 12. Class lists /Timetabling – (Refer to attached snapshot *The term one class has been divided into two classes. In term two the first half of the class (according to register order) will be regarded as 7A. The second half of the class will be regarded as 7AA. This will also apply to 7B, 7C and 7D. *This implies that we now have 8 Grade 7 classes. *No subject modifications were done on the existing timetable for term one. However, the educators teaching the different subjects have changed in accordance with the GDE memorandum no. 34 of 2020. NB. Mrs Nair will be replaced by Mrs Akaloo to teach Natural Sciences, Grade 7. *Please refer to the attached modified timetable for perusal. Learners will be given a copy when they return. *On the 08-06-2020 learners can follow the Monday timetable when packing their bags for school. *They must carry their own stationery, exercise and text books. No borrowing is allowed. 13. Lockers *Learners are NOT allowed to go to their lockers to fetch items that they had left in term one. *The learners’ names will be noted and they will be escorted individually by an assistant educator during the week to fetch their belongings from the lockers. *Their hands will be sanitised by the assistant educator before and after retrieving items from their lockers. *The use of the lockers has been discontinued for all grades. 4 14. Curriculum Trimming and Re-organisation *In order to accommodate the teaching time lost as a result of the state of disaster and the adjustment of timetables, the curriculum, as articulated in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement, has been reviewed by the minister in accordance with section 3(4)(1) of the National Education Policy Act, 1996 which empowers the Minister to determine national policy for curriculum frameworks, core syllabuses and education programmes. The revised curriculum *The curriculum co-ordinators at the department have sent the revised ATPs to schools for the different subjects in Grade 7. Educators are familiarising themselves with these. *The curriculum has been trimmed to accommodate key content. *The Exemplar Standardised Assessment Tasks is based on key content and is developed. * The Revised Annual Teaching Plan (ATP) will be communicated to the parents in due course. *The June Exams has been discontinued by the GDE for all grades. *The GDE is assisting schools with worksheets, web sites, booklets and links. *The current grade seven educators will continually give guidance and support to the additional educator’s in Grade 7. *In order to comply with new health and safety regulations, teachers will adapt their operations by making more use of suitable resources that would minimize social contact. 15. Breaks – First Break (20 minutes) *Breaks will alternate between grades. *First break – upstairs room 47 grade 7AA and room 56 grade 7DD will go out for first break. *Each grade will use a separate stairway and maintain distancing from each other. *Break will be taken downstairs in front of the Foundation Phase classes. *When having lunch their masks can be removed or pulled down. *Learners can communicate with one another without physical contact. *Many educators will be on duty to ensure that the learners maintain the rules and regulations of COVID-19. *The other two classes upstairs, grade 7BB in rooms 52 and grade 7CC in room 54 will have their break in their register class and will be allowed to eat their lunches under strict COVID-19 regulations. *Grade 7A in room CC1 and 7C in the Lab will also go for first break while 7B in CC2 and 7D in room 59 will remain in class to have their lunch. *Break for them will be in front of their classes in the care centre space. *When the bell rings the learners will line up on either side of the stairway on the 1,5 m markings and then proceed to their classes. *Before entering the class the assistant educator will sanitise their hands. Second Break (20 minutes) Upstairs classes grade 7BB in room 52 and grade 7CC in room 54 will go out for second break while grade 7AA in room 47 and grade 7 DD in room 56 will remain in class for the break. The same procedure above will apply. Downstairs classes grade 7B in room CC2 and 7D in room 59 will go out for break while grade 7A in CC1 and grade 7C in the Lab will remain in class to have their lunch. * Same procedures, rules and regulations as explained above will apply 16. Toilets *Will operate under strict rotational measures. *Only four toilets will be utilized at a time and will be cleaned every two hours. *Learners wanting to go to the toilet during contact time will be closely monitored. *The learner will be accompanied by the assistant educator. *Following the markings on the floor the educator will sanitise the learner’s hands before entering the toilet. *The educator will wait outside and observe the learner and implement the rules of COVID-19. *The learner must wash his/her hands for 20 seconds and then put the mask back again. *Before entering the class the educator will sanitise the learner’s hand once again. *During breaks the same procedure will apply when going to the toilet. *The teacher on duty will allow only two learners to enter the toilet. * The learners will follow the markings indicated inside the toilet to maintain their distance. * The others will wait their turn outside keeping the 1,5 m distance and keeping their masks on. *All learners will be sanitised before going into the toilet and after coming out. 5 17. Disposing of Waste *All PPE items, damp, soiled masks (especially if a learner sneezes or coughs) gloves, tissues or any item with bodily fluids will be disposed of in a special biohazard bag and taken to the nearest hospital or clinic to be disposed of as medical waste. The department will establish links with the nearest health institution in order to dispose of the medical waste. *When learners’ masks are soiled and damp their hands will first be sanitised, they will be asked to carefully remove the masks without touching their faces, dispose of them in the biohazard plastic bag, sanitise or wash their hands for 20 seconds then put on new, clean masks which will be provided by the school, according to the health and safety requirements. 18. After School *Learners must put their own stationery, exercise and text books in their bags. *Same procedure as the breaks will apply when dismissing learners after school. *As the learners leave the class the assistant educator will sanitise their hands while the teacher monitors their movement. *Learners must not touch the walls, railings or any equipment when walking. *There will be a two-minute interval during dismissal to maintain the social distancing. *Upstairs classes will dismiss first, maintaining the social distance. *Educators on duty downstairs will monitor and direct learners through the foyer to exit via the main gate. *The downstairs classes will wait on the designated markings until it is safe for them to proceed to the exit. *Once outside, they will stand on the markings to wait for their transport. *Same rules and regulations will apply when travelling back home. NB: Learners must be collected immediately after school. 19. Health and Psycho-Social Support and Referrals FDR will be linked to a professional nurse at the nearest health care facility to ensure that learners who require testing, management or referral receive these services from the appointed School Health Nurse (SHN). The SBST will assist learners with basic trauma counselling for COVID-19 and other related social challenges. 20. Misconduct Committee *Has been established according to the GDE guidelines for COVID-19 *The role of the committee is to maintain the rules and regulation of COVID-19. *Any person contradicting the rules and regulations of COVID-19 will be dealt with according to the Health and Safety regulation measures. Please Note: *There is NO after care, waiting area, tuckshop facility, extra-murals, sport, co-curricular activities, assemblies, support classes, awards, computers and lockers. *The field is cordoned-off and out of bounds. *No parents/visitors are allowed on the property during contact time Parents will be accommodated ONLY by appointment and under strict guidelines of COVID-19. *By 15:00 no one must be on the school property, except for the general assistants who will be cleaning the school for the following day, according to COVID -19 health and safety regulations. Stay safe and healthy. We looking forward to seeing the learners on the 08-06-2020. Regards Mrs JV Tandree (COVID-19 Compliance Officer/SBST HOD) Mr V Matloga (Principal)Follow Us