Learners returned to school on the 26 of July amidst the 3rd COVID wave. It was however reassuring to see learners back at school, as the school remains a healthy environment to develop each learner to their full potential. Amidst the contextual challenge of COVID-19, the management and staff have committed themselves to maintain a healthy educational experience for each learner. Many families have experienced anxiety and trauma with the passing of loved ones and family members who were infected and affected. While we cannot provide accurate figures as to the extent to which families connected to the school have been affected, know that we share your concern and remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Teachers have issued reports during the course of the week as indicated in a previous communication, learners who were not present will be issued their reports upon their return. Please, examine and discuss the contents of the second term report with your child, giving praise where deserved and encouragement where needed. Learners should apply themselves to ensure that they keep books up to date, complete tasks, homework and come to school ready to learn. Learners who sacrifice time and apply themselves can expect a good report at the end of the 3rd term. We also realize that the following extrinsic activities must be in place for learners to be successful at school and in life.
- The learner regularly attends school.
- An adult is present in the learner’s household who wakes the child and assists the child to get dressed for school.
- An adult is present in the learner’s household checking if schoolwork is completed.
- An adult is present in the learner’s household ensuring that the school uniform is in order.
- An adult is present in the learner’s household who prepares the breakfast and the school lunch.
- An adult is present in the learner’s household encouraging and praying with the child.
A list of this nature is probably longer than the list provided, thus the communication is clear, our learners need our collective support and encouragement to ensure success. We continue to make the appeal that learners MUST be supported to attain academic success this year and in the years to come.
INCREASED CONTACT TIME FOR THE FOUNDATION PHASE
POTENTIAL RISK AND SCHOOL CLOSURE
Parents as you are aware our school and the staff inside the school are not immune to the effects of the pandemic. Potentially many colleagues may need to isolate due to close contact and should more than 50% of the staff be in isolation it would render the school in a precarious situation indeed. Currently, we are able to manage the situation by contacting parents within the individual WhatsApp groups indicating the challenges we are experiencing within a specific class. I, therefore, encourage you to ensure that you are part of the class group to ensure that you stay informed when the school has to take immediate action due to COVID-19 related challenges.
During the 2021 academic year, we have invested time and manpower to ensure that our school follows all health regulations as directed by the health and educational departments. As COVID compliance officer I am satisfied and confident in the work done by the COVID COMMITTEE. The committee has ensured that the following actions happen with a high degree of vigilance.
- The screening of teaching staff, support staff, and visitors to the school.
- Ensuring the sanitizing of all classrooms, ablution facilities, and venues on a daily basis. Coupled with daily monitoring of these actions.
- Ensuring that any individual who displays flu-like symptoms/fails the screening process is directed to a health facility.
- Monitoring all staff, learners, support personnel, and visitors, and ensuring that mandatory isolation is completed as per government regulations.
WE ARE THEREFORE APPEALING TO ALL OUR PARENTS TO ALSO BE VIGILANT IN EXERCISING COVID PROTOCOLS BY DOING THE FOLLOWING:
- Refrain from sending learners to school after they have failed the screening process (the screening questions are available on the school website under the TAB – Our school- COVID 19.
- Be forthcoming with the school with information in relation to being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or report to the school instances where family members who reside in the home have tested positive for COVID-19. Bear in mind – A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN WILL DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO KEEP HIMSELF/HERSELF AND OTHERS SAFE WHILE THE PANDEMIC IS A REALITY.
- Ensure that our loved ones wear a mask that fits their face, is clean and sterilized at the end of each day. Teachers shall supply learners with a mask where the need arises and as per departmental instruction.
- Ensure that our loved ones maintain good personal hygiene by washing/sanitizing their hands at all times.
- When collecting learners at school – WEAR YOUR MASK.
- Maintain social distance when collecting learners at school.
WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL APPLYING THE 1M SOCIAL DISTANCE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND AS PER DBE STANDARD OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES. THIS REQUIRES THAT THE SCHOOL ALSO CONTINUES WITH THE ROTATIONAL ATTENDANCE UNTIL OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY DBE. PARENTS THE LIKELIHOOD OF CHANGE IN PROTOCOLS IS SUBJECT TO THE DBE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. SHOULD PROTOCOLS CHANGE THEN THIS SHALL BE COMMUNICATED TO YOU
THANKS, AND APPRECIATION
We extend thanks and appreciation to the Shark Education Trust who has generously donated the following items to Delta Primary as part of their donation to the Feeding Scheme: A consignment of coloring books and coloring pencils for all the grade 1 learners. A donation of chicken to be used in the feeding scheme.
From left to right: Claire, Principal: Hilton Palanyandi, Craig From left to right: Delta – Babalwe Ndlovu, Claire, Mrs. Pontius, Mrs. Afrika
The Delta Primary Food Garden shall receive support for the food garden project going forward. In collaboration with FRASA (FOOD RELIEF ALLIANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA) and SKILLS FOR LIFE, the organizations have promised their support to ensure that the food garden remains sustainable.
WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION
Wishing all women attached to Delta Primary School a splendid day as we celebrate Women’s Day on Monday the 9th of August