WC Education To Protect Pupils Who Tested Positive At School

Obviously parents of learners as well as staff at a school where there is a positive case are entitled to know about it and the school will inform them accordingly, as well as all measures they have taken to ensure the safety of all concerned.

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The Western Cape (WC) Education Department says it has a duty to protect the confidentiality of pupils and ensure that individual schools are not stigmatised.

In the meantime acknowledging the public has a right to be informed about Covid-19 cases at schools.

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This was stated by WC Education MEC Debbie Schäfer as 66 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus  more than half of them in the Cape Metro.

This comes since the reopening of schools for Grade 7s and matrics in the Western Cape last week Monday.

It has been reported that Florida High School in Ravensmead has lost a teacher, Faizel Adam, to Covid-19 – believed to be the first teacher in the country to have fallen victim to the virus.

“The WCED has issued clear guidelines to schools on how to manage confirmed and suspected cases.

“Covid-19 as well as the preventative measures at all school must be implemented daily,” said Schäfer, the SABC reported.

“These have been developed with health authorities to ensure that our staff and learners are as safe as possible at schools and are available on the WCED website.

“Obviously parents of learners as well as staff at a school where there is a positive case are entitled to know about it and the school will inform them accordingly, as well as all measures they have taken to ensure the safety of all concerned.”

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Education Department spokesperson Kerry Mauchline said earlier the schools will not be named in line with confidentiality clauses.

She said the positive tests are not a confirmation that the virus was contracted at the school, but that some of the staff members had it before the reopening.

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