COVID-19: Schools and Parents


When it comes to sending children safely back to school, both educators and parents need access to the right information to guide decision-making. Here you will access resources aimed at ensuring every child’s health and wellbeing in the context of COVID-19, and managing the ripple effects their return to school may have on their families and communities.

COVID-19 Webinar: Sending your children safely back to school

On 3 June 2020, Discovery hosted a free, live webinar featuring five specialists in the fields of education and child physical and mental health. The discussion was facilitated by Carte Blanche journalist and presenter, Claire Mawisa. Watch it here and gain fundamental insights from top minds to guide you in every decision around sending children safely back to school.

Information for parents

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While the world gets to grips with flattening the infection rate curve of COVID-19 and practising strict preventive measures, many parents are concerned, in particular, for their children.
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Protecting your child begins with educating yourself about coronavirus 2019 and avoiding the misconceptions doing the rounds about this disease. Speak to your children calmly about it and most importantly...
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Currently, COVID-19 infection numbers are increasing daily around the world. What can school boards do to offer improved protection? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
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Recent studies show that the impact of COVID 19 on children is often moderate or mild. Yet, there is a particular group of children who are possibly more vulnerable if they contract COVID 19. You can help protect them.

Part 1: Prof. Refiloe Masekela

Part 2: Prof Mary Metcalfe

Part 3: Joseph Gerassi

Part 4: Dr Gloria Marsay

Part 5: Dr Deepak Patel

South African Paediatric Association (SAPA) position statement: Return of South African school children

SAPA supports the government’s position that children should return to school on 1 June 2020. There is substantial evidence that supports recommendations.



Joint Media Statement by Education Teacher Unions and National Governing Body Associations on the Readiness of Schools to open

Meeting held 28 May 2020 to consider and discuss the state of readiness of schools to re-open on 1 June 2020 as announced by the Minister of Basic Education.


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