Authorities happy with situation at Olympia Primary

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Howard Ndaba

The Free State Department of Education is satisfied with the situation at Olympia Primary School in Heidedal after several parents and community members voiced their concern about the number of positive Covid-19 cases amongst learners at the school.

“The Department of Health also visited the school yesterday and were satisfied with the situation and the handling thereof,” said Free State Education Spokesperson, Howard Ndaba.

He said seven learners had to be collected from the school yesterday (10 June)after they were displaying flu-like symptoms.

He says they have so far recorded only two positive cases (learners) at the school. Learners who were in contact with them, were told to isolate. Another two are awaiting results.

According to Ndaba Olympia is disinfected on a daily basis, both during break and after school, while classrooms are also disinfected after each confirmed case. He says if the cleaners are not able to complete the process in the afternoon, it is done first thing in the morning.

Ndaba further explained that if parents do not inform them that a learner has tested positive, there is absolutely no way for the school or department to know. “Learners will, however, not be allowed on the premises if we know that they are positive,” he added.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@mahareng.co.za