Bfn school closes due to sharp rise in positive Covid cases

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Teaching and learning at Grey College in Bloemfontein has been temporarily suspended due to a sharp rise in positive Covid-19 cases at the school. The school had 60 positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the new school term.

The spokesperson of the Free State Department of Education, Howard Ndaba, said after 7 teachers and 53 learners at the school tested positive, it was decided by the Departments of Health and Education to temporarily close the school.

Ndaba told Bloemfontein Courant that learners will gradually start returning to school from Monday 23 August 2021. “Parents have started fetching their children from the hostel as well, and they may still do so tomorrow,” added Ndaba.

This comes after a letter was circulating on social media confirming the sharp rise in positive Covid-19 cases and the amount of isolation cases at the school. All extra-curricular activities at the school were discontinued immediately until further notice. This includes all the planned sport matches for August, as well as the Open Days of this coming weekend.

The letter further explains that all learners (gr. 8 to 12) will have classes via Microsoft Teams from Monday 16 August 2021. The Gr. 10, 11 and 12 learners will return to school on 23 August 2021, whilst the Gr. 8 and 9 learners will return on 30 August 2021. Academic reports will be sent out electronically.

Sazly Hartzenberg 

sazly@mahareng.co.za