The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has released a video of the screening process involved when learners and staff will be returning to school on Monday. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

Western Cape schools will be screened this way

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has released a video of the screening process involved when learners and staff will be returning to school on Monday.

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said: “Whilst we understand that the public is entitled to be informed of developments in the province, we also have a duty to ensure that information given does not compromise the confidentiality of our staff or learners, and that individual schools are not stigmatised. Our staff is under enough stress without their individual schools being named in the media, which will also lead to further enquiries and added pressure.”

Staff members and learners will be screened on arrival at school. Screening involves asking learners and staff a shortlist of questions about symptoms, as well as recording their temperature. Screening is not a process requiring specialist health officials.

“The efficacy of the screening process was demonstrated this week when a staff member arriving at one of our schools was identified as experiencing symptoms during the screening process and was thus not allowed to enter. The staff member has tested positive,” said Schäfer.

 

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