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letter from the principal 26 june

BY Mrs K. Stear

                                                                                                                                             Dear Parents and Learners
I would like to provide some clarity on the restart of school for the Grade 6, 10 and 11 learners. The Grades 6, 10 and 11 are due to return to school on 6th July 2020, as determined by the Department of Basic Education. This is a tentative date as it is dependent on the Covid-19 statistics at the time. Riebeek is currently fully ready for a 6th July return date and we have all our plans in place and we will stick strictly to the protocol established to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the need to maintain social distancing in the classrooms, the classes are being seated in a number of classrooms to reduce the number of learners in each class. We have also established new timetables to cater for this need. The Grade 10 and 11 learners will return to school on a one week on – one week off basis. Therefore, we will not have more than two senior school grades in the school building at the same time. The Grade 11 learners will restart school on Monday 6th July and the Grade 10 learners will restart on Monday 13th July. They two grades will then alternate weeks at school. The Grade 11 learners will be at school in term two in the weeks starting with Monday 6th and 20th July. The Grade 10 learners will be at school in term two in the weeks starting with Monday the 13th and 27th July. The Grade 8s and 9s are scheduled to return on 3rd August and this return, and the logistics thereof, will result in possible changes to the Grade 10, 11 and 12 attendance/timetables in the week of 3rd August to 7th August. There is a scheduled holiday from Saturday 8th August to Tuesday 11th August and term three will start on Wednesday 12th August, according to the Department of Education. 
The Grade 6 learners will attend school every day of the week starting on the 6th July until, provisionally,  3rd August when there are possible changes to the timetables expected as Grade 4s and 5s are scheduled to return on this date.
The Grade 6 and 7 learners will arrive at school between 7:40 and 7:50 through the pedestrian gate in the front of the school where they will be met by their teachers and will leave after school at 13:00 through the pedestrian gate, again accompanied by their teachers. Grade 7 parents and learners, please take note of this change in starting and ending times. The Grade 10 and 11 learners will arrive at school between 08:00 and 08:10 through the main gate and leave at 13:15 through the main gate. Remember, the Grade 10 and 11 learners attend school on different weeks.  Grade 12s arrive between 7.20 and 7.40, and depart at 1.30.
The timetables for the Grade 6, 10 and 11 learners, with the venues, will be put on the D6 shortly. The girls will receive PPE on the very first day back at school and they will be educated on the protocol to follow at school. This is extremely important to adhere to.
I ask parents to monitor the health of their daughter/s before sending them to school. If your daughter is sick, please do not send her to school. Please do not send her to school if she has been in contact with someone who has tested positive. We have also had two cases of taxi drivers testing positive for the virus. I urge parents to monitor the transport arrangements and safety protocols of all drivers.   
I again appeal to parents of learners of Grade 6, 10 and 11 who will not be returning to school on from 6 July to please make contact with the school so that we can make arrangements about the departmental form that may need to be filled in and how we can best assist with her schooling from home. 
Please remember that visitors are not allowed at the school, unless by prior arrangement or by appointment; with the exception of those going to the Clothing Shop and those needing to pay school fees.
We continue to appeal for donations for the masks bought for the learners and the many added expenses of sanitization.  We have been relentless in ensuring the best PPE and sanitization methods, but it all comes at a huge cost. 
I regrettably wish to inform you that Mr Bevin Maschaka has accepted a post at Lawson Brown High School where he can pursue more fully his passion in teaching music as a subject.  We wish him well and thank him for his service to Riebeek.  I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Desiree Carstens has been appointed to teach Creative Arts.  We welcome Mrs Bianca Viljoen back from accouchement leave, and bid farewell temporarily to Mrs Goeiman and Mrs Kruger at the end of this month, who are starting their accouchement leave.  We will be welcoming Mr Simon Hartley in  Mrs Kruger’s  and Miss Montanna Botha in the post of Mrs Goeiman.
At present, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases locally and nationally has risen dramatically, which is a great concern. I hope and pray that you all stay safe and I urge you all to maintain social distancing, wear a mask and sanitise your hands frequently. I look forward to, and long for a time where we can once again meet freely without masks or anxiety.
Kind Regards
Mrs K Stear
PRINCIPAL
 

 June 26, 2020
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