To safeguard our learners while they’re being transported to and from school, we’d like to request our parents to please communicate with (and monitor) those charged with the transportation of their children, to ensure that they adhere to the specific regulations set out in the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act no 57 of 2002), and the amendments thereto, as well as all the directives set out in the schedule to address and contain the spread of COVID-19 according to the lockdown level.
• In terms of the Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services, published through General Notice No. 412 of 26 March, 2020 in Government Gazette No 43157, all operators of learner transport facilities must at regular intervals, provide adequate sanitisers or other hygiene dispenser for handwashing and disinfection equipment for learners and drivers.
• All passengers must wear a mask including drivers and learners.
• All operators must ensure that public transport vehicles are cleaned and disinfected before picking up and after dropping off learners.
• Operators must ensure that all learner transport vehicles’ door and window handles, armrests and handrails are cleaned/wiped with a disinfectant before picking up and after dropping off learners.
• Operators must ensure that all learner transport vehicles are clean and tidy.
NB: Please note that learners who are using public transport also have a responsibility to practice social distancing and good hygiene to prevent or reduce the possibility of infection.
In the case of lift clubs, it is important to adhere to the same measures as are required of public transport services.
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If learners walk to school, it is important that they practice social distancing and good hygiene to prevent becoming infected by COVID-19 droplets carried in the air. Close proximity to an infected person is risky and it is therefore recommended that walkers keep at least 1.5 metres apart from each other.