Allow essential service providers in South Africa to send their children to school

Allow essential service providers in South Africa to send their children to school

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Amy Rodger started this petition to Department of Education and

Currently many sectors are phasing back in to work, and this will continue to increase over the coming weeks.

However, some students are only set to return to school in the middle of July. How will the practically work for parents who have returned to work?

Most notable of this category, which requires immediate attention is our essential service providers. This group have been on the frontlines, working full time, for 6 weeks, without formalized support options for their own children. This needs to be addressed immediately.

With schools looking to organize themselves from Monday, it is obvious to use the available resource of all teachers returning to school, and split them into groups 3 groups. One group of teachers focuses on online content creation and support. One group focuses on strategizing protocols. One group immediately provides support at school for essential service providers.

Opening schools for children of essential workers will do much to help with the social, emotional and physical  strain that our essential workers are already experiencing. If we do not address this soon, with a solution that is easily implemented, we run the risk of these workers burning out very soon.

·       This will also allow schools time to implement social distancing practices and sanitation protocols with smaller numbers of students before entire classes return. Thus facilitating a phasing in approach. 

·       Is not contrary to all the other evidence-based advice we have been seeing across the world.

This petition calls for:

·       Opening schools for students of essential workers (and children at risk) by 11th May.

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