School closed for decontamination

Livingstone High School. Image by David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)

Livingstone High School is still closed after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 a week ago.

The school was expected to reopen yesterday, Wednesday June 17, but failed to after a planned decontamination didn’t happen.

In a letter first posted on the Livingstone High Facebook group on Sunday June 14, principal Donavan Niekerk said the school would be closed from Monday June 15 for decontamination, either on the Monday or Tuesday June 16, because a staff member had tested positive on Wednesday June 10 for Covid-19 and was self-isolating at home.

A subsequent letter from the principal on Monday said the cleaning contractor hadn’t arrived and would likely only do so on Wednesday.

However, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) had not closed the school and the school could not guarantee the safety of pupils and staff, Mr Niekerk said.

A source at the school, who did not want to be named, told the Tatler that no staff or pupils had come to the school yesterday even though it had not been officially closed by the department.

WCED spokeswoman Bronagh Hammond said: “The school was not cleaned on Monday June 15 as planned, and the head of department has now closed the school after being informed of the delay.”

Ms Hammond said the cleaning company had subsequently visited the school yesterday to do an assessment.