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1 May 2020: Preliminary Notice: Re-opening of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under the South African Government State of Disaster Lockdown, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Lebone II Community

Preliminary Notice: Re-opening of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under the South African Government State of Disaster Lockdown, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

I trust that you and your families are still well and managing during these uncertain times. Today is Day 36 of the National lockdown in South Africa. This morning South Africa entered a new phase of lockdown – Level 4 – downgraded under our Government’s strategy to ease the lockdown in responsible and manageable stages.

At a media briefing on Thursday, 30 April, the South African Minister for Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, released a statement on the Basic Education sector’s Recovery Plans for the re-opening of schools, following the COVID-19 Lockdown Adjustment Regulations. There has been an increase in anxiety and confusion in relation to the status of schooling, and the proposed phased return of students, which still remains uncertain and is awaiting final approval. It is important to emphasise that the Minister’s statements have not yet been promulgated and until they are gazetted in the form of formal directions, they are not law.

Next week I will be informing you of the dates and procedures for the possible re-opening of Lebone II College, which will be dependent on the following:

1. Final formal guidelines, as promised by the South African Government, who have engaged, and continue to engage, important stakeholders in their consideration of schools’ re-opening;

2. Formal advisement from the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA), under whom Lebone II is affiliated; and

3. Our complete assurance that our school’s health and safety protocols are in place to combat the contraction and spread of COVID-19, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families on our campus.

I would like to thank you for your continued support of our school, and especially your support of your children as they participate in the At-home Study Programmes. I look forward to sharing our detailed plan for the re-opening of Lebone II College with you shortly.

Take care and stay safe

Mr Melvin King, Executive Head

Lebone II College - Preliminary Notice on School Re-opening during Government COVID-19 Lockdown - 1 May 2020

A pdf version of the above letter from Lebone II College is available for download below.

Lebone II College - Preliminary Notice on School Re-opening during Government COVID-19 Lockdown - 1 May 2020
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10 April 2020: Update Notice: Closure of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under South African Government State of Disaster Lockdown, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Lebone II Community

Update Notice: Closure of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under South African Government State of Disaster Lockdown, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

We trust that you and your families are keeping safe and coping well during the lockdown, as implemented by the South African Government, from midnight on 26 March 2020. We are indeed living in unprecedented times, which bring both uncertainty and added concerns, and it is our sincere hope that you are managing well under these extraordinary circumstances.

Since the South African lockdown, and subsequent Botswana lockdown, were put in place after my last letter on 16 March regarding the school’s closure, it is important that we update you on a number of pertinent items relating to our school’s re-opening, the at-home academic programmes, and other relevant school matters.

1. Lebone II College Re-opening

As per the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, the South African lockdown has been extended by an additional two weeks, and will end on 30 April. The Botswana lockdown will also continue through to 30 April. Since Friday, 1 May is also a South African public holiday we will notify you in due course about our re-opening date.

2. School Preparation for At-home Academic Programme

The school’s closure and subsequent 3-week lockdown was in line with our original school schedule, in which we only lost two academic days. The school also put in place a firm at-home academic plan should the school not re-open for the second term due to a lockdown extension; this plan will now be rolled out as per the below.

Academic Packs: At the end of the first term each student was sent home with an academic pack, suited to their grade and subjects, which included study materials for each student to work on after the scheduled holidays, from 15 April – 30 April 2020, which will now be implemented for the lockdown extension.

Connectivity Survey: Over the past week a survey was sent out to all parents to assess our Lebone family’s ability to access the internet and use a device from home for learning purposes. 659 responses were received, with 82% of families across our school indicating that they have internet connectivity at home. It is our commitment to make learning as easy as possible, and we will adjust our materials for families who do not have internet at their disposal.

Teacher/Class WhatsApp Communication: In order to communicate effectively with students and families regarding academic programmes, WhatsApp groups have been created as per the below:

Lower School: All communication will be sent out via Grade WhatsApp groups. Parents should already be part of these groups. Should you not be part of your Grade group please contact your child’s Class Teacher.

Upper School: All communication will be sent out via Subject WhatsApp groups, specific to each grade. Your child should already be included in these groups. Should your child not be part of any of their subject groups please notify their tutor.

3. At-home Study Programme

From 15 April we ask that each Lebone student begin work on their At-home Study Programme. Please note the guidelines below:

Daily WhatsApp Communication: Class Teachers (Lower School) and Subject Teachers (Upper School) will send out a daily WhatsApp message outlining the work to be covered for that day. Teachers will also use the WhatsApp channel to notify students of Google Classroom sessions or other activities.

Teacher Support: Our teaching staff have spent a large portion of their holiday preparing for the At-home Study Programme, and are geared up to provide as much support as possible to students and families at this time. We are proud of how our academic staff have responded to this new challenge, and how they are adapting teaching methods and content to ensure that from 15 April, your child will ‘return to school’ and continue with their growth and learning through the At-Home Academic support programme.

Important Programme Guidelines and Teacher Contact Details: More study programme guidelines and contacts for relevant teachers follow in the Upper School and Lower School information documents at the end of this letter.

Parent Support: We are aware that the addition of an At-home Study Programme will put an added pressure on your family, and we recommend that you maintain a schedule that is suited to your own family and needs. There is no need to be anxious about your child’s learning or worry that they are falling behind – our intention is to ensure that students are engaged in a daily routine of learning and take responsibility for their studies, and not that they be overwhelmed by an excessive amount of school work. We remain confident that we will catch-up with any outstanding school work on their return.

You can support your child in their studies, by ensuring that they have a suitable physical space where they can work, which is free from distractions, wherever possible.

Botswana Students: We are aware that the Botswana lockdown or subsequent developments may mean that our Botswana students may be unable to return to school on our re-opening date. We await further details on any changes, and assure you that our teachers will continue to support our Botswana students with an academic programme beyond 30 April should your lockdown period be extended.

4. Payment of School Fees

Lebone II College is a non-profit, public benefit organisation. As such, our annual budget is set up on a “break even” basis, and the College relies on our full fee recovery to meet our budgeted expenses. The school’s Board of Governors will review the implications of an extended lockdown on our school finances.

School fees statements have been sent out as usual, and we ask that you honour your fee payments as per our fees policy. As per the usual procedures, should you have any challenges with your regular fee payment it is imperative that you inform the Finance Office timeously.

I thank you for your support as we enter the next few weeks, which are historic in our school’s - and our country’s history. I ask again that that you place your own family's health and safety first, and that of your immediate community, throughout this lockdown period, so that we may successfully ‘flatten the curve’ and welcome you back safely to the school at the soonest.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Christian community a happy and blessed Easter with your families. Please enjoy our school newsletter which is being distributed at the same time as this letter.

Best regards

Mr Melvin King, Executive Head

Lebone II College - Update Notice on School Closure due to Government COVID-19 Lockdown - 10 April 2020

A pdf version of the above letter from Lebone II College is available for download below.

The At-home Study Programme Guidelines and Relevant Contact Details document for the Upper School and the Lower School is also available for download below.

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Lebone II College - At-home Study Programme Guidelines and Contact Details - 10 April 2020
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16 March 2020: Notice: Closure of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under South African Government State of Disaster Declaration, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Lebone II Community

Notice: Closure of Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng under South African Government State of Disaster Declaration, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

On Sunday evening, in an address to the South African Nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a number of mandatory restrictions under the declared State of Disaster in terms of the National Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic facing our country. These include:

  1. Schools' Closure: Schools will be closed from 18 March 2020 until after the Easter weekend.
  2. Travel Avoidance: All non-essential international and local travel should be discouraged and travelers from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter the country.
  3. Public Gatherings: Public gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
  4. Testing of High-risk Travelers: All of those who have visited high risk countries in the past 14 days are requested to test for the virus.
  5. Self-quarantine: Self-quarantine is suggested for anyone who is not critically ill but presents with mild symptoms.
  6. Contact Prevention: Please follow prevention suggestions and keep contact with others to a minimum.
  7. Enhanced Hygiene Measures: Thorough and regular hand-washing with soap and/or suitable hand sanitiser is encouraged.

President Ramaphosa appealed to everyone that we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by fear and panic and that we must stop spreading unverified and fake news. “While we are facing a medical emergency far graver than we have experienced in recent times, we are not helpless. We have the expertise, means and knowledge to fight this disease. We also have partners, various countries and institutions, working with us. If we act swiftly we can limit the effects of the disease”. (Cyril Ramaphosa)

What this means for Lebone II College:

School Closure: Lebone II College will be closed from 12h00 on 18 March 2020 until after the Easter weekend. The closure of ALL schools is almost aligned with our original schedule. It does mean that we will now close two days ahead of schedule and reopen on Wednesday, 15 April as per the original schedule. Staff and boarders will return to school on 14 April as per usual arrangements.

  • Sports and Holiday Activities: All sporting and holiday events will be postponed/ or cancelled.
  • Extra-mural Activities: Effective today, all sports activities and extra-mural activities are cancelled.
  • Boarder Arrangements: Boarders may be collected from 12h00 on 18 March. Boarders must take ALL their clothing and personal belongings home with them.
  • Botswana Boarders: The Botswana bus service for boarders will run as normal, though parents are welcome to collect their children if they prefer. We are reliably informed that the borders at Tlokweng/Kopfontein and Skilpadshek/ Pioneer Gate will remain open at present.
  • Lower School Aftercare: We obviously want to limit contact amongst students as much as possible. Sherpa Kids, our aftercare service provider, will provide aftercare until close of day on Tuesday, 17 March, but we respectfully ask that you collect your children as early as possible each day. There will be no aftercare on Wednesday, 18 March – please make arrangements for the collection and supervision of your child on this day.
  • Date Changes: Any further changes to these dates will be communicated with you, timeously via our D6 platform. We urge all parents to ensure they have the D6 App - instructions on installing this App can be found on our Lebone II College website.

Academics: We are requesting that our students take ALL their books and learning materials home with them. The teachers will prepare learning packs for each student, should the need arise for schools to remain closed after the 15 April opening date.

  • Collection of Academic Packs: Each child will be issued with a relevant academic pack. If your child is not currently at school we ask that you collect the pack from your child's teacher or tutor at 12h00 on Wednesday. All parents are welcome to keep their children home if they prefer, and collect the academic packs on Wednesday.

Health and Hygiene: Lebone has already been educating our community members through our D6 communicator under the guidance of our Wellness Centre, Heidi Janse van Rensburg (Head Nurse). Parents were informed on the D6 communication about the Covid 19 virus, symptoms, spread and preventative measures. Posters were displayed all over the school and daily short talks/discussions with students, tutors on symptoms, preventative measures and what to do when they feel sick is, was undertaken.

  • Relevant Hygiene and COVID-19 Information: Please see the below information as to safety and hygiene practices to be followed. We kindly ask that you acquaint yourself with all the relevant terms and necessary interventions, including testing and self-quarantine - every effort is needed to contain the virus and slow the spread, and consequently save lives.
  • Local Occurance of COVID-19: It should be noted that, at present, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Rustenburg or the North West Province.
  • Travel Declaration: All non-essential travel is discouraged. Should you have to travel outside of South Africa during this period please let the Principal of the Upper School or the Principal of the Lower School know about your travels.

I trust that this decision addresses any concerns you may have about the recent declaration. We wish to reassure you that the safety of our students and Lebone II Community remains our top priority and that we support the sensible and responsible actions by the government to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We thank you for your support and understanding around this matter and ask that you place your own family's health first, and that of your immediate community, in the coming times, so that we may welcome you all back safely to school in the second term.

Please direct any queries you may have to Mrs Di Roberts, Principal of Lower School or Mr Mike Eisen, Principal of the Upper School on 014 566 1510. Boarding queries may be directed to Mrs Amanda Goosen, Director of Boarding, or Mr Luciano Antonio, Deputy Head – Upper School Pastoral Care, also on 014 566 1510.

Best regards

Mr Melvin King

Executive Head

Lebone II College - School Closure due to Government COVID-19 Declaration - 16 March 2020

A pdf version of the above letter from Lebone II College is available for download below.

Lebone II College - School Closure due to Government COVID-19 Declaration - 16 March 2020
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COVID-19 - Frequently-asked Questions

Lebone II College has compiled a helpful document addressing frequently-asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, which is available for download below.

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ISASA Memorandum on School Closures

The Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) has compiled a memorandum on National Disaster, Coronavirus and School Closures which is available for your information.

ISASA Memo - COVID-19 National Disaster
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Child-friendly explanation of the Coronavirus

We invite you to download a child-friendly presentation which can be useful when discussing the Coronavirus with small children in your families.

Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus Pdf
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D6 Application

The D6 School Communicator Application (App) is the primary tool Lebone II uses to impart information to our parents. We warmly ask that all Lebone families ensure they have installed this App on mobile devices and desktop computers in order to stay up-to-date with relevant school news, calendar events, resources and more.

You can download the App here: