We find ourselves in unprecedented times during the COVID-19 National Shutdown as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 16 March 2020.
As a result, we have been inundated with questions about when schools will reopen, whether school fees are still due, and what we are working on to ensure continued learning for our learners.
With a lot of uncertainty around the COVID-19 National Shutdown, we will attempt to respond to these questions as best we can.
ONE: When will schools reopen.
According to the educational calendar for 2020, the last day of the first term was the 20th March 2020. And, the second term starting on the 31st March 2020. However, with the COVID-19 National State of Disaster, there has been a change in our school calendar. Schools closed on the 18th instead of the 20th March 2020. Estimated second term opening to be after Easter weekend, which could be between 14th and 16th April 2020.
To catch-up for lost time the President has suggested that days from future schools holidays will be used to ensure that schooling still continues. We will continue to work with the information at hand and seek guidance from the Department of Basic Education where clarity is required.
TWO: Are schools fees still due and payable during the COVID-19 National Shutdown?
We understand that the National Shutdown presents many challenges, one of which is Financial. It is, however, our request to parents that we continue to pay school fees.
While there is a change in the school calendar, as a school we continue to work at finding solutions. This is to ensure that learning still continues even if it means distant learning. Putting in place these measures requires that we have funds to design and implement programs suited to distance learning. And therefore, we do request that you continue to pay school fees.
THREE: What are we working on to ensure continued learning.
Vector College prides itself in being innovative with challenges. We have taken steps to ensure we minimise the interruption in the education of our children. As such we have set up a WhatsApp Portal that will be our focal point of communication.
This will be supported by other channels such as Social Media Platforms, Email and our School Website (www.vectorcollege.co.za). These platforms will be updated regularly about lessons, online classes, study guides and learning materials, etc.
Successful implementation will only be possible when we work together. As Vector College, we will do our level best to ensure that we continue to deliver quality education for our learners. And we ask that our learners and parents work with us during this time to ensure that we minimise the interruption in the school calendar.
Thank you for your continued support. #StayHOME #StaySAFE