WATCH: Teachers in the Western Cape returned to school today following a two-month absence due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Grade 7 and 12 learners are expected to return to school in a week's time.
The SABC visited the town of George along the Garden Route.
The day started with health and safety checks
at Conville Primary School.
With the sanitising of schools already underway, teachers say they are preparing the way forward for the rest of the school year.
Principal at Convill e Primary Sam Crowley says, "The teachers came here this morning.
We took their temperatures.
We wrote it down for our own logistics and they received a package with a mask and their travelling permits and also forms to write their comorbidities and just simple five questions about their health." Teacher unions say they are not opposed to schools reopening, but they have stressed the need for safety measures for everyone on school premises.
Spokesperson for union Naptosa Bernadine Probart says, "Our most important thing is safety.
So, we are making sure that schools have
got their PPEs in place, that the equipment and materials are there to clean and sanitise".
The provincial education department is confident that things will run smoothly.
The department says the health and safety of teachers and learners will be prioritised.
Hygiene packs will be distributed to schools in the province over the coming week.