Face Masks for Schools & Colleges
Face masks for students and pupils South Africa
Millions of students and children worldwide have been directly affected by the closure of schools. We can learn from other countries’ decisions in navigating this crisis, as well as their experiences of previous disease outbreaks, conflicts and natural disasters. Previous COVID-19 school lockdown measures have partially or fully closed schools for over 90% of the world’s student population across 186 countries and territories, according to UNESCO.
Thankfully our colleges and schools have now reopened and its back to basics…well almost!
Protecting children when they return to school
All schools and places of higher learning have formulated a PPE policy for their pupils, students and staff alike. These are likely and should be in line with Government regulations on education centers reopening. Learners should be equipped with at least two reusable face masks or face shields. They need to be educated in their proper use for their own safety. Of course, institutions will need to implement temperature checks, sanitization stands and perspex screens as mandatory.
Reusable Face masks for pupils South Africa
School governing bodies can add a specific mask colour in their uniform guidelines and it has been suggested that a color coded protective school face mask with a school logo may help with security as children’s faces will be covered. OnlineMasks can custom brand kids and students face masks with logos, color preferences and students names if needed.
The Department of Education has implemented orientation programs and posters about the importance of wearing face masks in schools. We are taking it very seriously said Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications for the Western Cape Education Department.
Safety in the South African classroom under Covid-19
School governing bodies can add a specific mask colour is in the uniform guidelines and Refilwe suggested that a protective school face mask with a school logo may help with security as children’s faces will be covered.
The department is preparing orientation programs and posters about the importance of wearing face masks in schools. We are taking it very seriously said Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications for the Western Cape Education Department.
The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has of course raised concerns about the safety of teachers, staff and learners. Social distancing will remain the biggest challenge in the classroom, especially with younger children. See our range of kiddies masks for South Africa. As a rule of thumb order an extra small children’s face mask for kids 5 and under and a small for kids between five and eight. National Teachers’ Union (Natu) deputy President Allen Thompson believes classes will have to be reduced to allow for adequate physical distancing.
Many schools are overcrowded and the sharing of desks presents a major problem, The wearing of reusable washable face masks in South Africa is of course mandatory for all pupils and staff. All sporting activities and other extra-curricular activities will be on hold for now.
Assistance with PPE for schools and colleges in South Africa
We are very well positioned to provide schools and colleges with our premium fabric scuba face masks and plastic face shields, as well as a wide range of other additional PPE equipment. With a choice of colours based on uniforms and bright visible branding and logos on face masks, children will be easily identifiable. Based on expected demand we do have stock and short lead times for large orders of face masks for schools with bespoke branding and designs on face masks based on school requirements.
We rate our reusable scuba masks as some of the best made masks in South Africa, and for good reason. The filtration material used in our middle layer provides some serious protection and peace of mind. Our 3 layer breathable fabric masks are fully washable and reusable are comfortable to wear and with the addition of optional head straps stay in place no matter the weather!
UV sterilizers, Perspex screens and foot pump sanitizer dispensers for schools SA
In addition to our premium washable face masks for students, we also provide a wide range of additional PPE equipment. This includes the design and installation of Perspex barrier screens; foot pump sanitizers which can be placed in every classroom and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
We are also able to provide a new vital piece of equipment to sterilize keyboards, masks, gloves and shared equipment used in the classroom. The Purple Ray UV sterilizer is a custom made easy to use item with timers and should be an essential part of all classrooms during the current COVID- 19 pandemic. It’s available in various sizes depending on requirements and can sterilize from 6 to 60 masks.
Is it safe for students to return to school?
Parents have had mixed feelings about this and some have opted for homeschooling. Others said their children would continue with online teaching as the numbers of people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak kept increasing. Both pupils and teachers are now exposed to the associated risks of infection.
But if quality face masks are worn religiously by learners and all other expected protocols are followed, the risk of transmission and infection is greatly reduced.
New SA school calendar for 2020
Schools have been closed from Wednesday 18 March some reopened 01 June. The rest have been in a phased approach.
|Term||Duration||Number of weeks||Number of days||Number of public holidays||Actual number of school days|
|1||(13) 15 Jan – 18 Mar||10||48 (46)||0||48 (46)|
|2||(1 Jun) 8 Jun – 7 Aug||10 (9)||(50) 54||1||(49) 44|
|3||12 Aug – 23 Sep||7||31||0||31|
|4||5 Oct – 15 Dec||11||52||0||52|
|Total||(38) 37||(181) 174||1|