The Limpopo Department of Education will start feeding all learners who are part of the National School Nutrition Programme in the province as from 1 July 2020. All learners in Grade R to 12, in quintile 1-3 who are benefiting in the programme whether they have re-opened or not, will be receiving their daily meals from their schools.
The department has already instructed service providers to deliver food stuff to their allocated schools, for food handlers to start with preparations for all grades. Schools participating in the programme using the decentralised model have also been directed to procure for all their learners. Learners will only be served meals at schools.
Schools were further directed to develop workable mechanisms of feeding within the guidelines of the adopted standard operating procedure for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in schools on food preparation and serving. These require schools to adequately take into consideration aspects of social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing all work surfaces, cooking food thoroughly and ensuring that learners do not share utensils, food or drinks.
Parents and caregivers are urged to ensure that learners who only come to school for meals have their masks on at all times and return home as soon serving is done.
"This is a matter which needs us to cooperate with parents, guardians and caregivers so that all learners are safe as and when they receive their meals. This is for the good and welfare of those learners who depend on this programme for a reliable meal. Let it serve its purpose as intended", said MEC Polly Boshielo.
Issued by the Limpopo Department of Education
Ms Tidimalo Chuene
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