South Africa has delayed the reopening of schools by a week to allow school administrators to prepare.
Final year students in primary and secondary schools will now report back to school on 8 June, according to the Department of Basic Education.
Unions had urged teachers and staff to stay away from schools, saying they were not equipped to keep employees and pupils safe.
South Africa is gradually easing its lockdown restrictions, with the sale of alcohol and movement within districts allowed from 1 June.
Churches, temples and mosques have been allowed to reopen provided they have no more than 50 worshippers.
The country's confirmed coronavirus cases stand at 32,683, including 683 deaths.