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Abu Dhabi Schools Updates

Abu Dhabi Schools Updates - Coming Soon in UAE
3 August 2020

New requirements were issued for reopening schools in Abu Dhabi.

Previously, UAE Minister of Education, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi announced that the academic year 2020/21 will officially start on August 30. Surely, a big part of 2020 classes will be taught virtually to avoid a new breakdown of the COVID-19, however, many schools are ready to operate under the new reopening plans and revised learning models.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge issued guidelines for parents and their kids returning to school in the capital. One of the main rules is families should be “present in the UAE, at least 14 days prior to your children’s school reopening date”. Parents are advised to install the ALHOSN app on their kids’ phones (if they have).

By the way, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced general guidelines for the upcoming academic year. The schools will have to meet some requirements to ensure safe spaces for kids – temperature check cameras on arrival; staff must have a negative COVID-19 test result; desks should be placed 1.5 meters away from each other. And students will have to keep the same distance during breaks, which is a tough task for the teachers and assistants of the younger kids.

The full list of updates and protocols is provided by the KHDA website.

Speaking about the actual students’ attendance, parents should ask their school principal. Individual schools will propose several options for annual schedules:

– Full days: kids will attend school daily as usual;
– Half-days: kids will attend half a school day daily;
– Alternating days: kids will receive face-to-face learning at school on alternating days;
– Alternating weeks: kids will receive face-to-face learning for two weeks and distance-learning for the remaining two weeks, every month;
– Hybrid learning: a mixed model of the above options.

Also, it was said that there will be distance learning for kids and their family members (living together in the same place of residence) with high-risk health conditions. In this case, a kid’s medical certificate must be sent to the school for confirmation.

All kids of school age must be enrolled for the academic year. Full payment of tuition fees is required regardless of the learning process model. Residents who are experiencing financial troubles should turn to the school’s principal for advice.

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