From October 3, 2021, all teaching and learning in Dubai’s private schools will be in-person only. After this date, students who wish to continue with distance learning must provide a medical certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Class groups or grade/year levels may temporarily switch to distance learning if positive cases of Covid-19 are detected. For just over a month after the new academic year starts on August 29, schools will offer students the option for remote learning. This model will be in place until October 3, after which all schools will return to full in-person learning, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced on Monday.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) also announced revised Covid safety protocols for the new academic term. Covid-19 vaccination is not compulsory for students or staff. Staff who are eligible to receive the vaccine, but choose not to get the jab, must submit a negative PCR test result each week. Students are not obliged to take PCR tests.
About 96 percent of teachers and over 70 percent of students aged 12-17 are vaccinated against Covid-19, the committee added.
Buses may run at full capacity, provided they comply with health and safety protocols around sanitisation and ventilation, among others.
Schools can resume extracurricular activities, provided they comply with Covid safety measures.
These include swimming and sports lessons; school trips, excursions, and camps; after-hours extra-curricular activities and performances; assemblies, and other events at school or at an external venue.
“We continue to live in uncertain times, and the relaxation in restrictions is a privilege. To continue to enjoy these freedoms throughout the academic year, it is crucial that students, parents and school staff fully comply with the protocols at all times,” the KHDA said.
Students older than six years, staff and visitors to schools must continue to wear face masks.