All educational facilities, including nurseries, child care centres, public and private schools, public and private higher education facilities, and training centres and institutes, have been given a new set of preventive operating procedures by the UAE.
According to the new policy, unvaccinated children aged 12 and up must now undergo weekly PCR testing if they attend classes on campus. In addition, parents must download the Alhosn app for their children and print the certificates, which must be carried to school by the children.
The new protocol will go into effect 30 days after schools reopen, allowing all unvaccinated pupils the opportunity to get the jab. During this period, all vaccinated and unvaccinated students must conduct PCR tests every two weeks. Following the 30-day period, all unvaccinated pupils under the age of 12 and vaccinated students over the age of 12 must have a PCR test performed once a month. Unvaccinated students over 12 will be required to take a weekly PCR test.
The new protocol will go into effect 30 days after schools reopen, allowing all unvaccinated pupils the opportunity to get the jab
As educational institutions prepare to begin for the new academic year later this month, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced that remote learning will continue to be an option for students of all ages.
The NCEMA further stated that vaccination rates among educational employees had reached 86%, while administrative and technical staff had reached 84%. Schools must implement physical distancing protocols and distribute students in groups to prevent overcrowding.
The NCEMA further stated that vaccination rates among educational employees had reached 86%
Students, teachers, and other educational personnel must sign a health declaration stating that they do not have Covid-19 and have not been exposed to any positive cases. Anyone with a chronic or immune disease should notify educational institutions, and these individuals should avoid contact with any Covid-19 patients for at least two weeks before the start of school.
Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE Health Sector, commented: “We also announce the formation of action teams in educational establishments, known as the ‘Health and Safety Committee’. This will monitor all activities to guarantee the implementation of the health and precautionary measures adopted in the country.”
Educational establishments will allocate a room for quarantine. In addition, they must manage the entry and exit process at their gates and prevent overcrowding during classes and break times while enforcing a one-metre social distancing rule.
In terms of transportation services to and from educational institutions, Dr Farida stated that buses must comply with all safety regulations and relevant authorities’ student capacity restrictions to safeguard the health and safety of students on board. She warned that if the directions were broken, appropriate punishments would be imposed.
“We have completed a year-and-a-half of distance learning, and the education sector has proven its success in continuing, despite the pandemic. Today, our role is key to maintaining this success and ensuring the return to normalcy. It is important to prepare students for physical attendance in schools,” concluded Dr Farida.