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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the 'Blue schools' initiative, in which schools will be tiered based on student vaccination rates.
Schools with less than 50 per cent of students vaccinated are put in Orange tier.
Schools with 50-60 per cent of students vaccinated will be placed in ‘Yellow’.
Schools with 65-84 per cent of students vaccinated will be in ‘Green’ tier.
Schools with 85 per cent and above students vaccinated will get the Blue tier.
The new initiative supports all Abu Dhabi schools to relax measures and return to normal operations based on vaccination rates.
The new initiative will be implemented from the second term of the current academic year.
The initiative stresses on the fact that vaccination is the key path to recovery, which will enhance the learning and social experience of students.
Schools with higher vaccination rates will be allowed to gradually relax measures, including reduced social distancing requirements, relaxed mask-wearing protocols.
They wll also be allowed to increase classroom and school transport capacity gradually.
Schools will higher vaccination rates will also return to extra-curricular activities, in-school events and field trips.
Free vaccines are available for children at various vaccination
Abu Dhabi has set centres across Abu Dhabi to provide free vaccines to children, this includes a dedicated children’s vaccination centre at ADNEC.
Pfizer-BioNTech is available for children aged 12 and over, and Sinopharm is available for children aged 3 and over.
Repeated non-compliance can lead to schools being forced to shift to distance learning provision, with parents entitled to remove their children from the school and gain fee refunds.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has set certain requirements for enrolling students in private schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in accordance with the policies and procedures for enrolling students
In a tweet on Tuesday the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic and ADEK confirmed that authorities have agreed that private schools in Abu Dhabi will welcome all students back to classrooms from January.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has asked all schools to submit daily compliance self-check reports to it and fines for non-compliance violations range from Dhs10,000 to Dhs250,000.
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