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The UAE Health Ministry has approved a set of controls for the conduct of the educational process in the coming period, whereby all students at various stages are required to obtain a negative test result (PCR) of no more than 96 hours when they start studying in educational facilities, at the beginning of the new year and semester.
The green traffic system will also be implemented for parents through the AlHosn application to enter educational facilities.
The ministry said, “We make it clear that these standards are subject to updating and change based on the latest requirements of health authorities and in coordination with local committees and emergency, crisis and disaster teams in each emirate. School administrations will communicate directly with parents and provide all updates on the study system and health status.”
“We thank the educational cadres for their great role in flexibly dealing with the changes in the situation and developments in the situation and dealing with the latest developments. We also thank the parents for their constant support and cooperation, and our students for their commitment and keenness to implement the ministry's directives to ensure public health.”
To provide parents, students and staff members in private schools in Dubai with an effective and convenient mechanism to address COVID-19 related queries, the Dubai Health Authority has launched a dedicated 24/7 back-to-school helpline at phone number 800588.
The launch of this service reinforces the authority’s commitment to provide effective communication channels to the community, offering timely and accurate health information.
Students aged 12 years and above who plan to physically attend school next term are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to attending face-to-face classes.
Of the almost 2,000 samples, only 12 had antibodies, said Reinhard Berner from the University Hospital of Dresden, adding the first results gave no evidence that school children play a role in spreading the virus particularly quickly.
Ali Al Hosani, Director of the Sharjah Private Education Authority, said: “The issuance of the guidelines coincides with the approaching new academic year. Where students return to school after applying the distance learning system during the third semester of the 2019-2020 academic year and after a break of more than five months.
The move comes to ensure rights protection of both parties in a balanced manner, promote the growth and stability of the labor market, and enhance the economic competitiveness of the UAE.
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