The decision came following consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, principals and school operators across Abu Dhabi, conducted in May and June this year. It also follows the vaccination of more than 80 per cent of teachers and school staff, including all maintenance and security teams.
The NCOC late last month announced a new set of restrictions including a blanket ban on tourism and inter-provincial transport in an attempt to contain a further rise in already mounting coronavirus cases under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy.
The UAE Ministry of Health conducted 135,883 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours. The ministry has expressed its plans to expand the scope of the tests to detect coronavirus cases in the UAE.
The call came as the United States, the country worst hit by the virus, kickstarted the biggest vaccination drive in its history by giving the jab to a nurse in New York.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is aware of a new variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain, but there is no evidence the strain behaves differently to existing types of the virus, it said on Monday.
The protocol will be activated after giving a period of 30 days starting from the first school day in order to give an opportunity for all non-vaccinated students to receive the vaccine.
The UAE Ministry of Health announced that it conducted 305,131 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition.
The new guidelines for schools include mandatory thermal screening, staggered lunch breaks, alternate seating arrangements, 50 per cent seating per classroom, and mandatory quarantine room for students in school premises.
Pakistani students will quarantine at their hostels. Pakistanis having valid residence, work visas also exempted from hotel quarantine. The rule is effective from Froday till Sept.1.