BACK TO SCHOOL! Stay at home Omicron restrictions to be scrapped as Abu Dhabi students begin return to classroom from Monday 24 January. ADEK Confirms.
ADEK: Omicron restrictions to be scrapped as Abu Dhabi students begin return to classroom…
ADEK and the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the gradual return to in-classroom learning for students at public schools and private schools, universities, colleges and training institutes in the emirate, as of Monday, 24 January, 2022.
The committee also approved protocols for returning to classrooms, and stated that existing precautionary measures continue to apply, to protect the health and safety of the education community.
Pupils will return in phases based on school year, with the first cohort of primary school children and final-year students, as well as those studying for exams, returning in-person learning from Monday January 24, and the remaining second wave of students returning from. Monday January 31.
In a twist, however, ADEK has insisted that:
“Distance learning is to remain optional for those who choose it.”
The scrapping of stay at home Omicron restrictions will see the following:
From Monday 24 January 2021
In-class learning to resume for:
Grades 1-5/Years 2-6
Grade 12/Year 13
Higher Education Institution students
Students preparing for national and international exams
Remote Learning to continue for Grades 6-11/Years 7-12
From Monday 31 January
In-classroom learning for all students in Abu Dhabi and UAE public schools
School entry requirements
All students must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of return to school
Teaching and admin staff must have green status on the Al Hosn app at all times and show a negative PCR result taken from within 96 hours of the return to school
Students and all staff must sign a travel declaration form and show a negative PCR result from days 1 and 6 after returning to the UAE if they have travelled
Parents and visitors to schools must show a green status on the Al Hosn app and a negative PCR test result taken from within 96 hours to enter the school premises
The SchoolsCompared View
The approaches to Covid-19 adopted by the different emirates is diverging. Shared, is the absolute conviction across all emirates that children need to be able to return to school. However, here we see Abu Dhabi responding to the calls by some parents for Distance Learning to continue in Abu Dhabi, this particularly, but not exclusively, important to many Arab and Indian families in particular.
It will be interesting to see whether, as the pandemic becomes endemic, whether we shall see a growth in home schooling options for parents like those provided by Minerva’s Virtual Academy enabling children to study for a British curriculum education through GCSE to A Level at home – and iCademy providing equivalent home schooling options in the US Curriculum.
As it stands, the KHDA, Dubai’s schools regulator, remains firmly set on seeing children being physically taught in schools as the default option, with home learning seen as very much the exception through its Rahhal programme.
ADEK has opened a number of social media channels to help parents as follows:
- Instagram: @adek_insta
- Twitter: ADEK_tweet
- Facebook: Department of Education and Knowledge
- YouTube: ADEK Abu Dhabi
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