Exclusive. Confirmed & Official. Schools Will Re-Open in September. KHDA Guidelines In Full.
Confirmed and Official – Schools Will Re-Open in September. KHDA Guidelines In Full.
Hot off the press we have the first official confirmation from the KHDA, Dubai’s Inspectorate of Schools, that all schools will open for the new academic Year. Our countdown clock can be found on the front page of our site as Dubai schools are full steam ahead for complete re-opening to welcome all children back to school. The official confirmation comes with extensive guidelines for schools to ensure the safety of every child and their families. The full and unabridged guide to what parents can and should expect follows below.Official KHDA Covid Schools Open in Dubai Confirmed
Commenting, Mark Ford, Principal of The English College, told SchoolsCompared.com:
“We have been looking at different re-opening scenarios over the past weeks and are thankful that KHDA have released such detailed guidelines.
We are more than prepared to welcome back all our students at the end of August with the necessary precautions in place; we have involved all members of the community in preparing our reopening plan and we are grateful to those parents who have contributed.
Our full campus, including our new state-of-the-art secondary building, which will be completed mid-August, will receive a full deep-cleansing, sanitization and fogging according to Dubai Municipality shortly before students and staff return.
We have also developed a detailed communication plan to keep our entire community up-to-date with the latest guidelines, reassuring everyone that our school will be a safe environment.
We do understand that some parents might have their concerns, but, overall, the feedback that we have received so far from parents has been very positive – parents, students and staff are more than eager to physically return to school.”
Sam Truman, Chief Operating Officer of Taaleem, advised parents:
“Taaleem schools are completing the documentation process and submitting the plans required by KHDA to gain approval for full school re-openings. This detailed guidance will be rigorously followed by all of our schools to ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are in place and strictly maintained.
Taaleem has taken a proactive approach in advance of the official guidance and has been testing various equipment. For example, a range of thermal scanners have been rigourously trialled and tested to ensure that they will meet or exceed the guidance given. Each school has a Covid 19 task force and re-opening committee in place. Taaleem has also initiated a group wide health and safety purchasing plan to support the re-opening with PPE and supplies.
Parents, students and staff we hope will feel assured that Taaleem is doing everything possible to make our schools ready for the new academic year. We look forward to welcoming our community back to school in August where we will have a chance to thank them personally for their unwavering support over the last 6 months.”
Dr Farah Sarraj, Directyor of the Al Futtaim Education Foundation clarified:
“We are committed to ensuring that we welcome 100% of our students back on campus, whilst strictly observing all KHDA guidelines.
We have made firm steps towards finalising technologically-enabled and creative thinking solutions in order to achieve this goal.”
Adrianna Chestnut, Principal at Bright Learners Private School, commented:
“As our school prepares for their opening in September, we are committed to the safety of all our staff and students.
In line with the requirements outlined by KHDA, Bright Learners will take extra precautionary measures to ensure everyone feels safe returning to school.
Thanks to the size of our school, at Bright Learners we will be maintaining social distancing measures and school capacity at 30% by evenly spreading our classrooms across campus, sterilising all rooms throughout our buildings, organising mealtimes for social distancing, and more.
The safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and we are extremely excited to open our doors to them this September.”
It is believed that the MOE have signed off that schools will re-open in September for the new academic year across the UAE.
This is a rapidly developing story. More information will be added as we receive it.
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