Dubai schools have been conducting regular workshops to infuse confidence, to address parents’ concerns about the return to in-person learning.
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Dubai schools gear up to welcome all students back to campus from October 3 and strengthening Covid-19 safety measures has been high on the agenda.
Schools have been rearranging classroom seating, reinforcing the bus fleet and coaching school staff about safety protocols — all in preparation for a safe return.
Meanwhile, school heads said they greeted a majority of students back on campus on August 29.
After the stipulated date by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), students who wish to continue with distance learning must provide a medical certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Those stuck abroad can also opt for distance learning after October 3.
Schools have been conducting regular workshops to address safety concerns, instil confidence and to quell parents’ concerns about the return to in-person learning.
Karim Murcia, principal and CEO of GEMS Al Barsha National School, said the regular workshops ensured that schools were addressing parents’ concerns.
Schools have also encouraged on-site visits for the minority of parents who had concerns about the resumption of in-person learning.
Every safety protocol, from risk assessment and Covid-19 awareness to daily temperature screening and crisis management, has been carefully curated by schools’ Health and Safety committees and is in place.
At most schools, all staff and a significant number of students aged 16 and older are vaccinated. But schools are now encouraging all students age 12 and older to get inoculated, as well.