UAE Schools and universities set to end distance learning from January 2022

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) revealed the updated guidelines during its COVID-19 media conference on Tuesday.

All academic institutions will reopen at full capacity in January of next year, but must continue to adhere to Covid-19 safety procedures such as:

● Vaccination against the coronavirus is mandatory for all those wanting to enter university accommodation.

● Eligible teachers, administrative staff and students have also been advised by authorities to receive COVID-19 booster shots.

However, people with medical exemptions will need to present a negative PCR test result on a weekly basis.

“We have studied the developments during the first term. All schools complied with precautionary measures to ensure a safe return of the pupils,” a NCEMA spokesman said at the conference.

“There has also been a sharp drop in the number of daily cases in the country and it is safe for all pupils and students to return to the classroom in January — the beginning of the second term.”

"We laud the efforts of administrative and teaching staff who adhered to all procedures aimed at ensuring the health and safety of everyone in educational establishments." The spokesman also said.

NCEMA revealed that, in addition to ending distance learning, school buses would be fully operational, and parents would be permitted to attend events at educational establishments if they could present a Green Pass on the Al Hosn app and a negative PCR test result with a validity of no more than 96 hours.

“We reiterate that the education sector urges teachers, students and administrative staff to receive the vaccine booster shot especially amidst the spread of variants around the world to increase collective immunity and ensure a safe environment in educational establishments,” NCEMA wrote.

After the emirate's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced the gradual return to complete in-person instruction on Aug. 23, private schools in Dubai ended remote learning on Oct. 3.

Abu Dhabi schools to resume in-person classes for next academic year
Abu Dhabi schools to resume in-person classes for next academic year

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