Abu Dhabi Set for 2-Weeks Distance Learning

Schools in Abu Dhabi will adopt distance learning for the first two weeks of the new school term, it was announced on Wednesday 30th December, with returning staff and students facing quarantine. There has been no announced change of plan, yet, in any other UAE emirate.
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The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved a return to remote learning for the first two weeks of the January term for all schools (both public and private) in the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

The announcement was made via a tweet, shared by the Abu Dhabi Media Office (@admediaoffice).

The tweet, announcing that Abu Dhabi schools would return to remote learning

The Abu Dhabi tweet also confirmed that all students, teachers and school staff who return to the UAE from trips overseas must "adhere to all quarantine measures implemented in Abu Dhabi emirate".

The Ministry of Education said all public schools in the Emirate would continue online learning for the first two weeks of term. Remote learning will remain in place 'until further notice'.

The Ministry also confirmed that a return to 'in-person' classes would be announced following an assessment of “the health situation and developments”.  Just half of school staff  will be permitted to attend school next week, while the rest should work from home.

Each Abu Dhabi school will be required to create its own operation plans and schedules for pupils when in-person classes resume.

There have been no announcements for Dubai or the other emirates in the UAE.  However, as was the case for Term 1 of this year, Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, has confirmed that parents may opt for either distance learning or in person tuition for their children for the coming term. 

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