Students have already spent the first month of the year with remote learning following concerns about the spread of coronavirus after the Winter break. The Committee confirmed that remote learning would remain an option for parents and students until the end of the school year should they prefer not to participate in face to face learning in school.
According to the Committee "a preventive protocol specific to the schooling community, including academic and administrative staff and students, [is] to be implemented until the end of the school year".
Noting that "The safety of schooling community remains a top priority for the committee”, the Committee also advised that "60 percent of educators and school staff have received the first dose of a vaccine during a vaccination campaign across the emirate."
In a separate statement, the UAE's Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Emirates Schools' Establishment, also announced the gradual and phased return of in-person classes for all academic levels in public schools across the emirates.
The Ministry of Education added that "the decision had been based on the recommendations of the relevant authorities following the analysis of the health situation and after taking into account the wishes of the parents of students". Students in public sector school will also have the option of a combination of traditional in-class learning or virtual attendance online from home to allow further flexibility.
The KHDA in Dubai had given schools the option of whether to offer in-school or on-line learning at the start of term 2. Whilst many schools opted for in-school education, there have been widespread reports of schools moving to remote learning in the past two weeks.