The news follows a similar instruction issued by the Abu Dhabi regulator ADEK two weeks ago. There is no requirement as yet for Dubai schools to follow suit but WhichSchoolAdvisor.com is aware of a number of individual schools which will require their teachers and staff to take tests prior to the beginning of the new academic year.
The 29 page document published by SPEA also requires staff who have travelled abroad to return at least 14 days prior to the start of the academic year. In practice that means all staff will need to be back in the UAE by the 16thof August at the latest. Parents are required to download the Al Hosn app ‘to ensure traceability in the event of infection’.
The document sets out the rules for social distancing – student desks will be set a minimum of 1.5m apart and all students over the age of six will be required to wear masks. School buses will run at 50% capacity. Group activities such as school trips, celebrations, sports day and camps are not permitted.