This article is part of an editorial series on Covid-19
By Susan Roberts
Tuesday 23 August, 2022
24th Aug 2022
UAE back to school Covid-19 prevention protocols for 2022-23 have been announced in the last hour by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).
Communicated via twitter, NCEMA shared the following protocols:
- Students aged 12 and over, as well as teaching and administration staff and services providers, are required to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours on the first day of school, but without the need for regular testing.
- All students are allowed to attend classes including those who are unvaccinated due to medical reasons or with medical exemption, a PCR test and adhering to the Green Pass system will suffice.
- Social distancing inside facilities has been cancelled and is left to the discretion of each facility, including on buses.
- Temperature checks to screen for Covid-19 of students and employees has been cancelled, providing that anyone with a high temperature must refrain from attending classes, obtain sick leave and provide a negative PCR test result.
- Wearing face masks is mandatory inside closed areas, while students and personnel who have contracted COVID-19 or those suffering from respiratory symptoms are allowed to choose the e-learning and remote work options.
As per the announcement, these protocols are applicable to educational institutions across the UAE.
The news is unlikely to be a source of happiness for a majority of UAE parents, according to a Parents United poll, who want masks within schools to go.