In a circular issued to schools yesterday, the KHDA said,
"As we look forward to many students returning to school next week, we would like to confirm that COVID-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students. Only those who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to take the PCR".
The notice was sent to school Principals on Sunday 24th August, goes on to state that all school staff will need to take a Covid-19 PCR test prior to the start of term. Any staff members who have had a recent Covid-19 test, and can show a copy of the results, will be exempt from the requirement.
Tests need to be undertaken on, or after, August 20th.
School were also reassured that the Dubai Government would bear the cost of these tests. In Dubai seven schools have been selected as Covid-19 PCR testing centres.
In July, the KHDA issued a comprehensive list of 118 rules for schools to follow for the safe reopening of schools.