KHDA: Students Do Not Need Covid-19 Test

The KHDA has informed school principals that students will not need a Covid-19 PCR test prior to returning to school next week. Teachers will, however, need to be tested to show they are Covid-19 free.
KHDA: Students Do Not Need Covid-19 Test
By Jenny Mollon
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Dubai's education regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has informed school leaders that students will not need to take a Covid-19 test before returning to school.  The new school term commences on Sunday, 30th August.

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 KHDA circular, which confirms that school students will not need a Covid test

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.

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