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Dubai's KHDA issues detailed school reopening plan

Among measures, all students over six and staff members to wear face masks at all times

Dubai's KHDA issues detailed school reopening plan

KHDA says there will be a 10-minute time limit for parents during drop-off and pick-up times.

Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has released a 118-point plan for schools in the emirate to reopen in September.

The strict guidelines have been produced in order to ensure a safe return of students after the summer break.

It includes all students over the age of six and staff members to wear a face mask at all times as well as social distancing of two metres in common areas, and a 10-minute time limit for parents during drop-off and pick-up times.

Schools implemented an online learning system in March this year as a result of the restrictions enforced by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus.

A selection of the new regulations from KHDA surrounding reopening includes:

  • The school should implement a staggered entry and exit procedure to eliminate overcrowding and to maintain 2 metres physical distancing in high traffic areas.
  • Common areas in the school (i.e. toilets, pantry, waiting areas, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected every hour or after every use. This also applies to frequently used areas/ surfaces such as door handles, dining tables, seat rests, elevator keys, etc
  • Encourage strict hand washing regime and adequate hand washing breaks for children. Assist children with handwashing, especially younger children who cannot wash hands alone.
  • Classroom area should support sufficient room for groups to maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres per child in each classroom provided everyone wears a mask.
  • Showers and changing rooms are not permitted. On the days where students have PE lessons, they must come to school in their full PE uniform.
  • Student ratios will vary depending on the size of the classroom. The school will have the liberty to decide on the number of students per class as long as a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres per child or person is maintained.
  • Group activities such as school trips, celebrations, sports and student camps should be suspended.

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