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No reprieve for Abu Dhabi school despite court order

Al Worood Academy will close later this year following the death of a four-year-old on a school bus

No reprieve for Abu Dhabi school despite court order
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Al Worood Academy Private School will close at the end of the current school year, despite a decision by Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court's verdict to shut down the school.

The school was issued with a closure order after a three-year-old pupil died from heat exhaustion when she was left locked inside the school bus.

An appeals court in Abu Dhabi overturned a court decision to close the school, as well as reducing the sentence of two people convicted over her death, which created confusion as to whether the school would be allowed to re-open in September.

However, in a statement issued to media, Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has confirmed that the school’s licence would remain revoked that it would not be re-opening.

“Adec had decided to shut down the school due to negligence in adhering to safety and security measures particularly with regards to the school’s transportation system,” Adec said in a statement.

The 1,900 students affected by the school’s closure have also been provided with alternative schools.

In its decision this week, the appeals court upheld the AED50,000 ($13,600) fine on the school and ordered that it pay AED100,000 ($27,000) in blood money.

After receiving a three-year sentence in the original ruling, the bus driver had his sentence reduced to six months and the supervisor was sentenced to one year, with a AED20,000 ($5,400) for each defendant.