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UAE: Back to school, five changes in COVID-19 rules

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, The academic year 2022-23 marks the beginning of the UAE's most regular schooling. Covid-19 rules have been eased, and all activities have been resumed.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, The academic year 2022-23 marks the beginning of the UAE’s most regular schooling. Covid-19 rules have been eased, and all activities have been resumed.

Prioritizing the safety of children, the education sector has been working online for the last two years with authorities. Within days, students transitioned into online classrooms and mastered virtual learning.

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When covid vaccinations were available, teachers and staff signed up for early doses. The country’s education sector will resume the most normal schooling in years after authorities ensured that the hundreds of thousands of students would remain safe.

A new COVID19 update has been made in UAE, including that students must get PCR tests after the summer break. The students aged 12 and above are asked to bring a PCR test report before coming to the school.

The update states that students above the age of twelve must have a PCR test report while returning to school after a long summer break.

The update includes that the PCR negative test report must not exceed ninety-six hours from the starting first day of school after the summer break.

Students above twelve years are obliged to submit their PCR test reports, but Teachers and other staff are also asked to show their negative PCR test report, which is not older than 96 hours from the first day of joining.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority shared this update on COVID19 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

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Other updates included during the announcement stated that bus drivers and bus attendants must continue wearing masks and sanitizing their hands while on the job.

In addition, The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority updated that Masks must be worn while inside for all, and remote learning is available for students and staff infected with COVID-19. Students who could not get COVID19 doses for health reasons or who have been exempt from vaccinations can attend classes.

Schools no longer need to take students’ and school workers’ temperatures, and those with a fever are not to attend classes.

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