Dubai parents told to anticipate pupils back in classes after summer

University students will also return, the emirate's private education regulator said

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Dubai's school pupils and university students should expect to return to classrooms and lectures halls after the summer, the city's education regulator said.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said the learning experience would look "different" and to expect a mix of in-class learning and home study.

"Some things might look different, but others won't change," it said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Pupils and students can expect to see temperature checks at entrances. Food halls will be open but with various precautions in place, and physical education will be allowed in schools.

Schools cannot raise fees in 2020/21, and KHDA urged "schools and parents to come together in the best interests of children" on any negotiation over fees or discounts.

KHDA set out a list of measures on Tuesday after the federal government on Monday said it was working on a nationwide plan to bring pupils back to class in September.

Schools and universities across the country closed in March to contain the spread of coronavirus.

How will schools look different when they open?

While pupils will have physical education classes, swimming pools will be closed at present.

Schools will not be allowed to hold events and activities such as assemblies, sports days or performances.

School buses must operate at 30 per cent capacity, and staff must take the temperatures of all passengers boarding the bus, keep windows open as much as possible, and disinfect handles, rails and other frequently touched areas.

"We know that returning to school could be a worrisome time for parents and students," KHDA said in an online Q&A.

"Schools will be following specific health and safety guidelines to protect students and staff. If you feel nervous about sending your children to school, please speak with the school to learn more about how they’re approaching health and safety, and what you can do to play your part.

What are the health and safety measures for schools?

Headteachers will have to introduce temperature screening for all pupils and staff when they enter the school.

Teachers will have to ensure pupils maintain social distance and reduce capacity in classrooms. That could mean holding classes in 'staggered shifts', KHDA said.

Safety measures in UAE schools as they hope to reopen in September

Safety measures in UAE schools as they hope to reopen in September

Schools will have to appoint a trained health and safety official, and will have to ensure pupils do not gather during breaks or for group activities.

The school building, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities have to be disinfected regularly. Maintenance staff or workmen will not be allowed to enter the school when pupils and staff are present.