Covid19: School Closures and Increased Restrictions as Cases Rise

Covid19 School Closures and Increased Restrictions as Cases Rise


This article is part of an editorial series on Covid-19

Some UAE schools will once again move to online, distance learning for the start of the new term, a Ministry of Education spokesperson announced tonight.  In Abu Dhabi, ADEK, its education regulator, has confirmed that all of its schools are to close.   Schools in Dubai will remain open, albeit operating under increased restrictions once again. has approached the regulators in other emirates for guidance and further comment.  We will continue to update this story as we receive updates.

The news, initially reported in the Khaleej Times, comes due to a rapid spike in Covid cases across the country and applies to schools, universities and training centres.  Confirmed Covid19 case numbers have crossed the 1800 mark twice in the past three days.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee stated:

“During these two weeks, ongoing testing campaigns will increase for education sector personnel and the situation will continue to be monitored to update protocols for the return to in-school learning”.

In Dubai, the school regulator, the KHDA shared the following statement via their official twitter account;

“Regular face-to-face education in Dubai private schools will continue in the 2nd semester while collective classroom & extracurricular activities will be discontinued. Canteens will close for the first 2 weeks of the semester & gatherings & school trips will be suspended”.

The Ministry of Education has also confirmed that when schools do resume, all students will need a negative PCR test to return to campus.  Parents will need a green pass on their Al Hosn app in order to enter schools.

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