Distance learning will be offered in some schools in the UAE until Monday as Tropical Cyclone Shaheen is expected to affect weather conditions in the country, UAE authorities confirmed late Saturday.
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The Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said all educational institutions would operate as usual except the public schools in Hatta, where distance learning will take place on Sunday and Monday.
The Dubai Media Office tweeted: “Several government and private entities will operate normally tomorrow, Sunday, October 3, with the commission continuing to follow up on developments related to Tropical Storm Shaheen and taking appropriate action as follows. “
Furthermore, Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) has announced that private schools and daycare centers in the eastern part of the emirate, including the cities of Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Deba Al-Hisn, will switch to online education on Sunday and Monday.
“SPEA will continue to monitor the situation closely with the competent authorities and take the necessary measures in this regard,” it said in a statement.
For the first time since schools closed in March 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly all students in private schools in Dubai will return for on-campus classes from Sunday, October 3.
Last week, the emirate’s private education regulator, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said 75 percent of students in Dubai have returned to school since the start of the last academic year in September, compared to 50 percent the previous year. previous academic year.
The KHDA said only a few categories of students are exempt from on-campus learning.
If students have a high-risk or chronic medical condition, provided they have a medical report from the Dubai Health Authority; second, if they live in a household with someone with a high-risk medical condition and who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Third – if they are outside the UAE and unable to return due to international Covid-19 restrictions.
Several heads of schools in Dubai told Khaleej Times that they are completely ready to receive students back on campus. To allay parents’ concerns about the return to personal learning, schools hold regular workshops to address safety issues and build trust.
Karim Murcia, director and CEO of GEMS Al Barsha National School, said the regular workshops helped schools ease parental concerns. “There is also frequent communication between teachers and parents to ensure that there is support at home for the learning and revision techniques developed in school,” he said.