Dubai’s private schools regulatory body, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has issued a raft of safety measures that will be in place upon the reopening of schools for the new academic year.
Among the new rules, children aged six and above and teachers must wear masks at all times, except when eating or playing sports.
In classrooms, seats between children must be 1.5 metres apart. Schools may set their own classroom sizes, as long as they meet the minimums distancing requirements between children.
Pupils will also no longer move classrooms between lessons – instead, teachers will move between periods to teach different lessons, in order to minimise crowding in school halls and corridors.
Other rules include changes to PE lessons, which must focus on sports and activities that do not require physical interaction, while swimming lessons will not resume until further notice.
In addition to temperature checks at the school entrance, safety measures will also only allow one family member or guardian to pick up or drop off a child at the school facility, while schools will be required to implement a staggered entry and exit procedure to avoid congestion and crowding.
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