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Flexible schedules enabling them to get the available education patterns August 29,2021
Following-up: Muhammad Al-Wasila, Iman Sorour, Hessa Seif, Mona Al-Badawi, Muhammad Al-Mahi and Amir Al-Sunni
Male and female students of the public and private schools that follow the Ministry of Education curriculum, and kindergartens in the various emirates of the country, regularly attended the first semester, which was launched in the first stages of the 2021-2022 academic year, and includes three educational patterns (presence, hybrid and virtual), all of them simulating the students in different stages of education, amid various precautionary procedures and health protocols, as School Administrations made flexible schedules for students attendance enabling them for the available education patterns.
Schools shall receive 50% of the students during the first week of the study, and 100% in the second week in accordance with the approved gradual return plan, with an emphasize on the importance of obtaining the vaccine against the Corona pandemic (COVID-19), and (PCR) test to ensure the health status stability of the students and all educational community groups.
The first studying day witnessed varying rates of absence in some schools, because all students weren't be able to obtain the result of the “PCR” test, and the Emirates Foundation for School Education allowed them to attend today(Monday), while the school administrations were keen, through the work teams formed to start the school daily attendance, to apply the safe return procedures by ensuring that students obtained a negative “PCR” nasal swab, measuring their temperatures, and arranging their entry from the buses to school.
The concerned teams followed up the application of social distancing procedures inside the classrooms, during the two scheduled breaks, upon using the facilities, and the extent to which students adhere to the procedures, including wearing the masks, providing the sterilization tools, and other precautionary procedures during the school day.
On (Sunday) About 400,000 students from the public and private schools throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi returned to their schools (472 schools) with the commencement of the 2022/2021 academic year, amid the strict precautionary and preventive procedures.
Number of school principals in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the attendance percentage of the student to schools and choosing the direct educational system within the classes reached to about 70% of the total students and they were housed in the full-time system, or hybrid education according to the classrooms spaces to ensure the preservation of social and physical distance between the students and leaving a distance of one meter between each student and another, noting that there is an absence rate among the students because the students did not complete the PCR swap.
On their side, the parents praised the return of schools instead of the remote education, and demanded that a PCR test be conducted in the schools to facilitate the students, especially since the younger children can conduct a saliva test for them to facilitate and speed up the sample collection process, in addition to that the school nurses are trained to take a nasal swab for the older students.
221 private schools and educational partnership schools received their students, however a few private schools apologized to parents for not being able to receive their children due to the delay for obtaining the licenses of their school clinics by the concerned authorities. Parents were informed that their children will receive a remote learning through the Microsoft Teams program from first grade to secondary stage, until they are informed of any updates as issued by the department.
Abu Dhabi schools adhered to the highest standards in applying the precautionary and preventive procedures to preserve the health and safety of students and educational staff, as schools showed high levels of compliance upon receiving their students.
Khaled Al-Saidi, principal of a secondary school, stated that the school has allocated entry and exit gates for the students with adhering to safety distances between them.
Hassan bin Zayed Al Shamsi, Vice Principal of a secondary school, pointed out that all the procedures and measures implemented by schools in these days, for the sake of the children's interest and returning activity of the study, are an integrated system through which we can complete and meet our hopes, goals and ambitions, for a new start that provides the security and safety to our students and educational staff.
The Al Mwahb School Principal, Zabih Al-Qamzi, added that she felt the students' happiness for returning to the realistic study.
Public and private schools in Sharjah received their students in all academic levels at the beginning of the academic year, and the entry gates witnessed following-up the precautionary procedures by committees composed of teaching staff to ensure the students' commitment of taking the vaccine for the targeted groups, wearing a mask, and passing through the sterilization and thermal measurement gates.
The bells were rung after the students organized in the morning queue and listened to the instructions of school officials for adhering to the social distancing.
A number of principals of Sharjah schools confirmed to the "Al-Khaleej" their determination that this year shall be the normal return to the school yard after ensuring the required conditions, noting that they had taken all procedures before the students returned to regularity in their classes, and put proactive plans in preparation for various possibilities to ensure a healthy and safety learning environment for the educational staff.
Saeed Musabah Al Kaabi, Sharjah Education Council Chairman, ensured that receiving the new school year of 2021 2022 is an important and joyous occasion that fills society with hope and optimism for the students return to the education seats, whether by attendance or remotely, in order to integrate all national goals and go towards building empowered generations that lead the future towards a broader horizon.
On a related level, the Sharjah Police General Headquarter welcomed the new academic year of 2021-2022 with an integrated security plan and applying all precautionary procedures, in coordination and cooperation with the strategic partners and relevant authorities to ensure provision of the highest standards of security and safety for students and educational staff.
Since the commencement of the new academic year on Sunday, Sharjah Police intensified the presence of 70 traffic patrols at intersections and internal and external roads in the emirate to organize the traffic movement and to facilitate the movement of the school buses.
Major General/ Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, emphasized the importance of effective coordination procedures followed by all work teams to stabilize the educational process in the emirate and to ensure the safety and security of students, praising the excellence of the Sharjah Private Education Authority's plans that guarantee the safety of educational staff, students and parents.
The teaching and administrative bodies in Ajman public and private schools arranged in the midst of a heavy attendance of students and their parents, and some schools organized celebrations to receive male and female students and the school yard was decorated, with the presence of educational supervisors to organize the entry of students, and to ensure the application of the precautionary procedures.
Some educational officials emphasized that this year witnessed a distinguished presence after the students tended to receive the vaccine, which reassured parents and encouraged them to bring their children to the school, which helped increasing the number of students in schools in attendance, noting that the plans made by the teaching and administration entities were enough for succeeding the first day of the academic year by overcoming all difficulties and setting early teaching and administrative plans to facilitate the educational process.
Life has been resumed in the educational institutions in the Emirate of Fujairah, announcing a promising and strong commencement for the new academic year, after the forced stop due to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic (COVID-19) in the last academic year.
With the commencement of the new academic year, public and private schools that follow the Ministry’s curriculum in the cities and regions of the Emirate of Fujairah witnessed a large presence of male and female students, amid precautionary procedures and strict preventive measures to ensure a safe and stable academic year, as all educational institutions assigned an official to review the results of negative tests for students, a heat detector and sterilization in front of the school gates.
«Al-Khaleej» monitored the beginning of the academic year in a number of schools in the Emirate of Fujairah, after the traffic patrols and police teams that intensified their presence and patrols of Fujairah Police Headquarters contributed to smoothing and controlling the traffic movement, while the Community Police Department in Fujairah Police presented flowers to the students in the Emirate's schools.
Ras Al Khaimah
Amna Abdullah Al Zaabi, Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Educational Zone, and a member of the local emergency, crises and disasters management team in Ras Al Khaimah, confirmed that all 34 private schools in the emirate that met the conditions and applied to the social distancing and precautionary procedures received more than 90% of their students on the first day of the academic year.
She explained that the schools, whose infrastructure and size of classes were large, were able to comfortably receive most students, while some schools received students in batches, provided that all stages being received on next Wednesday, and schools that follow the group system and divide each seminar in a private building separating from the rest of the stages, the organizational matters were much easier in terms of applying the precautionary procedures.
Umm Al Quwain
Amid exceptional preparations, Umm Al Quwain schools received male and female students for the 2021-2022 academic year, after nearly a year and a half of implementing the hybrid and remote education due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Emirate's schools emphasized their readiness to receive the students on the first school day, with adherence to all precautionary procedures, pointing out that all teachers in the school and the administrative body were vaccinated, but the third booster dose was taken for most teachers and the administrative body, and school facilities were prepared in line with the requirements approved by the Ministry.
She stated that the percentage of students' commitment on the first day ranged between 70 and 90%, noting that coordination is ongoing and continues with the educational area and schools in general in order to ensure the safety of our students and the educational and administrative staff.