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UAE schools prepare for September reopening


DUBAI – Schools across the emirate are preparing to reopen classrooms in September, after institutions switched to remote lessons starting in March as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In Sharjah, education officials said they would enforce precautionary measures announced by the Ministry of Education last week.

The measures include the appointment of a health officer per school and banning maintenance staff from the school premises during school hours.

“These procedures apply to all private schools with no exceptions,” said Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, head of the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA).

Al Hashimi said the authority has held meetings with the schools in the measures to be enforced, adding that regular inspections will be carried out.

The SPEA is still reviewing options for the new school year, including a 100 percent return to the classroom or a gradual return at 50 percent capacity, and distance learning.

In Dubai, private schools, including those under Gems Education, were undergoing deep cleaning to prepare for a reopening in September.

A representative of Gems Education said staff accommodation and school transportation were among those that underwent sanitization.

“Our preparations for reopening schools are already well under way. We have been meticulously reviewing practices across Europe and Asia to ensure we apply only the best global standards,” said Paul Slater, vice president of operations and health, safety and environment at Gems Education. ICA/Expat Media

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