The decision comes into effect for all grade levels starting January 17.
17 January 2021| Last updated on 18 January 2021
The extension was announced to protect all Abu Dhabi students and school staff from potential infection.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee will officially continue e-learning at all public and private schools in Abu Dhabi for three more weeks, starting Sunday, January 17. This applies to all grade levels.
The move is a precautionary measure to limit the risks of spreading the virus in school campuses.
While not mandatory, all students, teachers and other school staff are urged to vaccinate against Covid-19 to protect themselves and the community from infection. Doing so would also help quicken and ensure a safe return to learning in school facilities.
For now, the Sinopharm vaccine is available for UAE residents aged 16 and above.
The official tweet read: "The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announces the continuation of e-learning for all academic levels for three more weeks from 17 January, as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health and safety of the schooling community."
Previously, Abu Dhabi schools were instructed by education officials to commence the January 2021 term with e-learning for two weeks, with pupils returning on January 17. Remote education will now take students and teachers up to February 7.
The new extension is a response to the recent spikes of Covid-19 cases in the UAE. Part of the official proactive and preemptive actions being implemented include the latest updates to enter Abu Dhabi's land borders.
Residents and visitors who wish to enter the Capital must show a negative PCR or DPI test result, received within 48 hours when attempting entry. Before the update, the eligibility was 72 hours. Further Coronavirus tests will also be required on the fourth and eight days of stay.
On Sunday, UAE officials reported 3,453 new Covid-19 cases, 3,268 further recoveries, and five more deaths.