Students across Abu Dhabi can opt for distance learning for the 2020/2021 academic year, confirmed Abu Dhabi authorities.
4 August 2020| Last updated on 6 August 2020
Kids can choose remote learning or study in-class at school
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) announced that students will have the option of full-time distance learning for the new academic year.
The decision came after parents voiced their concerns on their children's health and safety upon returning to school, with many requesting to continue remote learning.
Previously in July, ADEK said that all Abu Dhabi students must return to in-class learning at schools, either part-time or full-time. In the earlier announcement, all schools in the Emirate will reopen from September with all facilities to follow safety guidelines.
These back to school guidelines have since been updated with the approved option for full-time distance learning.
The capital's education authorities have also established a hotline for parents who wish to report or address any school-related concerns. Abu Dhabi parents can call 800-COMPLIANC(E) or 800-266754262.
For students who plan to attend in-class studies, mandatory COVID-19 tests must be made before returning to campus. The mandatory virus test also applies to all returning teachers and administrative staff.
The UAE suspended campus learning across all nurseries, schools, universities, colleges, and other educational institutions from March, in a bid to limit the spread of the outbreak.
At the time, education in the UAE went completely remote and online as all schools adopted distance learning.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 189 new cases of COVID-19 and 227 recoveries. No deaths were reported. Total cases are now at 61,352 in the country.