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ADEK Announces New Covid-19 Fines for Abu Dhabi Schools

Abu Dhabi private schools can receive hefty fines for not complying with the Covid-19 safety guidelines

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27 September 2020

Last updated on 29 September 2020
ADEK Announces New Covid-19 Fines for Abu Dhabi Schools

Warning fines can start from AED 10,000 for the first safety violation

A list of Covid-19 fines and penalties were issued to private schools across the capital, confirmed the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) in a Khaleej Times article.

The list of penalties include hefty fines up to AED 250,000 if a school is caught not adhering to the Covid-19 safety guidelines issued for the reopening of schools. The health and safety measures are mandatory in Abu Dhabi in order to reduce the risk of students and staff contracting the virus within school communities during the pandemic.

Abu Dhabi schools reopened from August 30 with in-person classes and distance learning options. A comprehensive safety guide was issued to all private schools which must be followed by all students, teachers, and other school staff.

The Covid-19 heath and safety measures for schools include:

  • Daily temperature checks at the entrance for all pupils, teachers and administrative staff
  • Teachers and other school staff must wear face masks at all times
  • All students who are six years old and above must wear masks while in school
  • Social distancing rules of 1.5m must be followed all while on the school campus
  • Maximum 15 students in each class only
  • Schools must alternate the number of break times to encourage social distancing and avoid crowding

What are the fines Abu Dhabi schools may face?

The following is a list of fines, warnings and penalties Abu Dhabi schools may face if found violating safety guidelines:

  • Inadequate implementation of the Covid-19 safety measures - AED 10,000 (first time), AED 20,000 (second time), AED 30,000 (third time
  • Missing documents or records on the school's implementation of Covid-19 measures - AED 10,000 (first time) and AED 20,000 (second and third time)
  • Failure to comply with Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) Hazards norms - AED 50,000 (first time), AED 75,000 (second time), AED 100,000 (third time)
  • If an Abu Dhabi school was found to have repeatedly failed to comply with HSE Hazards norms, after the third offence the school is required to transfer to full remote learning and parents have the right to transfer their children to another school and get a full refund on school fees

Since the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year, ADEK has carried out over 520 inspection visits to schools, as part of their monitoring efforts to ensure schools' with the Covid-19 precautionary measures.

The inspections is line with their efforts to safeguard the community's health and safety.

According to the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee, if any student or staff member is suspected to have contracted the virus, schools must update parents directly on schooling systems and if contact with a positive case occurred.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) also said schools in UAE will close temporarily or will operate at reduced capacity if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise.

Health officials reported 626 new Covid-19 cases, 918 recoveries and one death. The total number of confirmed infections now stands at 92,095.