It is not mandatory for students in Dubai to take a PCR test before returning to school this Sunday, KHDA confirms
25 August 2020| Last updated on 26 August 2020
A negative nasal swab test is still mandatory for returning teachers and school staff in Dubai
A Covid-19 test will not be mandatory for all private school students in Dubai before they return to school on Sunday, August 30.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) confirmed the update on Tuesday, stating: "As we look forward to many students returning to schools next week, we would like to confirm that Covid-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students."
Dubai's education authority added that all school staff, however, must take a PCR nasal swab prior to the school reopening for the 2020/2021 academic year.
“Staff who have carried out a Covid-19 test in Dubai recently and have a copy of the results will not be required to re-take the test," the official notice continued.
The UAE's back-to-school safety measures varies from emirate to emirate.
Over at the capital, Abu Dhabi private school students who are 12 years old and above must be tested for Covid-19 before returning to school. All teachers and school staff must present a recent negative PCR test. Abu Dhabi schools have also implemented a staggered return to classes over the following weeks.
In Sharjah, all returning students of all ages must take a PCR nasal swab test before coming back to school. The same also applies to Sharjah teachers and school employees.
UAE health authorities recorded 275 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 67,282.