Open play areas, fully-functioning canteens, Physical Education classes, and extra-curricular programmes await private and Charter schools students in Abu Dhabi when they return to school in September, after Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) unveiled a rat of updated precautionary policies for the new academic year.
In-line with policies laid down by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, the comprehensive new policies include extensive safeguarding measures to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils, and visitors across private and Charter schools and their facilities.
Schools are set to continue operating macro bubbles for the new academic year to reduce the risk and magnitude of COVID-19 transmission among school groups and reduce shits to distance learning.
Class bubble sizes for younger students in Kindergarten and Cycle 1 (Grade 2/Year 3 and below) who do not practice social distancing has been increased from 10 to 16 students per bubble. Communal areas vital to interaction and socialization will reopen, including play areas for younger students. Cooking will be permitted as long as food is served by designated staff members and as per Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority regulations, such as serving food in individual portions.
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