Schools may have to close if COVID-19 cases increase, says UAE Ministry

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UAE schools may have to operate at reduced capacity for in-class learning or even close temporarily and resort to e-learning in the event of an increase in Covid-19 cases, according to the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Ahead of the start of the new school year on August 30, where some of the students will have in-class lessons, the ministry issued guidelines outlining contingency plans for schools in case Covid-19 cases in UAE increase, or if some students and staff are identified to have been infected with the virus.

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In the guidelines, the MoE said schools will suspend in-class lessons and return to full-time remote learning if it is found that there is an extreme risk to safety of students and staff.

Through their website, the MoE emphasised the importance of immediately isolating the person suspected of being infected with Covid-19, especially when they show symptoms such as fever (37.5 degrees Celsius), cough, body pain or fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, headache, or loss of sense of smell or taste, while at the educational facility and the medical staff have confirmed these symptoms.

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