After a long hiatus, schools are now internally setting up systems to welcome students for the new academic year.
ADEK has issued guidelines that schools can opt to open under and parents will be charged the full tuition price. Both parents and schools alike are gearing up to open up for the September academic year 2020/21 in line with a guidebook that ADEK has released. Schools have been instructed to choose any one of the five operational models that fit with their school’s reopening requirements.
The five models are:
- Full school days
- Half school days
- Alternating school days
- Alternating school weeks ( Fortnights)
- A “hybrid model” – combining more than one of the above.
ADEK has stated that despite the model chosen by the school, parents will be requested to pay the full tuition fees for their children. They are however encouraged to approach the school authorities should they face difficulties in paying the amount to work out a payment solution that works mutually for both parties. ADEK has devised measures on how schools need to tackle the health and safety of student and staff, teaching and learning, students well-being and community solidarity in its guidebook. All school had to confirm by 30th July on what operational model they will adhere to so parents can prepare accordingly for the academic year.
ADEK’s, Amer Al Hammadi, ADEK Undersecretary said, “We are committed to ensuring the safest possible return to in-classroom education for students and teachers and the guidelines, aligned with global best practice, take into account every aspect of school operations. The guidelines also put in place mechanisms to support the wellbeing of everyone in the Abu Dhabi education community.”
ADEK’s decision to let schools re-open have been based off on a survey that parents in the UAE were requested to answer. In light of the responses, distance learning provisions will also be in place for families who prefer to continue with this option. “As we continue to assess different scenarios and models for the new academic year, we remain in constant dialogue with federal and local authorities to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff”, said Amer Al Hammadi