Guidelines to reopening schools issued by Abu Dhabi

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) has released the rules and regulations in place for the safe reopening as schools in the emirate prepare to operate again after they were cleared for service on July 21. 

The new guidelines were published by the Abu Dhabi Media office, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee, and Adek.

As much as 5 different models namely, full-day face-to-face, half-day face-to-face, alternating day, alternating week, and a blended hybrid model have been provided to the schools to implement as they are reopened in a gradual, phased manner.

Daily Screenings

  • COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all staff including teachers, and students above the age of 12.
  • Daily temperature checks will be done for all staff and students.

Social distancing

  • Schools are mandated to honor general social distancing norms, 1.5 meters for all while on the school campus, while the number of students in each class would be limited to 15.
  • Alternate break times should also be planned to encourage physical distancing and avoid crowding.


All students above the age of six and all teachers are expected to wear masks while at school.

Periodic Inspections 

All 205 private schools are expected to maintain strict compliance policies, including preventative and sterilization measures. The Adek will conduct field visits prior to the start of the term, and during the term to ensure compliances are met.

Dedicated Hotline for Complaints 

800-ADEK dedicated hotline has also been set up for parents and school staff who want to report any compliance concerns.