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Covid-19 tests must for Sharjah students before campus return
School principals should be aware of the Covid-19 test schedule, which would impact their operational reopening plan.
All students, teachers and staff of private schools in Sharjah must test negative for Covid-19 before in-person classes begin in the new term. This is among the several guidelines spelt out by the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) for reopening schools from August 30.
A copy of the circular that Khaleej times has seen states: "In collaboration with the health authorities in Sharjah, all students, teachers and staff of all private schools will be tested for Covid-19 (ahead of ) ... of physically joining the school. This very important initiative - which is undertaken by the UAE Government to ensure the safety of students (and) school staff - might continue at different times during the reminder of the academic year in which regular testing of students, teachers and other staff members will be conducted."
The document states that no student, teacher or staff member will be allowed to physically join the school before testing negative for Covid-19. "School principals should be aware of the Covid-19 test schedule, which would impact their operational reopening plan. This might result in teachers, staff and students joining their school in batches."
Last month, the Ministry of Education had said that a Covid-19 test is mandatory for students and teachers returning to campus. Following this, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) had also made the requirement mandatory for all students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
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