UAE coronavirus: Periodic Covid PCR tests for students in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - New Covid safety guidelines issued in Abu Dhabi.

Photo: Ryan Lim
Photo: Ryan Lim

By Web Report

Published: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 3:14 AM

With schools in Abu Dhabi having reopened to students on Sunday, February 14, the authorities have issued new Covid safety guidelines.

Full list: New Covid safety rules for Abu Dhabi schools

Among the new guidelines are periodic PCR Covid testing for students aged 12 and above.

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The students should present negative PCR test results before returning to schools and take the tests "periodically". It is free for students who take the test as scheduled for their school.

The test will be payable for students who opt to take it on a date and at a location other than that specified for their school.

Teachers and school staff must also take the Covid test every two weeks.

Parents may now enter school premises with a negative PCR test (validity: 96 hours) or “emergency use” status on their AlHosn App.

Masks are mandatory for students in grade 1/Year 2 and above.

These came as the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) updated its school reopening policies and announced an extensive compliance programme.

It will conduct 220 inspection visits during the first week of the schools reopening.

This will ensure schools’ compliance with the announced precautionary measures aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 within the school community.

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