Dubai Schools Announce New Bus Rules Ahead Of Reopening

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Schools Announce New Bus Rules Ahead Of Reopening

Schools in Dubai are all set to reopen for the next academic year. Students were given the option to pick from online, campus or blended learning. Classes for on campus learning will resume from 30 August for most Dubai schools. Meanwhile, teachers have already resumed work, prepping for the new academic year. Ahead of the reopening, Dubai schools have put forth a host of precautionary rules. Besides, students travelling by school buses will also need to adhere to new rules. Meanwhile, Here’s Everything You Need To Know About PCR Testing For UAE Students.

Rules For Students Traveling By School Bus

RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has announced a list of new procedures to ensure passenger safety and protect students. Firstly, all buses have been sanitized ahead of use. In addition, the capacity for each bus has been reduce to 50% so there is minimal contact among students. All students will undergo thermal checks before boarding the bus. To ensure additional safety while abroad, the buses are fitted with hi-tech devices. The devices include cameras, sensors, emergency button, GPS-based electronic tracking system, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) system, and engine self-extinguishing system.

To register for the service or to update your child’s details, parents are asked to log into Dubai Schools Reopen In September: Are Parents Ready To Send Their Kids Back To School?- Read our survey here.

Dubai Students Don’t Need A PCR Test

There has been a lot of confusion on weather students will have to undergo Covid-19 PCR test prior to starting school. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) clarified that Dubai’s private schools will not need a Covid-19 test before they return to classrooms. An official notice sent to schools read:

“As we look forward to many students returning to school next week, we would like to confirm that Covid-19 PCR testing is not mandatory for students.”

However, on the other hand KHDA made it mandatory for all school staff to carry out a Covid-19 PCR test prior to school re-opening for the new academic year/term. Staff who have recently carried out the test and have a copy of the result need not undergo a re-test. In case the test was made mandatory, as many as 295,000 children in Dubai’s private schools would have had to undergo the test. On another note, here are the other protocols for Dubai students.