Abu Dhabi schools set to return for in-person lessons

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the return of students to in-person classes for the next academic year.

The decision follows consultations with parents, teachers, principals and school operators across Abu Dhabi in May and June this year.

More than 80 per cent of teachers and school staff, including maintenance and security teams, have been vaccinated.

Abu Dhabi is aiming to return pupils to the classroom while keeping everyone safe.

It found 88 percent of parents thought it would be better for students to return to classes in person.

Parents also said higher vaccination figures would make them more confident about the decision to return to in-person learning.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently available for children aged over 12, and a study into the efficacy of the Sinopharm among children as young as 3 was launched recently.

The survey also showed that parents were comfortable reducing physical distancing requirements, which would enable students to attend school on more days per week.

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