ADEK Announces covid-19 PCR Test Requirements for Students, Teachers and Staff Physically Returning to School in January 2021

ADEK Announces covid-19 PCR Test Requirements for Students, Teachers and Staff Physically Returning to School in January 2021

21 Dec 2020, 12:06 PM
Abu Dhabi
Students aged 12 years and above who plan to physically attend school next term are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result prior to attending face-to-face classes. Covid-19 PCR testing is also mandatory for teachers and school staff, announced the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) today.

The decision is the result of ADEK’s extensive coordination with health authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to ensure a safe return to school for all, following the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee’s announcement last month in collaboration with ADEK, which stated that all private school students in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will have the option to return to face-to-face education for the next academic term, beginning on 3 January 2021.

Students of Determination and full time distance learning students are exempt from taking the test.

Covid-19 PCR tests will be provided free of charge on a specific date for each school, during the period 21 - 31 December, at designated SEHA screening centers. ADEK has already sent Private and Charter schools across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi a PCR testing schedule in order to ensure students, teachers and staff avail the free Covid-19 PCR test on time. Click here to view the schedule.

To avail the free test, a valid Emirates ID and a dedicated school code must be presented at the testing center. Parents may contact schools to obtain the code, location, time and date details as per the schedule provided by ADEK.

Students, teachers and staff who choose to take the PCR test at an alternative date or location may do so at a private or public healthcare facility at their own expense, in which case the PCR test must be taken on 21 December onwards.
Periodic testing will continue for teachers and school staff. A schedule for those tests with location, date and timing details will be shared with schools in due course.

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