Children taking part in with blocks in a nursery in Dubai. Image for illustrative functions solely
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Dubai: All employees members of Early Studying Centres (ELCs) in Dubai should take a COVID-19 PCR take a look at earlier than the reopening of the ELC, it was introduced on Wednesday as a part of reopening guidelines for these establishments.

In the meantime, youngsters below the age of 12 with a journey historical past should endure a compulsory 14-day isolation from their date of arrival to the UAE, or present a detrimental PCR take a look at end result to enter the constructing of an ELC.

“Routine COVID-19 PCR testing isn’t necessary for kids below the age of 12. Solely those that present signs of COVID-19 are required to take the PCR take a look at,” the newly-announced pointers say.

The rules stem from the ‘Protocols for the Reopening of Early Studying Centres in Dubai’ developed by the Dubai authorities and posted on Wednesday on a devoted webpage of Dubai’s Information and Human Growth Authority (KHDA).

The KHDA webpage says: “Solely ELCs which can be licensed by KHDA will probably be required to adjust to the protocols. Earlier than opening, every Early Studying Centre might want to submit an ELC Readiness Plan for approval to KHDA to make sure that all well being and security protocols will probably be adopted. Mother and father can even be requested to signal a declaration for every of their youngsters on the ELC to substantiate that their little one is match and wholesome sufficient to return to the setting, and declaring any current worldwide journey.”

What’s included within the protocols?

Testing all ELC employees earlier than the centre reopens

Earlier than reopening, the centre ought to accumulate well being and journey declaration kinds from all youngsters and employees.

Screening all youngsters and employees for elevated physique temperature at each entry level to the ELC

Sustaining bodily distance pointers as beneficial by the related well being authorities

Sustaining a most of 10 youngsters per classroom always

Sporting of masks by all ELC employees … No enrolled little one at an ELC is required to put on a face masks

All bus riders, apart from youngsters youthful than six years must put on masks

The official authorities must be instantly notified in case any individual within the premises presents with Covid-19 signs

Organising and managing the scholars’ working day together with mealtimes to keep away from excessive concentrations of scholars in a single place. Image for illustrative functions solely.
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If a member of employees or little one has affirmation of a constructive COVID-19 PCR take a look at by a Dubai Well being Authority (DHA) accepted medical laboratory, they aren’t to return until they’re granted a de-isolation clearance certificates endorsed by DHA that states that the individual has been remoted for 14 days with no signs and have a detrimental PCR take a look at.

Limiting gatherings and suspending or placing group actions on-line, akin to college celebrations, and sports activities occasions

Organising and managing the scholars’ working day together with mealtimes to keep away from excessive concentrations of scholars in a single place.

Meals catering at this stage isn’t allowed, and households should provide meals and beverage for his or her youngsters together with their very own plastic secure utensils.

Sterilising the ELC constructing, school rooms, laboratories, studying sources and different services frequently

Guaranteeing that assist and upkeep service employees don’t enter the ELC constructing when youngsters and employees are current

Appointing a skilled well being and security official to make sure that individuals and processes within the ELC adjust to well being and security protocols.

A minimum of one employees member holding a present certification in paediatric first support and CPR must be obtainable always in every facility.


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