The UAE government has taken every conceivable step required to sanitize all public environments. It is now up to us to ensure that we implement and follow best practices – infrastructural, operational and behavioral – to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
In September, schools and educational institutions in the UAE are expected to reopen. Besides the safety of people, a single positive case can send an educational institute into indefinite closure, and attract unwarranted attention from media and society.
PRESCRIBED GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, UAE
- Check temperatures of all students and teaching staff
- Maintain physical distancing and reduce the capacity in classrooms
- Sanitize all areas regularly
- Meals not to be shared by students
- Limit assemblies, trips, parties, camps, sports games
- Reduce occupancy of bus capacity to 30%
- A health officer to be stationed in each education facility. Nursing departments at schools to help reduce risk of infection.
- Parents to monitor the health of their children and inform the school if they come in contact with any COVID-positive case.
- A decision on students with underlying health conditions will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
It is important to note that while these are the bare minimum standards, it will be the educational establishment’s responsibility to ensure that the necessary infrastructural, operational and behavioral practices are created, maintained, managed and audited.
To mitigate this, HEAL ME Solutions recommends that every contact point that students, teachers and caregivers come in touch with (including each other) is carefully and consistently sanitized to protect against COVID-19. Rather than simply installing a few mandated items, administrators must consider establishing and managing a controlled environment.