UAE Ministry of Education clarifies spring break dates for teachers and students

The spring break for students will only extend from March 8-19, following which they will need to partake in learn-from-home programmes

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Late on Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Education (MoE) declared that all schools and universities across the UAE would be shut for four weeks starting from Sunday, March 8.

However, on Thursday, it tweeted, clarifying that for students, the spring break would extend from Sunday, March 8 to Thursday, March 19.

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The students will not have to return to school for the following two weeks after that. However, educational institutions will have to facilitate distance learning programmes for these students.

The distance learning programmes for all school students will therefore begin from Sunday, March 22 until Thursday, April 2.

On Wednesday, the UAE minister of education, visited the operations room of the Abu Dhabi Technical Center that is operational 24 hours a day to facilitate the “study via the smart platform” experience for all the educational institutions of the center.

The third term for UAE schools will begin on Sunday, April 5, when regular school attendance is expected to take effect for all students.

However, the spring break for teachers and administrative staff will extend for only one week from Sunday, March 8 to Thursday, March 12.

The ministry further urged all citizens and residents to avoid travelling outside of the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For those that do travel outside of the country, the ministry asked that they subject themselves to checks to ensure that they are free of the virus before returning to school.

The tweet read: “In support of the health sector and its measures, the Ministry of Education invites students and workers in educational facilities coming from travelling outside the country to perform the necessary medical examination and adhere to a home quarantine period of 14 days to ensure that they are free of disease, as they will not be allowed to enter educational facilities before that.”

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The MoE said on Tuesday that it would begin piloting learn-from-home programmes across all government schools for Grades 6-12 on Wednesday and Thursday.