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Remote learning in all Dubai schools: Delayed start, extra breaks for many students – News


Published: Mon Apr 15, 2024, 9:12 p.m.

Last update: Mon Apr 15, 2024, 9:26 p.m.

Private schools in Dubai will start a little later during online classes on Tuesday, and few institutions will allow students to take extra breaks after each of their classes that day.

Principals clarified that this flexibility is given because students may need some time to log in to their online classes.

This comes after inclement weather prompted institutions to switch to remote learning on April 16 and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) tweeted that, following the announcement by the Crown Prince of Dubai, all private schools , nurseries and universities in the emirate will offer distance learning. on Tuesday.

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However, public schools in the UAE will carry out mandatory remote learning on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17.

Punctual login times

Meanwhile, principals have been hosting evening meetings with their staff to prepare for seamless distance learning.

Institutions have been issuing circulars to parents stating that student attendance is important and emphasizing the importance of punctual sign-in times.

Amity School Dubai principal Sangita Chima said: “All staff members met this (Monday) night. Students from pre-KG to grade 11 will do distance learning on Tuesday. Teachers have been instructed on how to take attendance. Clear guidelines have been established for the day’s activities. “Tomorrow we will start at 9:00 a.m. instead of the usual 7:30 a.m. and we will finish a little earlier, at 1:30 p.m.”

Chima explained that after each learning activity the students will have a 15-minute break.

“This 15-minute break after each period will allow children to go eat something or go to the bathroom if necessary. We also have some new members. So on Monday night we ensured with our IT support teams that MS Team IDs were generated for new students or their parents (for younger students),” she added.

Jon Bramley, Vice President of Communications, said: “In light of the adverse weather conditions expected across much of the UAE tomorrow (Tuesday, April 16) and in accordance with the advice of the relevant authorities, all GEMS schools Education will switch to remote learning for the day.”

He explained that schools regulated by the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) will continue with remote learning on Wednesday, “in accordance with the guidelines of that regulator.”

Student safety is paramount

Educators reiterated that student safety is imperative as unsettled weather conditions will prevail throughout the day.

Bramley added: “As always, our priority is the safety of our entire school community, and moving to remote learning is the most responsible course of action given these exceptional circumstances.”

DPS Dubai Principal and Principal Rashmi Nandkeolyar said: “The safety of students is of utmost importance to us. “Students must join their class MS teams according to the class schedule.”

The principals highlighted that as a result of the challenges posed by Covid-19 and previous climate alerts, educational institutions have become proficient in facilitating online classes.

Deepika Thaper Singh, CEO and Principal, said, “We are well prepared to conduct remote classes tomorrow due to inclement weather. Our parents have already been informed about online learning in their respective class groups. Our teachers are ready as always to support and teach our students in the face of any adversity.”


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