The UAE emirate of Sharjah has decided to extend remote learning for all private schools for another two weeks, news agency WAM reported Tuesday.
The extension will start from Sunday, September 13, and end Thursday, September 24.
The emirate’s Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Team took the decision as part of a suite of measures that the government has enacted to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Students in Sharjah have already been studying remotely for the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 academic year.
The news comes as some schools across the UAE have begun reopening following a wholescale closure for the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. However, some schools have since been closed after suspected cases of coronavirus were detected among some employees and returned to the distance learning program.
Late on Tuesday, health authorities in Sharjah’s neighboring emirate of Dubai announced that they had conducted nearly 35,000 COVID-19 tests for teachers and administrative staff working in Dubai private schools ahead of children returning to schools.