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Abu Dhabi requires COVID-19 test for students, teachers returning to schools

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Abu Dhabi students over the age of 12 who plan to physically attend school next term are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) announced on Monday.

ADEK added that COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory for teachers and school staff as well.

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“The decision is the result of ADEK’s extensive coordination with health authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to ensure a safe return to school for all,” ADEK said in a press release.

All private school students in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will have the option to return to face-to-face education for the next academic term, beginning on January 3, 2021.

“Students of Determination and full-time distance learning students are exempt from taking the test,” ADEK said.

According to the education department, COVID-19 PCR tests will be provided free of charge on a specific date for each school.

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