The Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced the decision to return students to schools by setting 30 percent of the approved capacity for the school building, as of Sunday, while continuing the blended education system and adhering to the application of all approved precautionary measures.
The ministry said in a statement that it issued a circular to the directors and directors of public and private schools and kindergartens regarding modification of students ‘hours and the teaching and administrative staff after the mid-term leave for the second semester, in the interest of the public interest and in the interest of students’ health and safety, and in line with the procedures in place in order to address the pandemic (Corona emerging – Covid 19) In cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
The statement added that the circular includes many controls and instructions for public and private schools and kindergartens to preserve the health and safety of students and to ensure that they are provided with quality education.
He explained that the regulations for public schools include the commitment to apply the teaching and administrative staff hours at a rate of 100 percent in the school building and to continue to apply blended learning for students with a 30 percent attendance rate in the school building.
He pointed out that each school will prepare a schedule commensurate with its absorptive capacity and the students’ attendance of live broadcast lessons according to the approved schedule during their distance learning days, and the application of full time for students of village schools with a low density of 100 percent, as well as the application of full time for students of specialized schools of low density by 100 percent Taking into account the approved preventive measures.
The statement called for keenness to organize (strengthening) lessons for students in the basic subjects after school hours, provided that student enrollment in them is optional.
With regard to the controls for private schools, the statement clarified that they include determining the percentage of actual attendance in the building by the school or kindergarten according to the school stage and in proportion to the needs of each classroom, with confirmation of the commitment of 30 percent of the approved capacity of the building and a maximum of 15 students per classroom.
He stressed the continuation of the application of the (distance learning) system in private schools on days when students do not come to the school building, according to the schedules planned by the school or private kindergarten, and the necessity of daily monitoring of attendance and absence, and the conduct of semester and central tests in the school building.
He stressed that the student who suffers from a chronic disease and has a medical certificate approved for this will continue to be excluded from working in the school building, provided that his attendance is remote and performs the end of the second-semester exams with actual attendance according to the procedures for such cases.