The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) has announced that the opening of all public and private schools, including Kindergartens, for the 2020/21 academic year will take place in three phases.
Phase one – will be from 1-3 September. Attendance will be limited to one-third of students in all grades.
Ministry issued media release states:
Schools and pre-schools will need to notify parents, via different means communication, of the attendance mechanism for the first three school days. The importance of students’ attendance should also be stressed.’
The second phase will be two weeks from 6-17 September using the blended learning model.
The maximum attendance in public and private schools will be 50%. Students will be split into two groups and rotated over a course of two weeks.
Group 1 (50%) will attend in-person in the first week and study by distance learning in the second week. Group 2 will study by distance learning in the first week and attend school in the second one. This phase aims to continue with the distance learning experience and educate students about the significance of complying with the precautionary measures.
The third phase marks the in-person attendance of students full time (100%), starting 20 September.
All students at public, private and pre-schools will attend usual classes at their schools. Precautionary measures will continue to be observed as instructed by the Ministry’s Health and Safety Department, and in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
Fawzia Al-Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs, said:
The gradual back-to-school plan aims to provide gap-filling lessons and student assessments. Parents, teachers and administrative staff in all public schools will be introduced to the proper precautionary measures and social distancing practices. This will help us to safeguard the well-being of students and all concerned parties.’
She pointed out that the phased-in plan for public schools included proposals for rotating attendance and class period schedule.
Omar Abdulaziz Al Nama, Assistant Undersecretary for Private Education Affairs, stated that the 3-phase back-to-school plan will allow schools and pre-schools to welcome students back after a long break and get them oriented on the precautionary measures adopted by the schools.
He added that that the Ministry has devised a set of requirements for the private schools and nurseries to meet as they gear up for the new academic year, They must ensure that a nurse is present at premises at all times. Isolation rooms must be dedicated for symptomatic students, teachers or staff members. Sufficient sanitizers must also be provided in all facilities and classrooms.
The Ministry stressed the significance of spending time during the first phase to brief the students about the new attendance approach and called upon patents to engage with their children to keep them motivated and inspired to learn.
Staff at government schools will return to work by 19 August while students in all schools (government and private) will start classes on the first of September.
Admissions for the 2020/21 school year are now open! Usually, parents would be visiting new schools for their children to attend in September. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, visiting schools and meeting with staff and administrators has been put on hold. So how are parents supposed to choose a new school for their kids?
Thankfully many of the wonderful schools in Qatar have adapted to the current situation and are now providing online or virtual services to get all the answers you need before applying. The following list of schools and nurseries are holding virtual admissions, tours and e-meetings to answer all your questions and queries.
Get more details here.