Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has released a list of dos and don’ts for parents and students in the UAE in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The list includes safety measures that need to be followed before students go to school and once they return home.
Dr Hend Al Awadhi, head of DHA’s Health Promotion and Education Section in the Public Health Protection Department, said: “While school-going kids have settled into the new normal, it is important to speak with children regularly so parents can notice if a child has settled in well or is experiencing any uneasiness or anxiety.”
“Parents should put in place a daily sanitisation routine with cloth masks washed daily. If the mask has a filter, it should be removed and reinserted after the mask is dry. The filter should be changed every ten days,” Dr Al Awadhi added.
Children are encouraged not to make physical contact with friends while arriving at school gates, and to avoid going to the classroom if they experience any symptoms of the virus including fever, cough or loss of smell.
Personal items such as school bags, lunch boxes, pens and notebooks need to be disinfected every day with a 60 per cent alcohol solution.
The UAE crossed the 1,000-mark for the first time in COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 10 per cent of the 930 cases announced on 10 September resulted from testing teachers and staff before schools reopened in the country.