UAE measures to deal with corona injuries inside schools
The Ministry of Education has set 19 precautionary measures to deal with corona injuries inside schools in public education facilities, to protect students and their workers from the virus, pointing out that in the event that more than one student or faculty member is confirmed infected, the educational facility will move to a number of measures, most notably the suspension of studies in it and the complete transition to distance education for a period of not less than 14 days, with the amendment of the operating schedule of the facility and the development of a plan for the continuity of education and medical and social services.
How will the UAE deal with corona injuries inside schools?
UAE procedures for operating educational facilities
The Ministry of Education included the recommended procedures, the recently issued “Protocols and procedures for operating educational facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic”, along with developing an alternative plan for educational facilities, based on public health guidelines, and in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and local health authorities in each emirate.
The Educational institutions’ procedures
The guide detailed the educational institutions’ procedures to deal with corona injuries inside schools, including isolating the person immediately upon suspicion or the appearance of symptoms of the virus on him, such as fever, cough, body pain or fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhoea, nausea, headache, or loss of the sense of smell or taste While in the educational facility, the medical staff approved the injury.
The parent of the injured student with corona injuries inside schools must be notified immediately to refer him to the hospital and take the necessary action, while informing the concerned authorities through official channels, in addition to preventing the injured from entering the educational facility, and committing to remote learning until the negative result of the examination and the medical report that he is free of disease is obtained.
Only the medical staff in the educational facility are permitted to enter the isolation room after wearing full personal protective equipment.
UAE Procedures to transfer the suspected corona injuries inside schools
The procedures stressed the necessity of the facility’s commitment to transfer the suspected corona injuries inside schools to the health facilities, closing the classroom and the facility annexes to which the case arrived, temporarily, for sterilization, and implementing the tracking process to identify contacts of the suspected case, so that the tracking includes teachers and colleagues of the injured. Or (anyone who spent more than 15 minutes at a distance of 1.5 meters with him). The injured person is required to undergo examination and quarantine for a period of 14 days.
The procedures included informing the parents of students who had been in contact with the affected cases, providing them with information about home quarantine procedures and distance learning plans, and taking sterilization measures in accordance with the guidelines of the classroom and the buildings in the educational facilities used by the contact students.
A stay-at-home policy
It must be applied to students, educational and administrative staff, or educational facility employees who suffer any symptom of COVID-19, in addition to following safety instructions in the educational facility by medical staff, and confirming the commitment to wear protective equipment when accompanying the injured in a room Isolation or when transported to the home or hospital.
Isolation for the corona injuries inside schools
In the event that a student, teacher, employee, family member, or a provider of support services in educational facilities is confirmed to have COVID-19, and it is in contact with others in the facility.
The facility will implement specific steps based on the directives of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, including the application of procedures Isolation for the injured person until reaching the hospital, and consider whether the closure of the educational facility is justified, determine the period of closure based on the level of risk classified by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and limit the persons in contact with the injured inside the educational facility with the help of the Al-Hosn application, and direct them to self-quarantine according to the recommendations of the concerned authorities In the country to ensure that there is no infection, by obtaining the negative result after the examination.
The halls and annexes visited by the corona injuries inside schools in the educational facility are closed temporarily for the purpose of sterilization, and in the event that one person from the administrative staff is confirmed, all the administrative staff examines the contacts, with directives to self-quarantine according to the recommendations of the concerned authorities in the state, until the negative result is obtained in the examination. In the event that a faculty member is confirmed injured, all faculty members and students who have had contact are examined, with self-quarantine, according to the recommendations of the concerned authorities in the country, until the negative result is obtained. In the event that a student is confirmed injured, all students in contact with the student in the classroom and faculty members are examined, with self-quarantine, according to the recommendations of the concerned authorities in the country, so that the absence of disease is confirmed and the negative result obtained in the examination.