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Dubai: Following the recent government go-ahead to reopen schools in September, some institutions have started sharing their plans with parents and students about how they will safely welcome back pupils in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plans include safety measures that were recently announced by education authorities, as well as the format or ‘model’ to be followed for school day, which each school will be deciding upon based on its own requirements.

The ‘model’ to be followed will take into consideration the scenario of all students coming in on all days, or on split (alternate) days or in shifts — whether combined with distance learning or not. Schools were asked to submit their preferred model for resuming classes and to have them approved by the authorities ahead of the reopening.

Group-wise classes

At Sharjah British International School (SBIS), all students will attend school in two groups — pre-primary and primary; and secondary and higher secondary — the school said in a recent communication to parents.

The lower grades (FS1 to Year 6) will come for the morning shift, from 7.30am to 11.30am, while students from Year 7 to 13 will attend from noon to 4pm. Classes for Year 13 will be conducted online.

In both the shifts, the maximum class size will be capped at 17 students.