Abu Dhabi schools are required to submit daily compliance self-check reports to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).
That's according to ADEK which inspected private and charter schools across the emirate to ensure their readiness to safely welcome students back to in-class education for the 2021-22 academic year.
Fines for non-compliance violations range from AED 10,000 to AED 250,000.
Over an intensive two weeks, ADEK’s Health and Safety team inspected 221 schools who successfully received a no objection certificate to reopen.
Ahead of the new term, the emirate’s schools were advised about mandatory adherence to a comprehensive health and safety compliance checklist in order to obtain an NOC before reopening.
Schools that failed to meet the strict compliance protocols were given three calendar days to rectify areas of non-compliance before being visited again by ADEK’s Health and Safety team, and were offered three opportunities to establish readiness.
Had schools failed their third compliance inspection, they would have been denied the option to reopen for face-to-face learning, and would have been required to return school fees to parents who could have opted to transfer their children to an alternative school.