School Re-opening Guidelines

Circular for Parents about the Reopening of School

Dear parent,

We hope that you and your family are in good health. We miss our children and the in-person interactions that we have had with them. But we know this is a serious health concern and we are obliged to follow the regulations and requirements of the UAE government as they make the hard decisions regarding protective protocols in response to this virus.

Following the announcement by the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) on the reopening of schools, we would like to reassure parents that we have put in place a comprehensive safety plan that exceeds recommended guidelines. This is to ensure that Merryland remains a safe and secure school for all students and staff.

When Merryland re-opens for the academic year 2020-2021, we will have all students of Grades 10, 11 and 12 attending full school on a daily basis. However, students from KG to Grade 9 will come to school on alternate days. The following section outlines the process of the reopening of the school.

 

REOPENING DATE:                                      

The school will reopen as per the scheduled date on Sunday, 30 August 2020.

 

REOPENING MODE:

As a safety measure, we are re-opening in two phases:

 

First Phase- Week 1- August 30

In the first phase of reopening, all students of Grade 4 to 12 will return to school.

Grades 4-9

Mode of learning- Alternate days learning at school

Timing: 08.00 am to 02.30 pm

 

Grades 10, 11, 12

Mode of Learning- Every day face-to-face learning at school

Timing: 08.00 am to 02.30 pm (30th and 31st August)

Timing: 08.00 am to 04.30 pm (from 1st September)

 

Second Phase – Week 2- September 6

In the second phase, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will return school.

Timing: 08.00 am to 01.30 pm

Mode of learning- Alternate days learning at school

(Online classes for KG to Grade 3 will start from 30 August 2020 irrespective of the reopening date for each phase)

 

As per the regulations on social distancing, students of each class will be divided into two Groups (A and B), and will come to school on alternate days for face-to-face learning. On the days they are at home, distance education will take place. Your class teacher will inform you about your child’s group before the reopening of school.

 

PHASE GRADES DATE TIME MODE OF LEARNING
1 10,

11

and 12

30, 31 August 08:00 AM – 02:30 PM EVERY DAY FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING AT SCHOOL
01 September onwards 08:00 AM – 04:30 PM
Grades
4 to 9
August 30 onwards 08:00 AM – 02:30 PM ALTERNATE DAYS LEARNING AT SCHOOL

 

PHASE GRADES DATE TIME Days 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 KG to Grade 3 06 Sept onwards 08:00 AM – 01:30 PM GROUP A B A B A B A B A B
A B A B A B A B A B

 

FEE PAYMENT:

Fee payment must be completed by scheduling a prior appointment. Walk-ins are not permitted. You can schedule your appointment through the school website (www.merryland.org). The school office will open in the month of August, Saturday to Thursday from 8:30am to 4pm, for the collection of fees.

Parents are requested to pay the school fees for Term 1, along with two post-dated cheques for Term 2 and Term 3, before 25th August 2020. The collection of post dated cheques is for your convenience and to eliminate unnecessary trips to school as per ADEK’s reopening regulations.

As per ADEK’s reopening regulations, NO BOOKS are allowed to come from home. Hence, the required textbooks for each child must be purchased new and will be delivered to children on the first day of school. Sibling or hand-down books are NOT permitted.

A detailed fee invoice for your child(ren) will be sent via email.

 

GL ASSESSMENT

GL benchmark examination has been made mandatory by the Department of Education for all schools from Grade 3 to 9. External benchmarking of student’s performance in English, Math and Science from Grade 3 to 9 will be conducted. A fee of 75 AED will be collected along with the school fee as the assessment fee for all the three subjects.

 

UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION:

Uniform sales will be completed online by the school uniform supplier, Periwinkle. Size charts will be made available online to assist you in this process. Further details will be communicated at a later date.

For all queries regarding uniform supply, please contact:

Iris Shop, Mussafah – 02 5544446 / Mr. Hari – Periwinkle, Sharjah – 052 1890464

 

TRANSPORTATION:

Parents are encouraged to use their private vehicles for transporting their child(ren) during Term 1 and as long as these regulations are in-force.  However, we know this isn’t possible for everyone.  ADEK has approved the use of school buses but with strict capacity and seating guidelines. As such, there is a significant reduction in the number of available seats with our transport provider. Parents who want their children picked up and dropped off by the recommended transport provider should register their names with Zenith Transport to avoid exclusion. (contact: Mr. Paul -055 8140850 /Mr. Rameez -055 7373235). Once limited seats are exhausted, there will be nothing the transport company nor the school can do to accommodate additional students.

Parents who use their own vehicles to drop off and pick up their children must remain in their vehicles. We will circulate additional information about dropoff and pickup protocols at a later date. Due to ADEK / MOE regulations, parents are not permitted to enter the school campus during school timings (inclusive of dropoff and pickup times). Please note that entry into the school campus will be strictly restricted to school staff and students at all times.

 

MEDICAL DOCUMENTS:

ADEK has mandated that all students will have to provide a Covid-19 negative test report before attending school. We will provide a full update regarding this before the school reopens.

We are also attaching herewith the guidelines for parents from ADEK. In case of any questions, please feel free to call us on 02-5519626 or email us at contact@merryland.org

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