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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

We as a leadership team would like to welcome you back to the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Throughout the duration of 2021 we have all had to adjust to a very new way of living, as we will now adjust to a new way of schooling. Your child, our staff and the school community’s health, safety and well-being will be our greatest priority. For regular updates please visit the KHDA’s FAQs for schools

We have been fortunate as a school to receive the support and guidance from both the KHDA and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to prepare for school reopening.  As a school, we have implemented new procedures, adapted and modified learning environments as well as educate ourselves and the team on this new way of living.

The team here at SCS have been undergoing our COVID19 Management for Educational Institutions.  We have been completing the numerous webinars available from WHO, as well as working with other schools throughout Dubai, across the Middle East and internationally.  Throughout this time, remaining educated and informed is exceptionally important. 

The school has implemented a COVID Emergency Response Team at school who has undergone specific training for COVID19 critical incident management provided by the Safeguarding Alliance.

Following the latest federal announcement, face masks are no longer mandatory indoors or outdoors at private schools, early childhood centres, universities and training institutes in Dubai.

Students, parents, and staff can continue to wear face masks if they choose. We encourage families to continue to act responsibly to protect the health of their children and others around them.

No. Face masks are no longer mandatory in any and all areas of the school. These include:

  •   prayer rooms
  •   clinics
  •   classrooms
  •   auditoriums & gyms
  •   canteens & cafeterias

Face masks are no longer mandatory for students or adults on the bus.

Thorough health and safety standards remain in place. Health and safety standards from Dubai Government authorities, such as Dubai Municipality and Dubai Health Authority, also remain in effect.

  • If your child has Covid-like symptoms, you should either seek medical help or get a PCR test done for your child. There is no obligation to get a PCR.
  • If your child was seen by a doctor who did not require them to do a PCR, then they can only return to school
    when they are free of symptoms and advised by the doctor.
  • If you choose to do a PCR test for your child, they can only return to school when they are free of symptoms, even if the test was negative. However, if the result was positive, a clearance certificate must be provided to resume face-to-face learning.

In the interests of health and safety, it is recommended that all children who are unwell should stay at home until they feel better.

Students and staff who return a positive PCR test must complete a 5-day quarantine and provide the school with a clearance certificate. A negative PCR test will not be sufficient in this instance.

Emergency Response Team 2022-2023

Louay Khatib
Proprietor
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Mathew Ashton
Mathew Ashton
Deputy Head - Middle School & Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Leanne-Fridd
Leanne Fridd
Principal

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Mike Davies
Mike Davies
Head of Secondary

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Jemma-Hudson
Jemma Hudson
Head of Primary
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Emmet Glackin
Emmet Glackin
Deputy Headteacher Senior School
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Linda Marmion
Linda Marmion
Assistant Head Year 1 & 2
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Mark Tiley
Mark Tiley
Assistant Head Year 3 & 4
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Will Fraser
Will Fraser
Senior Teacher - Assessment & Monitoring
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Dawn-Wearing
Dawn Wearing
Assistant Head Year 5 & 6
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Hannah Howard
Hannah Howard
Head of Foundation
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Frank Santos
Head of Department
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Ann Galorio
Health and Safety Coordinator
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COVID-19 Procedures

As you will be aware, all residents in the UAE have their own unique Emirates ID and for our children this is also registered with the KHDA. If a student or an employee were to test positive for COVID19 we are informed by the Dubai Health Authorities (DHA) on the same day that the positive patient would be informed.

An investigation then takes place, where the DHA and the KHDA work with the school to identify the best course of action. The first focus is identifying the close contacts of the positive case.

SCS COVID Contact Details – If you or your family are impacted by COVID19 or you have any questions then please email covid19_scs@safacommunityschool.com (this email is directly linked to the entire COVID19 response team to avoid families having to send multiple emails).

Please note that the school is required to follow the DHA pathway when returning to the school site after an illness, which is written below. We have asked the DHA for further clarification as we begin to enter the ‘flu’ season; however, at this stage we have been asked to follow this pathway as a precautionary measure.

Any illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and headache are directed to seek medical advice for further assessment and management including conducting a COVID19 PCR test. The school would require a copy of a medical clearance certificate or a negative PCR test before returning to school.

  • And upon return the student is also requested to be symptom free and will be checked in the school clinic for a quick assessment before going to the classroom.

We appreciate what a challenging time this is for everyone and we would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding during this time.

Emergency Contacts

COVID-19 Prevention & Control Policy 2022

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