Back to School Guidelines in Qatar: Public, Private Schools 2020/21 Academic Year

  • 6 months   ago

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that the opening of all public and private schools, including Kindergartens, for the 2020/21 academic year will take place in three phases.

Phase one - will be from September 1 to 3. Attendance will be limited to one-third of students body  in all grades.

The Educational Affairs Sector and Private Education Sector provided guidance on attendance to the public and private schools nationwide including specialized and special education schools.

Schools and pre-schools will need to notify parents, via different means communication, of the attendance mechanism for the first three school days. The importance of students' attendance should also be stressed.

The second phase will be two weeks from 6 to 17 September using the blended learning model.

The maximum attendance in public and private schools will be 50%. Students will be split into two groups and rotated over a course of two weeks.

Group 1 (50%) will attend in-person in the first week and study by distance learning in the second week. Group 2 will study by distance learning in the first week and attend school in the second one. This phase aims to continue with the distance learning experience and educate students about the significance of complying with the precautionary measures.

The third phase marks the in-person attendance of students full time (100%), starting September 20th.

all students at  public, private and pre-schools will attend usual classes at their schools. Precautionary measures will continue to be observed as instructed by the Ministry's Health and Safety Department, and in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.

In this context, Mrs. Fawzia Al-Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs, said that the gradual back-to-school plan aims to provide gap-filling lessons and student assessments. Parents, teachers and administrative staff in all  public schools will be introduced to the proper precautionary measures and social distancing practices. This will help us to safeguard the well-being of students and all concerned parties.

She pointed out that the phased-in plan for public schools included proposals for rotating attendance and class period schedule.

Mr. Omar Abdulaziz Al Nama, Assistant Undersecretary for Private Education Affairs, stated that the 3-phase back-to-school plan will allow schools and pre-schools to welcome students back after a long break and get them oriented on the precautionary measures adopted by the schools.

He added that that the Ministry had devised a set of requirements for the private schools and nurseries to meet as they gear up for the new academic year, They must ensure that a nurse is present at premises at all times. Isolation rooms must be dedicated for symptomatic students, teachers or staff members. Sufficient sanitizers must also be provided in all facilities and classrooms.




The Ministry stressed the significance of spending time during the first phase to brief the  students about the new attendance approach and called upon patents to engage with their children to keep them motivated and inspired to learn.