Private School Reopening Policies and Guidelines for Academic Year 2021/22

Private School Reopening Policies and Guidelines for Academic Year 2021/22

The purpose of this page is to provide you with direct access to the latest updates to Private School Reopening Policies and Guidelines.

Latest Updates


09 February 2021

The following policy updates to the Private School Reopening Policies and Guidelines have been issued for the academic term commencing on 3 January 2021.

  • Extracurricular Activities: Whether operated by the school or by a third-party provider during or after school hours, extracurricular activities remain suspended on school premises.
  • Approved Disinfectants: Locally approved disinfectants may be used in place of EPA-approved disinfectants.
  • Criteria for Reclosure and Incident Management: The protocols for school closure and incident management have been revised.
  • Outdoor Sports: Light athletic activities may be held outdoors during times normally reserved for physical education with social distancing and PPE.
  • Converted Spaces: Additional safety and educational measures are required for classes/bubbles sharing converted spaces.
  • Parent Access: Parents may now enter school premises with a negative PCR test (valid 96-hour) or “emergency use” status on their AlHosn App. School tours for new and prospective parents may resume accordingly.
  • Increased Bus Capacity: Bus capacity has been increased from 50% to between 59% and 66%, depending on the type of vehicle, with continued application of all other safety measures.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 PCR Testing: All staff and students aged 12 and above (not including Students of Determination) who plan to physically return to school must undergo nasopharyngeal PCR testing prior to their return.
  • Physical Return to School of Persons with Chronic Health Conditions: Staff and students with chronic health conditions may now physically return to school with their physician’s approval and a signed risk undertaking form.
  • Maximum Class Size: The maximum number of students allowed per class has been increased from 15 to 30, with 1.5m social distancing and masks for Grade 1 and above. For KG, the class size is capped at 25 students with social distancing. Bubbles for younger children remain at a maximum of 10 students in addition to a dedicated teaching team.


Policy Dimensions


Policies and Guidelines that were Issued in July 2020

Private School Reopening Policies and Guidelines (PDF)                                                 

Here you can download the original version of the Policy and Addendum released on 20 July 2020. However, please note that some sections within these documents have been updated. You can click on the cards above to view the updates related to each section.