On Thursday, The Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia announced that the schools will reopen on 29 August 2021. The Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al Al-Sheikh stated the achievements the Kingdom has made since the start of the pandemic. He also reassured parents, students, and the staff that safety is the top priority during these hard times.
Previously, The Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia stated that students must be vaccinated in order to attend schools in person. Al-Sheikh said that “93 percent of students received one dose of the vaccine and 37 percent received two doses. For university and higher education, 85 percent of students received one dose and 59 percent completed their vaccinations.” For those who are not yet vaccinated, the teachers will upload the lessons on the ministry-approved Madrasati platform.
The minister further said that they spent SR1 billion ($266.6 million) to equip schools with all the necessary resources. They have also established precautionary health measures and are ready to welcome students back.
“If one student is suspected to be infected, they will suspend the class for a duration of 10 days. The educational process will automatically shift to online classes,” said Al-Sheikh. He also added that if two cases are confirmed in different classes, the whole school will transfer to online schooling immediately. The teachers are to upload daily lessons for students isolating.