It's common knowledge that we need to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19, and although the past summer has helped some of us get accustomed to online learning, the fact of the matter is this. Schools are reopening. Not everyone has access to the internet. And the risk of the Coronavirus is still a very real and present danger. While we reported on the Ministry of Education's new rules that put hard limits on how many times classes can physically meet in a week and integrating a partially online element into the educational system earlier September, the Ministry of Health and Population are pairing these guidelines with new rules regarding school closures.

If more than one case of COVID-19 has been detected in a class within a two week period, that class will be closed down for no less than 28 days.

If more than one class has been closed down due to COVID-19 in a school within a two week period, that whole school will be closed down for no less than 28 days.

If the school takes place on a campus or complex, and it becomes closed down due to COVID-19, the rest of that campus or complex will close down as well.

Whether all the schools within a governorate can be pre-emptively closed down is outside the purview of the Ministry of Health; they can only close down particular classes and schools that meet the aforementioned conditions. The decision to close all the schools in a governorate will be based on the recommendation of the Crisis Management Committee.


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