As students in Saudi Arabia are ready to go back to school tomorrow Sunday 29 Aug,2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education reconfirms that students must be vaccinated in order to attend in-person schooling. Saudi Minster of Education,Dr. Hamad Al Al-Sheikh reassured parents, education staff and students alike that their safety is a top priority.
%93 of students received one dose of the vaccine and % 37 percent received two doses. university and higher education, %85 percent of students received one dose and %59 percent completed their vaccinations. ”Students who were not able to receive their doses will remain at home and classes will be uploaded by their teachers on the ministry-approved Madrasati platform. The minister said that SR1 billion ($266.6 million) was spent to equip schools with all necessary resources. and establish precautionary health measures to ensure educational institutions are ready to welcome back students.
“Where one student is suspected to be infected or (an infection) confirmed, the class will be suspended for a duration of 10 days, and the educational process will automatically be diverted to online classes,” said Al-Sheikh. These ruling are applied on all schools and educational institutions both public and private.
“if two cases were confirmed in different classes, the whole school will be transferred to online schooling immediately. For the safety of families and others, teachers will upload daily lessons to isolating students online to complete their educational program. As for elementary school students, the minister said that they will start the academic year remotely until Oct. 30, or until the Kingdom reaches herd immunity.