Royal Approval Issued for Mechanisms of In-Person Education for New School Year

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Emanating from the concern on the safety of students, families and the community during the return to in-person education for the new school year 1443AH and in light of the recommendations of higher committees, the Ministry of Education has stated that a royal approval was issued to work according to the following mechanisms:

First: Regarding university education, Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and public education for students who are 12 years and older, it is mandatory for all public and higher education staff and students to receive two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter educational facilities. The Ministry of Health (MoH) shall provide vaccines to all those who have not received it, through a website allocated for this purpose. This should be completed before Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Second: The Ministry of Health will automatically book vaccination appointments for male and female students who are 12 years and older and have not received the vaccine.

Third: Regarding public education for students under 12 years old, all educational staff have to receive two doses of the Coronavirus vaccine. The in-person education will start when 70% of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s population receive two doses of the vaccine or by October 10, 2021, whichever occurs sooner will be the date of the return to in-person education for this category.

Fourth: The Public Health Authority (SaudiCDC) contacts and informs the Ministry of Education, universities and TVTC about necessary precautionary measures and health protocols that should be implemented for the in-person education. This shall be implemented within a period of one week.

The Ministry of Education will follow up with stakeholders to speed up the implementation of the directives.

The ministry stressed the importance of receiving two doses of the vaccine to return to in-person education, commending all people’s cooperation and concern for the safety of students and their families.