COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

ASD is poised to react quickly and be agile to changing circumstances due to COVID-19 so that our students' education will receive minimal disruption. This means ASD is prepared to transition across a spectrum that includes 100% distance learning and full reopening on either side. In all circumstances, ASD will adhere to the directives and regulations of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), and other Dubai governmental agencies who are managing the pandemic nationwide.

Latest Health & Safety Updates

—Update Sept 15, 2020—

Remember to Maintain Physical Distancing

Parents and caregivers, please avoid congregating closely during drop-off and pick-up times and refrain from holding or attending large social gatherings. If you chat for 15 minutes while waiting for your children, and are within two meters of a person who ends up testing positive, then your children’s school attendance may be impacted. The latest data released from the DHA highlights that the vast majority of positive cases have been attributed to social gatherings, where people are not maintaining physical distancing requirements and are not wearing masks.

—Update Sept 15, 2020—

Contact Tracing

Please keep your children home and inform ASD's Health Office immediately if anyone in your household, or if anyone you have been in close contact with, tests positive for COVID-19. Please also inform us if anyone in your household, or anyone you have been in close contact with, is suspected of having COVID-19 and is getting tested. We will work with the DHA contact tracing team as we investigate positive cases and will inform you immediately if you or your family members are identified as close contacts.

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Dr. Omaima Ataya '94 is the School Physician at the American School of Dubai, and was part of ASD's first graduating class. View her Tips for Keeping Students Safe ».

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Symptoms may include: fever, body aches, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and sore throat

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 AND have a travel history to the following countries (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Singapore or Italy) in the past 28 days, OR have had close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19, then stay at home, call ahead and go to your nearest hospital listed above who can assess and test for the virus if indicated. Avoid travel except to get medical care.

COVID-19 laboratory testing is performed at Latifa Hospital national public health laboratory. You can go to the following hospitals listed below to do the initial assessment and collect samples for COVID-19 testing:

Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Mediclinic City Hospital
Mediclinic Welcare Hospital
American Hospital
Al Zahra Hospital
Saudi German Hospital
Latifa Hospital


If a person is in “isolation” then he/she has received a confirmed lab report of a positive COVID-19 PCR test. This means that the person is infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. An isolated person must stay in their room, use their own designated bathroom, and keep away from other family members. Typically the isolation period lasts for at least 14 days.

If a person is in “quarantine” then he/she has been identified as a “close contact” of a positive COVID-19 case. This means that the person may be infected with COVID-19 and therefore must stay at home away from others to reduce the risk of transmission if he/she is infected. The quarantine period lasts for 14 days, regardless of a negative test at any point during this period. If you are in isolation or in quarantine, then you may not leave your home. You cannot go to the grocery store or to the gym. You also may not invite friends into your home.

A "close contact" will be identified by the ASD Health and Safety Officer in collaboration with the DHA through investigating and interviewing. By definition, a close contact is someone who has spent more than 15 minutes within a distance of 2 meters from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Wearing a mask greatly reduces the risk of infection; however, it does not change whether or not someone is identified as a “close contact,” and that person must still quarantine for 2 weeks.

Absolutely. All the expert authorities, including the DHA, WHO, CDC, and AAP, strongly recommend getting the flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age by the end of October. This is especially important this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Children 6 months to 8 years of age should receive 2 doses if this is the first time being vaccinated against influenza, or if they have only received 1 dose of flu vaccine ever before July 1, 2020. The flu vaccine is now available at several medical facilities across Dubai.


Please do not hesitate to contact the ASD Health Office or the Health & Safety Officer with any questions or concerns. Together we will come up with the best plan for you and your family.