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Welcome to AJYAL International School in Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi (AJIS).
COVID-19 has made everything look surreal around us: people wearing masks, people not shaking hands, people not hugging each other, and people not socializing. Most importantly, it meant that students, our students, were forced to stay away from campus for a prolonged period.
Last year saw a glimmer of hope: many students returned to face-to-face learning. We managed to welcome back more than 54% our students for FTF learning. Although we saw a few cases of COVID-19 among our staff and students, we can proudly state that our school did not have to revert to online learning (whole school) at all. We remained open the whole year.
This academic year promises to be a great one. A year when we hope to finally get out of this pandemic and return to normalcy. We’ve seen over 94% of our students wanting FTF learning, and that’s a great sign from our community; that they trust the school’s safety measures, and that they want their children to be back on campus to get immersed again in the on-campus learning experience. We have high hopes for a successful academic year, which from the looks of it, seems that way.
In order to achieve full return to normalcy, we need the whole community to work together. We need to continue minding the safety measures and H&S protocols set by the health authorities in the UAE. The United Arab Emirates has led the world in dealing with the pandemic, both in the precautionary measures and in the vaccination drive. We have a duty of care towards ourselves, our families, our community, and our country to maintain this stature. For that reason, I call upon all our parents and guardians to vaccinate themselves and their families, from the age of 3 and above. This is our way to say thank you to the country for all the sacrifices they did.
My message to you all: Vaccinate now!