APRIL 15 ISSUE (next issue April 29)

Message from Mr. Rinaldo,

Head of School

April 15 Final out.mov

IMPORTANT:

COVID-19 PROCEDURES

Testing Requirements for Students aged 4-11, returning from international travel

(no need for testing if your child did not leave UAE)

We have been requested to follow additional precautionary measures by ADEK and Health Authorities for students aged 4-11 (including Students of Determination) returning from international travel before physically returning to school:

Students returning from green-listed countries:

Students returning from other countries:

  1. Must show 96-hour valid negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to school

  2. Must submit a quarantine completion certificate from SEHA for one of the parents/guardians, which is issued upon removing their quarantine tracker/bracelet. This certificate can be obtained from the following locations:

                  • Abu Dhabi: COVID-19 Prime Assessment Center in Zayed Port

                  • Al Ain: COVID-19 Prime Assessment Center in Al Ain Exhibition Center – Al Khabisi

                  • Al Dhafra: Any of Al Dhafra SEHA hospitals

Testing options:

Students can choose to either get a non-invasive and painless saliva PCR test or nasal swab PCR test free of cost. Here is the list of drive thru centers.

Students must have their Emirates ID or Passport (if ID is not issued). They will also need a proof of travel (passport stamp or airline ticket).

For Students of Determination: Home testing service (includes PCR and saliva tests) can be requested by calling Estijabah Hotline at 800-1717 or DOH Hotline at 02-4493333

Student COVID-19 Testing Schedule for students aged 12 and above:

(attending school in person)

  • April 21 and April 22

  • May 1 and May 2

  • May 11 and May 12

  • May 22 and May 23

  • June 1 and June 2

  • June 12 and June 13

  • June 22 and June 23

Location: G42 Laboratory at Mafraq Hospital - Shakhbout City - Al Mafraq - https://goo.gl/maps/VqoLBirQAn43JCzP6

School Code: KS-9086

Timings: 07:00am - 10:00pm (Please note that the testing timing may change during Ramadan)

Please upload the results through Parent Portal: http://oasis.gemseducation.com

How to upload covid test results on Mobile and Laptop.pdf

What if my child feels unwell at school?

Non-COVID-related: If your child develops any symptoms during school hours:

  • The student will be flagged by the teacher and will be referred to the school clinic for triage. If child does not have fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms, Nurse will contact the parent to investigate any possible illness at home by family member. Depending on the condition of the child, parent may be asked to collect from school.

  • If student is sent home, parent must provide doctor's medical certificate for return to campus.

COVID-related: Your child will be considered as a suspected case of Covid-19, if displaying any signs and symptoms such as cough, fever or breathlessness and:

  • Child will be moved to Quarantine Room, where they will be monitored by a School Nurse.

  • Nurse will contact the parents immediately to retrieve the child from the school.

  • The school shall not administer any medicines to the child.

  • The school will inform the parents about the nearest hospital and COVID-19 testing center.

  • If the child tests positive for COVID-19, parents are mandated to inform the school so that they can take measures to secure the health of other students and staff who may have been exposed to the virus.

  • If child has siblings at GAA attending in-campus, they must be quarantined at home as well.

  • Student(s) will be able to return to school after 2 consecutive negative COVID tests and doctor's medical certificate.

COVID-19 Reporting Procedures at GAA

We remind parents of our safety protocols with regards to COVID-19:

  • What if my child or a household member tests positive?

  1. Notify school immediately by calling GAA's COVID-19 Hotline at 052 1048099 to enable us to activate appropriate response. Or email: pre_gaa@gemsedu.com

  2. Keep your child and other GAA siblings isolated at home for at least 10 days and follow the instructions of Health Authorities.

  3. Distance Learning will be enabled for your child.

  4. Child will be cleared to return to school once they have 2 consecutive negative test results, submitting doctor's note and results to the school nurse.

  • What's the Return to School protocol?

Positive case: They must show a Clearance Report from SEHA or their Health Care Provider confirming they are clear to return to school. This report shows the high-level history of the case including date confirmed positive, the 2 negative results and that the patient has completed the isolation period.

Contacts of the positive case: contacts must continue their 10 day home quarantine, even if they test negative, and are only allowed back in school after receiving 2 consecutive negative test results (approximately day 1 and day 8 testing).

We thank you for your continuous support.

Circuit X Event

Hudayriat Island

APRIL 23-24, 2021

Circuit X event.pdf

SENIOR LETTERS 2021

Here at GAA we have a tradition of collecting letters from seniors, their families, and friends, in congratulation of all that they have achieved through their 12 years of school. While we are not all currently at GAA, that does not mean we are going to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate our seniors.

This year, we have set up an email address specifically to collect these letters – SeniorLetters21_GAA@gaa-ad.com. Please include the full name of the senior in the email and in the subject line. An automatic response will be sent to verify your email has been received.

You can also write a handwritten letter if you wish. A box will be set-up at the reception for you to drop it off.

We will collect letters until May 20th.

NYUAD x Roots and Shoots

24th April

NYUAD X Roots & Shoots Earth Month Workshop Poster.pdf

NEWS FROM FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Dear Parents,

Term 3 tuition fee invoice is now available. Payment can be made online through Parent Portal or in-school. Please note cash counters will be open Sunday through Thursday between 9 AM – 3 PM (Ramadan Timings)

  • April 22 - Senior Walk

  • April 23-24: Circuit X Event at Hudayirat Island

  • April 24: NYUAD x Roots and Shoots

  • May 1: Re-enrollment fee deadline

  • May 12-14: Eid Al Fitr (subject to confirmation by UAE Authorities)

NYUAD X Roots & Shoots Earth Month Workshop Poster.pdf

GEMS Alumni App

As the GEMS community, we understand that it is not just mere nostalgia that we associate our alma mater with, it is much beyond that. Our GEMS alumni across 80 countries are doing amazing things and we want to celebrate their successes every step of the way! Download and join the #GEMSAlumni App today by clicking on the links below:

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

App Store : https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gems-alumni/id1496962338

GEMS_Alumni_Flyer_Jan2021[2].pdf

ABU DHABI SAILING ACADEMY

Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy is organizing Intermediate and Advanced courses for this coming weekend:

Friday, 16 of April , 2021

13:30h to 18:30h

and

Saturday, 17 of April , 2021

13:30h to 18:30h

It's a two days course.

Please let us know,who would like to give it a go.

NOTE: We may need to cancel the course because of the weather condition.

Contact Team ADSA:

Hristo Hristov, General Manager / Principal

Mobile: 050 614 1689

Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy, operated by Fairwind Sailing Sports Club

Mobile: 0504047688

UPTRADE WITH JTRS

Uptrade 2021.pdf

SAVE ON SCHOOL FEES

  • Facility to pay by credit card is made available. You can avail fee discounts by paying the whole years’ fees using your FAB GEMS Co Brand Credit Card.

  • FAB Representative Mr. Mark Henry (mobile: 0543144146, email: Mark.Gabrah@bankfab.com) will be able assist, if you wish to register for the above mentioned facility.

  • IMPORTANT!: Coordinate with FAB representative to ensure FAB records GAA tuition payment transaction(s) with the "12 months 0% Easy Payment Plan and no processing fee." Alternatively text "EPP" to number 2121 and FAB representative will be contacting you to arrange for Easy Payment Plan.

  • Use of Bank Points to pay school fees (For Emirates NBD, Citibank & ADCB customers).

  • Over 60+ new offers on the app allowing parents to save from the comfort of their home

  • Apple E-shop, with a curated list of Apple products & accessories for students. Offers great discounts and 8 GEMS Points for every AED 100 spent

USEFUL APPS AND WEBSITES

Please make sure you have downloaded GEMS Connect parent portal app for your convenience:

  • Pay fees online

  • Track your child's bus transportation

  • School communication (emails, newsletter, etc)

  • Submit requests (re-enrollment, Transfer Certificates)

  • GEMS Ambassador program (refer a friend, get 4% discount on school fees)

  • and much more...

GEMS Alumni App

As the GEMS community, we understand that it is not just mere nostalgia that we associate our alma mater with, it is much beyond that. Our GEMS alumni across 80 countries are doing amazing things and we want to celebrate their successes every step of the way! Download and join the #GEMSAlumni App today by clicking on the links below:

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

App Store : https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gems-alumni/id1496962338

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