Masks no longer needed in UAE schools

We are fully aligned with the UAE government’s plans to ease mask wearing in indoor settings, and support the idea of optional mask wearing in school.

While we hope this means we are now entering the post-Covid era, we recommend our students and parents decide whether or not they wish to continue wearing masks themselves. We will also be taking a sensitive approach to mask removal – and considering how this might impact our students’ mental health. As always, the health and welfare of our school community is paramount. But it will be wonderful to see our staff and students’ smiles again, and embrace more natural, open communication where possible. 

Ruth Burke, CEO and Principal of Swiss International School Dubai 

Swiss International School in Dubai 

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD. 

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland. 

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents. 

With a diverse student body of 1450 pupils comprising more than 75 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18. 

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too. 

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows: 

Bilingual 

A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect. 

Excellence 

SISD staff believe in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered. 

Sustainability 

Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment. 

Together 

In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life. 

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