Back to School Policy circular issued to ministries and federal bodies

As per the policy the federal government employees can avail a maximum of three hours leave per day to take their children to and from schools

Dubai: The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has issued a circular, calling on ministries and federal bodies to implement the “Back to School” Policy.

The policy provides for the granting of three hours leave as a maximum to parents, who are working for the federal government and have children in school, to help them have enough flexibility to take their children to and from schools, during the first day of school. The move will allow parents to start work late or leave early on the same day.

As per the policy, the three hours leave can be taken in the morning or evening or it can be divided between both timings.

As for federal government employees who have children in preschools and kindergartens, they may be given a morning or afternoon leave during the first week of preschool so that they can take their children to and from nurseries and for a maximum of three hours per day.

Aisha Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of HR Policies Sector, called on federal ministries and agencies to facilitate the work of parents and employees in the federal government at the beginning of the new academic year to enable them to accompany their children to schools and nurseries provided that it does not to affect the progress of work and provision of services.

She pointed out that this flexibility is granted in accordance with the regulations in each federal authority, which would help raise the levels of satisfaction and happiness and functional balance between social and professional life.

The policy is set to benefit more than 28,000 parents working in the federal government, with more than 90,000 children in schools, and more than 4,000 children under the age of five.

The Back to School Policy has been launched last week by the Federal Government, upon the recommendation of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing and in coordination with the FAHR.

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