AHES COVID-19 Information
AHES students will return to class in September for the 2021-22 school year with enhanced health and safety measures.
- December 07, 2020: Updated Guidance from Peel Health
- August 18th, 2020: AHES Publishes Back to School Plan and Learning Model Selection
- August 13th, 2020: AHES Releases Survey Results and Next Steps
- August 13th, 2020: Ministry of Education updates Back to School Plan
- August 4th, 2020: AHES Sends out Back to School Survey
- July 30th, 2020: Ontario Announces Back to School Plan
Updated Guidance from Peel Health
Peel Health have advised specifically, that all children with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms, must stay home, self-isolate and are recommended to get tested. Household members, including siblings, also must self-isolate while the symptomatic child is awaiting test results. This will catch COVID-19 infections even sooner and help keep schools and child care open for all children.
So what does this mean for AHES Students?
As a result of Peel’s updated guidance, we will have to send home any students that show any symptoms, along with their siblings. We appreciate our parent body’s cooperation in picking up their children as quickly as possible from school.
Children with any symptoms are encouraged to book a Doctor’s appointment and get tested for COVID-19.
Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- temperature equal to or more than 38°C
- feeling feverish
- fatigue or weakness
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of smell or taste
- abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting
- feeling very unwell
What happens after the Doctor’s appointment/test?
According to Peel Health, all people in your home must stay home from work, school and child care until:
Child’s test results return and are negative, or
Health care provider has identified another reason for your child’s symptoms, or
14 days have passed since the last exposure to the child who was not tested
Learning Models and Registration Status
In light of the requests to provide virtual schooling support for our students, we will be offering Hybrid online classes for the start of the Academic Year for Grades 3-8.
In last week’s survey, we received on average 3 requests per grade level. Additionally, 35% of those who requested virtual education indicated that they would be comfortable sending their children onsite if AHES was not able to offer any form of virtual education. Last year, by comparison, almost 30% of our students began the year as virtual students.
Please see a few important notes below about hybrid learning, and a form to register for this model of education. Responses must be submitted by end of day Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Given the extremely low demand in Casa, Grades 1, Grades 2 and Hifdh, we will not be offering online learning for these grades.
Onsite learning for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will cover all the subjects of instruction as in previous years, however there will be a number of adjustments made to create the safest learning environment possible. These include, but are not limited to:
- Cohorting: In school cohorts or ‘bubbles’ are created on a grade by grade basis. AHES took every precaution reasonably possible to ensure that students remain within, and are not actively interacting with other in school cohorts. This is achieved by:
- Creating Multiple Recess and Lunch Periods so that students remain within their cohort for recess and lunch
- Eliminating class rotations (students stay in their classrooms for all subjects)
- Eliminating locker assignments (students keep their belongings with them in the classroom
- Multiple Salah times and/or salah in class as space and time permits
- In class assemblies
- In addition to creating in school cohorts, students will also receive their own supplies (instead of sharing in groups) and will sit independently.
- For more information on other modified school logistics, please see Safety Measures and School Logistics
Hybrid learning involves setting up technology within a classroom to live stream the in-class experience to students at home. Hybrid learning works well when there are a small number of dedicated students online who can follow along with in class instruction.
Teachers in a hybrid classroom do attend to and support students online, but the focus of the classroom is on the bulk of the students, who will be in the classroom. Students will be able to clearly hear the teachers, and will be able to see what’s written on the board, and what’s being presented in class.
As hybrid teachers follow the in-school schedules, students at home will also follow the same schedule, which may include longer breaks during lunch, salah and recess times. Students may have the opportunity to participate in health classes, but Gym Classes will not be streamed.
Safety Measures and School Logistics
In order to ensure a safe return to school AHES will be undertaking the following measures:
- Creation of In-School Cohorts: As described above students are part of a ‘Grade based bubble’ and have little to no interaction with other students from other ‘bubbles’
- Staggered Recess and Lunch Times: In order to maintain outdoor recess, schedules are staggered to ensure only one grade is in one part of the playground at once.
- Minimized Hallway Traffic: With students no longer going to lockers or between classes, hallway traffic is strictly limited and directional.
- Water bottle Filing stations: available instead of water fountains
- Independent Seating: Students are seated independently to the greatest extent possible.
- Independent Materials: Students have independent materials to use as much as possible, instead of sharing them with their classmates.
- Limited Interaction with Subject Teachers: While subject instruction is still very important, subject teachers arein class for a limited time and in a way conducive to social distancing guidelines.
- Protocol to isolate, monitor student symptoms: Students will be monitored very carefully, and any student presenting with any flu-like symptoms will be isolated immediately and must be taken home.
- Non-invasive temperature checks: Student temperature checks will be non-invasive moving forwards.
- Masks and Face Shields: Staff and Students will be required to wear a facemask and/or face shield whenever social distancing is not possible, students in lower grades will be encouraged to do the same.
In addition to the points above, AHES will be considering:
- Longer Dismissal Window: School may also end slightly earlier in order to accommodate two dismissal windows to ensure that fewer students are in the hallway at once.
- Increased Custodial Staff: With increased custodial staff and longer hours, the school and high touch surfaces specifically will be sanitized frequently.
How long will the Hybrid Model be offered?
AHES will offer Hybrid learning until the end of the first term (January 2022), or sooner, depending on demand per grade.
Will my child(ren) get a Chromebook for Hybrid learning?
AHES Chromebooks are reserved for in-school use only. Students wanting to register for Hybrid learning must have a proper computer to be able to study at home properly.
Can my child(ren) join Hybrid Learning while we travel?
Travelling during the school year is highly discouraged as it can be very detrimental to student learning. Students must be enrolled in Hybrid learning to be able to attend classes online and travel will not be considered as a reason to join hybrid classes midterm
Can onsite students take advantage of hybrid classes?
In general, onsite students will not be permitted to join their mirrored hybrid sections unless they transfer into it. Exceptions may be made for students who may be required to quarantine or self-isolate based on the advice of a Doctor of the Region of Peel’s Health Unit.
Can we switch in and out of hybrid classes?
Students who register for hybrid classes will remain in the online section for at least a half-term at a time, and will not be able to switch back and forth between sections, or come onsite some days and attend online others.
WIll uniforms be required this year?
Yes, all onsite students will be required to be in full uniform.
What symptoms would require that a student stay home from school?
Parents are asked to perform daily screening of their children before arriving at school (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/). If the self-assessment directs them to stay at home and monitor their health or to get tested for COVID-19, they must not come to school.
- If your child is sick (has fever or flu like symptoms), please keep your at child home.
- If your child develops sickness during the school day, he/she will be asked to be picked up. He/she will not be allowed to join the school unless we get a doctors note that mentions your child is good to attend the school.
- Your child should be symptom free for at least 24 hours before they can come to school.
Will there be a discount for online education?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any additional discounts for students who opt for Hybrid learning. We will be making a technology investment to outfit classrooms with the appropriate equipment to support a strong learning experience Insha’Allah. Students will be guaranteed a spot onsite if/when the Hybrid learning model has ended.
If my child gets sick can they attend hybrid class instead of going to school or will they be absent?
This will depend on the grade of the child, in many cases the Virtual Cohort will be covering curriculum independently of the onsite cohort so a cut-over may not be possible.
Where can I get more information about testing my child for Covid-19?
What if my child has COVID-19 like symptoms at school?
A lot of the kids are suffering from anxiety, we would suggest having mental health workshops in addition to counsellors who are readily available for counselling?
We will be working with teachers and mental health professionals to address this element of COVID-19 and to ensure that students are comfortable and understand the reality around them, instead of being in a constant state of fear and paranoia.
How will Qur’an and Arabic teachers manage going from class to class everyday without the risk of spreading to multiple groups?
We made the schedules to ensure that Subject Teachers visit the least rooms possible, but also that in anyone room they are able to abide by social distancing guidelines to not mix with students of that cohort
What happens if the province closes schools completely again?
All classes would resume online immediately.
Will there be an After-School Program?
Until further notice, AHES will not be able to offer an After-School Program to protect the integrity of our in-school cohorts.