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Asalaamu Alaikum Dear Parents,
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 2-8.
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 and Hifdh, we will not be offering online learning for these grades.
How does Hybrid vary from the Virtual Schooling offered last year?
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 within 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.
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.
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.
Will there be discounted fees for Hybrid 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.
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.
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.
Will my child(ren) get a Chromebook for Hybrid learning?
AHES Chromebook 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.
Other important considerations:
The teaching strategies used in virtual or hybrid learning streams are different from those used in on-site learning, so students may naturally take some time to adjust. Parents are encouraged to keep open communication with the teacher(s) and support student learning at home regularly.
A student is required to have a very high degree of self-regulation, self-motivation, responsibility, initiative and independence to be successful in this mode of learning. This includes, but is not limited to; the student’s regular attendance to all classes, having materials organized including stationery, worksheets and books, having a working device (laptop/desktop) and microphone, keeping their camera on, participating in class, interacting with their teacher, not drifting away to other websites or engaging in social media chatting etc. at the time the classes are on, and maintaining a high degree of academic integrity in all forms of learning and assessments such as; quizzes, classwork, homework and tests.
Jazakum Allahu Khayrun