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COVID-19 Information and Updates

As-Sadiq Islamic School is committed to keeping our school community informed of latest school updates about COVID-19. This page contains information for students and parents about the re-opening of school the 2020-2021 school year including the Re-opening Plan, Frequently Asked Questions and Resources.

We are updating this page as information becomes available. Please check this page frequently.

Date of last update: Monday September 7th, 2020

OASIS RE-OPENING SCHOOL PLAN 2020-21

The OASIS Re-opening School Plan 2020-2021 (Aug 14, 2020) was developed in consultation with, and following the most current, sound guidance of the Ministry of Education, our local public health unit (York Region Public Health, and medical professionals in our community.

As-Sadiq Islamic School is re-opening for in-class/in-person instruction for which a comprehensive health and safety plan has been formulated. As-Sadiq Islamic School is also offering an option to register for a Remote Online Learning Program for Casa to Grade 12 students. This Plan provides a clear framework for a safe re-opening of our school and covers a comprehensive list of health and safety measures and information about the in-school and remote online learning program options.

This is a living document and is responsive to the COVID-19 situation and as such, may be updated as needed. If additional direction from the Ministry of Education and York Region Public Health is shared, the Plan will be updated accordingly and communicated to the school community.

Download the Remote Online Learning Requirements here.

Download the Mask Requirement Policy here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

We’ve compiled frequently asked questions to help address questions from families. We will continue to update this resource as we receive further information and questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as this is an evolving situation.

This is a working resource for parents/guardians and students. Check back often for the most up-to-date information. If you have a question that is not on the list, please email [email protected]

The FAQs were last updated on August 18, 2020. Download the latest draft of the FAQs as a PDF.

General
  1. Can I choose both the online and in-school learning platforms?
    • You are required to choose one platform for your child. You cannot be enrolled in both online and in-school learning programs simultaneously.
  1. How many children will be in each class?
    • Our class sizes for Casa to Grade 8 are a maximum of 22 students. This total number includes both in-class and online students. As per the Ministry of Education, class sizes have not been capped and are determined by the ability to physically distance students. Our maximums have been determined using this parameter.
    • Preschool has two (2) rooms with a maximum of 24 students in each room and one (1) room with maximum 15 students. These are Ministry of Education licenced rooms where capacity is determined by total square footage.
    • As per the Ministry of Education’s mandate, high school students will be divided into cohorts, with no more than 15 students in each class.
  1. How many days are students attending class?
    • Students must be registered for five days per week, whether it is online or in-person.
  1. Will personal exemptions be made on a case by case basis for families needing to switch between platforms?
    • This will be at the discretion of the principal, should the need arise.
  1. Is there a plan to alleviate the anxiety the students and parents will be having on the first day of school, especially if they are new to the school and meeting a stranger for the first time?
    • We understand that the first day of school is an anxious day for everyone. If circumstances would have allowed, we would have loved to have had our traditional first day assembly. However, the Ministry recommends that no parents be allowed in the building to protect the safety of our staff and students.
    • We are therefore organizing an online ‘Meet the Teacher’ session where students can interact with their teacher and peers and ‘visit’ their classroom virtually prior to the start of school.
    • We also recommend talking to your children about their new school and what to expect on day one, so they are prepared for what’s to come. You may wish to drive to the school and physically show your child(ren) the school building and where you will be dropping off and picking them up. This may help lessen any anxieties.
    • However, we do understand that this experience may be difficult for a new child and we will make exceptions if needed, on a case-by-case basis in the best interest of the child.
  1. Will a “Meet the teacher” be organized before the school starts?
    • Yes, an online “Meet the teacher” session will be organized with the students and the teacher prior to the start of school.
  1. Can a parent switch from online to the in-class platform?
    • As noted on page 14 of the Re-opening Plan, in order for the school to properly plan, parents are encouraged to remain with their selected choice of learning for their child unless they feel there is a strong need to change.
    • If there is a point where a family feels comfortable to return to the in-class program, they will have to seek prior approval from the principal to facilitate their return.
    • However, we will not allow students to move between platforms repeatedly as this will cause disruption to the program.
  1. Can a parent switch from in-class to the online platform?
    • As noted on page 14 of the Re-opening Plan, in order for the school to properly plan, parents are encouraged to remain with their selected choice of learning for their child unless they feel there is a strong need to change.
    • If there is a point where a family feels uncomfortable remaining in the in-class program, they will be allowed to switch to the online learning program. They will have to seek prior approval from the principal to facilitate this change.
    • However, we will not allow students to move between platforms repeatedly as this will cause disruption to the program.
  1. Will As-Sadiq be offering a bus service?
    • Yes, we are looking into providing bus service.
    • Physical distancing and mask use will be mandatory.
    • Bus capacities will be decreased.
    • We are awaiting final numbers for in class registration to determine which routes we will be able to offer and at what cost.
    • More information will be provided when it becomes available.
Health and Safety Measures
  1. What happens if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
    • Anyone who tests positive for COVID will not be allowed to return to school until cleared by Public Health and demonstrating a negative COVID test prior to their return.
    • As stipulated by the provincial government, all schools are immediately required to report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school to the local public health unit, York Region Public Health.
    • Public health officials will determine any additional steps required, including but not limited to the declaration of an outbreak and closure of classes and/or schools.
    • At a minimum, As-Sadiq Islamic School will follow the guidance of public health as related to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school, including COVID-19 testing protocols for close contacts of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
    • All parents will be notified of any positive tests, however confidentiality will be maintained. Please note, schools must provide any materials (for example, daily attendance and transportation records) to public health officials to support contact tracing and other activities in accordance with all applicable legislation, including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
    • This may involve the quarantine of selected cohorts and possibly the entire school.
    • The affected areas will undergo a deep cleaning following, but not limited to the guidelines set out by Public Health.
    • York Region Public Health will advise if mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for close contacts (teachers, students) of suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  1. Is there a mandatory COVID-19 testing protocol for teachers if a child in the classroom is ill?
    • York Region Public Health will advise if mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for close contacts (teachers, students) of suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  1. How will daily temperature checks be conducted for students?
    • Staff will conduct daily temperature checks on all students at the start of each day as part of the morning routine.
    • We will be using Medical infrared thermometers.
    • Staff will also maintain a daily log of all temperature checks.
  1. What is the policy for visitors who come to the building for salaat, funerals, Salam Café and ISIJ staff? Will they be using the same exits and entrances as OASIS students?
    • As noted in the Re-opening Plan, pages 7 to 8, As-Sadiq Islamic School students and staff are using the following doors to enter and exit the building:
      • Door #1 (Door of Zahra)
      • Door #4 (Salaam Café)
      • Door #5 (Door of Hussain)
      • Door #6 (Door of Sadiq, School main entrance)
    • Doors number 2 (Door of Ali) and number 3 (Door of the Prophet) are exclusively for use by Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) of Toronto community members and visitors including those who come for salaat/prayers, funerals, salaam café and others.
    • Community members and visitors will not be interacting with any of our cohorts.
  1. Are students allowed to wear face shields?
    • Yes, students are allowed to wear face shields. However, this is not mandated by Public Health.
    • Please note that face shields are not a substitute for face masks.
    • However, for students who prefer added protection, they may wear face shields on top of their masks.
    • At this moment, the provincial public health guidance and requirement is:
      • Students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear single use non-medical or a 2-layer cotton cloth mask indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.
      • Students in Casa to Grade 3 are encouraged, but not required to wear masks in indoor spaces. As-Sadiq strongly encourages students in these grades to wear masks.
  1. Are students in Casa to Grade 3 allowed to wear only a face shield?
    • Yes, students are allowed to wear face shields. However, this is not mandated by Public Health.
    • The school is encouraging the children in this division to wear face masks if possible.
Remote Online Learning
  1. If I choose the Remote Online Learning option, will it be for the entire school year, or is it flexible?
    • Our current plan is for the online program to be offered for the entire year. However, this may change based on circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
    • If there is a point where a family feels comfortable to return to the in-class program, they will have to seek prior approval from the principal to facilitate their return.
    • However, we will not allow students to move between platforms repeatedly as this will cause disruption to the program.
  1. Can I choose the Remote Online Learning option for the first couple of weeks in September and then switch to In-class?
    • Parents are encouraged to remain with their selected choice of learning for their child unless they feel there is a strong need to change.
    • If there is a point where a family feels comfortable to return to the in-class program, they will have to seek prior approval from the principal to facilitate their return.
    • However, we will not allow students to move between platforms repeatedly as this will cause disruption to the program.
  1. My child is registered in the Remote Online Learning program, will they have synchronized live sessions form 8:30 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.?
    • Yes, students enrolled in the Remote Online Learning program for grades 1-12 will follow the same timetable as those in class.
    • Students in the Montessori program will have the opportunity to participate in synchronized learning as well. Each synchronized learning session could range in length between 30 minutes to two hours. Students will also take part in individual online reading sessions with the teacher as well as individual presentations will be organized. A detailed timetable will be sent out closer to re-opening.
  1. If my child is in the Remote Online Learning program, how will the school ensure that while a teacher is walking and teaching, my child will be able to follow along and hear her clearly?
    • The school is currently working on upgrading our IT infrastructure to ensure clear transmission of the lesson to online students.
    • We have developed a platform that will allow the students to follow along throughout the lesson.
    • Teachers will periodically check in on students throughout the lesson.
    • As with any technology, there will be times where this may not be possible and every effort will be made to support the students during these periods.
  1. Will the children in the Online learning program be able to see the board/educational tools that a teacher may be using, in real time?
    • Yes, in most cases we anticipate this should not be an issue and where needed, teachers will make accommodations.
  1. When is the deadline to register for the Remote Online Learning program?
    • The deadline to register for the Remote Online Learning program is Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
  1. If my child is symptomatic or is just simply unwell, will we be able to switch to Remote online for that period of absence from school or will work be provided?
    • Yes, students will be encouraged to switch to remote online learning if they are absent from school.
    • This will minimize disruptions in their learning.
  1. If a student tests positive, will the classes become Online for all students in that grade?
    • At a minimum, As-Sadiq Islamic School must follow the guidance of the local public health unit. As such, if a student tests positive for COVID-19, York Region Public Health will advise on any additional steps required, including but not limited to the declaration of an outbreak and closure of classes and/or schools.
    • If a class is closed due to COVID-19, that class will switch to the remote online learning program for the duration of the closure.
  1. Will the packages for Montessori, grade 1 and 2 students who are signed up for the online platform, be available for pick up or does a parent have to print them themselves?
    • The package will be made available for pick up once a week. However, if you choose to print out the package, you will be able to do so.
  1. Will work be posted the night before or will a parent have some advance prep time?
    • Packages will either made available for pick up or be made available on Google Classroom in advance for Montessori to grade 2.
    • For students in grades 3-8, the work will be posted on Google Classroom in advance.
  1. How many breaks will the Remote Online Learning students have and for how long will these breaks be?
    • Students in grades 1-12 will follow the same timetable as those in-class, and will have recess, lunch and salaat breaks.
    • The Montessori students will have periodic breaks between their synchronized learning sessions. A detailed timetable will be sent closer to re-opening.
  1. For the students that select the online synchronous learning, will there be a separate dedicated teacher/separate class, or will it be the same teacher as who is conducting the In-class sessions?
    • Students in the Online Remote Learning program will have the same teacher as those in class.
  1. Will the quality of education be the same for those choosing the online option as for those who are in-class?
    • The quality of the education will be the same, however, there may be some limitations with some subjects.
  1. Will OASIS be providing the mandated 225 minutes of synchronous learning for grades 1-8 students as suggested by the Ministry?
    • Students in those grades will receive approximately 320 minutes of synchronous learning.
  1. Will the OASIS online remote learning program be the same as those in the Public board for elementary students?
    • Our students will be participating in live synchronous learning with the same teacher as those in class. They will follow the same timetable and curriculum as their peers.
    • In the public system, there will be different teachers for the online and in-class platforms.
    • This is why the public system has designated specific entry points to switch between platforms.
    • Our model will allow students to transition more easily.
Preschool
  1. Will I be able to pick up my Preschool child early for the first few days to make sure he/she is comfortable?
    • Yes, you will be able to pick up your child early. Kindly inform the school office in advance so that we can have your child ready.
  1. Can I drop off my preschool child to the class since they are new to As-Sadiq and will be upset in a new environment?
    • We understand that the first day of school and subsequent ones after can be anxious for everyone. If circumstances would have allowed, we would have loved to have had our traditional first day gathering. However, the Ministry recommends that no parents be allowed in the building to protect the safety of our staff and students.
    • We are therefore organizing an online ‘Meet the Teacher’ session where students can interact with their teacher and peers and ‘visit’ their classroom virtually prior to the start of school.
    • We also recommend talking to your children about their new school and what to expect on day one, so they are prepared for what’s to come. You may wish to drive to the school and physically show your child(ren) the school building and where you will be dropping off and picking them up. This may help lessen any anxieties.
    • However, we do understand that this experience may be difficult for a new child and we will make exceptions if needed, on a case-by-case basis in the best interest of the child.
Montessori
  1. If my child is in the Montessori program, how will the cohorts be placed? In one classroom physically distanced or in two separate rooms?
    • Currently both options are possible and are being investigated to offer our students the safest and best learning environment.
    • Students will be physically distanced in both scenarios.
    • The details of the program will be sent out soon.
  1. How will teaching be conducted with the separate Montessori cohorts? Who will be teaching them?
    • Both our teachers (lead and assistant) will be rotating between the 2 cohorts to provide equal learning opportunities and support to all students.
  1. Will the Montessori online sessions be live or recorded and will it be their own teacher?
    • The Montessori online sessions will be live.
  1. Can I drop off my Casa child to the class since they are new to As-Sadiq and will be upset in a new environment?
    • Due to the new health and safety measures, all students must be dropped off and picked up from the locations (doors) identified on pages 7 and 8 of the Re-opening Plan.
    • We understand that this is a challenging time for all, including our new students. We are therefore organizing an online ‘Meet the Teacher’ session where students can interact with their teacher and peers and ‘visit’ their classroom virtually.
    • We recommend talking to your children about their new school and what to expect on day one so they are prepared for what’s to come. You may wish to drive to the school and physically show your child(ren) the school building and where you will be dropping off and picking them up. This may help lessen any anxieties.
    • However, we do understand that this experience may be difficult for a new child and we will make exceptions if needed, on a case-by-case basis in the best interest of the child.
High School
  1. What are the options for my High school child?
    • Please refer to page 15 of the OASIS Re-opening school plan for high school options.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Parents and students are encouraged to stay informed and seek information about COVID-19 from credible sources such as:

COVID-19 in York Region: york.ca/covid19

COVID-19 in Ontario: covid-19.ontario.ca

COVID-19 Information for Canadians: canada.ca/covid19

Parent Resources

Here are some resources for parents to use to better prepare children for the new COVID-19 related routines when returning to schools:

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