Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How should I plan to drop off my child for school?
Drive into the office park with the AFA-approved traffic flow pattern.  Follow the directions of AFA staff and volunteers.  Arrive in the parking lot queue as early as 8:15 am.  Prepare to have your students exit the vehicle from the passenger side.  Parents may not exit the vehicle to assist their child(ren).  Staff members will be available to help students exit safely with their belongings.  Students walk to class on their own.  Students are marked tardy if they arrive in the school after 8:30 am.  
 
Hifdth students are required to arrive between 7:25 – 7:35 am for Hifdth classes.
 
What if I am late driving my child to school?
Timely arrivals to school are essential to a student’s successful morning start.  All students who arrive after 8:30 am must be escorted into the building by their parent.  Parents are required to sign the tardy log at the front desk.  Students with planned late arrivals must notify the school as soon as possible by sending a message to attendance@alfatih.org.
 
How should I plan to pick up my child from school?
Drive into the office park with the same AFA-approved traffic flow pattern used in the morning drop off.  Follow directions of AFA staff and volunteers.  Arrive in the parking lot queue no earlier than 3:15 pm Parents who arrive earlier than 3:15 are not allowed to park in the fire lane in front of the building, but must park their vehicle in the lot until AFA staff indicate that afternoon has begun.  Prepare to have your students enter the vehicle from the passenger side.  Students will be escorted to your vehicle by an AFA staff member or volunteer.  Parents are not permitted to exit their vehicles to pick up their children.
 
Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten students who attend ½ day, must be picked up inside the school building at 12:30 pm.  Parents must park in a parking space.  No parking is permitted at the sidewalk.
 
Preschool &  Pre-Kindergarten students with no older siblings enrolled in AFA and Kindergarten students with no older siblings enrolled in AFA will be dismissed at 3:00 at the HOV dismissal area.  Please refer to the dismissal map and locate HOV dismissal lanes.
 
How can I join a carpool to help with the morning and / or afternoon commute?
Sign up on our Carpool Survey and you will receive survey results for your zip code the second week of school.  Families plan their own carpool arrangements.  All carpools must be identified to the Main Office to help us dismiss your students to the designated adult driver.  Click here to join our carpool network. https://goo.gl/forms/YbYvd3c4jR6g0aE03

 
How will the school communicate news and information to my family?
You can expect regular and consistent communications from us through a school wide bi weekly bulletin “Community Connection”, Principal messages, teacher updates and the PTO Blast.
 
What if my child gets injured or feels ill during the school day?
AFA staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR.  Injured students will be treated with appropriate First Aid procedures.  If the injury requires first aid attention, parents will be contacted immediately via RenWeb email notification or phone call.  Students who become sick during the school day by developing a fever* and / or vomiting, will not be permitted in the classroom.  Students who leave school with a fever and / or vomiting symptoms are not permitted to attend school the following day.  Fever and / or vomiting symptoms must be no longer present, without the use of medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  Parents will be contacted for immediate student pick up.  *A fever is defined as a temperature greater than 100 degrees.  

Students will be excused from PE only  for valid reasons and with a written excuse. Parents can email attendance@alfatih.org or send a written excuse to school with their child. The AFA will maintain a record of excused PE absences.
 
 
What if my child gets sick at home?
In an effort to help ensure the health and wellness of our school community, students are not permitted at school if they have had a fever and / or vomiting within the past 24 hours.  Fever and / or vomiting symptoms must be no longer present, without the use of medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  Parents are required to notify the Main Office if their child is sick and will not be attending school.  Notification can be via email to attendance@alfatih.org or by phone prior to 8:15 am.
 
School staff will not provide acetaminophen, aspirin, antihistamines, or any other over-the-counter medications to students.  Students must not carry any form of medication in their belongings while at school.  Only emergency medications and inhalers are administered at school before school, during school, and after school hours.
 
How do I fulfill the required volunteer hours?
AFA parents are required to seek out volunteer opportunities during the school year.  Classroom teachers often ask for volunteers to help chaperone field trips, offer story time to young students, or assist with class activities during the day.  The Main Office helps coordinate school-wide volunteers to assist with morning arrival, afternoon dismissal, pizza days, the IT and School Health committees, special school programs, and routine tasks.  Email PTO@alfatih.org  to inquire about general volunteer opportunities available.  To respond to specific volunteer opportunities parent should respond to the individual/group that is coordinating the volunteer activity.
 
How do I contact my child’s teacher?
All AFA staff members have access to an AFA email address.  Please check the AFA website for the teacher’s email address.  If you have difficulty locating the email address, contact Info@alfatih.org for any email address needed.  Teachers can make and receive phone calls, or hold parent conferences, during their planning periods.  Please contact your child’s teacher for their availability.  Please refrain from initiating  conferences or confidential conversations about their child’s progress in school-wide programs like Open House, Back To School Night, Morning Arrival, or Afternoon Dismissal.  
 
How do I know my child’s progress in class?
Students in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten will receive two detailed progress reports, January and June, to document your child’s progress in an Early Childhood setting.  Students in Kindergarten will receive three detailed progress reports, January, April, and June, to document your child’s progress.  Students in Grades 1 – 8 will receive four report cards, every 9 weeks of school.  
 
A scheduled parent/teacher conference will be held for all students grades Preschool to 8th during the first week of November.  Further parents may request a teacher conference anytime before or after this planned parent/teacher conference.
 
Grades are updated routinely by all teachers in the online RenWeb system.  Students and parents of students in Grades 1-8 are encouraged to log in regularly to monitor student progress. Rising Grade 6 students and 7th & 8th grade students new to AFA will receive login instructions at Back to School Night. Students who have forgotten their account information may contact sulaima.kochaji@alfatih.org.

 
What if I have a concern about my child’s progress in class?
1-Contact your child’s teacher via email or phone  as soon as you notice a concern.
2-If issue is not resolved email Principal@alfatih.org for students in grades Preschool to 5th grade or for students in Middle School email HOSschool@alfatih.org.
 
What if I don’t have all of my required paperwork by August 26th?
If there are extenuating circumstances,  birth certificate viewing, school entrance health forms, and Tdap boosters may be extended. However, children with medical conditions requiring emergency medical plans and  medications cannot attend school until appropriate medication and documentation items are submitted accurately and logged in the system.
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