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  • Important Enrollment Update!
    June 17, 2020
    Dear AFA Families,
    As-salāmu ʿalaykum.
    June 15th marked the deadline for signing Tuition Agreements and finalizing your student's enrollment for the 20-21 school year. ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh, the final step of our enrollment process is now complete!  Based on our current enrollment numbers we are moving forward with staffing placements for one section of each grade (KG - 8).  We are also beginning our resource allocations and planning for the coming school year.
    Please note that administrative offices will be closed from June 24 - July 31.  Any and all inquiries related to enrollment, transcripts, etc. will not be processed until after our return on August 3.  
    However, there is still time to reactivate your re-enrollment application before our offices close for the summer.  Families that request reactivation before June 20 will be processed by June 23rd,‘In shā‘ Allāh 
    If you decide you want to reactivate your child’s re-enrollment after June 20th, please note the following.
    • When your request is received, we will reactivate your existing re-enrollment application on or after August 3rd.
    • Previously paid re-enrollment fees will be applied (credited).
    • A new Tuition Agreement will be generated and sent for your signature. 
    Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.  
    Your child’s re-enrollment will be subject to the availability of staffing and seats at the grade level you are seeking enrollment for.  
    We cannot guarantee we will have the staff or seat availability to fulfill re-enrollment requests that are submitted later in the summer.
    Students whose families have failed to finalize their Tuition Agreements will be administratively withdrawn today. This includes families with blocked re-enrollment accounts. As noted in the Student Technology Policy, student Google and RenWeb accounts will be suspended upon withdrawal.
    For families that have made plans to enroll elsewhere, please be sure to submit your transcript requests to sulaima.kochaji@alfatih.org no later than June 23rd. Transcripts requests received after that date will not be processed until August 3rd, when we re-open.
    May Allah (s) bless us all with rest and rejuvenation through the summer and bring baraka to our school in every way. 
    Jazākum ‘Allāhu Khayran
    Wa as-salām ʿalaykum 
    Pervin Divleli
    Head of School

    CC: Sent via email on June 17, 2020

     
  • Now Enrolling for 2020-2021
    Now Enrolling for AY 20/21 Virtual School!
    KG - Grade 8 Applicants Welcome!
    To apply, click here.
    Information about our Virtual Learning Program coming soon!
  • Tonight! 6/3 at 6pm - Black Lives Matter @AFA
    We look forward to seeing you tonight (Wednesday 6/3/20) at 6pm Insha Allah!
    Imam Muhammad Magid will be joining the conversation with Tariq Toure. 
    The focus will be on Middle School students' age group. 
    The session will be live-streaming via Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/alfatihacademy/
  • Black Lives Matter @AFA
    Dear AFA Families-
     
    As-salāmu ʿalaykum. 
    We are saddened and frustrated by current events that have shaken our country. The horrific deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have only amplified an undercurrent of injustice and inequality that disproportionately affects African American brothers and sisters. 
     
    We know that there are some AFA families who are personally affected by these events, as well as others who are struggling to understand their role in working for justice in this country. 
     
    It is time to let go of the “all lives matter” talking point or that we are all colorblind as Muslims. We know the reality of our community’s shortcomings and know that racism does exist - even in the most subtle and imperceptible ways in how we treat others whose skin is a different color.
     
    This is a collective responsibility and each of us is obligated to do our part. This is the time to have important conversations with our children about our own biases and stereotypes, about how we may treat others based on these. We must talk clearly about how, as Allah’s creation, we stand up for justice when we see it trampled. 
     
    Some of you may feel that these are difficult conversations, or that your children are too young. But both research and practice point to the fact that children as young as 3 years old perceive and create impressions of one another based on our physical traits including skin color. Talking about this actually empowers our children to be more proactive about establishing justice in small ways now that will translate into bigger actions as they grow. 
     
    We have worked hard at AFA to be as inclusive as possible in our programs and approach. ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh we have had opportunities to train teachers on bias and racism as part of our mandatory orientation program. We have addressed issues of injustice and inequality through our core values as well as integrated curriculum objectives for years now. We have created resources and videos to bolster this work. 
     
    But we recognize the need to always improve and build upon what is in place as we grow and learn. We will continue to explore how to be better in teaching, planning, and interacting on issues of racism and injustice. 
     
    As we have in the past, we are monitoring students for their reactions and feelings about current events. We will be engaging Middle School students more directly on these issues. 
     
    Please plan to join us for a session tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00pm titled “Black Lives Matter @AFA: Our Role and Our Responsibility”. We will be joined by activist Tariq Toure who has led such discussions as well as community actions in our area. 
     
    Thank you.
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all from harm and from doing harm. 
     
    Wa as-salām ʿalaykum 
     
    AFA Admin Leadership
    Afeefa Syeed
    Pervin Divleli
    Ismail IbnAli
    Farah Imam
     
    Additional resources:
  • AFA Enrollment Timeline Changes!
    As’salamu Alaikum,
    As we begin to wind down the current school year and plan for the coming 2020-2021 academic year we have decided to extend the final stage of our enrollment process and are implementing changes to our usual fees schedule. By doing this, we hope  to ease the financial impact to AFA families as we all continue to deal with COVID-19. 
    • The extended timeline will allow families to make their first payment more than a month later than originally planned.  
    • Student Supply Fees, School Wide Supply Fees and Graduation fees will NOT be collected with the first month’s tuition payment as in previous years. 
    • Instead Fees will either be due in August or Supply Lists will be provided to families in the summer so they may shop for items themselves.
    Please note the updated deadlines below. These changes supersede the dates posted in the Enrollment Timeline that was shared in December 2020.
     
    Tuition Agreement and Payment Deadlines
    • June 1, 2020 – June 15, 2020:   Tuition Agreements Finalized
    AFA Families (returning and new) sign tuition agreements, thereby authorizing  the business office to schedule their first month’s non-refundable tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year. 
     
    • June 15, 2020:  Tuition Payments Due 
    First month’s non-refundable tuition  payment for 2020-2021 school year is due.
     
    • July 15, 2020:  LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW
    Withdrawals made after July 15th will require payment of the full yearly tuition balance.
     
    Payment Plan Due Dates
    • Annual (3% Tuition Discount Applies)
    Entire tuition balance due by June 15, 2020
     
    • Semi-Annual (3% Tuition Discount Applies)
    Entire tuition balance due in 2 payments (June 15, 2020 and December 21, 2020)
     
    • 10 Month
    First payment due June 15, 2020. Remaining 9 FACTS payments due at the beginning of each month from September 2020 – May 2021.
     
    • 12 Month
    First payment due June 15, 2020. Remaining 9 FACTS payments due at the beginning of each month from September 2020 – May 2021.
     
    Financial Aid
    • The Financial Aid Committee will notify applicants of their award amounts between June 1st and June 7th. 
    • Upon acceptance of their awards applicants will be required to complete their tuition agreement and make payments as outlined above.
    • Applicants who have been offered enrollment are expected to adhere to all enrollment deadlines.
    Thank you for your attention.
  • Parent Community Meeting 4/29/2020
    Thank you for attending yesterday's Parent Community Meeting where admin discussed Grading Plan for Quarter 4 & Special Ramadan Programs (incl. Regular Video Messages from Staff, Virtual Musalla on Mondays & Thursdays 5pm, Kahoot Games on Fridays 3pm). Please find links to: 
    Elementary Level Grading Plan Slides  & Video
    Middle School Level Grading Plan SlidesVideo
    AND Here's a great idea created by Ms. Shazia our Early Childhood Preschool Program Assistant Teacher!

    Alhamdulillah, I found everything on the list!

     

  • Zoom Community Meeting 4/15/2020
     
    T H A N K    Y O U 
    AFA Parents for participating in our Community Meeting this past Wednesday. 
    We shared your survey feedback about AFA Virtual School thus far and admin responses, as well as provided some updates on programs and academics. 
    Here is the video of Session 1
    Here are the slides from the presentation.
    Please stay tuned for info about future Community Meeting timings and structure as we determine what is most helpful to you.
    Check our website for updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular postings.
    Thanks Jia for another great reminder! 
  • Zoom Meeting Safety Precautions in Place
    As salamu Alaykum,
    We understand that there are some concerns regarding Zoom’s privacy settings and spamming cases that have come up in recent news. We want to assure parents that we take our students’ online safety very seriously and are working actively to stay informed and responsive to potential dangers. As an institution, we are committed to trying to model best practices when it comes to our technology use.
    Over the last week we have put the following measures in place with our teachers in direct response to these recent concerns related to Zoom meetings.  
    Meeting Links:
    • Our meeting links are not posted publicly (on our website or AFA social media). 
    • Meeting links and Meeting IDs are shared via email to parents and students only.  
    • We expect that parents and students do not share these links outside of the classroom or school community.
    Waiting Room Features:
    • Teachers have enabled the Waiting Room feature for their Meeting Rooms.  Students have been instructed that they are to enter a meeting with only their actual first and last name.  Participants who enter without proper identification will not be admitted by the Teacher/Host.
    • Teachers have familiarized themselves with options on Managing Participants. These options include:
    • Removing participants from the meeting and/or putting them on hold
    • Disabling video and audio of participants
    • Disabling private chat between participants
    • Controlling screen-sharing, file transfer, and annotation settings
    Passwords:
    • Teachers will create unique passwords to join Zoom meetings for the upcoming week and will share them via email or within their slide deck. This provides an extra layer of security on top of the Waiting Room feature.
    • We expect that parents and students do not share these passwords outside of the classroom or school community.
    Parents please review the following expectations with your child(ren):
     
    1. All students must log into their zoom sessions using only their real names
    2. All students must immediately comply if asked by the teacher to engage their camera
    3. Any students that do not follow these expectations will be removed from the session 
    4. Students will not share their zoom meeting links with students outside of their classroom or with any other individuals outside of the school.
    In addition to putting these security measures in place, we are actively exploring other options for video conferencing that may offer additional protection and safety for our students and teachers. We will provide further updates throughout this process. 
    We thank and appreciate our parents for their vigilance and keeping us informed of potential concerns as they arise.  
    Sincerely,
    Al Fatih Academy Administration
  • Important Change to School Calendar!
    As'salaamu Alaikum!
    Friday, April 3, 2020 is now a school day (previously scheduled as a teacher workday)
    Monday, April 13, 2020 is now a teacher workday (no virtual school for students)
    (Teachers and administration will use this day to finalize 3rd quarter grades and prepare progress reports)
    Don't forget!
     Spring Break is April 6 -10
    No virtual school during spring break
    AFA Virtual School Resumes April 14th
     Thank you for your attention!
  • Community Mtg. Video & Slides 4/1/2020

     

    THANK YOU...

    AFA Parents for participating in our Community Meeting this past Wednesday.  We shared tips and ideas for maintaining wellness at home. 
    Here is the video of Session 1.
    Here are the slides from the presentation.
    Look for a survey coming to your inbox to help us best plan and respond to any concerns you may have. Your feedback and questions are appreciated and valued!
    AND.....
    In case you missed it - April is National Poetry Month!
    Emaan in 3G Purple wrote a poem as her class is exploring the wide world of poetry with Ms. Rania.
     
    Can you see what word she used for her acrostic poem? And there's our school building! Send us your thoughts to share!
    #WeAreInThisTogether   #AFAVirtualSchoolRocks   #AFAStudentDeepThoughts
  • Community Meeting Video & Slides 3/25/20

    Thank you AFA families and students!

    ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh, many of you joined our second Zoom Parent Community Meeting sessions last Wednesday.  We appreciate the feedback and support that was offered through your comments and questions. 

    For those of you who were unable join us, you may access the Session 1  Video here (with a slide on questions from the second session) And the shared slides are here.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out to any member of our leadership team with questions and concerns.

    We're ready to help!

    Al Fatih Academy Administration Team

  • AFA-VS: Looking Back & Moving Forward
    Dear AFA Community - As-salāmu ʿalaykum!
    Insha Allah everyone is in good health and spirits. Please find here a recap of the first week of AFA’s Virtual School experience and a peek into what you can expect for the remainder of this week. 
    We welcome your feedback. Please plan to join us for our next Parent Community Meeting on March 25 12:00pm or 6:00pm via Zoom. The topic is “How Are We All Adjusting?”  Send us questions beforehand that you’d like addressed, or come to the meeting with them!
    VA Governor’s Latest Orders
    Earlier today, VA Governor Northam announced orders which include closing all VA schools through the end of the current school year.  
    Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24 VA Department of Education is expected to issue recommendations and guidance to schools on how best to move forward in response to the extended school closure.  We are in contact with the Virginia Council for Private Education which helps independent schools navigate such mandates. 

    Summarizing Week 1!

    Our first week of AFA-Virtual School is complete!!

    Alhamdulillah, it was a very productive week as teachers, administrators, and counselors worked diligently to gradually begin the on-boarding process with parents and students
    AFA administration continues to closely monitor these sources to determine how these orders will impact our school functions and plan moving forward.
    Teachers/Counselors:
    • Sent emails and/or videos sharing vital information, getting parent and students ready for AFA Virtual School experience
    • Email/video messages prepared & introduced parents to:
      • Schedules
      • Online platforms
      • Apps & websites
      • Login account information
    • Provided information for group as well as individual counseling sessions.
    • Reviewing curriculum and developing lessons for the coming week.
    Administration:
    • Sent regular emails sharing overview of the transition and implementation plan 
    • Hosted two online Zoom community parent meetings, giving parents an opportunity to understand the plan and ask questions. Video and slides were shared afterwards and are also on AFA’s site here
    • Created a page on AFA website to house parent resources AFA-Virtual School 
    • Created and shared first of regular admin video messages addressed to students
    • Guiding and supporting teachers as they plan units/lessons
    • Creating a schoolwide schedule of lessons, live sessions, videos, office hours, etc.
    Parents:
    • Reviewed teacher and administration emails
    • Logged into online apps and websites
    • Prepared a quiet area for their children to study
    • Attended an Admin hosted Community Meeting

    Looking Ahead to Week 2!

    We were excited to launch the first live Zoom sessions with our students this morning!
    It was wonderful watching students & teachers reconnect! We have a lot planned for this week.  Read below more for details.
    Teachers: 
    • Deliver first live sessions with students, with goal of orienting students to the Zoom platform (Grade PS-8)
    • Begin to conduct individual student check-ins using Zoom (Grades PS-5)
    • Email instructional resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning
    • Share links and activities that will allow students to practice and review past content
    • Begin limited hifdh live sessions at 8am Monday-Thursday morning
    Administration: 
    • Monitoring notification and guidance from VDOE/Governor’s Office/CDC
    • Providing support to teachers as they begin live sessions
    • Available to meet with parents by appointment between 9am-5pm.
    • Will host Community Meeting #2 on Wednesday March 25 at 12pm and 6pm [Let us know if you have questions you’d like us to address before then]
    Accessing Resources:
    • Visit www.alfatih.org select Academics select AFA Virtual School scroll down to access technology resource materials
    • Click here to view a video tutorial on how to access class specific Teacher Resources/Materials on RenWeb. 
    Supporting Parents on Tech:
    • Basic tech needs for virtual school include access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended. 
    • Any family needing access to a device may reach out to administration.

    Inspirational artwork by 8th Grader Jia

    As we mentioned during Wednesday’s Community Meeting, we are all in this together and with our concerted efforts we can meet the academic, emotional, psychological and mental wellness needs of our children insha Allah.  

  • Zoom Community Meeting Slides 3/18/2020

    al-Salamu 'Alaykum AFA Parents!

    Thank you to those parents that were able to join us on Wednesday, March 18 for our two Virtual Community Meetings. For those of you who were not able to attend, below you will find the link to the video as well as the slides that we shared.

    Click here to view the video.

    Click here to download the slides.

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

    AFA Administration

     

     

  • AFA- Virtual School - Let's Get Started! Week 1

     

    We Are in This Together

     
    Here at AFA we are deeply aware that these times are difficult on many fronts; we are all struggling to understand how to manage our lives at home in the coming weeks with stressors for adults and children alike.
     
    But we know that we must support one another as we move ahead with compassion, understanding, and trust. Insha Allah, we plan to share as many resources as possible for maintaining our spiritual, mental and emotional well being besides being concerned about our physical health.
     
    We also know that we might have to make changes in our daily lives that are outside a familiar norm but ultimately necessary for the greater good. Our obligation as Muslims is to faithfully believe Allah (s) has the wisest plan and what may be perceived as bad for us may in fact benefit us eventually. Alhamdulillah, we get some downtime family bonding and a slower pace to our lives! 
     
    We pray that we each are given guidance from Allah (s) to do what is best for ourselves, our families, and our world. 
     
    Overview of AFA-Virtual School Plan
    Virginia Governor Northam's latest order shutting down all K-12 VA  schools for two weeks includes specific guidance that impacts school functions during the closure and possibly beyond and it is explicitly understood that the Governor’s orders apply to private schools as well. 
     
    AFA, recognizing an effective transition to virtual school will take time and careful planning, has decided to use these two weeks to gradually orient and onboard parents and students to online learning, without introducing new content. This will allow us to focus on creating a strong foundation and streamline processes for an optimal experience for the third week and beyond. It’ll give us a chance to work out the kinks! But with patient perseverance and our best efforts forward insha Allah we’ll do great together!
     
    This approach also takes into consideration the possibility of additional school closures that may require us to provide virtual schooling for a prolonged period of time. Inshallah, we will be well-positioned to implement a more structured instruction plan that is being developed by AFA staff and teachers.
     

    Parent Involvement is Key!
    For the success of AFA’s Virtual School, we expect parents to be as involved as possible. 
    Parents and students with AFA email accounts must check emails daily for updates from teachers and admin in order to fully participate in the virtual schooling experience. 
     
    Teacher Office Hours
    • Teachers will communicate with parents how best to connect. 
    Admin Office Hours 
    • Admin will be available to meet with parents virtually (phone, email, video-conference) by appointment between 9am-5pm.  
    • Parents may email appointment requests directly to an admin team member.
    Please get to know Zoom here!
     
    Supporting Parents on Tech
    • Basic tech needs for virtual school include access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended. 
    • Any parent requiring assistance with online platforms, apps or IT related to AFA-Virtual School Plan should reach out to their child’s teacher or admin to request support. 
    • Any parents able and willing to help other parents with these should let their child’s teacher or admin know.
    Please see all updates on our website.
  • AFA E-Learning - Getting Ready! 3/12/2020
    Dear AFA Parents,
     
    As-salāmu ʿalaykum
     
    We appreciate the support and cooperation you have shown thus far and ask for your patience as we work through necessary details moving forward. 
     
    We understand some of you may have concerns and questions as we begin this next phase of our response related to COVID-19. This is to be expected as we’re all in somewhat new territory together!
     
    Teachers and administration are working diligently to create a comprehensive E-Learning Plan that will provide the best online education possible for each of our students. This curriculum will include most of what we do in school - the core subjects of math, language arts, science, social studies (both integrated and stand alone) as well as Arabic, Quran, Hifdh, PE, Art, and Guidance/Counseling. 
     
    We anticipate facing some hurdles as we get started with students, parents, teachers and admin adjusting to new and unfamiliar platforms, timelines and interactions. But ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh we are confident in our collective ability to use this opportunity to grow skills and understanding that will enhance the learning experience for our students. 
     
    Parents can expect that this experience will look different for different age students. Some students will require more parental support while others may be able to work more independently. In younger grades teachers will communicate expectations and instructions to parents to be relayed to students while in upper grades teachers will be in direct correspondence with students with parent oversight.   Initially, all parents will play an important role in setting up and supporting the process.
     
    Basic Tech Needs for E-Learning Curriculum: Access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended.
    Any families that require assistance with access to tech are asked to email their administrator who will work to ensure students have what they need to continue learning.
     
    General timeline you can expect with more details forthcoming:
     
    Today Thursday March 12
    • Teachers and students will gather all school related materials required for home learning to be taken home today.  
    • Teachers will not arrange to send materials home with relatives.
    • The materials of absent students will be gathered, labeled, and placed at the front lobby for pick-up:
    • Friday, March 13th between the hours of 8am - 4pm
    • Monday, March 16th between the hours of 8am-5pm
     
    Friday March 13: Teacher Prep for E-Learning
    • Teachers prepare E-Learning procedures and expectations. 
    • Parents please refrain from reaching out to teachers during this time to allow them time to concentrate and focus on their preparations.
     
    3/16-3/20 Week 1: Preparation and Communication of E-Learning
    • Parents can expect gradual roll-out over the week including basic communications regarding expectations, logistics, scheduling, technology requirements, e-learning platforms, apps, grading, assessments/tests, group projects, etc.  
    • Teachers will begin to make contact with students and parents as their plans solidify and not all classes will be contacted at same time. 
     
    3/23-3/27 Week 2: E-Learning Instruction Continues
     
    3/30-4/3 Week 3: E-Learning Instruction Continues
     
    4/3-4/12 Week 4: Spring Break
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation.  Please be assured that we will continue to communicate vital details and information throughout this process.  Please don’t hesitate to reach to your administrator with questions and concerns.   We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.
     
    Wa ʿalaykum as-salām 
     
    AFA Administrative Team
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents 3/12/2020
  • AFA Closed Friday, March 13 - COVID-19 Parent Notice 3/12/20
    al-Salamu 'Alaykum AFA Parents,
     
    Al Fatih Academy Administration along with the school board has made the determination to close the building beginning on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Expected return date as of now is April 13 after Spring Break. 
     
    Teachers and staff will spend today preparing students emotionally for the big change and gathering school materials and items that will be needed at home for online learning.
     
    Starting the week of March 16th classes will begin the transition to online learning. Parents can expect more detailed information regarding this transition and expectations from teachers during that week. 
     
    It is imperative that parents demonstrate a balanced and mindful approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic for children to likewise remain calm. We are responsible for alleviating their anxiety and giving them a sense of security and well-being. AFA counselors and admin will share more information and guidance on this aspect in the coming days. 
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all, give us good health and well-being, and guide each of us to be strong in our faith and fortitude. 
     
    Al Fatih Academy
     
    Administrative Team & School Board of Directors
     
    LINKS FOR AFA SPECIFIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION
     
    Al Fatih Academy Coronavirus COVID-10 Notices
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/12/2020
     
  • COVID-19 AFA Parent Notice 3/11/2020
    As salamu Alaykum AFA Parents,
     
    Please note that due to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus COVID-19  situation, AFA continues to monitor daily local, state, and national health and educational agencies to determine best practices and responses to mitigate its spread and impact. 
     
    In addition to previously adopted and communicated measures, the following adjustments to our daily activities and schedules have been put into place .  
    Some of these measures specifically allow us to prepare more concertedly for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure.  We strongly suggest parents explore childcare options if needed during potential school closures. 
     
    In the case that an emergency school closing becomes necessary, parents will be notified by text alert and email.
     
    SCHEDULING CHANGES
    Early Dismissal: Friday, March 13th @ 12:30:
    • No jum'uah prayer at school
    • No afterschool activities 
    • Teacher/staff prep for online instruction during possible school closure 
    School Closed: Monday, March 16th
    • No Hifdh classes
    • No afterschool activities
    • Teacher/staff prep for online instruction during possible school closure 
     
    ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR ROUTINES & PRACTICES
    Daily Dhuhr Prayer
    • As of today (3/11) we are suspending congregational Dhuhr prayer in the musallah until further notice and students will pray in their classrooms.
    • Prayer rugs will be provided and these will be sprayed daily and washed weekly. 
    • Prayer will be conducted consistent with regular congregational practices.
    Field Trips
    All field trips between now and Spring Break are suspended and evaluated on a case by case basis.
     
    Market Day March 12
    • As a precautionary measure we are asking that any food contributed for tomorrow's Market Day be store-bought and individually pre-packaged. 
     
    ONGOING PROTOCOLS
    Preventive Hygiene Practices
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Tissues are easily accessible in every room; students and staff are encouraged to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Hand sanitizer is available in every room in the school and students are encouraged to utilize it as needed
    Building Cleaning 
    • Our facility is professionally cleaned daily, this includes sanitizing all surfaces and touch points.   
    • Disinfectant wipes are located in all classrooms and teachers wipe down surfaces and touch points throughout the day.
    • Teachers encourage and give students ample time to wash hands thoroughly throughout the day.  
    • Disinfectant spray is applied to toys, materials, pillows, rugs daily.
    Attendance Reporting
    • Any student who is not feeling well should not come to school until they are symptom free without the use of medication.  
    • Students exhibiting signs of illness will be sent home to recover as needed. 
    • Parents must report all absences to the school. In cases where parents are unsure of what the cause of illness is, they should contact their health care provider.
    • We request that all attendance related notices be emailed to  attendance@alfatih.org.  
    • Please be sure to include your student’s full name, grade, homeroom section (green/purple), and the reason for the absence in your email.
    • Families planning or returning from travel are required to inform school administration.
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all from harm, give us all afiya/health,  and guide us through these difficult times. Ameen. 
     
    Wasalam.
     
    AFA Administrative Team
     

    LINKS FOR AFA SPECIFIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION

     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/11/2020
  • COVID-19 AFA Parent Notice 3/10/2020
    March 10, 2020
     
    Dear AFA Families,
     
    As salamu Alaykum.
     
    This weekend, Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Health  announced the first of several presumptive cases of COVID-19 in our area. Alhamdulillah, according to State Health Officials, affected individuals have had minimal contact with the general public and risk of contracting coronavirus in our area is still considered low.
     
    As this situation continues to evolve, Al Fatih Academy is  proactively preparing and responding to ensure a clean, healthy, and safe school environment for our students and staff.  Protocols we have in place are based on recommendations made by the CDC and local health officials. Please read below to learn more about what has been put in place.
     
    Cleaning Protocols:
    • Our facility is professionally cleaned daily, this includes sanitizing all surfaces and touch points.   
    • Disinfectant wipes are located in all classrooms and teachers wipe down surfaces and touch points throughout the day.
    • Teachers encourage and give students ample time to wash hands thoroughly throughout the day.  
    • Disinfectant spray is applied to toys, materials, pillows, rugs daily.
    Prevention Measures:
     
    Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses also apply to the coronavirus. Students and staff continue to adhere to the following preventive measures:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Tissues are easily accessible in every room; students and staff are encouraged to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Hand sanitizer is available in every room in the school and students are encouraged to utilize it as needed throughout the day.
    • Students and staff are required to remain home when sick.
    • Students and staff must not return to school until all signs of illness have passed. 
    We want to emphasize that anyone who is not feeling well should not come to school until they are symptom free without the use of medication.  
     
    Students exhibiting any signs of illness will be sent home to recover as needed. 
     
    We are both proactively and responsively engaging students on their understanding and knowledge of coronavirus related issues. This includes clearing up misinformation and reassuring them of what is in place for their safety and wellbeing. 
     
    Planning for possible school closure:
    AFA Administration has generated a comprehensive  response plan based on possible scenarios as related to the coronavirus.  These plans include how best to continue teaching and learning should an outbreak cause school closure with the goal of mitigating the impact on our students, staff, and families. 
     
    Our teachers are currently identifying online resources and creating action plans that will allow them to deliver content to our students should school closure become necessary.  Teachers will work with students to orient them to these various resources. 
     
    We continue to monitor the situation and will notify staff and families immediately of any interruptions to the school schedule. We appreciate your patience and cooperation, as we know this is a serious matter of concern to all.
     
    For updates and more information about coronavirus:
     
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all from harm and guide us through these difficult times. Ameen. 
     
    Wasalam.
     
    Pervin Divleli
    Head of School
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/10/2020
  • AFA Preparedness Update: Coronavirus 2/27/2020
    February 27, 2020
     
    As salamu Alaykum AFA Families,
     
    As news of the coronavirus spreads and concern grows we wanted to share information regarding how best you can protect your families from the virus and what we at AFA are doing to ensure that the school environment is as safe and healthy as possible.   
     
    Al Fatih Academy strives to ensure a clean and healthy school environment.  The AFA school facility is cleaned on a daily basis by our cleaning service.  In addition, our teachers and staff regularly utilize disinfecting wipes throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and students are instructed to use it as often as necessary.  Teachers and staff conduct daily health observations to assess the general health of each student, helping to identify students that may be unwell and need to remain home to recover. 
     
    As an added precaution, this weekend, AFA administration arranged to have our cleaning service conduct a “deep cleaning” that included sanitizing all surfaces throughout our entire school facility. We also arranged to have our cleaning service representative train our staff and teachers on how to maintain and disinfect items, toys, and other materials on a regular basis that are frequently handled by students.
    Al Fatih Academy Administration is closely monitoring both local/regional and national health agencies for the latest coronavirus related updates and recommendations.
     
    Alhamdullilah, currently, there are no cases of coronavirus infection in Fairfax County or in Virginia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time.  The Fairfax County Health Department has prepared this handout about coronavirus. Also, the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the CDC website.
     
    Currently, Al Fatih Academy administration is actively involved in generating response plans based on possible scenarios as related to the coronavirus.  These plans include staying informed and adhering to any new recommendations that may be released.  The plans also include how best to continue teaching and learning should an outbreak cause school closings with the goal of mitigating the impact on our students, staff, and families and allowing for continued learning. 
     
    As a reminder, during the winter season, other viruses that cause respiratory illness are common. Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses include:
     
    • Washing hands with soap and water frequently
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose,  or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Coughing/sneezing into the crook of your arm
    • And most importantly keeping students home when sick so as to avoid spreading illness to others 
     
    For updates and more information about novel coronavirus:
     
     
    Thank you,
     
    Pervin Divleli
    Head of School
    Al Fatih Academy
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 2/27/2020

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