Welcome Back to School 2021-2022!

Asalamu’ Alaikum.

Dear MIA Families,

We pray everyone had a joyous and healthy Eid!

With the start of a new school year around the corner, you’ll be receiving information about policies including our new Bring Your Own Device policy for Middle and High School students, the school calendar, and more.

As we eagerly prepare to welcome staff & students over the next couple of weeks, we wanted to briefly share our continued COVID-19 precautions and requirements entering this new school year.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions|Requirements

Although the vaccine is widely available for ages 12 and up, our elementary students are not vaccinated yet due to their ages, so we have to do our part to protect our staff & students (and their families) as we continue to be challenged by the effects of this global pandemic.

Negative COVID-19 Test Result Prior to the First Day of School:

All staff and students are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. A few options families may choose from are:

https://medicalcareone.com/

COVID-19 tests should be taken no earlier than August 23, 2021. Test results should be emailed to Sr. Rajaa at mia@mia-aa.org (Subject line: Child’s Name | COVID-19 Results) before the first day of school (Monday, August 30, 2021).

  Promoting Vaccination:

All students (who are eligible) and staff will be required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of school. A COVID-19 Vaccination Waiver will be provided upon request. Medical and philosophical considerations may be made. Once Covid-19 vaccines become available for children under 12, proof of vaccination will be required.

 Visitors:

Only students and staff will be permitted to enter the school building. Families may contact the school office or email staff if they wish to arrange for a Zoom or outdoor meeting.

? Screening Testing to Promptly Identify Cases, Clusters, and Outbreaks:

We will continue to use rapid testing on campus as appropriate per our testing policy. Periodic surveillance testing of vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and students will be implemented to help prevent outbreaks. We will continue to check temperatures and use our daily health tracker Fever Free to monitor illness trends in classrooms & the building. Families will be required to conduct the Fever Free screening before entering the school building.

Staying Home When Sick and Getting Tested:

Our policy includes updated quarantine guidelines for symptomatic behavior, exposure, and/or positive cases (God-forbid).

Contact Tracing, in Combination with Isolation and Quarantine:

We will continue to collaborate with the Washtenaw County Health Department, MIA Health Advisory Committee, and the CDC guidelines to follow best safety practices, keep abreast of the most current information, and inform our decision-making.

Our overall goal is to keep our students safe and healthy by encouraging them and their family members to mask up in and outside of school and limit their contact with persons outside of their own household.

Should there be a positive case in the classroom (God forbid), parents will be notified as soon as possible and the proper protocol for a positive case will be followed, including the possibility of moving classes online after exposure. Note: The quarantine period will be based on CDC and local guidance.

 Ventilation:

All classes will be equipped with: air purifiers containing HEPA filters and high-velocity reversible airflow window fans. Outdoor classes when possible.

 Physical Distancing:

Social distancing and cohorting will be implemented when possible.

Consistent and Correct Mask Use:

Masking will be required at all times (regardless of vaccination status).

Students will be required to wear face shields during lunch. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted. Ensure that the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides.

Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette:

Frequent hand washing will be incorporated into students’ daily schedules. Handwashing stations will be available for elementary students. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the halls and in the classrooms. Students will periodically be reminded of best practices (via teacher reminders and posted literature) as they pertain to respiratory hygiene/sneeze and cough etiquette.

Cleaning and Disinfection:

MIA will implement routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures that are in line with the CDC and local guidelines including the cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces every 2 – 3 hours.

 Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures:

The school is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students and staff during dropoff and pickup, in the classroom, during recess and PE, etc. To promote a safe and healthy environment, the following in-person protocol will be adhered to as indicated below:

1. Parents will conduct the screening with their student(s) on the FeverFree App on a daily basis prior to arrival at the school. You will be receiving an email from Fever Free inviting you to download and set up an account for the app.

2. When parents arrive at the entrance of the school, by 8:20 a.m., they and the student(s) will be required to wear masks.

4. Parents will be instructed to remain in the vehicle at all times during dropoff.

5. Verification of clearance from Fever Free will automatically be sent to administration. Once cleared, the temperatures of students (not fully vaccinated ) will be taken.  For the safety of all, only cleared students will be admitted into the building. Please be reminded, also, that parents WILL NOT BE permitted in the school building.

6. At dismissal time, parents will come to pick up their child(ren) from the elementary entrance and the middle and high school entrance. Elementary students will be brought to their vehicles at the elementary entrance. Middle and high school students will meet their ride at the main school entrance. As with dropoff, parents will be instructed to remain in their vehicles at all times during pickup.

7. Once the student is picked up, families will be directed to leave the parking lot from the exit gate at the rear end of the parking lot.

Please note that our policies may be amended based on local health trends and recommendations from the CDC and the MIA Health Advisory Committee (formerly known as the MIA RAC).

Should you have any questions, please contact us! We look forward to welcoming our staff and students in person on August 30th!

We ask Allah (swt) for success and well-being this upcoming school year.

Kind regards,

Sister Fayzeh Madani

Principal

Michigan Islamic Academy