2021-22 COVID-19 POLICY AND REOPENING PLAN

August 9, 2021

ICN Noor Academy prioritizes the health and well-being of our students and staff.  In the wake of the 2020-21 school year, after having experienced online, hybrid and in-person learning through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned that personal interactions with teachers and peers is an integral part of students’ learning and well-being.

For this reason, our hope is to maintain in-person instruction as much as safely possible this year, inshaAllah.  To preserve a safe in-person environment, it is imperative that multiple layers of mitigation strategies are in place.  We recognize that varying needs and preferences exist among our school families, however, our responsibility is to ensure the safety of all students and staff by asking for your full cooperation in following the policies that have been outlined.  

Although the completed vaccinations are at 50.8% in Illinois, and 59.3% in DuPage County, the delta variant is still spreading, and children under 12 have not yet been vaccinated.  The COVID-19 policy for this fall is as follows.  If circumstances change, policies will be changed as needed, based on CDC recommendations, ISBE guidelines, and resources available to our school.

MITIGATION

Temperature Screening

Teachers will check each student’s temperature at drop off each morning.  The student must have a temperature of under 100.0 degrees WITHOUT use of a fever reducing medication in order to be admitted to the building. 

Face Coverings

  • Masks will be required for all students and teachers during school hours while indoors.
  • Masks may be removed while outdoors.
  • A teacher may temporarily replace her mask with a face shield or allow a student to lower his or her mask if a lesson requires the mouth to be seen or instructions to be heard clearly, such as in pronouncing letter sounds, however, a 3 foot distance must be maintained.

Testing

  • Weekly PCR screening in the form of a saliva test will be provided to our school by SHIELD Illinois.  Students or staff who test positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days.  Siblings of a student who test positive will also be required to quarantine. The start date of weekly screening is yet to be determined.

Building Entry:  Access to the building during school hours for parents will be limited

  • Drop off and pick-up will be via Carpool.
  • For late pickups and drop offs and early pick-ups, parents will wait outside, and student will be dropped off or picked up at the door
  • Events will be scheduled to accommodate smaller groups, such as one class at a time, instead of whole school attendance for families.
  • Building will be closed to public access except during Zuhr prayers.  Musallis will be limited to the Main Prayer Hall.
  • Daily cleaning services will be scheduled after Fajr prayers on school days
  • Lunch and snack will be inside the classrooms
  • Each classroom will be assigned a different quadrant of the gym for PE class, in order to facilitate contact tracing

ATTENDANCE

  • Students’ temperature will be checked daily by a teacher at drop off time.  Student must have a temperature less than 100.0 degrees Faranheit WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION.
  • Students with a fever of 100.0 degrees Farenheit or higher may not attend school (regardless of the appearance of any symptoms).  If a student becomes sick, parents must arrange for him or her to pick up as soon as possible.
  • Students exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory illness, diarrhea, or vomiting may not attend school until the symptoms have cleared.
  • A pediatrician’s note clearing the student of communicable disease or infection before returning to school, for students who have been sick with fever and other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, respiratory infection, or other infection.  This includes students who exhibit mild symptoms such as sneezing that are due to allergies.
  • We ask that children be monitored closely at home.
  • If a student test positive for COVID-19 in the weekly screening, they will be required to quarantine.  Students who have been in close contact with that student will be informed if they also need to quarantine, and for how long.

CLASS FORMAT

Restore Illinois Phase 5 or 4:

  • In-person.

Restore Illinois Phase 3 or below:

  • Switch to alternating days (A/B) schedule, to reduce classroom occupancy.  Families may voluntarily choose to switch to online for a designated number of weeks.
  • If conditions are not safe with lower occupancy, a switch to online instruction for all students will be announced for 3 weeks at a time.

TRAVEL

Students who have traveled outside the country will be required to quarantine at home for 8 days even if symptom free.

VACCINATION

Families are urged to get vaccines for all household members, ages 12 and above, and for children under 12 once the vaccine is available to them.

REFERENCES

Decisions are made by monitoring current state and regional health metrics and consulting mandates and guidelines as instated by the Governor of Illinois, Illinois State Board of Education, Center for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other sources available to us.  Some of these are linked below, for your reference.

Restore Illinois Plan

American Academy of Pediatrics

Illinois State Board of Education