ANNOUNCEMENT : Following the government’s announcement last week, we have had to close school and provision will only be made for children whose parents are classed as ‘key workers’. Please see below for further details.
I am writing following the announcement from the Government on Covid-19 which means that we are now obliged to close the school from the end of the day on Friday 20 March until further notice. Up until now, we have tried to keep school open trying to bring as less disruption as possible to the learning of children, despite the large numbers of children absent of recent.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We have prepared as best as possible for this inevitability and plan to deliver educational services throughout this period of national and global disruption.
We are faced with a challenge which we may have never dreamt of facing during our lives or that of our children. But everything is by the will of Allah. It is during these times we need to turn to Allah and place our reliance on Him.
This world is a temporary abode & we will all depart one day. The actions we do in this world are what we will take with us to the hereafter. Adversities are tests from Allah & it is crucial that we respond in a way which is pleasing to Allah. Under no circumstance should we abandon the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet (peace be upon him). At times like this, our values of compassion, empathy, generosity & unity along with our firm belief in and submission to Allah are what will determine our success.
During this time of closure, we encourage parents to take this as an opportunity to engage with your child and play an even more greater role in their learning. Children will also be overwhelmed by what they will see and hear over the next few weeks and months and it is imperative that we prepare our children well for such situations. This is the time to remind them of who Allah is and why it is important that we build our connection with Him. Spend time with your children reciting the Quran, praying to Allah, observing dhikr, istighfaar and salah. Children adopt the behaviours of those around them and we need to model for them such character which reflects that of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
As a school, this is a very challenging time for us and we pray that Allah gives us all the strength to get through this. Parents have always been supportive of this school and we continue to count on your support to help us get through this collectively. I have had a number of meetings with the staff at the school and we are all determined to do the best we can to ensure your child is affected as less as possible.
From the Department for Education:
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
The majority of our children will be at home, most likely for a number of weeks. The children are expected to continue their learning through home learning tasks. Yesterday we gave out home learning packs and we would like to thank you for coming in to pick these up. With the pack was a letter with information for parents. Please take time out to read through this letter as it includes vital information for you as a parent or carer.
Finally, I would just like to thank those of you who have been incredibly supportive of school in the past few days in what have been very testing times for us all. Your patience and understanding is very much appreciated. These are unprecedented times and I know how worrying this situation is and how hard these next months may be for families. I hope that together, as a school community, we will continue to support one another and make the best of the situation that we are faced with. During this period of closure, if you need help or support, please do get in touch via telephone or via email email@example.com
At this time there is nothing more powerful than prayer. As a Muslim community, let us remember all those less fortunate than ourselves and always keep in our hearts that, whatever Allah does, He does so in His infinite wisdom.
Stay safe and keep us in your prayers.
Al Ameen Primary School
Al Ameen Primary School is an independent Islamic primary school. Our ethos is summarised in our moto ‘learning together’. At Al Ameen, we aim to create a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment in which everyone can develop their abilities to the full. To this end, we share a commitment to ensuring children achieve their highest alongside developing them as confident, caring, active and responsible citizens within an ever-growing multi-cultural and diverse community, in which all take part and learn from one another. We aim to provide education within a caring environment where all pupils are valued and cared for by a team of committed and talented staff. All this we endeavour to facilitate for within a joyful, harmonious Islamic environment, which teaches love, respect and tolerance for all. We are a one form entry school teaching most subjects of the National Curriculum within the context of an Islamic ethos.
Al Ameen Primary School is located in the Tyseley area of Birmingham. The school is located within a densely populated area, close to amenities and works hard to bring in much needed services for the local community.
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Maulana Mohammed Aminur Rahman