Ramadan: Important Information from the ES!

Dear Families,

As we approach Ramadan, the elementary school would like to give you a few updates about what to expect during the holy month. It’s very important to us that there is two-way communication between families and homeroom teachers about personal Ramadan expectations. As a school, we want to respect the holy month and support families.

School Hours: 

  • KG2 – Grade 5: School hours will be from 8:30 – 1:30 each day during Ramadan. All students must be picked up by 1:30 as no elementary student is allowed on campus past this time.
  • PK – KG1: School hours will be from 8:30 – 11:30. If your child is registered for After School Care, this will continue through Ramadan. All other students must be picked up from school between 11:20 and 11:30.
  • Children are allowed to arrive on campus at 8:10 in the morning as that is when supervision is available.

 

New Bus Timings:

The Transportation Coordinator emailed home new bus pick up and drop off times to each family this week. Please contact Mr. Louie Garcia if you need further information. transportation@uasdubai.ae

 

Care for Fasting Students

Please notify your child’s homeroom teacher if they will participate in the fasting tradition. 

Physical Education Class: Classes will run for a shortened 20-25  minute block. Students in grade 2-5 will have a free play swim unit during PE. If a fasting students opts not to swim, they may sit out. KG2 – Grade 1 will have all PE classes in the gymnasium with low impact activities as well. If a student is fasting, they may sit out. Additionally, PE teachers will be keeping a close eye on the health and welfare of all students.

Recess:
All fasting students will have the option to stay inside during recess times in an assigned supervised space. This will be a quiet and reflective space where students can relax and read. No electronics will be allowed during recess times.

Separating Non-Fasting and Fasting Students During Lunch:
All fasting students will remain in the building under supervision. This will be a quiet and reflective space where students can relax and read. No electronics will be allowed during this time.

Water Consumption: 
Students have been instructed to to follow the protocol of not drinking water in public. The school will do their best to honor the intent of Ramadan in this matter. Students in early childhood will continue to have access to water in their classrooms. Students in grades 2-5 will keep water bottles in their cubbies and access them during short breaks throughout the day. Water bottles will be allowed outside during outdoor recess times or in assigned non-fasting rooms.

Prayer Room: 
Students currently in grades 3 – 5 will not have access to the prayer room during the day.

 

Care for Non-Fasting Students:

Snack
Snack for non-fasting students will be outdoors during recess times. Please send a minimal healthy snack such as a piece of fruit or a nut-free protein bar.

Cafeteria – Lunch
During lunch, all non-fasting students will be in the cafeteria for a typical lunch time. The cafeteria is open during Ramadan.

Outdoor Recess:
Continuing with our guidelines for recess, all non-fasting student must continue to wear hats and have water bottles for outdoor recess. If a student does not have a hat, they are required to stay under one of our many shaded areas.

Indoor Recess:
Students will remain outside until the Real Feel temperature reaches 45 C. This is actively monitored using the AccuWeather app as it provides accurate information about temperature plus humidity. The school will mandate indoor recess if the Real Feel temperature reaches 45 C – students will be required to stay inside. This will be a quiet time where students are not allowed to use electronics.

We wish everybody a happy and joyous Ramadan! If your family plans on leaving school early, please contact your homeroom teacher to let them know.

Sincerely,

David and Amanda

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