Monday, April 12 marks the start of Ramadan. Currently our elementary students are engaged in both distance and hybrid learning, and secondary students are preparing to return to in-person hybrid learning on April 19. Many of our students and families will be observing Ramadan. We want to share guidance co-created with families and community around being mindful of our Muslim students who may be participating in Ramadan and how it may impact their learning during this month.
Last year we partnered with some of our Muslim families and community to help create guidance to schools on how to support our Muslim students during the month of Ramadan. Some key take-aways from our team include:
- Some students may or may not be practicing. This is a parent/student decision.
- Communication with families is important about what is happening and needed during this time (not making assumptions).
- Classroom topic of conversation/peer education will help students have open minds towards classmates.
- Prayers may occur during the middle of the day (be mindful of class meetings).
- Students may be practicing fasting and other aspects that are emphasized during the holy time.
- Be mindful of individuality of students (students are in the driver's seat when it comes to their practices).