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Al-Huda School administration and teachers hit the ground running in the face of the virus outbreak by closing operations and training to teach online Thursday, March 12, 2020 three-weeks before the scheduled Spring Break.

“I think it’s going to be a learning process for everyone,” Sister Zara Tariq, third-grade girls’ teacher said referring to Al-Huda School transitioning to online learning. “Kids will be exposed to things they haven’t known before.”

Al-Huda School teachers will be utilizing two platforms: Google Classroom and Zoom. Google classroom will primarily be used for assignments and homework, while Zoom will be used for live tune-in sessions and instruction. 

Students were advised to take home all textbooks when they were dismissed on Thursday, March 12, and staff began their online training the next day.

“We felt armed with information as we watched tutorials to familiarize ourselves with the digital learning world,” Sister Zara said. “By Monday, we had all been exposed to online learning and completed our video and microphone testing.” 

While Al-Huda School misses the smiles, energy and salaams of the students, Al-Huda School’s teachers are hard at work adjusting their curriculums. In less than a week, working long hours and weekends, the heroic teachers of Al-Huda School transformed in-class lessons into online sessions, and translated paper assignments into interactive online homework. Education is our way of life. Alhamdulilah for the ability to Iqra in all forms.

When teachers are determined to teach, and students are determined to learn, nothing can stand in the way.

Author: Amal Saadat