Reopening Islamic Schools Safely

Reopening Islamic Schools Safely

As Islamic schools across the country reopen, school leaders are having to sift through mandates that, for some states, strengthen risk mitigation efforts, and at other times, go against leading health and science experts’ advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19.

To assist school leaders in understanding the science and best-practices of reopening schools safely, ISLA hosted a panel of medical and health experts on August 19, 2021. The panelists have worked with young children, school districts and local and federal government to help with reducing the spread of COVID-19.

If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the webinar here:

During the 60-minute discussion, all of the panelists stressed that local and federal health guidance should be followed; vaccines help reduce the severity of the virus, therefore it is advisable for those who are eligible to receive it; as many mitigation factors as possible should be implemented as possible by each school. The resource document below was compiled by the panelists and includes valuable links and take-aways from the session.

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Panelist Bios

Dr. Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq, MD is a Pediatrics Specialist in Del City, OK and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine medical school in 2008. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Integris Baptist Medical Center and Integris Health Edmond.

Dr. Ayaz Hyder is an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University’s College of Public Health. During the pandemic he has worked with the State of Ohio to help formulate a response to re-opening Ohio after the stay-at-home order in May 2020, and he has provided local data for local decision-making (e.g., changes in learning mode, Board approved plans for safe re-opening of schools) to 21 school districts in Central Ohio, including Columbus City Schools.

Shafiq Ahmed, MSPH, has over ten years of experience supporting healthcare data analytics, infectious disease surveillance, and managing large scale project as a subject matter expert. He is a Senior Management Analyst supporting Health and Human Services. He has supported the Defense Health Agency, and Navy Medicine in quantitative and qualitative health research. Shafiq holds a MS in Public Health focusing on Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases.


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