Policies & Procedures
The Parent Handbook is useful in helping you understand policies and practices at Al-Hadi. Please take time to read the handbook and discuss the contents with your children where appropriate. We encourage you to ask questions and share your ideas so that we may continually improve.
We take the safety of your child, our parents, and teachers very seriously.
- The entrance doors to Al-Hadi will be locked 15 minutes before/after the arrival times at 8:30 am (early morning extension drop-off), 9:30 am (core preschool), 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm (afternoon extension pick-up).
- Class teachers will have a cell phone on them at all times.
- All co-op parents must undergo background checks before aiding in the classroom.
- Live video-monitoring outdoors at the entrance of the school.
Be sure to check your email or follow our Facebook page to receive the most current updates on weather related cancellations and delays. We do not follow the Montgomery County Public School schedule.
Play is an integral component of our curriculum and so is the outdoors. Students will play outside in all weather conditions, barring extreme situations. Please provide warm jackets, hats, gloves, and boots.
Tuition payments must be postmarked by the 5th of the month. Tuition payments may be delivered personally at school, mailed, or paid online. Late fee will be charged if payment is received after the 5th of the month. Refer to Tuition Contract for other policies. Please refer all tuition and registration questions to the Registrar.
Keep your child home when the temperature is greater than 100F. 24 hour period of free of symptoms is a good rule.
- Notify your teacher so that other parents may be alerted of sickness and symptoms, which could spread.
- If the absence is due a serious illness, please bring a note specifying diagnosis and verifying that the disease is no longer communicable.
One or both parents may choose to become a co-op parent (grandparents and family members are also encouraged to become a co-op parent). All co-op parents must attend the co-op training session and undergo background check before aiding in classroom. Co-op parents aide on a monthly basis and the number of turns depend on your child’s class enrollment.
The classroom teacher(s) will guide you on how to work with the children. They may designate you a student to work with on a 1:1 basis, assign you a task(s), or have you work with a group of students at a given time.
If you cannot co-op on your scheduled day, you must arrange for a substitute yourself. We will provide you a list of co-op parents you may contact to arrange for a substitute.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do co-op parents teach? Co-op parents act as teacher aides and are not responsible for providing direct instruction. Co-op parents are provided a brief training session and plenty of guidance by the professional teachers within the class.
- How much notice is needed for early morning drop-off or afternoon extension? We ask parents to notify us at least 24 hours in advance.
- Is financial aid available? Yes, please contact us for more information. We're dedicated to supporting our community and would like to ensure that families desiring to be part of our co-op model are able to enroll their children. Our budget changes from year to year depending on our sponsors and funds available, so we are happy to go over the details with you.
- Is it OK to come and stay in the classroom to observe? Absolutely, parents are welcome to observe even if it’s not your co-op day.
- Are you affiliated with a masjid? Al-Hadi is not affiliated with any other masjid or organization.
- Do you provide transportation to field trips? We rely on our co-op parents and teachers for transporting students to and from trips scheduled during the day.
- Why don’t you offer full-time childcare? Currently, we are a part-time learning organization and have the capacity to provide instruction and care from 8:30-3:30 pm.
- My mother/aunt/nanny watches my child during the day. Can they substitute for me on my co-op day? Any adult that provides care to your child can become a co-op parent and become a teacher-aide on your designated co-op day as long as they have undergone the necessary background checks. Please notify us if your mother, aunt, nanny, or another child care provider would like to co-op for you so that we may provide them all the information needed in order to work with children.
- How many days will I been in the classroom? This depends on the number of students in the classroom. On average, there will be two to three co-op days in a month. More than one caregiver in your family may co-op, for instance you and your spouse may choose to rotate. You are only responsible for co-oping in your child's classroom, unless you'd like to be placed on our substitute list.
- What are some parent resources you recommend for dealing with toddlers and preschoolers? Throughout the year, we provide research articles, resources, and book recommendations to support our parents and teachers. We highly recommend the following two books: How to talk so kids will listen & How to listen so kids will talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish and Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.