Dear Teachers, Parents and students
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life during the last few weeks. I am extremely appreciative of
our students, parents, teachers, coordinators, staff, and administrators for
their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these trying times. A huge debt of gratitude also goes to all of our doctors, nurses, hospital employees, police force, and our state leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.
As you know, online learning for the students of Holy Cross School is in full motion. Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers. While it is our responsibility to continue to educate our children, we also want to compassionately take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and employees are enduring during this time.
Don’t worry about your students missing classes and regressing in school. Every single child is in this same boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are.
I would like to address few questions parents, students and teachers constantly ask me.
1. When will the school Reopen?
Honestly, i do not know when we will be able to reopen the school. We will wait for announcements in this regard from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and from our state Education Department. Im sure they will make wise decisions regarding when it will be safe for our children to be back to school.
2. Will there be Half yearly Examination?
I can’t say this for certain now, but as of now we are looking at 50 marks examination in early August, 2020. But again it will depend up on how early we will be able to reopen the school. If at all there be an examination, timetable and other details will be announced not less than 3 weeks prior to the date of commencement of examination. Revised Syllabus for this examination will be announced after we reopen the school.
3. Syllabus: Half Yearly and Final?
Most of the classes have already completed the half yearly syllabus through online classes and is proceeding with the Final term syllabus. This is because we don’t want the students to sit idle and we are not sure how much time we will get to complete the final term syllabus once we reopen the school. Please do not worry
about the division of half yearly and final term syllabus. It will be revised as per the time we have after reopening and the new syllabus will be supplied to Parents and students.
Regarding the syllabus of classes IX, X, XI and XII, it is upto CISCE to decide, as they are board examinations. Im sure the council will take appropriate steps in this regard.
4. Free Learning App
The school was able to roll out free online self learning app to students (Class I to class XII) from the 4th of April, with Extramark’s free learning app and it was extended to Nursery KG I &II on 19th April. It was free only for the month of April and if any parent want to purchase the product they may do so directly from the service provider.
5. Online Classes
After adequate training for the teachers we began online classes on 19th April, 2020. It was an attempt to impart lesson to the students during the lockdown period. We were able to cover the students from class -5 to class 12 with online live classes. The students have the opportunity to inter act with teachers online. The responses are quite satisfying as we have an average attendance about 70% in a class, of course the attendance varies from class to class. These are interactive classes. in case a student missed the live class he/she can access it in a recorded format as well. Notes for different subjects are also uploaded in the school website.
Online classes for students of Morning Shift (Nursery to class IV) are also regularly conducted. Recorded classes and notes and homework are uploaded in a particular portal in the school website and students and parents have access to this note and prepared classes by the teachers. The parents are free to access the study material as per their convenience. the notes are also available in the school website.
Revision classes for topics and chapters covered in online classes will be conducted once the school reopens, so that a student who missed online classes will not lag behind.
I want to appreciate the teachers of both Morning and Noon shift for their extra efforts to take classes online. I admit that the migration from real classroom to a digital class room has not been easy for teachers, but they have tried hard, inspite of not having a steady network or modern gadgets, the teachers are relentlessly trying their best to reach out to the students. And i request the parents to refrain from unhealthy comments and posts regarding the efforts of the teachers.
if anyone is facing log in issues kindly contact the school office.
6. Fee Reduction for the second quarter
Details of school fee deduction is uploaded in the school website.
7. Project Details
Project details for IX, X, XI, XII are uploaded in the school Website.
8. ICSE and ISC-2020 Board Examinations
The school is waiting for the council (CISCE) to announce the revised dates for the remaining examination of ICSE and ISC 2020 batches. As soon as the school gets the information of revised dates, candidates will be alerted through School SMS service.
9. Provisional Admission for Class XI
Details of provisional admission for class XI, (ISC) have been uploaded in the school website.
10. Office Hours
School office is open on all working days (Excluding Holidays and Sundays) from 9 AM to 12 Noon only. Kindly wear safety measures, strictly follow social distancing and follow the instructions of the security staff while visiting the school.
Meanwhile School is procuring and getting ready with sanitising equipments and chemicals. We will be ready to receive you dear students, teachers and parents once the government announces dates for reopening schools.
In closing, one of our main focus points for us as educators, parents and students during this trying times has been having a “growth mindset.” A growth mindset unlocks our ability to learn and grow especially during these challenging times. I request all of you to keep a positive mindset during these days of pandemic. I believe we all will be stronger when we come out on the other side of the COVID-19 Pandemic! History is being written! We hold the pen! Together, we will write the BEST story for our children!
Fr. Bobby John csc principal