Principal's Desk

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.

1. Online classes
The online classes are conducted through the Extramark platform for the Noon Shift and through Ecamp platform for the morning shift.Online classes are completely free. I request all of you to make use of this service for the continued learning of your child.

Anyone calling the parents and demanding money for online classes of Holy Cross School is a fraudulent call. Kindly do not heed to any such demands.

2. Mock Test for Students of Noon Shift
Our school teachers have started conducting mock/demo tests for the noon shift students as part of online classes. This is to prepare the students and teachers to familiarise to conduct and write an online test. The marks of Mock tests are NOT used for any further reference. We request the parents not to panic but please be patient with us. We are learning and we are together in this learning process.

Our teachers are learning this new system of assessment and trying their best to conduct the exams. Please be patient with them as it is a first time experience for them. I am sure they will be fully equipped soon.

We are also planning to have our second Unit test through the online mode.The schedule and Syllabus will be announced well in advance to the students when they are ready, Meanwhile I urge the students to attempt the mock test and learn how to answer an online test and submit them without any difficulty. The Instructions and tutorial videos and pdf files are available for your reference in the school website as to how to correctly answer and submit online exams, kindly view them.

We are getting many concerns over not able to submit the answers, poor network etc. kindly read well the instructions given in the school website and also go through the tutorial videos, and make sure of a consistent internet connection before you attempt these mock tests.

For a better user experience Use Google Chrome browser to log in and the mobile users kindly enable desktop site in the settings of Google Chrome.

3. Extramark Facility
We are using extra mark platform for our online class and tests. The log in id for the students are their registered mobile number and the common password is 123456. (after your first Login kindly change your Password for your own online safety).

We still receive lots of queries and requests for correction of these details. The last date for any correction in this regard is 27th June, 2020.

Please note that the registered mobile number works only for one user in the extramarks. If you have two children in the NOON SHIFT then you need a second phone number to be registered.

The registered mobile number functions as the login id only. You can login in through any device using that phone number, even if that phone number is no more functioning, or changed.

4. Attendance of students in online classes.
Teachers are instructed to submit the details of students attending classes everyday. I request the students to regularly attend your classes. We are also aware of different issues students, teachers and guardians face like: lack of consistent internet facilities, lack of devices, health issues etc. and we are considerate to those issues.

5. Class Tests for Morning Shift students ( I-IV)
We are thinking of conducting online class tests for primary classes in July, if everything in this regard goes well, through our school website: ecmap portal. It will be done through the home work section. Schedule, syllabus, and instructions will be announced well in advance when they ready.

6. Fee Reduction for the second quarter
Details of school fee deduction is uploaded in the school website, and I request the guardians to kindly clear the dues, if any, after deducting the concessional amount. The banks have been directed accordingly.

Thanking you. Hope everyone of you stay healthy.

Fr. Bobby John csc