The COVID-19 pandemic sent shock waves through the education community, causing adjustments to the standard school structure in accordance with social distancing requirements. Holy Cross Preparatory Academy has met these challenges head on. Our highest priority has been the continued education of our students in a safe environment.
INNOVATING AND EVOLVING EDUCATION
HCPA was uniquely prepared for this situation due to the Cyber Day Policy that was already incorporated into our regular school structure. This allowed our administration to make the call to transition to online learning ahead of the majority of schools throughout the state. Our faculty is experienced in the use of cyber learning and is dedicated to providing a meaningful educational experience for all students via online instruction. This is a practice that has been utilized successfully in the past when HCPA has needed to close for inclement weather. Our 1:1 Technology Program provides each student with a Chromebook, and they are each set up with individual HCPA google accounts. Google Classroom is a tool that we use on a daily basis, which enabled our students and teachers to transition smoothly to the online-only environment with a high level of familiarity. Using student, parent, and faculty input, we have been able to operate remotely with a modified schedule that ensures our students continue to have a substantial, meaningful educational experience in a college prep environment.
CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
At Holy Cross, service to others is a cornerstone of the faith-based education that we provide. Our Lancer community's dedication to serve has been a shining beacon of hope during this challenging time. Holy Cross families stepped up to make sandwiches to donate to Cathedral Kitchen in Camden and collected non-perishable foods for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry in Burlington County. Meanwhile, our STEM teacher and students put their skills to use making face shields and PPE for healthcare workers on the front lines. As Lancers, we understand that during difficult times we need to care for each other, and we are proud of our students for their commitment to helping in their community.