Benedictine College Prep has officially closed its doors in response to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam requesting all schools be closed.
In an event that is described as "a once in a lifetime phenomenon," the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken over almost the entire world, with most countries reporting at least one case. Benedictine has closed its campus for two weeks; however, that could extend if the virus continues in the direction in which it is currently heading.
Benedictine Cadets have been using online resources in order to further their education. Utilizing resources such as Blackbaud, YouTube, Dropbox, Zoom and more. Students have been able to watch video lectures, receive worksheets and even create lectures, or podcasts, of their own in order to show mastery of lessons and chapters.
Benedictine has had very few closings this year outside of Days of Holy Obligation and teacher workdays. This is one of the first weather/nature related absences that the Cadets have been able to claim, having zero snow days this year.
Benedictine administrators and faculty waited as long as they could to close before it became clear that it was prudent to do so in the interest of their students' well being and health. Benedictine announced it would be closed for two weeks last Friday, at the very end of the school day.
While this development does bring up many questions about academics and grades, teachers are learning as well as students are learning it is "time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable," according to Mr. Foley (English Teacher). Teachers are learning to better use these resources that have never been used much since Cadets typically do not use computers in classes, and many students are learning for the first time how to truly interact with these resources.
Benedictine battles with the Coronavirus but the Coronavirus is no match for the Corps. Benedictine continues forward from this peculiar experience, and God-willing, will be back in school in 13 days.