PARKLAND, FL- The new season ushered in by the Coronavirus pandemic has created challenges nobody foresaw just a few months ago. Local schools and school districts are scrambling to make the best of the situation. And yet, many questions remain up in the air about how local schools will operate in the next school year, which is less than two months away.
Parkridge Christian Academy in Coral Springs was preparing to open their sparkling new facility just as the pandemic hit the community. Though the challenges have been significant, no building or campus is more equipped to handle the new COVID-19 related guidelines than Parkridge. The brand-new classrooms, music room, gym and auditorium are spotlessly clean and unused. The hallways are wide, the classrooms have easy-to-sterilize floors, and they have the new space to allow for better social distancing than most educational institutions.
Principal Josh Halulko says the pandemic created unexpected challenges, but the school is in the perfect position to meet local students and families right where the need is now.
"Public schools need to follow the guidelines that are being presented by the Broward Public Schools calendar," says Halulko. "As a local, cost-effective private school, we have the option of creating additional flexibility for our children and parents that need the help. Many homes have two parents working, and school days at home aren't a realistic option. We can help fill the gaps that are created within the schedule."
Another focus of Parkridge Christian Academy is diversity that reflects the multicultural area of Coral Springs and Parkland. One of the highlights of many families that enroll students at Parkridge are the hallways filled with students of all different backgrounds and ethnicities, while focusing on impacting the local community.
"We want our school to look like our community," says Halulko. "We're intentional about being diverse, and we've removed barriers that could prevent the multicultural makeup of our school."
Parkridge typically has 1-2 classes of students per grade level, from 12 months through 8th grade. The school was established in 2001 and is keeping an eye towards adding a high school in the future.
"We're positioning to grow the school and the church (Parkridge Church) to reach the community for Christ," summarized Halulko. "We want to make a positive impact in the community."
For more information, please visit Parkridge Christian Academy.