Dear Holy Cross Community,
Pursuant to the direction of New York State, our campus is currently closed to the public, and distance learning will continue for the rest of the school year. All on-campus activities are canceled as well until further notice, including the spring Driver Education Program.
Our decision was not made lightly.
In February, our school took a multifaceted approach to guarantee student, faculty, and staff safety. Rigorous cleaning and thorough daily maintenance of our campus provided a safe space for classes to continue. An on-campus program focused on sharing important guidelines from the NYS Department of Health and the CDC about how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the novel-coronavirus. Clear and consistent communication was used to share with our current student’s families that we were already prepared to transition to distance learning.
As the coronavirus continued its spread both abroad and here at home, a temporary closure of our campus became necessary.
However, our Mission of educating the hearts and minds of young men and women was not to be impeded by the threat posed by COVID-19.
Holy Cross has been at the forefront of marrying technology with pedagogical instruction. Every one of our students receives a Chromebook when enrolling at Holy Cross, and Google Classroom and the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) have been a staple of a Holy Cross education for years. When Holy Cross made the difficult decision to close our campus to the public days prior to the city-mandated requirement, our experienced faculty and students were able to smoothly adapt to distance learning.
The thoughtful implementation of our Distance Learning Website by our faculty and administration incorporates morning prayer, daily attendance, school announcements, and important messages from our school leadership. Although our school community is no longer currently meeting on campus, we remain as connected as ever during these uncertain times.
Our Guidance Department is available to all of our students during our campus closure and remains an indispensable asset in ensuring that students’ mental health does not suffer at the expense of their physical well-being.
As events continue to unfold, rest assured that we will navigate these uncharted waters together as a community of faith, and emerge stronger together at their end.
We continue to pray for all of the members of our community.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. André, pray for us.
Ave Crux, Spes Unica