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We realize that you have been anxious to hear from us but we have been waiting for the Governor to direct two agencies that DIRECTLY have jurisdiction over all NYS Driver Education Programs before we could answer your concerns.
Since our program is a SCHOOL-BASED program we must abide by their directives. I personally have contacted the NYS Department of Education seeking permission to at least have the in-classroom aspect of the course continue REMOTELY ON-LINE. Their response was that unless we have already completed 75% of the SPRING course when lessons were halted, we CANNOT. There is no way that any School-based Driver Education Program that starts each semester would qualify. Our SPRING course started the week of February 3 and we had to stop the program after March 14th.
Taking into consideration the winter recess (we had NO driver ed during that week)…..students enrolled in the course received 5 weeks of the 16 weeks of lectures and in-the-car.
At this point in time, we are forced to make some tentative plans, keeping in mind that we still await directives from those 2 agencies….First of all, any student who enrolled in the SPRING Driver Education Program has two options:
OPTION 1: REQUEST and Receive a pro-rated refund of $478 (11 weeks @ $43.4375); NON-CROSS student who enrolled in the Spring Driver Education Program. A CROSS student to request & receive a pro-rated refund of $465 (11 weeks @42.1875).
OPTION 2: Continue the course in the FALL or earlier relative to the directives, restrictions and time-table of the above-mentioned NY State agencies. TO BE DETERMINED
TO ALL those students who registered for the 2020 SUMMER DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE. Two options: Request & Receive a full refund OR enroll in the FALL or earlier relative to the directives, restrictions and time-table of the above-mentioned NY State agencies. TO BE DETERMINED
Please contact us via email at email@example.com to request Spring 2020 pro-rated refunds or Summer 2020 Summer refunds.
We thank you for your patience and apologize for the time it took for the above-stated response.
Mr. Michael S, Genovese
Driver Education Administrator
Saturday, June 6 was the scheduled commencement ceremony for the members of Holy Cross High School’s Class of 2020. While we were not able to gather together as we had intended, the administration, faculty, and staff were determined to celebrate and honor all of our graduates’ hard work and accomplishments.
Our principal, Edward Burns ’84, and his leadership team orchestrated a personal graduation ceremony for each individual senior and family. Over the span of several days, teachers and staff visited students throughout Queens, Brooklyn, and Nassau County to conduct a private ceremony for each graduate.
When speaking with Mr. Burns, he shared that “We wanted a way to celebrate each of our graduates in a meaningful way, allowing their families to be a part of this milestone. It was about giving each student the individual attention they deserved and to be celebrated.”
“Each one of our graduates was visited at his home, many of which were decorated with signs and special awards,” said Michael Truesdell, president of Holy Cross. “Lots of tears were shed … it was very heartwarming.” Education is so individualized. We need to reach out to each student and make sure we are fulfilling his potential … We did this because we care for them as an individual person.”
While the school still hopes to be able to come together as a community in the near future to celebrate, our students and families know the gratitude we at Holy Cross all feel in being able to be a part of their lives over the last four years.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Go Knights!
On behalf of the Holy Cross Community, we pray for the families of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breona Taylor in Kentucky, Steven Taylor in California, Dreasjon Reed in Indianapolis, Tony McDade in Florida, and Adrian Medearis in Houston as they continue to grapple with their tragic and horrible loss. Current events signify that there is still much needed to be done for our nation to come together and unite in the face of racism, and embody the values of justice and equality.
One of the many values steeped in the charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, founded by Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C. nearly 200 years ago, stems from our Catholic faith and the firm belief in the sanctity of human life. At this time of unrest following the unfathomable death of George Floyd and so many others, we stand united with all those who peacefully protest and demand change. As a community, we condemn the looting and acts of violence performed by a select few which detracts from the call of justice and equality for all. We also gratefully acknowledge the sacrifice made by those dedicated law enforcement members, and their families, who commit themselves to serve our communities while placing themselves in harm’s way.
We all can learn something of great significance from Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity. Mr. Jon Meacham in his recent book, The Hope of Glory, explains how the outstretched arms of Christ on the Cross represent an embrace of all humanity. We remain dedicated to the Mission of educating the hearts and minds of young men and women, regardless of race or creed. It is oftentimes the most difficult conversations are the most necessary to have, and our school’s leadership is committed to continuing the conversation with our students, and urging our families to do the same at home.
Black lives matter, and we stand with all the schools sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross around the world in prayer and support for the needed changes in our society to respect and care for all people.
Ave Crux, Spes Unica
Michael R. Truesdell
718-886-7250 ext 516
Edward P. Burns ’84
718-886-7250 ext 526
On Friday, May 1, 2020 members of Holy Cross High School participated in a live stream Mass from St. Augustine Church in Ossining, NY to celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. Special thanks to Rev. Jean Pierre A. Seon ’98 who was our celebrant. A recording of this event is available for all who were unable to participate Friday morning.
Ave Crux, Spes Unica.
Please feel free to skip past the first 6 minutes of the video as that was the period the WiFi / Internet connection was tested.
Holy Cross High School presents Academic Awards to students in recognition of their academic accomplishments. Students must pass all courses in a marking period to be eligible for academic awards. Minimum Grade is 70.