Letter from Principal Burns – 5/4/20

Celebrating Our Teachers

“Zeal is the great desire to make God known, loved, and served, and thus to bring knowledge of salvation to others. . . . Teachers who possess it fulfill the duties of their profession with enthusiasm, love, courage, and perseverance.”

— Bl. Basil Moreau, Christian Education

Dear Holy Cross Families,

By now, we have all learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As such, the Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Holy Cross High School, will remain closed through the end of June. The distance and digital learning platforms in place will serve as the instructional program for our school for the remainder of this academic year.

I am very proud of our school which successfully transitioned to a distance and digital learning platform almost immediately upon the governor’s order to close all school buildings. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our teachers and the leadership of our dedicated administration, who rose to this enormous challenge. Our school has continued to provide each of our students with a faith-based academic program, ensuring that they are being challenged to learn every day. Our parents have also contributed immeasurably to the success of this new digital learning environment.

We will be working with our seniors and their families to ensure that the milestone celebrations will be honored and recognized. As we have done so far during this pandemic, we will continue to share resources for our families as we confront this challenging end to the school year.

The Coronavirus statistics indicate that both Brooklyn and Queens have been the hardest-hit areas in New York City and State. As a Catholic school community in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to pray for everyone’s health and safety. Our faith, love, and hope remain central to all we do now and in the future.

Edward Burns