Press Release: Holy Cross Announces New Vice President, Finance

Holy Cross High School is pleased to announce that Mr. Denis Venturino has been promoted to the newly created position of Vice President, Finance. Mr. Venturino has been with Holy Cross since late 2017 when he began in a part-time position with the Business Office.

Following his move to the full-time department leadership role in January 2018, Mr. Venturino has guided Holy Cross in the movement of critical accounting and business management software from internal server-based programs to enterprise-wide Cloud-based solutions.

As Vice President, Finance, Mr. Venturino will serve as a member of the Senior Administrative team consisting of himself, the President, the Principal, and the Vice President, Institutional Advancement.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Denis Venturino, Vice President, Finance.


Michael R. “Mike” Truesdell,
President

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Holy Cross Releases Plan to Re-open

Our school has planned for three possible scenarios: Face to Face instruction, a Hybrid Model, and Distance Learning. In the face to face model, all students would be back in the building every day. Under the hybrid model, students would rotate between in-person instruction and remote learning. In the distance learning scenario, students would receive all of their instruction remotely. At this time, we are not able to fully reopen in a face-to-face scenario because of the constraints we are under with respect to social distancing guidelines. As such, we will follow a hybrid model. The information that follows illustrates the components necessary to operate under each scenario. All three scenarios are presented, with variations identified under the individual consideration when necessary.

Please CLICK HERE for Holy Cross’ plan to re-open.

Updated Plans for Fall 2020

Dear Holy Cross Community,

Over the past several weeks, we have continued to define our school plans for a safe reopening this September. We formed 5 taskforce groups, made up of faculty and staff, to study the feasibility of our reopening. The groups studied within State preliminary guidelines, three pathways to opening the school: Face to Face, Hybrid, and Distance Learning. Each of these three scenarios was evaluated by each of the 5 task force groups; Logistics, Curriculum & Instruction, Community, Catholic Identity, and Technology. The taskforce groups carefully outlined and addressed the needs, concerns, and strengths of each plan. I am extremely thankful to the 30 faculty and staff members who gave of their time to help the institution create the Reopening Plan which will be sent to the State for review and approval.

Our priorities for reopening remain centered on two critical concepts:

  • Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our community
  • Upholding our mission to educate the hearts and minds of our students

On July 13th, New York State released its official guidance on the reopening of schools for September 2020 and we are waiting for confirmation on our compliance with the state’s expectations which should be announced August 1-7, 2020.

We are pleased to share with you the following plans for fall.

These plans build layers of safety for our students, faculty and staff, offering the most effective approach for reducing risk to our school community.

Our team has implemented a variety of modifications to assist in safeguarding our school community’s health and well-being, should the State recommend in-person classroom instruction, including the following:

  • Student capacity will be reduced by 50 percent to support social distancing utilizing the hybrid model which students would rotate between in-person instruction and remote learning.
  • Students will be required to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan Agreement, including a commitment to follow all safety guidelines.
  • Students will be required to complete an at-home wellness check survey each morning prior to leaving for school. We will share more details about the testing process in the weeks ahead.
  • Visitors will be restricted to ensure that exposure risks are minimized.
  • Face masks will be required and students should maintain proper social distancing.

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With your health, safety and well-being in mind, we anticipate the following necessary precautions as daily requirements this fall:

  • Daily symptom monitoring: Through SchoolPass you will be required to complete a short series of questions daily to monitor your health and any possible symptoms of being unwell. Your responses will be kept confidential, and will only prompt a private follow-up from the school nurse if a risk is identified.

Preventive safety measures:

Social distancing: Six feet of distance must be maintained at all times. In instances where this distance may not be feasible, face masks or coverings will be required. Additionally, group gatherings, including events and meetings, are encouraged to be held virtually. Necessary in-person gatherings may not exceed size restrictions provided by state guidelines, which may evolve and will be monitored and updated as needed.

Face masks or coverings: Face masks or coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus, in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, hallways, lobbies, etc.).

Hygiene guidelines: Handwashing, sanitizer stations and frequent disinfecting of campus spaces will remain critical components of our fall return.

Precautionary tracking: The Medical Office will work with our local Department of Health, which will provide trained contact tracers, minimizing the risk of any rapid spread of illness. In the event that a positive case of COVID-19 surfaces within our community, rapid contact tracing will allow for timely notification and immediate self-quarantine of those exposed to the virus. In accordance with health privacy laws, only potentially exposed individuals will be contacted by tracers as needed.

Modifications to the Cafeteria

To ensure social distancing, we will be adjusting our cafeteria services to accommodate enhanced grab-and-go options and socially distant seating. We do expect the following modifications:

  • Redesigned seating layouts and capacity restrictions
  • Increased grab-and-go options
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of tables after each use

Student Experience

We anticipate a hybrid of student life offerings this fall, including both in-person and virtual events, activities, clubs, and organizations for students.

In order to ensure proper health and safety protocols are met, you can expect the following:

  • Gatherings will be limited in size to abide by State regulations, and may be reduced further for added protection.
  • Virtual meetings and events will be encouraged this fall.
  • Proper social distancing of six feet will be required at all times.
  • Protective face masks and coverings will be required of all participants during events and meetings.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Maintenance routines will include enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols, based on CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines. Cleanings will take place with increased frequency for classrooms, common areas, high-touch surfaces, offices and workspaces. In addition, the following can be expected:

  • Our Maintenance team will maintain hand sanitizer stations at building entrances, elevator stops and high-traffic areas.
  • All faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces before individual use with readily available products that meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface.

Things You’ll Notice

This September, you’ll notice a number of changes designed to protect the health of our school. We’re planning for the following adjustments this fall:

  • Six-foot distance markers, to help everyone follow social distancing protocol
  • One-way directional signage in walkways and stairways, to minimize close contact in confined spaces, at select locations
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available
  • Important safety signage, to remind our community of recommended hygiene practices and the importance of symptom checking

Personal Responsibility for the Community

These changes will require difficult but necessary adjustments in personal behavior and responsibility. The policies shared here and those still to come will help us maintain a safe learning and working environment for all students and employees.

We expect that all community members will:

  • Wear a face mask or covering at all times when in public spaces and unable to social distance from others.
  • Maintain physical social distancing of six feet or more, whenever possible.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Ensure regular use of hand sanitizer in between hand washings.
  • Cover one’s mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid participation in gatherings larger than stated guidelines and where social distancing cannot be maintained.

In order to ensure the safeguarding of our health and that of all our Holy Cross members, it is up to each of us to engage in appropriate health and safety measures. We will monitor the latest research and best public health practices and adjust our plans when needed.

As we adapt to these new realities and prepare for possible unknowns that lie ahead, we will continue to take a thoughtful approach to problem-solving. Your input and questions are welcomed at Learning@myhchs.org. If for medical reasons you are in need of additional considerations, please reach out to me.

I look forward to safely being on campus in September and will continue to update you in the weeks ahead.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica

Edward Burns
Principal

Prayer for the Summer

As we remain in a summer unlike any we have ever experienced before, we ask for God’s continued protection to see our Holy Cross family through the uncertainty until we all meet again at the start of the new school year. Let us pray:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Loving God, Your love and faithfulness, along with your goodness and mercy, surround our Holy Cross family of believers; so we will not fear whatever might come against us. Humbly we ask that the Light of God surrounds us. The Love of God enfolds us. The Power of God protects us. The Presence of God watches over us. The Mind of God guides us. The Life of God flows through us. The Joy of God uplifts us. The Strength of God renews us. The Beauty of God inspires us.All this, Lord, so that we come to the realization that where we are, God is!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

You are in the loving arms of The Father!
Have a Blessed Summer, Holy Cross.

Daily Prayer – Friday, July 3rd

On Monday and Friday of this week, the Catholic Church will celebrate the feasts of the Apostles, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Thomas. Our prayer theme this week will be to seek the guidance of those who walked with Jesus through His ministry; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and offering witness of the hope that believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will bring to each of us. We begin with the Apostle’s Creed.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Loving St. Thomas, the Apostle of Christ, as we celebrate your feast day today, we ask for your guidance in our pursuit for the grace that our God so graciously sets before us, but we sometimes fail too often to see. Your grief for Jesus was such that it would not let you believe he had risen unless you actually saw him and touched his wounds. But your love for Jesus was equally great and it led you to serve Him through His ministry. Pray for us that we may spend ourselves in his service and so earn the title of “blessed” which Jesus applied to those who would believe in him without seeing him.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Daily Prayer – Thursday, July 2nd

On Monday and Friday of this week, the Catholic Church will celebrate the feasts of the Apostles, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Thomas. Our prayer theme this week will be to seek the guidance of those who walked with Jesus through His ministry; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and offering witness of the hope that believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will bring to each of us. We begin with the Apostle’s Creed.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

O Glorious St. Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God.

With St. John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother St. Peter to Christ, and many others after him, draw us also to Him.

Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him, and dedication in His service.

Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Daily Prayer – Wednesday, July 1st

On Monday and Friday of this week, the Catholic Church will celebrate the feasts of the Apostles, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Thomas. Our prayer theme this week will be to seek the guidance of those who walked with Jesus through His ministry; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and offering witness of the hope that believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will bring to each of us. We begin with the Apostle’s Creed.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

O Glorious Saint Paul, after persecuting the Church you became by God’s grace its most zealous Apostle. You are God’s special vessel of election. Through your intercession we hope to receive from Him this special grace: (here make your request). God, you have instructed many nations through the preaching of the Apostle Paul. Let the power of his intercession with you help us who venerate his memory this day.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Daily Prayer – Tuesday, June 30th

On Monday and Friday of this week, the Catholic Church will celebrate the feasts of the Apostles, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Thomas. Our prayer theme this week will be to seek the guidance of those who walked with Jesus through His ministry; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and offering witness of the hope that believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will bring to each of us. We begin with the Apostle’s Creed.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

O Holy Apostle, St. Peter, you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His Church. Obtain for me I pray: lively faith, firm hope, and burning love, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be forever mindful of the strength Jesus gives me to carry on and endure.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen