COVID-19 Information

Holy Cross High School closed its campus, starting Friday March 13. Online academic instruction began on Monday, March 16th. Our closure is indefinite at this time. We will keep the community regularly apprised of next steps regarding re-opening.
 

Online Learning

We are ready to proceed with online learning with all students and all current courses.   Having already gone BYOD (bring your own device) this year, our faculty have developed a robust and effective means for delivering online course content to all students.  There is an uninterrupted continuation of school and classes as we move to an online program.  

We are utilizing an online platform, Canvas, for learning. It is critical for students to know that even though they are home, they are still students, still taking classes, and still expected to complete all assignments and behave in ways expected of them as Crusaders.  We need parents to support this idea that closure of school does not mean that students are not still students.  

To log in to your Canvas Learning Management System:

  • Go to holycross.instructure.com (Google Chrome works as the best browser)

  • If a username/password is requested, it is your Holy Cross Google mail address/password.

Student Expectations:
  • Our eight-day sequence will not change.

  • By 7:30am each morning, teachers will post a ‘module’ in Canvas for each of your classes that would meet on that day.

  • These modules will be available to students all day and do not necessarily have to be completed during normally scheduled class time.

  • Students must submit all assigned work by midnight that night, unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.

  • Each module will include:

    • Instructional content that moves the curriculum forward (ie. a film to watch, a video presentation, an audio document, reading a primary source, reviewing a chapter in the text, etc.)

    • An ‘assignment’ and what is needed to complete that assignment (ie. a discussion board, an assessment whether formal or informal, a written response, an exit slip, chapter questions, etc.

  • Please utilize the “Calendar’ tab in the left margin of your Canvas main page to stay organized on due dates.

QUESTIONS? TECH ISSUES?

To all students, please email your teachers directly if you have any classroom questions. For all other issues including technical problems, please fill out this form.

General Wellness Advice

As has been mentioned in prior communications, everyone should be following important, basic steps to stay healthy:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.  Wash hands regularly, and definitely after touching high contact surfaces.  If soap is not available, use alcohol-based sanitizers;
  • Avoid shaking hands as a greeting
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Limit touching your face as much as you can
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue away
  • Students with symptoms of acute respiratory illness are urged to stay home and not come to school until they are fever free and symptom free.

Talking with Our Students
As a parent of a high school student, I have become increasingly aware of how the current situation can cause fear, anxiety and stress.  A common refrain among students is that they don't know what's happening and feel like they are not being told something. Perhaps the most important role any of us can take on at this time is to be a parent, with all that entails.  Here are a few helpful tips for all of us:

  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Assure your son or daughter that they are safe and that you and the adults at their school are there - and will continue to be there - to keep them safe
  • Make yourself available to your child and give them time to talk.  Just listening can be as important if not more important than having the answer
  • Stick with the facts when explaining the virus.  Kids - and adults - will often imagine that situations are worse than they actually are.  A good resource for adults can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
  • Discuss ways you and your children can stay healthy and protect themselves.
  • Make sure your son or daughter maintains a healthy diet, gets plenty of sleep, and exercises regularly;
  • Limit screen time and television viewing.
  • Maintain a normal routine, and don't miss an opportunity to do something that contributes to personal growth

For additional information on talking with our children, check out:  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource