Remote Learning Update
November 12, 2020
Dear Holy Cross Students and Parents,
I hope this message finds everyone in our Holy Cross family doing well.
As both the State of Connecticut and our local region continue to experience a spike in COVID 19 cases, we have been monitoring our own experience in the school. Holy Cross is, thankfully, staying healthy as a school community and remaining vigilant in following our safety protocols. Not surprisingly, however, this past week we have experienced a marked increase in the number of families opting voluntarily to go remote learning. We expect that number to increase.
Our preference has been and will continue to be on in-person learning, However, we also want to stay ahead of the trends we are seeing, particularly as we enter the holiday season. The increase in the number of families who are opting to learn remotely, in combination with the increase in social contact we can anticipate with the onset of the holiday season, travel and students returning from college, has led us to decide to move to 100% remote learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23 with a return to in-person learning here on campus on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Important related notes:
- Classes will be remote and online for a total of 27 school days (17 school days from November 23-December 17, 2020; and 10 school days from January 4-15, 2021).
- No Advisory & Community Wednesday on November 25th.
- Assessments, advisories and community day Wednesdays will continue along with all other academic requirements;.
- There will be no on-campus events or activities November 23, 2020 – January 15, 2021.
- We will reopen January 19, 2021.
- All students, teachers and staff should plan to take a COVID 19 PCR test between January 13-18 and bring the printed, signed, negative test result in order to return to school on January 19, 2021
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidelines regarding holiday gatherings and small gatherings.
- The State of Connecticut requires those traveling from affected states to self-quarantine for 14 days. This means that in order for you to return to in-person learning on January 19, the last day you can be out of state is January 4. For more information on the State's travel advisory, please click here.
Please keep in mind the new rules Governor Lamont recently announced. These include limits on private gatherings to ten people as well as the rules regarding out of state travel.
The CIAC also announced it is postponing the start of the high school winter sports season, which was scheduled to begin on November 21. The CIAC plans to meet November 17 to discuss a new start date for the winter sports season. As soon as we have any updates regarding winter athletics, we will advise everyone.
We will be offering all families an informational town hall on Tuesday, November 17th at 8:30am where we will discuss the transition to remote learning and take your questions. Please register for the town hall here. The full recording of the town hall will be made available for you to view on our YouTube page if you can't view it at 8:30am.
Holy Cross has been proactive in its efforts to stay ahead of the ever-changing landscape presented by COVID 19.The cooperation of our families, teachers and staff has been phenomenal. Our decision now to move to remote learning is a temporary, prophylactic measure aimed at bolstering the health and well-being of our students, teachers and staff. We will continue to deliver a high-quality learning experience during this time. I want to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and understanding.
Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino
- When will Holy Cross High School reopen for the start of the 2020-2021 school year?
- How will in-person learning be possible?
- What is a Digital Learning Cohort?
- What is your Daily Schedule? When does school day begin and end?
- How will you handle arrivals and departures?
- What if my student is going to be late/absent?
- Will COVID-19 tests be mandatory at the start of the school year?
- Will facemasks be required?
- How will students acesss restrooms? How will lunch be handled?
- Will students use lockers in the fall?
- What is your plan for athletics, arts and extra-curriculars?
- What are your cleaning protocals?
- Do I have to quarantine if I have traveled out of state?
- What happens if we have to return to Distance Learning?
- Can my son or daughter choose virtual versus in person learning?
- Will tuition be discounted if we go to a virtual/online platform full time in the next school year?
- Since recommendations from government officials and medical personnel are ever-changing, how dynamic and flexible is your planning?
- How do I protect myself and others from COVID-19?
If you would like more information, we invite you to watch this virtual town meeting with Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, President and Mr. Thomas Pompei, Principal where they go into more detail on our reopening.