The overarching goal of our Diocesan Health and Safety committee is to minimize the risk of the spread of coronavirus disease, while also promoting healthy habits for our students and school families.
Please know that all of the policies and procedures that have been put in place have been done so to create the safest environment for both our students and faculty/staff. These procedures mimic those created by the Diocesan Health and Safety Planning team as well as the Holy Cross Safety and Planning Team.
*Holy Cross will not open until 7:20am each morning except for students who arrive by bus earlier than that time. Students who drive themselves or who will be dropped off by family, please do not arrive earlier than 7:30am.
*Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures recorded and then students will go to their lockers. If their 1st period classroom/Homeroom is not open, they will proceed to the auditorium where seats will be set, physically distanced. Students will not linger and congregate in hallways under any circumstances.
*There will be scheduled “Mask breaks” throughout the day by grade.
*Keeping in mind the fact that our students will spend most of their day in one classroom, it is our plan to have students NOT each lunch in those rooms. Depending on the Grade size, some entire grades may fit in the cafeteria while others will be split between the auditorium and cafeteria. Students will sit by
their cohorts. Although I understand the need to sit with close friends that may not be in your cohort, to do so would defeat the purpose of the cohort.
*Students will keep textbooks in their classrooms. They should not bring them home.
*Students may bring in their own devices, preferably Chromebooks, tablets, laptops. IPhones are strongly discouraged and will only be allowed with permission. Using your own devices allows the student to be comfortable with the same tool both at school and at home
*It is in our best interest to go paperless as much as possible therefore faculty will be utilizing Google Classroom and other tools found in Google Suite. Google Meet will be the format for conferencing and Zoom will no longer be used.
*Dismissal for the day will still be 2:30pm but will stagger the departures, first by busses, then by grade beginning with freshman. That dismissal procedure may start as early as 2:15pm
*Sanitizer in all rooms and entrances to the building
*Sanitizing wipes in all classrooms for use by both students and teachers
*An updated and rigorous cleaning schedule throughout the day completed by the maintenance staff. (We have recently purchased a sanitizing fogger)
*Water bottle filling stations have replaced traditional water fountains
*Windowless Air Conditioners have been purchased and placed in every classroom
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This plan is preliminary; as more public health information is available from the local, state and national agencies, the administration may work with applicable entities to release further guidance which could impact fall, winter, or spring seasons.
Any questions regarding the implementation of this plan should be directed to Mr. Al Callejas, Athletic Director @ 570-346-7541 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Benjamin D. Tolerico, Principal @ 570-346-7541 or email@example.com.
Please go to our Athletics page for the complete document and forms.
Cathy Chiumento, M.S.
Vice Principal of Holy Cross High School
Eric Deabill, B.A.
Diocesan Secretary of Communications
Kristen Donohue, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Kathleen Gilmartin, M.S.
Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools
James Jones, M.S.
Principal of Good Shepherd Academy
Katherine Lincoln, D.o., FAAFP, FACOFP
Wound Care Specialist, Chair of Clinical Quality Care Committee at Guthrie Hospital, and Parent
Michele Long, M.S.
Associate Superintendent of Catholic
Jason Morrison, M.B.A.
CEO / Diocesan Secretary of Education
Monsignor Thomas Muldowney, V.G.
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia
April L Troy, M.D. M.P.H.
Board Certified Pediatrician and Pediatric
Regional Education Coordinator for
Geisinger Commonwealth School of
Medicine, and Parent