Frequently Asked QUESTIONS


How will I know if school has been postponed or canceled?

In the event that we must delay or close school due to inclement weather, local television channels 4 and 7 will provide detailed information and schedule changes. HCCS follows the Espanola Public Schools delays and cancelations.


Can I visit or volunteer in my child's classroom?

We welcome and encourage parental involvement. When you wish to volunteer, please contact our school office for specific dates and time. Please sign in at the school office before proceeding to the classroom. We will issue you a visitor badge and provide any special instructions. Your participation sets a wonderful example for our students. We appreciate your interest and involvement.

According to the Archdiocesan Policy, any adult working with children must attend the Abuse Awareness Training. 

HCCS Parents agree to contribute a minimum of 20 volunteer hours. In the rare case that a parent is unable to meet our participation requirements, we collect a $200 fee to help cover classroom and event costs.


When will I have a conference with my child's teacher?

Parent/teacher conferences provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and unique needs with his or her teacher. You will receive notification of scheduled conference dates via student notices and our school calendar. You may also contact our school office to schedule an appointment whenever you feel the need. Involved parents make a big difference, and we welcome your interest and participation.


What time should my child arrive at school?

Holy Cross students should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m. Parents, we ask that you pick up your children promptly at the end of each school day (3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1:00 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Fridays). Our Extended Care Program will supervise students who remain on campus after that time.

Cars bringing or picking up students should enter the one-way driveway when entering the school parking lot.


Does Holy Cross offer extended care after school hours?

Yes, the Extended Care Program at HCCS provides a nurturing, loving, caring atmosphere with individualized attention. Interested parents should complete an application to reserve a spot. We provide snacks to all students in the Extended Care Program. Parents should pick up their children by 5:30 p.m. We collect a $5 late fee for every 15 minutes past 5:30 p.m.

Registration fee (non-refundable) - $80.00
Parents may pay daily, monthly, or yearly.

Daily:       $10.00
Monthly:  $130.00 (August & December are $65.00)
Yearly:     $1,080.00


What if my child is absent or tardy?

Absences and tardiness disrupt learning and can slow or even prevent your child's success. We encourage you to schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments during off-school hours. If an absence is unavoidable, please call our school office as soon as possible.

What is the dress code at Holy Cross Catholic School?

We believe that our students' appearance is an important part of the learning environment. We encourage our students to follow the following dress code and to avoid any potentially distracting or harmful clothing and accessories.

Dress Code/Uniform
We believe that standards of dress are necessary in our school. The HCCS dress code fosters mutual respect and pride in our entire school and community.

Boys- will wear:

  • Navy blue uniform slacks (no cargo pants or sweat pants)
  • Navy blue knee length uniform shorts
  • Pre-K – 3rd Grades: Short/long sleeve light blue cotton dress shirt or polo shirt
  • 4th – 6th Grades: Short/long sleeve navy blue cotton dress shirt or polo shirt
  • Navy blue/black (one fold) socks - must be visible and above the ankle
  • Solid black belt with pants/shorts
  • Plain, solid black, shoes 
    (We do NOT allow shoes with wheels as they damage the floor and pose a safety danger!)

Girls- will wear:

  • Navy blue skirts, skorts, shorts, jumpers, or uniform pants
  • Pre-K – 3rd Grades:  Short/long sleeve light blue blouse or polo shirt with collar
  • 4th – 6th Grades:  Short/long sleeve navy blue blouse or polo shirt with collar
  • Navy blue/black (one fold) socks
  • Solid black belt with pants/shorts
  • Plain, solid black, shoes 
    (We do NOT allow shoes with wheels as they damage the floor and pose a safety danger!)

During the cold seasons, only the following are acceptable for both boys and girls:

  • Navy blue cardigan
  • Solid navy blue navy jacket and/or the HCCS winter jacket (can be purchased through the school office)
  • HCCS hooded sweatshirt (outdoors only)

During the winter months, it is not acceptable to wear long sleeve shirts under a short sleeve uniform shirt; students should wear long sleeve uniform shirts.

T-Shirt Mondays

Every Monday students may wear their navy blue HCCS t-shirt (long sleeve shirt for colder months) with the appropriate uniform bottom, i.e. pants, shorts, skirt.

The following are not allowed at HCCS

  • No colored fingernail polish
  • No fake fingernails
  • No facial make-up
  • No jewelry, except studded earrings for girls
  • No body piercing
  • No tattoos (including temporary)
  • No artificial hair tails, Mohawk haircuts, or hair carvings
  • No colored, dyed, streaked, or bleached hair
  • No boy's hair longer than his shirt collar


What if my child needs medication or becomes ill at school?

Please complete a Medication Release Form in the school office if your child needs to take any medication during the school day. We do not dispense medication, including Tylenol, at school without a written order from a physician or parent. We request that students keep medicine in the school nurse's office, in the original prescription container, with the student's name on it. HCCS students do not carry medication with them when at school.

We will notify you if your child becomes ill at school. The best place for an ill child is at home in the care of an adult. If your child is ill or injured, please consult a doctor before sending your child to school.