COVID-19 Response

Holy Cross has moved away from an emergency response towards a model that more closely resembles post-pandemic operations. Under this approach, each member of our community is empowered to evaluate risks and make decisions based on their personal circumstances.

Vaccination

All Holy Cross students, faculty, staff and volunteers, except for those who have asked for and been granted an exemption, are required to be up to date with COVID vaccines before returning to campus for the spring semester. Up to date is defined as receiving all recommended doses of a primary vaccine series and any recommended boosters when eligible. A previous COVID-19 infection is not a valid reason for exemption.

Student Information
Faculty, Staff and Volunteer Information

Masking

Masking on campus is optional for all members of the community and visitors. One-way masking remains an effective way to reduce the risk of contracting pathogens like COVID-19. 

College employees may request that others wear a mask in their personal work space. Faculty members have the right to require masking in their classrooms, labs and personal offices. 

The College will shift back to a mask mandate as recommended by the Public Health RN in response to an outbreak, or if required at the local or national level. 

We strongly recommend masking for all close contacts for 10 full days after the most recent exposure to a COVID positive person, or for anyone who is unvaccinated, immunocompromised, over the age of 75, or who lives and/or works closely with others who are immunocompromised or over the age of 75.

Testing and what to do if you test positive

Campus members are asked to monitor their own symptoms and, when necessary, arrange for their own testing. Through summer 2022, the College is making at-home rapid test kits available to faculty, staff, and students. 

Tests can be picked up Monday through Friday:  

  • 8 a.m. - noon on the 3rd floor in Hogan (across from the previous testing center space)
  • 2 - 4 p.m. in Hogan 503

Students

PCR testing will be available in Health Services for students who are exposed to COVID or who have active symptoms.  

Students who test positive will be required to isolate for a time period consistent with the CDC guidelines in effect at the time. Students who test positive will be asked to isolate off campus if at all possible. Those who cannot isolate off-campus will isolate in their dorm room. The College will reserve limited respite space for individuals who are severely immunocompromised. However, this space will be very limited and provided on a first-come basis. 

Employees

Faculty and staff members who are exposed to COVID are expected to follow the guidelines provided for in the CDC’s tool “When to Quarantine or Isolate.” The isolation and quarantine guidelines will depend upon a number of factors, including but not limited to vaccination status. If advised to isolate or quarantine, employees must notify their supervisor to discuss sick time or their ability to work remotely. During the academic year, faculty should notify department chairs.

After a positive test, you should continue to wear a mask for five days following your isolation period.

Starting in fall 2022, employees who develop symptoms will be encouraged to test at home or arrange for testing in a medical facility, and consult their medical provider. Employees may also pick up allotted rapid tests from Human Resources during the fall semester.

Visitors

We strongly encourage all visitors to adhere to the following guidelines to keep themselves and others safe:

  • We strongly encourage all visitors to campus to be fully vaccinated and boosted. 
  • If you are able, please take a home rapid test before visiting campus.
  • Individuals who are symptomatic are asked to not come to campus.

Events

All in-person activities may resume in full. Event organizers are not expected to screen guests’ vaccination status or to require tests.

If you suspect an event on-campus may have led to a COVID outbreak, please email coronavirus@holycross.edu.

COVID Response Leadership

As the Public Health Registered Nurse, Alyssa Price BSN, RN, in consultation with the College’s medical advisor, has primary responsibility for monitoring all public health concerns, including COVID, and implementing appropriate mitigation strategies. 

If you have questions for Alyssa, please reach out to her at coronavirus@holycross.edu.

Questions

Questions and comments may be sent to coronavirus@holycross.edu