Weekly Update

February 5, 2021

Campus remains at an Orange alert level.

As we announced earlier this week, we plan to move to Yellow at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, assuming no significant changes in the situation on campus between now and then.

Here’s what the various alert levels mean for guidelines on campus.

Study Spaces

A number of classrooms throughout campus have been identified as study spaces. You can now find a list of all those spaces, along with their max occupancy limits, on the COVID Response website.

Students can use these spaces for studying or for remote classes. While using these rooms, students must keep masks on, remain six feet apart and obey the posted capacity limits.

Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant for Employees

As more employees return to campus, supervisors should contact Assistant Director of Purchasing Scott Slaboden to request masks or specialized personal protective equipment for their employees. Hand sanitizer for office use should be purchased by each department through WB Mason for delivery. Spray bottles of disinfectant and paper towels for cleaning high touch areas are provided by Environmental Services. Requests for paper towels and spray bottles containing disinfectant spray should be directed to covidcleaning@holycross.edu.

What's In Your Go Bag?

In the unfortunate event you test positive for COVID, or you’re found to be a close contact of someone who does, you’ll have to go into isolation or quarantine quickly. If you're a student, it's a good idea to have a bag packed with essential items ready to go, as you won’t have much time to prepare. Watch as Nathan Manna '21 shows you what's in their Go Bag and shares a checklist for packing.

The Jo / Campus Wellness and Recreation

As you know, the College has been busy preparing to open our new recreation and wellness center, The Jo. Our preparations and timeline have been different from what we planned due to COVID-related challenges and unexpected equipment and operational delays. Please know that we are working as quickly as possible to get this beautiful new facility up and running.

In the meantime, there are a number of alternatives for recreation and exercise available (with more coming soon) for students on campus.

  • Borrowing recreational and fitness equipment at the Hogan kiosk: Recreational equipment, including strength balls, resistance bands, yoga mats, and snowshoes, are available for students to borrow. More items will become available over the course of the semester. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 3 - 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 3 pm.  
  •  Fitness classes:
    • Fitness OnDemand. Free access will be available soon to this fitness class streaming service, which will provide on-demand access to hundreds of fitness classes, including HIIT, mind-body, core-strength, yoga and more. Information and registration to come soon on myHC.
    • Boot Camp with Lt. Col. Jennings: An in-person boot camp class led by the Director of Holy Cross Bands, students will be taken through a series of calisthenic exercises focusing on movement, flexibility, cardio and light muscle development. Thursday mornings from 8-9 a.m. Look for more information and registration instructions soon on myHC.
    • Explore the many virtual recreation, wellness, and mindfulness opportunities curated on Pass the Time While You Stay Inside.
  • Outdoor Ice Rink: Courtesy of the Student Government Association, students will soon be able to enjoy skating on an outdoor polysynthetic ice rink on campus. Ice skates will be free to borrow.  More information coming soon.

Keep up to date about more fitness and wellness offerings through the Campus Recreation, Student Wellness Education, and Student Involvement group pages on myHC.