Weekly Update - July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

Dear Students and Families, 

Below are updates for this week: 

Quarantine Guidelines
Last Friday, the governor of Massachusetts announced a travel order for all travelers or returning residents coming into Massachusetts from outside of designated lower-risk states. The travel order states that, effective August 1, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to: 

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.


All students and families should have received an email outlining options for meeting the travel order requirements. If you are coming from outside of the lower-risk states and have not done so already, please complete the Quarantine Arrangements Form to let us know of your plans for meeting the travel order as the deadline has passed. The deadline for international students to complete the form has been extended to Friday, August 31. 

In addition, we are asking all students to self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to their arrival to campus in order to limit the risk of exposure on campus. 

Photos for ID Cards
All students will need to keep their Holy Cross ID visible while moving about campus this fall. In order to expedite the process of creating IDs for incoming students, we are requesting that students submit a photo in advance. Please submit your photo using the instructions on the Holy Cross Student ID Cards webpage by August 9 so that we can have your ID created and ready for you upon your arrival. 

Move-in Dates
As we mentioned in the quarantine update, campus move-in will likely take place between August 28 and 31 for students who will not need to quarantine on campus. You will be assigned a specific date and time to allow for a staggered move-in and proper distancing. Residence Life will be in touch with you about scheduling your specific move-in date in the coming weeks. We will ask that you minimize the number of family members who accompany students to campus in order to allow for distancing, not only in the corridors, but also in stairwells and entryways. In addition, only one person at a time will be allowed to enter the residence hall with their student.

Details on the room selection process are forthcoming. We expect the process for returning students to begin next week.

Student Fees
Students who will be fully remote will not be subject to the Health Services Fee for the fall semester. Any students who are living on campus or accessing campus in any way will still be subject to this fee. The $180 fee for the semester will be removed from the bills of those students who have confirmed via the Acknowledgment and Election of Options Form that they will be taking courses remotely and not accessing campus.

All students will be charged the Student Activity Fee, which is a one-time charge for the academic year. This fee goes directly to the Student Government Association, which decides how to allocate these funds to Registered Student Organizations and for other purposes to support students. Many of the sponsored activities this fall will be modified to ensure that they are accessible to students online and the RSO's are committed to engaging students whether they are in person or remote.

Working Groups
The work of preparing to welcome students back to campus is complex. That work has been guided by 15 working groups, made up of faculty and staff members across all areas of the College. A Reopening Oversight working group, led by members of the College’s executive team and the Emergency Response Team and reporting to President Boroughs, is overseeing the process. For those interested, we’ve posted the list of working groups, along with the individuals charged with leading them, on our Fall 2020 Plans website

There are no planned changes to the parking policy or permit process for the fall semester. In order to register your vehicle and obtain a parking decal, you may complete the application on the Student Parking webpage.