COVID-19 Response

Students and employees are directed to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing and isolation procedures. 


All Holy Cross community members are encouraged but not required to remain up to date on all recommended COVID-19 immunizations. For most, this means receiving the bivalent booster after a primary dose series. To find a vaccination site in your area, use the VaxFinder website from


The College of Holy Cross remains a mask-respectful campus. This means we expect our students and staff to be respectful of those who request you wear a mask in their personal space, including offices. Faculty may still require students to wear masks in classrooms, laboratories, or their offices.

Individuals are encouraged to use masks along with other sanitary measures including hand washing, reducing social interactions, and not sharing food and drinks when experiencing symptoms of illness. Masking is not required in any on-campus spaces, though the Public Health team reserves the ability to change this policy if circumstances change. Please see the Isolation section for masking guidance if you've tested positive for COVID.


Rapid COVID testing is available in Health Services for students who are exposed to COVID or who have active symptoms. 


Individuals who test positive are encouraged to isolate for a time period consistent with the CDC guidelines. Students are asked to coordinate any make-up work directly with their professors. Students do not need to report a positive test result to Health Services, but for any questions please call 508-793-2276.

Employees must notify their supervisor to discuss sick time or their ability to work remotely. During the academic year, faculty should notify department chairs.


Questions or comments may be sent to 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm a student who was exposed to COVID, what do I do?

A: Review the CDC guidance on what to do if you were exposed to COVID-19. You may continue going to class, but should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days after exposure, watch for symptoms, and get tested 5 full days after your last exposure, or if you develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms, see Isolation guidance above. 

Q: I'm a student who is sick or tested positive for COVID, what do I do?

A: See Isolation Guidance above and use the linked CDC Isolation Calculator to determine length of isolation. You may isolate in your dorm room, the College does not have designated isolation space. We encourage those who can return home, to isolate at home. If you are sick and need a COVID test, or have questions on how to manage your symptoms, please call Health Services at 508-793-2276, or the on-call MD after hours 508-334-8830.

Q: Who notifies my professors that I am out of class for 5 days?

A: Students are responsible for notifying their professors about missed class and make up work. Any student having difficulty working with their professors should contact their class dean.

Q: How should I get food while isolating?

A: If you have COVID and are isolating on campus you have two options: Have a friend use your card and pick up food from one of the retail locations OR place an order through GrubHub and pick up the food to go (or have a friend pick it up!)

If you wish to pick up food from Kimball, or have a friend pick up food from Kimball, and take it to go you must call or email Health Services so we can notify Dining of this plan. 

Other Resources

Community risk level

CDC website that provides an integrated county view of key data for monitoring COVID-19.

Wastewater data tracking

A weekly wastewater report produced by the MA Department of Public Health.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

CDC website that provides COVID-19 prevention actions.

Employees: Find a COVID test

Find a COVID-19 test in Massachusetts.



HEERF - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

HEERF I - CARES Act -Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act


Quarterly Fund Report for CARES ACT - Student Portion - March 31, 2021

HEERF II - CRRSAA - Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
Report for CRRSAA - Student Portion - March 31, 2021
HEERF III - ARP - American Rescue Plan  
HEERF III - ARP Student Reporting December 31, 2021
Student Reporting March 31, 2022 Student Reporting September 30, 2021

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