Mandatory Testing Ends May 19; Masks Required at Commencement

May 16, 2022

Dear Members of the Holy Cross Community:

Effective May 19, the College is moving to a test optional policy for all faculty, staff, and students. Those who wish to continue testing may continue to do so through our testing program with the Broad Institute.

With the semester ending, campus will be significantly de-densified at the end of this week. This approach is also consistent with policies at the overwhelming majority of higher education institutions here in Worcester and nationally. These factors make it an appropriate time to move to optional testing on campus.

•    The COVID Testing Center will remain open through Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m.

•    Effective Monday May 23, PCR testing will continue to be available on campus via drop boxes. We plan to add several new drop box locations on campus, more information on locations will follow soon.

•    Rapid testing is available for students at Health Services until Friday May 27, in the Respiratory Clinic behind Loyola, Monday through Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m.

•    As always, employees with symptoms should not come to campus. The campus COVID testing program should not be used to diagnose a suspected case of COVID. Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to stay home, contact their supervisor to tell them that they will be out of work, and then arrange for a test through their physician.

We will continue to handle positive cases the same way:
•    Consistent with current CDC guidance, those who test positive are required to isolate for 5 full days from the date of their positive test.
•    If you test positive for COVID at home: Employees should notify mgrenier@holycross.edu; Students should email iqcoordinator@holycross.edu.

GRADUATING SENIORS
This policy change means seniors are not required to test prior to Commencement. We strongly encourage anyone with symptoms to get a test. We recognize that, even though these protocols are consistent with the higher education environment right now, some administrators, faculty, and staff may choose not to attend an indoor graduation out of concern for their own health and well-being. Every member of the College community has the responsibility to determine their level of comfort in taking part in this voluntary event.

Consistent with our indoor mask policy and direction from the City of Worcester, we will require masks at the DCU Center for Commencement.