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Holy Cross Updates Fall Semester Health Guidelines for New Returning Students // The Observer

In a series of emails on August 9-10, Holy Cross College Dean and Vice President of Student Life Andrew Polaniecki shared updated protocols for the fall semester and move-in with new students. and former students.

The first email indicated that most of the students at Sainte-Croix are or are in the process of being vaccinated.

“We are grateful to you,” Polaniecki wrote, “because it shows that you are taking care of your health and the health of the community. “


Students are encouraged to submit their COVID-19 vaccination documentation through the Student Portal or by emailing Director of Counseling and Health Tom DeHorn directly at [email protected].

According to the emails, students who do not have the proper immunization documents will not be able to move in or attend their first classes.

If there are any positive cases on campus, those who are determined to be close contacts but who are vaccinated will not be required to self-quarantine, according to the emails.


Masks will not be required for vaccinated students, faculty and staff, according to the emails. Those who are not vaccinated and those who have an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine will need to wear masks indoors when physical distancing is not possible.

In the email, Polaniecki noted that some spaces on the Notre Dame campus will require masks when the space is generally open to the public, such as the Notre Dame bookstores and the first floor of the Duncan Student Center. Therefore, students are encouraged to wear a mask with them at all times.


All guests on campus will be required to wear masks indoors when physical distancing is not possible, except for eating or drinking.

While Holy Cross does not require a negative COVID-19 test for visitors, it is encouraged, especially for those who are not vaccinated or are traveling by plane.

As a general rule, guests should limit the time they spend indoors and in groups.

Move in

The email suggested that unvaccinated or high-risk family and friends may consider visiting campus due to concerns over the Delta variant and the number of cases nationwide.

While the College doesn’t limit the number of guests when moving in, the email asks each family to “carefully consider what’s safe and what helps protect our college community.”

The weekend welcome Friday dinner will not include a formal schedule this year, according to the email, but an option to eat out will be offered and the dinner will include staggering and spacing to limit the number of people eating at any given time.

Editor’s Note: This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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