Holy Cross moves to distance learning until April 13
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Holy Cross will suspend all on-campus activity until at least April 13 due to coronavirus, Holy Cross President Fr. David Tyson announced in an email Wednesday. Classes are set to resume online Monday, the email said.
Holy Cross informed students of its decision amidst similar announcements from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and other Indiana universities.
“While I find it sad that our community will not be together during these weeks, these actions are clearly necessary for our health and the common good,” Tyson said in the email. “As news and events transpire, I will do my best to keep the community informed.”
In a follow-up email, dean of students Andrew Polaniecki said all Holy Cross students are advised to return home and stay home until in-person classes resume. All residence halls will close Tuesday at noon. Polaniecki said students worried about making the transition should email him personally.
Professors will reach out to students with details specific to individual courses, the email said.
All student activities are canceled through April 13. Student-athletes will receive information regarding athletics from the athletics department, Polaniecki said in the email. Campus support services are ready to help students by email and phone.
Those who visited countries with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory, as well as anyone who has interacted with someone affected by COVID-19, must self-quarantine for 14 days, Polaniecki said in the email. These students will not be allowed on campus.
“Please know of my prayers and the prayers of all of us here at the college during this time,” Polaniecki said in the email. “I hope that we are all back together as a college community soon.”