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COVID-19 Update for Holy Family College

Posted On March 16, 2020

To all members of the Holy Family College Community:

While there still are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19 in Manitowoc County, the situation regarding this pandemic continues to evolve rapidly throughout Wisconsin, the United States, and the world. Given the recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services we are updating our decisions related to our plan for the next several weeks. We believe these decisions to be in the best interest of the health and safety of all members of our College family, and in continuing to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.


  1. Holy Family College’s spring break remains extended through Friday, March 20.

  2. In-person classes will be moved to online or other alternative delivery formats beginning Monday, March 23 through Monday, April 13 (while we are hopeful that we will be able to resume in-person classes beginning on April 14, there is a real possibility that all classes may need to continue with online or other alternative delivery format past this date). Faculty are using the extended spring break period to identify ways to continue their courses online or in alternative delivery formats (resources are being prepared that are being shared with faculty, and any questions by faculty regarding individual courses can be directed to the Dean of their School).

  3. Our expectation is that resident students will remain home during this extended spring break, and as they work on their online courses March 23 through April 13 (again, there is a real possibility that this expectation for students remaining home may need to be extended beyond April 13). Students with special circumstances that may need to request an exception and remain in on-campus housing may do so by contacting Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu . Students requesting housing during this time will need to complete a voluntary housing request form at this link https://forms.gle/C4iW45yAXCTjQVMW7 . Students should also communicate any special circumstances to Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.Fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu.

  4. The rest of our spring athletic season schedules have been canceled.

  5. We are requiring all internal meetings to be held in a space that will allow all participants to practice safe social distance measure OR to conduct the meeting via telephone or online platforms.  Our IT and HR areas are currently working on recommended platforms for holding meetings in a virtual manner and will be providing additional guidance on preferred platforms and access to those platforms for all employees soon.

  6. All on-campus events (not including internal meetings) are postponed (and may need to be cancelled) through April 13. This means that our annual Gala scheduled for April 4 is postponed and may have to be canceled. With the CDC now recommending that any event with 50 or more attendees be rescheduled or cancelled for the next 8 weeks, we most likely will need to alter our current plans for events after April 13 including Academic Symposium and Commencement. Any future decisions regarding events past April 13 will be made as soon as possible in the coming several days.

  7. We are encouraging that all outside visitors to our campus be restricted to only those deemed as essential. We are requiring that all potential new student visits (individual or group) be delayed or rescheduled until after April 13. We will be implementing restrictions for guests for any resident student approved to remain in on-campus housing due to special circumstances.

  8. A web page specifically for updates from the College regarding COVID-19 has been implemented and may be accessed from a link on our homepage www.holyfamilycollege.edu or at this web address www.holyfamilycollege.edu/coronavirus.

  9. The College will remain open during this time and will continue with the following requirements for employees:

    1. If you have traveled to a Level Three or Two area or you were recently on a cruise ship (you may view the CDC travel health notices at this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) or you believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, we are requiring all to self-isolate for the recommended period of 14 days prior to returning to campus. Students should notify Rachel Fischer, Dean of Students, at Rachel.Fischer@holyfamilycollege.edu if you believe you need to self-isolate or with questions regarding other special circumstances. Employees should notify RK Greening, Director of Human Resources, at  RK.Greening@holyfamilycollege.edu if you believe you need to self-isolate or have questions regarding other special circumstances.
    2. All employees are asked to stay home if they are ill or exhibit symptoms such as a fever or extended coughing. Anyone with a respiratory or other health condition should take all necessary precautions and seek medical advice from a medical professional.  
    3. Supervisors are expected to be flexible in allowing those employees with special circumstances, who are able to do so, to work from home. Our goal, first and foremost, is the safety of all members of our College family.
    4. We continue to remind all to practice the following precautions:

      1. Practice safe social distances: 6 feet or 2 meters.
      2. Avoid shaking hands or hugs (use other forms of acknowledgement instead: wave, nod, etc.).
      3. Wash your hands often (use soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds) especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, prior to preparing or eating food, after contact with animals or pets, and after using the restroom.
      4. Cover your mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.

President’s Cabinet will continue to monitor the situation regularly and align our decisions with guidelines from the Manitowoc County Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other city, county, state and federal agencies. Any updates to these decisions will be communicated via email and posted on the College’s COVID-19 Updates web page. Please monitor your college email address regularly.


Thank you for your continued understanding, flexibility, and commitment to the well-being of all Holy Family College community members.


Peace and All Good,

Dr. Robert B. Callahan
Holy Family College President