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Effective January 2022, employees and students at HCC and all fifteen Massachusetts community colleges must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. A full statement is available in this communication from the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges. Additional details will be available here as we continue to work to keep our campus and community safe.

HCC policies for fall 2021

HCC strongly encourages all members of the college community to get vaccinated to protect of themselves and their family, friends and neighbors. However, we acknowledge that not all people will take this important step. Therefore, HCC requires well-fitting masks that securely cover the mouth and nose to be worn inside all college buildings this fall. Those who do not have such a mask will be provided one, and those who do not comply will be asked to leave. Our goal is to preserve the health and well-being of our community, and we urge all who are reading this to take this responsibility to heart. 


To keep our community healthy, well-fitting masks that fully cover the mouth and nose are required indoors at all times.


The dining area in the Campus Center is designated as a space where students, faculty and staff may remove masks to eat. Masks must be worn elsewhere in the Campus Center. Masks may also be removed for eating outdoors, and faculty and staff may remove their masks while in their private office.


While the Commonwealth no longer mandates social distancing, we have capped our class sizes at 15 and reconfigured our working and learning environment to reduce congestion. Please be aware and avoid crowding in classrooms, restrooms and hallways.


HCC urges all students, faculty and staff to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (relying on the CDC list of symptoms as well as advice from state public health officials).


A Stop the Spread testing site, HCC offers free, drive-through COVID-19 tests in collaboration with the City of Holyoke and Fallon Ambulance. Check our Stop the Spread webpage for days and times. IMPORTANT: Before you come, check the Holyoke Board of Health website for notice of cancellation.


Throughout the month of September, HCC will host weekly vaccination clinics every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Run by Curative, the clinics will be in Parking Lot N, outside the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation. Curative will offer both first and second doses of the Pzifer-BioNTech vaccine, as well as the single-dose Janssen J&J vaccine. Anyone interested in pre-registering for a vaccine can do so on the Curative website: curative/hcc 


Looking for more detailed information? Please take a moment to read our FAQs.


Please send an email to rtc@hcc.edu with any questions.

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