George M. Cantonis, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology has announced plans to reopen the HCHC campus for the Fall 2021 semester.
With the increasing availability of vaccinations, resulting in an anticipated decline in COVID-19 transmission and infectivity, the reopening will mark a return to a more typical on-campus experience for HCHC’s students, with flexible accommodations. Inside and outside the classroom, they will once again be able to enjoy many of the distinctive elements of an HCHC education.
In the announcement, it is mentioned that the current plan is to hold classes in-person, with faculty teaching and students learning in the classroom. Fall 2021 classes will commence on September 7, 2021.
It is also referred that the Spring 2022 semester will begin for all students on January 18, 2022. As during the 2020-2021 academic year, the institution will adhere to all state, federal, city, town, and HCHC guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID transmission.
In addition, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by August 17, 2021. More planning information will be released in the coming months as the administration further monitors and assesses the health situation.
In a letter to students, faculty, and staff, President Cantonis said, “I am proud of the fact that HCHC has kept its community and facilities safe. Our success is due to careful planning and the conscientious implementation of those plans.
Importantly, I am proud of the way in which students have adhered to the guidelines and worked with the administration and faculty hand in hand. Without their cooperation, we would not be able to plan a return to campus next semester.
Thanks to the efforts of so many, we are now preparing to bring students back in the fall to an engaged, flexible, and safe environment for everyone in our community.”