Fall planning update

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope you are managing to enjoy your summer and are able to take some well-deserved time off. As noted in the message from Alan Garber, Katie Lapp, and Giang Nguyen below, the University has announced that those of us who are able to continue working remotely should expect to do so through the end of 2020. While this announcement undoubtedly comes with much disappointment about not being able to return to the in-person collaborations and interactions with colleagues that we all miss so much, we hope that it provides some clarity during this highly uncertain period that will help you in planning for the rest of the year.

We understand that some of you may need to gain access to your campus workplace to retrieve high-priority items to help in your teaching or working during the fall semester. Our School’s COVID Planning Committee has continued to meet regularly for contingency planning, and we will follow up soon with a message that will address office access and provide additional information to help everyone plan for a continued extended period of off-campus work.

While we were hopeful for a transition back to campus this fall, the community’s safety is our highest priority. This was a difficult decision, but we feel that extended remote work is the best one given the continued rise of COVID-19 in our nation and throughout the world. Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and perseverance as we continue to face the disruptions and challenges presented by this pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy and, as always, thank you for your continued dedication to our public health mission.

Sincerely,

Michelle A. Williams
Dean of the Faculty
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development

Jane J. Kim
Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Health Decision Science

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration