Return to campus

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community,

We hope that you all have had a good summer and have managed to take time to relax and rejuvenate. Today, we welcome new students to campus for the kickoff of Orientation Week and we couldn’t be more excited to see the newest members of our community in person! We also look forward to the beginning of the fall semester and the resumption of our on-campus teaching, learning, and research activities.

As many of you are making plans to return to campus in the coming weeks, we anticipate there will be many questions. With that in mind, we’ve created a new Return to Campus website that we hope will guide you as you plan your return to in-person work. The website addresses topics including COVID vaccination and testing requirements, safety measures in our buildings, information about flexible work, resources for caring for your health and well-being, and more.

We want to highlight some information and important steps to take before returning to campus:

  • Use Crimson Clear to verify your vaccination status and check your required testing protocols.
  • Create your Color account to activate your COVID-19 test kits. You’ll need to coordinate with the director or administrator of your department or division on your return date before you can create your account. This is a manual process that will take up to 72 hours.
  • Reconnect to Harvard’s secure wifi. You can do this at home so that when you arrive on campus your device will connect.
  • Wear a face mask. A Harvard-supplied face mask is required in indoor spaces. Masks are located at every School entrance. If you wear your own mask in, we ask that you please replace it with the Harvard mask within the first 15 minutes of your arrival.

We want to reiterate that everyone’s health and safety is paramount during this uncertain time. As you know, all members of the Harvard University community are required to be vaccinated and to be tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis. At Harvard Chan School, since the University decided to go remote in March 2020, we have taken extra steps beyond the University, state, and federal requirements for safety, including performing a deep cleaning across campus, upgrading our building ventilation, air filtration, and air purification systems throughout the buildings and classrooms, and now, as we welcome students back for fall semester, requiring entry-testing prior to coming to campus.

The past year and a half has been anything but easy. We know that the weeks and months ahead will likely continue to be stressful and we are committed to sharing helpful information and resources as we move forward. Our hope is that we can all be thoughtful and respectful of each other as we come together again on our campus for our important work of teaching, learning, and conducting research that supports our mission to promote the health of people everywhere.

We thank you for your flexibility and your patience as we begin our new year amid whatever ups and downs may come our way—and we look forward to seeing you!

Jane and Katie

Jane J. Kim
Dean for Academic Affairs
K.T. Li Professor of Health Economics

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration