Winter Recess and Returning to Campus

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope you’ve had a chance to read the message from Alan Garber, Katie Lapp, and Giang T. Nguyen that was sent earlier today. The good news is that, although there have been new cases of COVID-19 following the Thanksgiving holiday, test positivity rates at Harvard have remained low. Thank you for continuing to follow the School’s safety protocols to ensure that we protect ourselves, our colleagues, and our friends and families.

As the semester comes to a close and holiday gatherings approach, it’s important to reiterate the main points in the University’s message:

  • Be thoughtful when socializing. That includes wearing masks indoors and outdoors where distancing isn’t possible, avoiding unmasked gatherings, and eating and drinking safely.
  • If traveling, monitor conditions and plan for contingencies. More information can be found on Harvard’s travel guidance site.
  • Please get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if you are eligible.

Upon your return to the Chan School campus following Winter Recess, please note the following:

  • The School is requiring that you complete a COVID-19 test through COLOR on your first day back to campus, even if this day is not part of your regular testing cadence. However, you do not need to have a confirmed negative test result before coming back to campus or attending classes. After this “first day back to campus” test, you should resume your standard testing cadence day(s) as noted in Crimson Clear. Depending on your regular testing day(s), this means you may be doing an extra test during the first week you are on campus. For example, if you normally test on Wednesday and your first day back on campus is Monday, you will test on Monday and Wednesday of the first week back.
  • If people receive a message from COLOR during the break reminding them that they are due or overdue for their COVID test, they can ignore those messages until they return to campus.
  • People can still test during the December break if they wish, except on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1.
  • As always, people are allowed to test as frequently as desired.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep our community healthy. We hope you enjoy the upcoming break and wish you a happy and safe holiday season.


Katie and Jane

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

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