COVID update: Jan. remote work and learning

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We hope you’ve had a chance to read the message from President Bacow, Alan Garber, Katie Lapp, and Giang T. Nguyen that was sent this morning. Given the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases locally and nationally and the presence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the University has decided to move to remote work and learning through January 22, 2022. As the University message states, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our community.

For the Harvard Chan School community, the following guidelines will be in place through January 22:

  • All Winter Session on-campus classes will be held online.
  • Everyone who is able to work remotely during that time should work remotely.
  • Those who are working in the wet labs can continue to access campus; anyone with questions should consult their department administrators or lab managers.
  • The FXB entrance will be the only access to campus; the Kresge entrance will be closed beginning on Saturday, December 18.
  • The Kresge cafeteria will be closed.

As of today, our policy on testing upon your return to campus as indicated in our earlier message is unchanged; however, we recognize that conditions are changing rapidly and we may need to revise our policy. Please continue to check your email for updates prior to your return.

Further information will be sent to students and instructors about the shift to online learning and other academic activities during this three-week period. Students travelling for field work during Winter Session will also receive further details. In addition, managers should make sure staff are aware of the guidance in this email.

After you receive this additional guidance, if you still have questions you can contact:

Students:  Leah Kane, lkane@hsph.harvard.edu; Erin Driver-Linn, edriver-linn@hsph.harvard.edu

Instructors:  Erin Driver-Linn, edriver-linn@hsph.harvard.edu; Nancy Turnbull, nturnbul@hsph.harvard.edu

Researchers and staff:  Katie Hope, khope@hsph.harvard.edu; Jane Kim, jkim@hsph.harvard.edu

Given the increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant, please get a vaccine booster as soon as possible and continue to take every step possible to keep yourself and others safe. We continue to be grateful to be part of this public health community, and we hope in spite of the adaptations we are all making that you have a restful and enjoyable winter break.

Sincerely,

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

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