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Coronavirus: HGSE Looks Forward

As we emerge from the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and begin to focus on recovery, the health and safety of our community members, their families, and the public remains a top priority. Please find more information below about our current policies and procedures. 
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Important Policies and Procedures

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster are Required

Harvard University requires COVID-19 vaccination for all community members working and studying on campus. Vaccination includes a full dose of a primary vaccine series and an up-to-date booster shot for all who are eligible.

Face Coverings

Face coverings on Harvard’s campus are optional in most indoor spaces. Everyone on the HGSE campus should carry a mask with them and be prepared to wear it when appropriate. We ask that you be respectful and consider wearing a mask when in close proximity to others who are wearing one, as someone in their household may be at greater risk from COVID. 

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

  1. Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results to Crimson Clear
    Harvard community members should report positive COVID test results immediately through Crimson Clear. Reporting this information is essential for our ability to monitor health conditions in our community. 

    You are also encouraged to complete the self-assessment form on Crimson Clear if you are experiencing symptoms or would like guidance after a potential exposure to COVID.
     
  2. Review Guidance from Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)
    Reporting a positive test result will prompt Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) to contact you via your Harvard email to provide guidance on treatment options and next steps, including instructions about isolation and notifying your close contacts. Learn more about quarantine, isolation, and next steps.
     
  3. Notifying instructors and/or supervisors about necessary illness-related absences
    In the event that you must isolate, you must also notify instructors and/or supervisors of any necessary absences. However, you do not need to share your specific COVID diagnosis. For students, the HGSE Office of Student Affairs stands ready to offer support in contacting instructors and getting access to care. Staff should contact Human Resources for additional supports, and faculty should contact the Academic Dean or Faculty Affairs.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed

Anyone with symptoms or a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 exposure should test, using a rapid antigen test, and mask if they are around others. They are also encouraged to report the symptoms or exposure through Crimson Clear to receive additional guidance.

On-Campus Guests and Visitors

All on-campus guests must agree to comply with the HGSE Campus Health Compact.

Professional Education Participants:

Participants in professional development programs may also be required to complete HGSE Clear attesting that they:

  • Have received a negative antigen test result administered the day prior to their arrival on campus
  • Are currently healthy, i.e., not exhibiting any symptoms of illness

They will receive confirmation via email that they have permission to attend the professional development program. This confirmation will include a digital green checkmark that the visitor must bring to campus (either in digital or printed form) and be prepared to show upon request as verification of a "clear" attestation. 

Visit Harvard’s coronavirus website for detailed information about vaccination and boosters, testing, travel guidance, and other university policies and communication.
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Education and the Pandemic

The pandemic has upended the field of education and the lives of students, educators, caregivers, and community leaders. HGSE has responded by offering an immersive series of broadcasts and useful resources. Explore our Education Now initiative to watch episodes on timely topics. See below to explore content on teaching, leading, and parenting

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Teaching Amid Crisis

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What educators say they need now.

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With local schools facing severe staffing shortages amid a pandemic surge, HGSE students step up to help.

Education Now: Teaching and Leading with Compassion

Finding empathy, battling compassion fatigue, and teaching amid uncertainty — a conversation exploring some of the challenges teachers are confronting in classrooms today.

Leading Amid Crisis

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New project launched to evaluate academic interventions for kids who fell behind.

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With research showing the impact of remote and hybrid learning, what are the federal, state, and district strategies to lift learning and support social-emotional needs?

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What district leaders need after a few tough years.

Parenting Amid Crisis

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Ten ways to jumpstart conversations with kids that will help them bounce back from challenges.

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Navigating peer pressure to take off the mask in school.

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A discussion of concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

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