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Coronavirus Response Information

HGSE’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is working closely with the University to monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Amid this evolving situation, HGSE remains committed to three guiding priorities:

  • The health and safety of community members, their families, and the public.
  • Academic progress and success for our students.
  • Sustaining our community and strengthening our relationships with one another.

During the academic year 2020-2021, HGSE’s academic program will be a fully online experience. Faculty and students will be teaching and learning remotely throughout the year. Staff will be working from home through at least December 2020, with the exception of a small number of employees whose physical presence on campus is essential.

Read Dean Bridget Long’s announcement about plans for AY2020-2021 — and about HGSE’s strong track record in remote learning, which will fuel a vibrant set of academic and extracurricular experiences this year. You can also read about how HGSE's Orientation 2020 welcomed the incoming class.

The HGSE campus is currently closed, and access to the campus is restricted to essential purposes only. If you require entry to the HGSE campus, and you believe your access is essential for productively advancing teaching and learning or research activity, please request building access here. You can learn more about the status of other Harvard schools and about the University's plans for a safe reopening in 2020-2021.

Amid the deep uncertainties and losses caused by the ongoing pandemic, and with the concurrent push for racial justice unfolding across the United States, HGSE stands committed to sharing knowledge and resources to support educators who are working to deliver a just, equitable, and high-quality education to students everywhere. Read HGSE's special series on the challenges of reopening schools, and watch our webinar series, Education Now, for action-oriented conversations to guide educators and families in their planning and decision making.  

Sources of Support and Information at HGSE

HGSE’s Office of Student Affairs is a front-line resource for all HGSE students and stands ready to support you throughout the year. You can visit the website to make a remote appointment or send an email with general questions to For confidential matters or health-related concerns, please reach out to KellyAnn Robinson.

Students can stay up to date with everything that is happening at HGSE by checking the HUB.

Faculty members will continue to receive a full suite of pedagogical or technical supports via HGSE’s Teaching and Learning Lab and IT Service Center. Please contact and

Staff members can receive support and resources related to working remotely work by contacting HGSE’s Office of Human Resources.

Harvard University Resources

Please visit Harvard University’s coronavirus website for complete and up-to-date information on Harvard’s coronavirus response, including plans for the 2020-2021 academic year, current policies on travel, and the “Keep Harvard Healthy” campaign for 2020-2021.

You can also access the University’s comprehensive remote resources, including resources to:

Protecting Your Health and Wellbeing

There are a few simple measures everyone can take to greatly reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 and to keep your community and yourself healthy. Visit Harvard's coronavirus resource site for best practices or assistance with wearing an effective face covering; practicing safe distancing; washing your hands frequently; ensuring that your contact information is up-to-date; and managing fear, anxiety, and stress.

For detailed information about COVID-19 and guidance on health and medical concerns, visit Harvard University Health Services


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