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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 one booster shot for all who are eligible.

Testing Protocol for Arriving Students/Community Members

To maintain the health of our community, HGSE asks that all arriving community members take a rapid antigen test before coming to campus. (Note: Testing is required for arriving students living in Harvard residences.) For arriving community members with a negative test and no symptoms, there is no need to submit test results. For arriving community members who have tested positive or are feeling ill:

Optional COVID Testing

Harvard offers optional PCR testing for COVID-19 via the Color system (the University's testing partner). Read an overview of Harvard's testing protocol

Anyone with symptoms or a suspected or confirmed COVID exposure should test, using the Color testing program or a rapid antigen test.

After a Potential COVID-19 Exposure or a Positive Test

Individuals who have been exposed, or who have tested positive using Color, a rapid test, or an outside testing program, should see guidance from Harvard University Health Services regarding quarantine, isolation, and next steps.

If you test positive outside the Harvard testing program, report your result to Harvard University Health Servives through Crimson Clear.

Read more about testing at Harvard

Visitor Policy and COVID Protocols

The HGSE campus is open to all guests, provided that guests complete an attestation process in which they affirm that they are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any known symptoms of COVID-19. Read HGSE's Visitor Policy.

Policy for HGSE Professional Education Participants

Like other community members, all HGSE Professional Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend on-campus programs. Read about accepted vaccinations, vaccine documentation, and other Professional Education COVID-19 policies.  

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.

Teacher in classroom with student, both in masks

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?

Hand stopping dominoes from falling

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.

Preschool student

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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