Harvard Business School says it is returning to distance learning after starting the semester with in-person classes, citing an increase inamong his students.
All freshmen and some second year MBA students will take online courses starting this week. Classes will be held remotely until at least October 3, the school said in a statement.
As universities resumed in-person teaching this fall, outbreaks of COVID-19 cases have emerged among students across the country – despite the fact that many colleges have vaccination mandates, as well as the requirement. to wear masks indoors. More than 900 higher education institutions had vaccination mandates in place as of September 20, with such requirements more prevalent on campuses in northeastern and western states, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“With the support of leaders at Harvard University, advised by city and state public health officials, we have decided to move all first-year MBA students and some second-year students to the distance learning for the week of September 27 to 10/03, “HBS spokesperson Mark Cautela said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch on Monday.
The move comes after “a steady rise in breakthrough infections” among the business school student body.
“Contact tracers who have worked with positive cases emphasize that transmission does not occur in classrooms or other academic settings on campus. It also does not occur among masked people,” added Cautela.
The renowned business program also asks its students to stop participating in unmasked indoor activities and limit in-person interactions with people outside their homes by moving all group gatherings online and canceling trips from group.
Cautela added that students are now tested three times a week and will be kept informed of “all aspects of the situation”. A business school dashboard, accessible only to community members, is regularly updated with the latest test data.
Ninety-six percent of Harvard University employees are vaccinated, while 95% of its students are vaccinated, according to the university’s COVID-19 testing dashboard.
Harvard requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all members of its community, including students, faculty, staff and researchers. There were 62 positive tests among graduate students and three in its undergraduate population for the week of September 19.