- October 1, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
What we’ve been hoping would never happen again just did: Last Thursday, Harvard announced that the Business School would move classes online for all first-year and some second-year MBA students for a week — beginning on September 27 — due to a significant increase in Covid-19 cases at the school. Today marks what is hopefully their last day of online school.
This move appears warranted. The Business School had close to 60 students holed up in isolation when the choice was made. Despite making up 9 percent of Harvard’s student population, HBS students, mostly first-years, accounted for two-thirds of Covid cases among students in September — a development which has been attributed to off-campus social gatherings featuring unmasked intermingling among students. This is 12 times the positivity rate at Harvard’s other schools, including the College, which dealt with its own more modest spike in Covid-19 cases earlier this fall.
This step backward…