COVID-19 Student Updates

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Page Updated: 6/30/2020, 12 p.m.

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we want to assure you that your health and well-being is our first priority. We remind you to follow guidance shared by the University regarding travel, personal health, and other topics.

Please reach out to your instructors or Teri Murray, our director of student affairs, at, or call 410-516-5430, if you need assistance.

SOE 2020-21 School Year


We are planning for the broadest range of what may be possible in accordance with the Return to Campus Instructional Guidelines, posted on June 4. Here is what we know: 

  • The School of Education is planning to open for some form of academic instruction in the fall. More details are expected when a draft JHU plan is released and a final plan is adopted in mid-July. If JHU guidance changes, this timeline might be adjusted.
  • For any students who aren’t able to return to campus, we will be flexible and supportive in ensuring that you have opportunities to continue your academic progress and pursue your educational goals.
  • While we plan to offer some in-person instructional experiences, these courses will be subject to social distancing requirements. To achieve this, we currently are undergoing an extensive assessment of our physical SOE space.
  • Most courses will be available online and that may involve both synchronous and asynchronous formats. We are investing in training, technology, and instructional assets to enhance the quality of your Johns Hopkins academic experience.
  • Classroom upgrades, studios and other assets are being prepared for high-quality hybrid or remote instruction where in-person classes are not as effective or feasible, whether for pedagogical reasons or for the health needs of individual students and faculty members.


SOE 2020 Summer Academic Policies


Withdrawal Deadline Extension:

Students may withdraw from a Summer 2020 class:

  • For Summer 4-9 week classes: students are allowed to withdraw from a class until the end of the 4th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
  • For Summer 10-14 week classes: students are allowed to withdraw from a class until the end of the 8th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)

Please note that students will not be allowed to withdraw from a course if that course has already ended.  If a student wishes to withdraw from a class that has already ended, the student should complete a General Petition form found on the Registrar’s website under Forms and Petitions.

Steps To Follow:  Student should complete the Add/Drop form found on the Registrar’s website and submit it to the Registrar’s Office at

Pass/Fail Grading Option

According to SOE policy, a grade of Pass equates to a grade of B (including B-) or better.  Any student taking a course for Pass/Fail, who receives a grade of C+ or below, will receive a grade of F.

  • All degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade of B- or higher will be satisfied by a grade of Pass (P) achieved in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • The award of a Fail (F), and the consequences thereof, equate to the award of an “F” grade in the letter-based grading scale.Pass grades are not considered in the determination of a student’s grade point average (GPA). However, Fail grades awarded on the basis of Pass/Fail grading system will count towards a student’s GPA.
  • For Summer 4-9 week classes:  Students are allowed to switch to Pass/Fail until the end of the 4th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
  • For Summer 10-14 week classes:  Students are allowed to switch to Pass/Fail until the end of the 8th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
    No reversion between P/F grades and letter grades or vice-versa will be possible after that time.

Steps To Follow:

  • Students who are currently enrolled/enrolling in a Summer 2020 course may elect the Pass/Fail course grading method by submitting an Add/Drop form to with the course number listed in the ADD section, and the words PASS/FAIL noted in the “Tuition Fees” column.
SOE 2020 Fall Registration


The change has been made to the start date of Fall 2020 registration.  The new start date will be Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7 a.m.  The only change is to the start date.  Fall registration will continue to follow the other dates, as outlined in the 2020-2021 academic calendar.  In addition to starting Fall registration earlier, the Dean has also asked us to make the following accommodations for all SOE students for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms:

  • Financial holds will be lifted for those students who have outstanding balances of $500 or less so that more students can register for the summer and the fall without any delays.
  • All late registration and late payment fees will be eliminated for both summer 2020 and fall 2020.
SOE 2020 Student Disabilities Services

A message for students from Student Disabilities Services:

As of March 16, 2020, the SOE Student Disability Services office will be fully remote operations.

  • Starting immediately, the best way to reach SDS will be by email at or by phone at 410-516-9734 (please leave a voicemail message as staff will be checking it on the hour during business hours from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday).
  • Intakes and any other appointments will be available by Zoom or phone and can be scheduled during business hours from 8:30am to 5pm.

SDS is continuing to work with registered SDS students to ensure that the transition to remote classes is effective. This process will involve many changes in a short amount of time and there are some things you can do to make sure your needs are addressed:

  • SDS has been collaborating with instructional design staff in providing guidance around accommodations to those assisting with setting up the remote courses as well as to all faculty who currently have students using accommodations.
  • With the move to remote course delivery, there may be a learning curve for new technologies as well as potential new challenges in delivering accommodations; please reach out to SDS to talk things through, report problems and let us know if you need additional accommodations or support.


Students may discover that accommodations are needed for the first time due to the change to remote classes. Please contact Jenny Eddinger at or to get started with the SDS registration process. Any appointments or meetings with the SDS office such as intake interviews will happen remotely or by phone. If you need additional support during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out so that SDS can assist you in sorting out any disability related concerns and connecting to appropriate local resources. You can also find resources and updated information on the university’s operations and response on our Hub COVID-19 Information Page We wish you all the best in the coming weeks! Johns Hopkins Student Disability Services.

SOE 2020 Services, Events, and Gatherings


SOE services, events, and gatherings

  • All in-person university and third-party events, both on and off campus, are canceled through July 31, including tours, admissions events, athletics events, and alumni events.
  • All university meetings and work activities, even those deemed essential, must be conducted remotely whenever possible, and no in-person meetings or activities may be held with more than 10 people (with limited exceptions, such as select types of clinical care).
  • All recreation facilities and fields are closed until further notice.
  • University and health system shuttles and buses continue to run on a modified scheduledue to a reduced number of riders, and additional schedule changes will take effect beginning Sunday, April 5.


SOE 2020 Planning

The university has announced that it will open with some on-campus activities. The School of Education will construct a final plan by mid-July. SOE has two task forces:

Task Force: Led by Human Resources Manager Latoya Patterson-Spencer, this group is focused on planning for staff and faculty members’ return to the building.

Task Force: Led by department chairs Yolanda Abel, Mary Ellen Beaty-O’Ferrall, this group is constructing a plan to offer a select set of our academic programs face-to-face, hybrid and online this fall.

JHU 2020 Planning.

SOE 2020 Operations

All locations of the Johns Hopkins School of Education are closed to students. Faculty and staff members can enter the building on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with approval.

  • When SOE resumes on-campus activities, face coverings will be mandatory except in very limited circumstances, cleaning procedures will be greatly augmented, and social distancing will remain the rule.

Student Emergency Fund

SOE Student Suggestion Box

As we move forward as a community to address COVID-19-challenges and to plan for the Fall semester, please submit your suggestions, ideas, and/or thoughts about Fall classes. Your input is valuable and appreciated.