Coronavirus COVID-19

In order to keep our community updated on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, Gratz College is providing this webpage. Our goal is to provide you with resources and the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19). Gratz College plans to continue 100% remote learning through Fall 2020 for undergraduate and graduate courses,  Gratz Advance and Adult Jewish Learning. 

Latest Updates

June 22: Pennsylvania reopening: The counties that have gone green and the ones still in yellow  Though Montgomery County may be shifting to the green phase of opening on Friday, June 26, Gratz College employees will remain working remotely. The building is open to limited numbers of employees who must follow all CDC safety protocols while in the building.

June 10: Gratz College faculty and staff continue to work remotely. You may call 215.635.7300 for more information or to reach various departments and individuals.

June 5: Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties move to yellow phase. Telework to continue where possible and schools remain closed for in-person instruction.

May 28: We are waiting to hear whether the state will move to the yellow phase on June 5, 2020

May 22: As of today’s date there has been no official word when Montgomery County will be moved to the Yellow phase. 

May 7: Governor Wolf extends the stay-at-home order in the red phase until June 4th.

April 20: On April 17, 2020, Governor Wolf outlined the standards the administration will use for reopening. Today, Governor Wolf announced a target date of May 8, 2020, for the beginning of phased reopening and easing of restrictions. Click here for more info.

April 7: A Holiday Message to the Gratz Community

April 3: Gratz College implements optional pass/fail grading for graduate students. Click here for more info.

April 2: As we continue to abide by Federal, State, and Local pronouncements, the Gratz College building will continue to be closed through April 30, 2020.

March 31: The Commencement Ceremony has been postponed until Sunday, September 6, 2020.

March 25: As we continue to monitor and abide by the edicts of our Local, State, and Federal Governments, the Gratz College building will remain closed through next week April 3, 2020. Faculty and Staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.

March 23: Governor Wolf announces that beginning at 8 pm tonight, residents of multiple counties including Montgomery County and Philadelphia County must stay home unless life-threatening.

March 22: A Letter from the President

March 22: All guest lectures on campus are postponed. Please check the Events page for further updates. Several Continuing Education classes are operating online. 

March 21: The Gratz Gala will not take place in May and is being rescheduled for the fall.

March 20: The Commencement Ceremony is being postponed until August 31st.  Summer Institute will NOT be held this year on campus. Instead, courses will be incorporated into the Summer B session.

March 12: Gratz College is abiding by the decision of Governor Wolf and the Montgomery County Department of Public Health, who announced on Thursday, March 12, 2020, that all schools, including schools of higher education, and centers of gathering, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are to be closed for 14 days starting Friday, March 13, 2020. Please note: Graduate courses and JCHS classes are continuing uninterrupted online. All faculty and staff are working remotely.


Mental Health

COVID-19 can be very stressful, especially when it starts to impact your everyday life. Different people react differently to this type of stress. Some common behaviors can be:

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Social withdrawal

Gratz College wants you to know that you are not alone. Here are some great resources to help you or someone you love through this stressful time.

CDC: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Mental Health Awareness

Healthline: 16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Mayo Clinic: Stress Management

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Social Distancing

As recommended by the CDC, it is important to practice "social distancing." Social distancing is not the same as quarantining or isolating oneself. It's simply trying to keep some space between you and other people, about six feet of space. We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to limit their personal long-distance travel and follow the directives of the national and local health authorities.

What I Need to Know

How is coronavirus spread?

Coughing and Sneezing

Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

Close contact with people

What are some of the common symptoms?



Shortness of breath

Other COVID-19 related symptoms the CDC has reported are chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

How can I help protect myself and others?

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and wash your hands afterward

If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours

Sources of Information