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COVID-19 and Restart

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With COVID-19 Stage 2 research personnel returned to work and fall quarter underway, our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Find safety protocols below.

Get started! Required steps for Stage 2 work return

Be sure to complete all five steps - read the handbook, take the training, get approval, schedule your time, and complete your daily health check - before entering Stanford Earth's Mitchell, Braun, or Green buildings. Questions? Contact Katie Dunn at Work in Y2E2? Visit here.

Step 1 | Read the Research Recovery handbook.

Read the Research Recovery handbook and complete appendix A. This is your guide to understanding lab protocols and the rules of entry. 

Navigate to Step 1 | Read the Research Recovery handbook.

Step 2 | Do the one-time training

Do the one-time, 10-minute Stanford Hygiene Best Practices training in Stars which covers hand-washing, face coverings use, and social distancing protocols.

Navigate to Step 2 | Do the one-time training

Step 3 | Request lab or office access approval

Request lab or office access: Use this form to access to your office or lab.  At this time, only faculty may request office access for limited periods. Due to county requirements for your safety, we must manage the number of people in each building at any one time. Once approved, you will be notified by email.

Navigate to Step 3 | Request lab or office access approval
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Step 4 | Schedule your time 24 hours ahead

Once approved, schedule your time in anoffice here or in a lab here at least 24 hours in advance so building density can be managed. 

Step 5 | Complete the daily health check

Take your temperature and complete the daily health check each day you plan to work in our buildings. The health check should be done before coming to campus.

Navigate to Step 5 | Complete the daily health check

Resource: Cardinal Recovery website

Read the full Stanford Guide for Returning to Work put together by Environmental Health and Safety.

Navigate to Resource: Cardinal Recovery website

Latest Stanford Earth COVID-19 announcements and information

Latest University updates

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For the most up to date information from university leadership, check the Stanford Health Alerts page.

Here are just a few of the FAQs available at Health Alerts:

Sign up at Stanford Health Alerts for automated email when new items are posted.

Teaching resources

The most comprehensive source for teaching guidance is Stanford's Teach Anywhere site. Please consult it regularly for new updates. Resources below are added suggestions from our Stanford Earth Educational Affairs team. 

Technology resources


Technologies / Platforms

This is a recap of IT resources. Most can also be found on the Stanford Health Alerts site under Teach Anywhere, Work Anywhere, and Learn Remotely links.
Organizations across campus (including Stanford Earth) will be actively using the following technologies:
  • Zoom (for video-conferencing and multi-party meetings with remote participants. WebEx is a backup alternative)
  • Slack (group and person-to-person chat and person-to-person conferencing)
  • Jabber (Chat, person-to-person conferencing and "work anywhere" voice calling)
  • Microsoft O365 (email/calendar)
  • Google Drive (File Sharing and collaboration tools)
  • Canvas and other teach-anywhere resources (learning management and academic collaboration)
  • Stanford Network - wired and wireless

IT Support Contacts

General Desktop and Laptop Computer Support (CRC)Desktop Support
Research Computing Support
General Information Technology directionJohn Freshwaters
Academic Systems (e.g. Canvas)


Case reporting and privacy

If you will hear of people who are ill or who are awaiting testing, be aware of two key issues: privacy and reporting. 

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The need to report and track is critical, yet so is the privacy of individuals who report their status to us. 

If you learn of a confirmed case or someone awaiting a test result:

  • Ask the individual to self report to Stanford following new guidelines on how to report if you are ill
  • Do NOT share the names of students, staff or faculty with confirmed cases or awaiting test results in group meetings or emails in order to protect their privacy. 
  • Do not suspend work or close what very few work areas may still be operating without first consulting your department manager.

More information on COVID-19

Some useful non-Stanford resources.
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