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COVID-19 and Restart

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A soft open for Stanford Earth in summer

We are making remarkable progress toward our goal of returning to work thanks to low infection rates and strong vaccination rates in the county. We encourage you to continue working from home until September 1, but we expect to begin a soft open in July for those who need to come in. Please stay abreast of the latest updates below, which are changing frequently. 

As we move toward the September return to campus, please keep in mind that many in our community, including those who are vaccinated, may choose to continue wearing face coverings. Some may be taking extra precautions for family members, and others may simply wish to adjust gradually. We should expect and respect these sorts of decisions.

Changes in COVID-19 campus protocols

Updated June 26
  • Masks are no longer required in offices for fully vaccinated employees. However, masks are still required for everyone in classrooms, healthcare facilities, and in carts or vehicles. 
  • Density and physical distancing are no longer required for administrative, academic and research facilities
  • Per Santa Clara County and Cal/OSHA, employers must record employee vaccination status. Staff, faculty and postdocs must record their status, including vaccination date and type, in HealthCheck.  For the time being, vaccinated individuals must continue to do the daily HealthCheck.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff, faculty and postdocs must wear masks in all venues and complete the daily HealthCheck. It is recommended that individuals test weekly until fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations required for fall

Read Stanford's policies for faculty, staff, and postdocs, along with policies for students, below. More updates about the verification process will be coming soon. (Last updated May 5)

COVID-19 testing update

(updated June 25)

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Graduate and professional Students

Required routine surveillance testing will be reduced from twice per week to once per week for students living on campus or coming to campus.

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Undergraduate students

Required testing will continue twice per week. (Coterms who have been testing with Verily will continue at twice per week; coterms who have been testing with Color will reduce to once per week.)

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Faculty, staff and postdocs

Required testing for those coming to campus will become voluntary. However: (1) We recommend you continue to test weekly until you are fully vaccinated, and then following travel, if you have symptoms or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19. (2) Postdoctoral scholars living on campus will still be required to test weekly, as is the case for graduate students who are in similar housing.

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Step 1 | Request lab or office access approval

Only faculty can submit requests for lab access for themselves or members of their research group. Everyone can submit requests for office access for themselves.

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Step 2 | Schedule your time 24 hours ahead

Only when approved, schedule your time in an office here or in a lab here at least 24 hours in advance so building density can be managed. Schedules in shared offices may need to be staggered.  This step is necessary, but will no longer be required as of July 12.

Step 3 | Complete the daily health check

Complete the daily health check each day you plan to work in our buildings. The health check should be done before coming to campus.

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Travel policy

Stanford-sponsored domestic travel is now permitted; international travel requires permission. University-related undergraduate travel remains suspended for summer quarter. Find latest updates on the Stanford Health Alerts travel site.

Updated June 25

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Latest Stanford Earth COVID-19 announcements and information

What you need to know - by group

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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:

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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

Email updates

Technology 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)


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