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COVID-19 and Restart

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Vaccinations required for fall

As of September 1, we begin the process of return to an on-campus school year. Our buildings will open to faculty, staff and students without an ID card during office hours. Please stay abreast of the latest updates below, which are changing frequently. Added precautions due to COVID variants include weekly testing regardless of vaccination status starting September 20. Twice weekly if unvaccinated. If your role does not require you to come to campus and your manager approves, you may continue to work from home until Oct. 1.

Changes in COVID-19 campus protocols

Updated Aug. 31, 2021
  • All students living on campus must be vaccinated or apply for an exception. As of September 20, all students must participate in weekly surveillance testing regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated students must test twice weekly. Details.
  • As of September 20, all faculty, staff and postdocs must conduct weekly surveillance testing regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated faculty, staff and postdocs  must test twice weekly. Details on where to find kits and more.
  • Masks should be worn in shared offices, indoor spaces, or in carts or vehicles. 
  • 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, and upload an image of their vaccination card in HealthCheck.  Once you upload the card, you no longer need to fill out the daily HealthCheck.

Daytime building access open

All faculty, students, and staff may now enter unlocked Stanford Earth buildings 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

For after-hours ID card access: Step 1: Complete EH&S 4200 General Safety Training & COVID Hygiene Best Practices.  Step 2: Request access via this web form, through which DFOs confirm training completion and facilities grants card access.

Complete Healthcheck and upload your vax card

Complete Healthcheck each day you plan to work at Stanford before coming to campus. Once you have uploaded your vaccination card, you no longer need to fill out Healthcheck daily and your online Healthcheck badge will be green. You may be asked to show your badge upon entering some buildings such as AEORC.

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Travel policy

Stanford-sponsored domestic travel is now permitted; international travel requires permission. Find latest updates on the Stanford Health Alerts travel site.

Updated August 30

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Latest Stanford Earth COVID-19 announcements and information

See archive of earlier messages

Note: To help limit the spread of COVID-19, visitors to the Stanford Educational Farm will be restricted to only those with a Stanford ID until further notice.

Be aware that older announcements may be superseded by later announcements.

What you need to know - by group

Main Quad and Memorial Church

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

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)


More information on COVID-19

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