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Current policies and status
Stanford is in a phased recovery of operations due to COVID-19. Below is an overview of our current policies and protocols. These will be adjusted as the public health situation changes.
On-campus housing for the autumn quarter included graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and approved undergraduates with special circumstances. Dining halls are open for takeout, with CleanDining protocols. A campus guidebook is available to students, and a compact outlines protocols for those living in R&DE-assigned housing or coming to campus. Stanford is planning with the intention of inviting frosh, sophomores and new transfer students to campus for the winter quarter; an update is available here.
COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended over winter break for students and also offered to on-site faculty, staff and postdocs. Starting January 4, 2021, through the winter quarter, surveillance testing will be required for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site. Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community.
Maintain physical distance from others at all times – generally at least 6 feet. Wear a face covering indoors (unless you are in your apartment, dorm unit or personal office and no one else is present who is not a member of your household) and also outdoors whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained from people who are not in your household.
Nonessential visitors to campus are limited under the campus zones program. Public events, performances and exhibitions are not occurring in person. Certain essential visitors (including spouses/partners and minor dependents) are allowed in student residences. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.
University-sponsored travel is suspended. If you travel more than 150 miles outside of Santa Clara County, you must quarantine upon return for 14 days. If you work at the Redwood City campus in San Mateo County and you travel outside of Northern California, don’t return to campus buildings or offices for 14 days upon return, or receive a negative test 5 or more days after return.Information for students regarding winter break travel is available here.
Athletics activities that involve contact, that do not allow for social distancing, or that take place indoors are currently prohibited in Santa Clara County under a county directive in effect until Dec. 21.
Exercise outdoors is encouraged, subject to physical distancing. Pool reservations and other recreational offerings are available for those approved to be on-site.
Russell Furr, associate vice provost for Environment Health & Safety, details a change for those returning to Santa Clara County from travel outside the area. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, anyone who returns to Santa Clara County after traveling more than 150 miles away must quarantine for 14 days.Read more about Message discusses new Santa Clara County directives involving return from travel
In a health advisory to health care workers and those who work in congregate settings, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Sara Cody offers recommendations for how to stay safer during the current COVID-19 surge.Read more about Letter to all health care workers and workers in congregate settings in Santa Clara County
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