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For Staff

On this page, you will find information and answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 for all Stanford employees. For additional information specific to faculty/instructors and researchers/research administrators, please go to their respective pages.

Current status

As of Jan. 22

  • University-sponsored travel is suspended. If you arrive from travel of more than 150 miles outside of Santa Clara County, you must quarantine for 10 days; it is recommended that you get tested on day 6 or later and also monitor for any symptoms until 14 days. This Santa Clara County directive is now in effect “until rescinded or modified” by the county. The 10-day travel quarantine also applies to all undergraduates arriving for winter quarter from travel of any distance. For employees working at either the main Stanford campus or Stanford Redwood City, if you travel more than 150 miles from either Santa Clara or San Mateo counties, you should not return to on-site work for 10 days after return; there is no testing exception.
  • Stanford is following a phased recovery of university operations. We are currently in Stage 2 of the restart process. Learn more about Cardinal Recovery.
  • Research and some other essential in-person campus activities are operating on-site. Guidance for researchers is available. Otherwise, faculty, staff, postdocs and students who can work remotely are asked to continue doing so through March 31. Work Anywhere offers resources.
  • Health Check to self-report health status is required on a daily basis for students on campus and for employees and postdocs working in-person at a Stanford facility. Training on COVID-19 hygiene is required before returning to work at a campus location for the first time. Employees must contact their school/unit leader to receive authorization via the On-site Reporting Management System.
  • Starting January 4 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.
  • Stanford has established zones on the main campus intended to limit nonessential visitors. Detailed information here.
  • In light of mandated social distancing protocols, all employees who can work remotely are asked to do so.
  • For those working on campus, R&DE has dining locations and current hours available.

An overview of all current policies and status regarding COVID-19 is available here.

Relevant policy information

Frequently asked questions for…

Providing a healthy and safe workplace is important at any time for Stanford, and is of paramount concern during the COVID-19 outbreak. We strive to provide the best care for our staff members and continue to operate as effectively as we can during this time of uncertainty. We are committed to providing updates on the latest developments and explaining how they impact our people and our workplace.

Workplace resources

COVID-19 Workplace Guide (for employees)

COVID-19 interim policies

Employee support & self care

Manager resources

Virtual training