Stanford is currently in Stage 2 of the restart process. Only essential workers, authorized researchers and laboratory support personnel and those with permission to be on campus to prepare the campus for restart should be on campus at this time. All work that can be done from home should continue to be done remotely.

Instructional Activities

In Person Instructional Recovery Plan

For the purposes of these guidelines, instruction and instruction related activities include but are not limited to classes, class labs, workshops, studios, office hours, review sessions, mentoring, and advising. In the State of California’s Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), several guidelines related to indoor instruction were articulated for institutes while their respective county is on the state’s ‘watch list’. The watch list has since been replaced with another system of measuring a county’s ability to safely return to normal operations ( The In Person Instructional Recovery Plan documents Stanford’s anticipated actions in response to the County Risk Level.

Even though indoor instructional activities are allowed, organizers should still apply the following guidelines when possible:

  • If the activity can be done remotely, meet remotely.
  • If there is a compelling reason to meet in person, meet outdoors with physical distancing when possible.
  • Only if there is a specific requirement to meet indoors should the meeting occur indoors with physical distancing.

The following apply to all stages and all settings.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, unless granted an OAE accommodation.
  • At minimum, continue to adhere to all state and county restrictions and guidelines.
  • Frequent hand hygiene is strongly encouraged. Soap and water or hand sanitizer must be available for each in-person interaction.
  • Disinfect shared workspaces and equipment between use.
  • Only mechanically ventilated spaces can be used for instruction at this time.
  • There must be a 30-minute break between scheduled events.
  • Health Check completion is required prior to participating in any instructional activity.

Faculty and departments with questions regarding specific spaces should contact their appropriate school facility director for more information. Any requests for an exception for an instruction related event must have prior registration, review and explicit approval by EH&S via Cardinal Recovery (

Canopies will continue to be used for instruction and instructional related activities, but the use will be expanded for other essential activities as availability allows. General reservation requests may be submitted through 25Live. Full instructions can be found here: How to Submit a 25Live Request. For questions about the canopies as the School of Business, Law School, and School of Medicine please contact the appropriate office.