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Introduction to Spring Quarter Instruction 

Teaching will be in-person in the Spring quarter to support student learning in Stanford’s residentially-based academic community. In-person instruction is a vital component of the university’s educational mission. Only courses with prior approval may be offered remotely.

The information provided below addresses many common questions and will support  instructional planning for autumn quarter. For the latest information for the Stanford community about the University’s response to COVID-19, visit Health Alerts.

The following resources may be helpful for your planning:

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Spring Quarter 2021-22 Instruction

Teaching

Spring Quarter 2021-22 Instruction

How will courses be offered in Spring Quarter?

Courses will be offered in-person.

Instructors who wish to request an exemption from in-person teaching due to an underlying medical condition which puts them at high risk due to COVID-19 may request approval from their department Chair or Unit Director. Instructors will be asked to attest that the medical condition exists. Requests approved by the Chair/Director will then be considered by the school Dean or VP, and the Provost.

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Are instructors and students required to wear masks in the classroom?

Yes. In classrooms, face coverings will continue to be required through the beginning of Spring quarter, as outlined in the March 3, 2022 revised masking guidelines. However, individuals may remove face coverings while speaking.

Stanford will monitor conditions and re-evaluate this requirement after the beginning of spring quarter. Information about current masking policies are available on Health Alerts.

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Can an instructor check students’ Health Check badges before they enter a classroom setting?

An instructor may request that students show their Health Check badges before entering a classroom setting. Instructors should check all badges and not single out particular students. If an instructor intends to check student Health Check badges prior to each class or meeting with a student, this information should be included in the syllabus and discussed on the first day of class.

It is not appropriate for instructors to ask students or TAs about their vaccination status.

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