Testing Positive During the Summer

Stanford Summer Session will be utilizing policies and practices that have been well-tested during previous quarters, with the goal of ensuring that students remain healthy and safe while on campus.

What if I test positive during the summer?

High School Students in Campus Housing
Stanford and Summer Session Undergraduate Students in Campus Housing
Summer Session Graduate Students in Campus Housing
All Commuting Students
Academic Resources

High School Students in Campus Housing

If you test positive for COVID-19,

  1. You are required to enter your test results in Health Check, follow the steps provided, then reach out via text to the Mentor On Call to alert them of your need to enter isolation housing.
  2. Send a copy of your positive COVID-19 test results (attached to a message with the subject line “secure: test results”) to the “Covid Medical Care Team” through vadenpatient.stanford.edu. 
  3. Notify your instructors of your need to complete course requirements remotely.

Reach out to the Summer Session office during normal business hours if you have questions, or after-hours with the Mentor On Call for urgent issues.  

Isolation Housing

Summer Session staff will take you to the Q/I (Quarantine and Isolation) Desk for high school students so you can be checked into isolation housing. Isolation housing will be in Wilbur Hall or at 675 Lomita, depending on how many students are currently in isolation. Your residential staff will enter your status in the Summer Session COVID Care database which will trigger support services such as meal delivery, cleaning, and more. Pack and take a “go bag” filled with basic supplies—toiletries, changes of clothing, etc.—needed to support you through up to 10 days of isolation housing. A linen pack with bedding and towels will be available in each isolation room. A minimum of two adult staff will be onsite at all times to ensure compliance with Stanford’s Minors Policy and will provide 3 to 4 wellness checks—via Zoom, email, and/or text—each day. If you feel unwell, please also reach out to Vaden Health Center for a virtual appointment. For immediate medical assistance, call Vaden at 650-498-2336.

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 can isolate on campus. But students whose families prefer to take them off campus and oversee their isolation themselves are welcome to do so. 

Returning from Isolation

Stanford and Summer Session will track students who test positive to ensure that they do not return to campus or leave isolation housing prior to finishing the required isolation period (current policy sets this as 10 days, which may be shortened to 7 days for asymptomatic individuals with proof of a negative COVID-19 test). Once you’ve tested negative for COVID-19, enter your test result in Health Check to obtain clearance to return onsite and resume normal on campus activities. Following the required isolation period, students should contact the Mentor On Call to let them know they are ready to return to their original room on campus. 

Continuing Your Coursework

While you are not required to inform your instructors that you have COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to reach out to them to share your isolation status, so they can help you make arrangements to continue your coursework while in isolation. Health information is private and Summer Session will not inform instructors on your behalf. For most students, coming down with COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of your summer at Stanford. While you will need to isolate until you are symptom free, Summer Session has academic resources to help you succeed. In many cases, students should be able to make up work missed during their time in isolation.

We have asked all instructors to develop plans for working with students in isolation, but it’s possible that if COVID-19 comes at a critical moment, it might prove difficult to make up your work. In addition, some courses do not easily lend themselves to being delivered remotely, and/or require in-person components that are not possible to replicate while isolating. In these instances, stepping out of the program may be the right decision for some students.

In the event that a student cannot isolate on campus or off campus, families can explore removing their students from the Summer Session program and receiving a prorated refund, as set by the Registrar’s Office, before July 22, 2022. The Registrar sets policy regarding refunds for Summer, just as in all other quarters, which will not be altered even if the need to drop a course is the result of sickness, injury, or other unforeseen events. 

Stanford and Summer Session Undergraduate Students in Campus Housing

Stanford undergraduates (including those employed as residential staff) and visiting Summer Session undergraduate students can find information on the Student Affairs website.  All undergraduate students are provided with the following instructions:

  1. You are required to enter your test results in Health Check, then follow the steps provided.
  2. Send a copy of your positive COVID-19 test results (attached to a message with the subject line “secure: test results”) to the “Covid Medical Care Team” through vadenpatient.stanford.edu. Varsity athletes should contact the Sports Medicine team instead of Vaden.
  3. Notify your instructors of your need to complete course requirements remotely.

Reach out to the Summer Session office with non-urgent COVID-19-related questions.

Isolation Housing

If you test positive for COVID-19, please report to the Q/I (Quarantine and Isolation) Desk for undergraduate students so you can be checked into isolation housing in EVGR-A. The Q/I desk is located at 143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, in apartment 104. Summer hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. 

Students must also initiate an Isolation SNOW Ticket, which triggers support services such as meal delivery, cleaning, and more. Pack and take a “go bag” filled with basic supplies—toiletries, changes of clothing, medications, etc.—needed to support you through up to 10 days of isolation housing. A linen pack with bedding and towels will be available in each isolation room. Summer Session staff will be notified of your isolation and will follow-up to conduct wellness checks by phone and email. If you feel unwell, please also reach out to Vaden Health Center for a virtual appointment. For immediate medical assistance, call Vaden at 650-498-2336.

We’ve worked hard to put resources in place to allow residential students who test positive for COVID-19 to isolate on campus. But students whose families prefer to take them off campus and oversee their isolation themselves are welcome to do so. 

Returning from Isolation

Once you complete the university’s isolation protocol (current policy sets this as 10 days, which may be shortened to 7 days for asymptomatic individuals with proof of a negative COVID-19 test), you will be able to return to your summer residence and resume normal on campus activities.

Continuing Your Coursework

While you are not required to inform your instructors that you have COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to reach out to them to share your isolation status, so they can help you make arrangements to continue your coursework while in isolation. Health information is private and Summer Session will not inform instructors on your behalf. For most students, coming down with COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of your summer at Stanford. While you will need to isolate until you are symptom free, Summer Session has academic resources to help you succeed. In many cases, students should be able to make up work missed during their time in isolation.

We have asked all instructors to develop plans for working with students in isolation, but it’s possible that if COVID-19 comes at a critical moment, it might prove difficult to make up your work. In addition, some courses do not easily lend themselves to being delivered remotely, and/or require in-person components that are not possible to replicate while isolating. In these instances, stepping out of the program may be the right decision for some students.

In the event that a student cannot isolate on campus or off campus, they can explore withdrawing from the Summer Session program and receiving a prorated refund, as set by the Registrar’s Office, before July 22, 2022. The Registrar sets policy regarding refunds for Summer, just as in all other quarters, which will not be altered even if the need to drop a course is the result of sickness, injury, or other unforeseen events.

Summer Session Graduate Students in Campus Housing

Summer Session Graduate students are typically able to isolate within their own residence if they test positive for COVID-19, or they may need to relocate to isolation space provided for COVID-19 positive students. You are required to enter your test results in Health Check. Then  message the House Director On Call, who will enter your information in the Summer Session COVID Care database. This will trigger your meal delivery and initiate follow-up contact by Summer Session staff. If you feel unwell, please also reach out to Vaden Health Center for a virtual appointment. For immediate medical assistance, call Vaden at 650-498-2336. Notify your instructors of your need to complete course requirements remotely. If you have questions, reach out to the Summer Session office during normal business hours. 

Returning from Isolation

You will be able to return to campus activities once you complete the university-required isolation period (current policy sets this as 10 days, which may be shortened to 7 days for asymptomatic individuals with proof of a negative COVID-19 test). Once you’ve tested negative for COVID-19, enter your test result in Health Check to obtain clearance to return onsite.

Continuing Your Coursework

While you are not required to inform your instructors that you have COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to reach out to them to share your isolation status, so they can help you make arrangements to continue your coursework while in isolation. Health information is private and Summer Session will not inform instructors on your behalf. For most students, coming down with COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of your summer at Stanford. While you will need to isolate until you are symptom free, Summer Session has academic resources to help you succeed. In many cases, students should be able to make up work missed during their time in isolation.

We have asked all instructors to develop plans for working with students in isolation, but it’s possible that if COVID-19 comes at a critical moment, it might prove difficult to make up your work. In addition, some courses do not easily lend themselves to being delivered remotely, and/or require in-person components that are not possible to replicate while isolating. In these instances, stepping out of the program may be the right decision for some students.

All Commuting Students

Commuting students, like all our students, will have access to tests. If you aren’t feeling well, please test yourself at home. If you test positive for COVID-19, please isolate at home. If you test positive while on campus, please call a parent or another responsible adult so they can take you home safely.  Notify your instructors of your need to complete course requirements remotely. Reach out to the Summer Session office during normal business hours if you have questions, or after-hours with the Mentor On Call for urgent issues. You are required to enter your test results in Health Check

Returning from Isolation

Once you complete the university’s isolation protocol (current policy sets this as 10 days, which may be shortened to 7 days for asymptomatic individuals with proof of a negative COVID-19 test), you will be able to return to campus activities. Once you’ve tested negative for COVID-19, enter your test result in Health Check to obtain clearance to return onsite and resume normal on campus activities. 

Continuing Your Coursework

While you are not required to inform your instructors that you have COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to reach out to them to share your isolation status, so they can help you make arrangements to continue your coursework while in isolation. Health information is private and Summer Session will not inform instructors on your behalf. For most students, coming down with COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of your summer at Stanford. While you will need to isolate until you are symptom free, Summer Session has academic resources to help you succeed. In many cases, students should be able to make up work missed during their time in isolation.

We have asked all instructors to develop plans for working with students in isolation, but it’s possible that if COVID-19 comes at a critical moment, it might prove difficult to make up your work. In addition, some courses do not easily lend themselves to being delivered remotely, and/or require in-person components that are not possible to replicate while isolating. In these instances, stepping out of the program may be the right decision for some students.

In the event that a student cannot isolate on campus or off campus, they can explore withdrawing from the Summer Session program and receiving a prorated refund, as set by the Registrar’s Office, before July 22, 2022. The Registrar sets policy regarding refunds for Summer, just as in all other quarters, which will not be altered even if the need to drop a course is the result of sickness, injury, or other unforeseen events.  

Academic Resources

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) is available to provide academic support to students while in isolation, as well as afterwards, through virtual tutoring appointments. For most students, coming down with COVID-19 does not have to mean the end of your summer at Stanford. Of course, if COVID-19 comes at a critical time or your coursework cannot be managed remotely, there are some individuals for whom stepping out of the program will be the right decision.  For most though, while you will need to isolate until you are symptom free, Summer Session has academic resources to help you succeed. 

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