Sunday air quality update

Air quality in the area around Stanford has been slightly better over the weekend, though smoky and stagnant air continues to be predicted for the Bay Area over the next couple of days. At the official air quality measuring station nearest Stanford in Redwood City, air quality readings overnight were in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range but climbed again into the “unhealthy” range during the day on Sunday.

Stanford deeply appreciates our community’s continued understanding and cooperation as the region manages the continuing effects of wildfire smoke.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS: While there are no classes this week during the university’s regularly scheduled Thanksgiving Recess, other university operations are expected to remain open and operating Monday through Wednesday. Employees, please consult with your supervisor if your personal situation or health concerns mean that you need to consider alternate work arrangements. We encourage managers to provide as much flexibility as possible for employees during this challenging period, while continuing the university’s operations.

EVENTS: The university recommends that campus events be held indoors to the greatest extent possible.

CHILD CARE: Child care centers on the Stanford campus will be open Monday through Wednesday and operate according to their normal hours.

FOOTHILLS: The Dish and Matadero Trail in the foothills are expected to remain closed while air quality levels are unhealthy. Check The Dish website for updates.

N95 MASKS: For employees, if you wish to have an N95 mask for your outdoor activity, please consult with your supervisor, or with your departmental human resources manager in the absence of a supervisor this week. Supervisors, HR managers, faculty members and others with questions about mask availability may contact Environmental Health & Safety at (650) 723-0448.

ASSISTING WILDFIRE VICTIMS: The third annual Cardinal at Work Cares Donation Drive has expanded to benefit those affected by the recent wildfires. The drive will help provide wildfire victims in Paradise and throughout the state with basic personal care and toiletry essentials. Please see the Cardinal at Work Cares website for additional information.

If circumstances change over the course of the week, updates for the Stanford community will be posted on the website.