Spring Semester and the Amended Stay-Home Order

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On April 15, Governor Brad Little announced an extension of the statewide stay–home order. You can find the full text of the order, answers to frequently asked questions, and other official guidance and resources on the state’s official coronavirus website: coronavirus.idaho.gov. This order originally became effective at 1:30 p.m. on March 25, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

Here is what the order requires of BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:

  • You must continue to self-isolate in your home.
  • Non-residents must self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after coming into the state.
  • All travel is prohibited, including but not limited to, travel on scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except for essential travel and essential activities, as defined in the order.
  • You may not host or participate in public or private gatherings regardless of the number of people involved, except as specifically permitted by the order. Gatherings for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes are not permitted.
  • You may only participate in individual outdoor activities near your home, but only if you comply with six-foot social distancing requirements. Outdoor group activities are prohibited and social distancing requirements are in all public and private outdoor spaces.
  • Practice social distancing, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, clean high touch surfaces, cover coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands. Wear protective face coverings in public places and gloves, as necessary.
  • Violation of or failure to comply with this order could constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • If you have questions about what is or isn’t permitted by the order, we encourage you to visit the state’s FAQ page.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:

  • All non-essential facilities and services have closed.
  • Spring Semester 2020 courses are being held remotely and online.
  • Essential campus facilities and services will remain open.
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • Crossroads (limited options available for pick-up only from 11 am–2 pm and 4–6 pm)
    • Public Safety
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
  • BYU-Idaho employees are instructed to work from home. Requests for exceptions will be handled by line management.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions, attending BYU-Idaho will be very different. We should not expect the same experience and in-person social interactions we’ve previously enjoyed. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others. There are many at-risk individuals that need all of us to be good citizens.

Despite these circumstances, good things are happening. There is still much to feel optimistic about this semester. The BYU-Idaho faculty and staff are working diligently to make sure this semester is the best it can be for everyone involved. With this in mind, please check out the new portal to help as you continue to study remotely. Once there, you will find a new Academic Resource page and can enjoy the following video from President Eyring.

First published: 2020/04/17 @ 6:14 PM