On April 30, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage One protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage One is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 1 – May 15). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.
Here is what the Stage One protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:
- Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
- We anticipate BYU-Idaho’s reopening process to occur in a gradual manner. We will act conservatively in following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a one to two-week delay.
- Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, a return to on-campus work and study will not take place immediately.
- The university continues to actively plan for Fall 2020 Semester. As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to campus is subject to official governmental and public health guidance.
As part of Stage One, the governor announced a new Stay Healthy Order that includes:
- Gatherings, both public and private, should be avoided.
- Non-essential travel should be avoided or minimized.
- Any person entering the state of Idaho is required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all students and employees.
- Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home and limit their movement outside of their place of residence.
- 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.
Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:
- While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
- Health Center
- Counseling Center (online only)
- University Store (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and closed Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
- Crossroads (only open for pick-up Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.)
- Outdoor Resource Center (Curbside pick-up Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. –5 p.m.)
- Public Safety
- BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and diligence in following governmental orders and guidance as responsible and good citizens. Thank you for protecting yourselves and for thinking of the vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.