Stage Two Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On May 14, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage Two protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage Two is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 16 – May 29). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

Here is what the Stage Two 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 Semester 2020. As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance.
As part of Stage Two, the governor announced a new Stay Healthy Order that includes:
  • Business and governmental agencies, unless otherwise noted, may continue to resume operations at physical locations with mandatory social distancing and sanitation requirements.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people, both public and private, should be avoided.
  • Non-essential travel should be avoided or minimized.
  • Individuals entering the state of Idaho from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • 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 and gloves in public places, as necessary.
Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with the order:
  • The university is creating a plan for a safe return to campus in accordance with official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. BYU-Idaho will not be opening campus buildings including gyms and recreational facilities at this time. We will share our opening plan as it continues to develop and approvals are given.
  • While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store – limited service only (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, Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday 12 – 2 p.m., and Monday – Friday 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
  • BYU-Idaho is not resuming small group activities and gatherings at this time. Employees may consult with their line management if individual departments need an exception. Approval should be sought through respective vice presidents before proceeding.

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.

For more information, visit the state’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

First published: 2020/05/20 @ 6:50 PM