Stage Three Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On May 28, Governor Brad Little announced the beginning of Stage Three protocols for Idaho to reopen. He also issued an associated Stay Healthy Order . Stage Three is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 30–June 12). In order to advance to each stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

As conditions associated with COVID-19 are fluid, a return to the BYU-Idaho campus is subject to official governmental, public health, and Church guidance. Regardless of any announcements from federal, state, and local officials, we anticipate a return to on-campus work and study will occur in a gradual manner, as we continue conservatively following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a 1- to 2-week delay.

Here is what the Stage Three protocol means for BYU-Idaho students and employees:

  • Classes will continue remotely through Spring Semester 2020.
  • The university continues to actively plan for Summer Session and Fall Semester 2020.
  • BYU-Idaho will not be opening campus buildings—including gyms and recreational facilities during Stage Three.
  • Limited gatherings of 10–50 with physical distancing and precautionary measures may be considered and approved by the university, on a case-by-case basis.
  • All employees who are able to work from home will continue to do so.
  • Limited personnel will continue to work on campus, with approval.
  • Additional, limited personnel may return, as determined appropriate by the university, based on area reports.
  • Departments should ensure operational plans and business protocols are in place to meet the governor’s allowance for returning to work at a to-be-determined date.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions, and should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

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. This opening plan will be shared as it is developed and approved.
  • All university travel continues to be suspended.
  • All remaining, unopened campus services will continue to develop plans for reopening.
  • Students and employees returning from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho are encouraged to honor the Governor’s request to observe state and CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • While most facilities and services will remain closed, the following are open:
    • Health Center
    • Counseling Center (online only)
    • University Store (pick-up service at the front entrance, 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
    • Print & Copy
    • Stores & Receiving (Warehouse is open for purchases and we are also accepting department orders through the workday requisition process.  Item ordered must be picked up at Stores & Receiving.)
    • Mail Services
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other student services are accessible via phone, email, and online
    • David O. McKay Library (book pickup location is inside the southeast entrance of the Manwaring Center on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–3 p.m.)

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 of Idaho’s additional resources and official state COVID-19 website.

First published: 2020/06/08 @ 2:32 PM