Stage Four Protocols and BYU-Idaho

On June 10, Governor Brad Little announced the beginning of Stage Four protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage Four is expected to take place over a two-week period (June 13–June 26). He also re-emphasized the associated Stay Healthy Guidelines. In order to advance to each stage, all state-identified criteria must be met. The governor noted that the state narrowly met the required criteria necessary to enter Stage Four; therefore, our future success requires everyone’s commitment to be part of the solution.

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 Four 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.
  • Limited gatherings that are core to the mission of the university, with physical distancing and additional measures, may be considered and approved by line management, on a case-by-case basis. Large events such as devotional will continue to be held virtually, with adjustments being made as conditions and guidance permit.
  • Anyone on campus should follow the recommended Stay Healthy Guidance, including maintaining a six-foot physical distance, wearing protective face coverings, especially when physical distancing is not possible, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.
  • Departments have submitted operational plans for review. Employees’ telework or on-campus work will be determined by line management in accordance with state, federal, and Church guidelines.
  • Campus recreational facilities (i.e. play fields, pool, Fitness Center, etc.) will open gradually, with detailed sanitation protocol and limits on the number of patrons served. For details and reservations, visit www.byui.edu/recreational-facilities.
  • Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions and should minimize exposure to settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • Any individuals returning to the Rexburg area should self-monitor for symptoms of illness. Those with any health concerns should contact the Health Center for care and guidance.

Here is what BYU-Idaho is continuing to do in accordance with government guidance:

  • 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.
  • Vulnerable employees and students are encouraged to telework and/or pursue online options.
  • All university travel continues to be suspended.
  • All remaining, unopened campus services will continue to develop plans for reopening, as determined appropriate by the university.
  • The following facilities and services are open, and specific information is available by calling 208-496-1411 or visiting the BYU-Idaho Support Center:
    • Health Center (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except during devotionals)
    • 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 (24/7)
    • BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other student services are accessible via phone, email, and online
    • Stores & Receiving (orders through Workday may be picked up at the warehouse)
    • Mail Services (daily mail may be picked up at Stores & Receiving warehouse)
    • Surplus Sales (Monday–Friday, 1–5 p.m.)
    • McKay Library (books may be picked up inside the south entrance of the Manwaring Center Tuesdays and 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: 2020/06/22 @ 1:43 PM