Winter 2022 COVID Guidelines

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Ongoing COVID-19 Protocols

Beginning Winter Semester 2022, masks will only be required inside classrooms, at larger gatherings such as devotional, and wherever physical distancing is not possible.

We thank all BYU-Idaho students and employees for observing campus COVID-19 health protocols and for supporting those who choose to continue wearing masks in all settings. We appreciate all efforts to limit and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our community.

University administrators continue to work with EIPH and carefully watch local infection and hospitalization rates. The requirement is anticipated to remain in effect as long as necessary due to the university not requiring vaccination for campus enrollment.

We encourage everyone to follow the guidance of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU-Idaho’s President Henry J. Eyring by getting vaccinated and following health protocols, including mask-wearing in places where social distancing is not feasible

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please get a COVID-19 test. You may be asked to self-isolate. If you must self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the Student Well Being Office and your instructors right away. Your professors will work with you to provide the necessary support for your learning and coursework while isolating.

For more detailed information, review the COVID-19 vaccination resources and the COVID-19 exposure protocols.

Thank you again for observing campus protocols and efforts to keep our community healthy.

Tuition Cost

Tuition cost depends on the student type as well as the registration option. To get the total cost per credit and student type, see Tuition Cost.

Preventative Protocols

Campus health and safety protocols and following good hygiene practices will continue to be required for the Winter semester.

Students and employees are asked to carefully follow the required health restrictions established by Eastern Idaho Public Health while on campus and when in the community. BYU-Idaho is working closely with EIPH to receive guidance as we determine the best ways to keep campus safe and offer on-campus classes and activities. EIPH’s thresholds, including active cases and hospital bed capacity, are key indicators to watch.

Campus and Classroom Sanitation and Safety

We want your Winter semester to be as productive as possible, and we’ll need your support and help to make that happen. BYU-Idaho is working hard to keep the campus open by implementing additional protections:

  • Students and employees are required to wear a face-covering (mask or face shield) when on campus.
  • Classrooms are reduced to one-third capacity to ensure physical distancing guidelines are met.
  • New and increased sanitation efforts are in place everywhere on campus.
  • Foot traffic flow is clearly marked in buildings to reduce cross-traffic throughout campus. Per public health protocol, ushers are located in key areas to direct traffic and assist your movement between classes.

Life Safeguards

Along with your academic experience, plans are in place to help you have a meaningful semester socially. However, expect some adjustments to gatherings on and off-campus. Though life at BYU-Idaho will look different, we are confident in your ability to adapt to new situations. These efforts are for every person’s benefit, and we trust you will do your part to keep yourself, fellow students, and the surrounding community healthy.

Health Considerations

Should you become ill or come in contact with COVID-19, BYU-Idaho is working closely with Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) to help make sure you have access to the care you need. Please answer your phone if you receive a call from EIPH. Following their instructions will allow you to receive the appropriate help you need.

If you have any symptoms or questions about COVID-19, please contact the Student Health Center at (208) 496-9330.

Above all, if you don’t feel well, stay home until you are healthy. The university has put significant measures in place to help ensure you are well-cared for. These include consideration of your classes, on-campus employment, access to meals, and other support. Please contact the Student Well-Being Office at (208) 496-9200 for more information.

Let’s Do It Together

BYU-Idaho is prepared to help you stay healthy and enjoy the semester. As we each continue to foster respect and thoughtfulness on campus and in the community, your commitment is key to a successful semester. After all, we are in this together!

Find current updates on BYU-Idaho’s response to COVID-19 here.

FAQ

Should we wear a mask outdoors?

  • Beginning Winter Semester 2022, masks will only be required inside classrooms, at larger gatherings such as devotional, and wherever physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required outside when physical distancing can be maintained. As university sidewalks and other outdoor areas become congested, everyone should wear a mask or shield as a precaution.

Should I wear a mask during Sunday meetings?

  • Continue wearing masks wherever physical distancing is not possible. Those unable or unwilling to wear masks should coordinate with their respective ecclesiastical leader to determine if an accommodation is available to view meetings online. For more information on Sunday meetings, please visit: Article - Church Schedule (byui.edu).

Will there continue to be Home Evening and Weekday Activities?

  • Gathering in small group activities without following proper safety protocols is one of the main ways the virus is spreading. To participate in safe gathering activities, please sign up for a variety of campus-sponsored home evening activities. In addition to the home evening, wards can schedule small group activities—such as laser tag, archery tag, and more—on days other than Monday by contacting studentsupport@byui.edu. When campus safety protocols are followed, these types of gatherings are low risk.

Will there be activities on the weekends?

  • BYU-Idaho will continue to provide fun and safe weekend activities. You can find a list of things to do on the university’s I-Belong webpage and app. Large parties and apartment gatherings that exceed occupancy limits, violate EIPH’s order, and disregard established health and safety protocols are not permitted.

What do I do if I am sick or I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 please refer to the following Article - Feeling Sick? (byui.edu)

The following list also provides a quick reference and guidance on what to do if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19:

Are there more resources available for students?

The list below provides contact information for additional needs or concerns:

As we work together and diligently follow safety guidelines, we can all experience a successful and healthy semester.

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