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Idaho's college and universities plan for fall semester

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 20:17:45-04

IDAHO — With the fall semester approaching for college students, here is Idaho colleges and universities plans for bringing students back to campus for a new school year:

Idaho State University:

  • Idaho State will resume full campus operations Aug. 17.
  • Classes will be taught in-person.
  • All face-to-face instructions will be completed by Thanksgiving break (Tues., Nov. 24).
  • Following Thanksgiving break, the university will have one week of online finals.
  • On-campus housing will be provided.
  • Classes are being moved to larger rooms to accommodate social distancing rules.
  • Some classes will make use of hybrid; online and in-person teaching.

Boise State University:

  • Boise State will resume on schedule, Aug. 24.
  • Classes will be a mix of in-person and online.
  • After Thanksgiving, all classes will shift to online.
  • Small classes will be moved to larger rooms and large classes will be reduced in size.
  • On-campus housing and dining services will reopen for fall. Most dining services will be takeout.
  • Dorm residents might be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive in Boise.
  • Before employees return to work, they could be tested for COVID-19.
  • Temperature checks for employees at the start of a work shift or COVID-19 screening.

University of Idaho:

  • U of I will reopen with in-person classes Aug. 24.
  • Classes will be taught mostly in-person. Some classes will be hybrid online and in-person. Students will alternate days to attend in-person. A few classes will be completely online.
  • Classrooms will be used at 50% capacity.
  • Face coverings are required indoors with few exceptions (private offices being one).
  • Face coverings are required outside any time six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • On-campus housing will reopen. Most housing will remain at standard capacity. Theopholis Tower will be reduced to single rooms only.
  • The university will have COVID-19 tests available in conjunction with Gritman Medical Center.
  • Thermal scanners are being installed in some of our more public areas (entrance to the ISUB, Dome, etc).

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM):

  • ICOM resumed full operations on June 15, and continues to operate under a “new normal", and the fall semester will begin on time, Aug.3.
  • All classes will be in-person.
  • Third-year students will be back on campus July 1 to finish their hands-on clinical after it was canceled in spring. ”
  • Employees and students and will continue to engage in physical distancing of at least six feet, wear face coverings in public areas and stay home if sick.
  • Temperature checks are performed at entrances.
  • The college is adjusting schedules, teaching methods, and the use of more spacing to teach while implementing public health guidelines.
  • Contingency plans are being created, in case they need to go back to distanced learning.

College of Idaho:

  • College of Idaho will begin the fall semester Aug.19, one week earlier than originally planned.
  • Finals will be completed before Thanksgiving break.
  • Fall break is canceled to give students enough time to finish classes before Thanksgiving break.
  • They will have COVID-19 testing available for students.
  • On-campus housing will be offered, but students will have a designated time slot to move-in.

All the colleges and universities are working to follow guidelines given by state health officials and the CDC. With COVID-19 and its outlook for fall being unpredictable these plans may be modified as needed. We will work to keep you updated on each schools plans for the fall if they change.