In-person classes at U of I Boise will start September 28

University of Idaho Boise
Posted at 10:45 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 13:20:55-04

BOISE, Idaho — In-person classes at the University of Idaho Boise campus will reopen on September 28. The Idaho Water Center and the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center (ILJLC) in downtown Boise will also be reopening on this date.

“Both the Boise School District and Boise State University started offering some in-person classes this month and, after consulting with the Central District Health, we decided to be consistent with the community efforts and start in-person classes in Boise as well,” said Chandra Zenner Ford, U of I Center Executive Officer, Boise and Southwestern Idaho.

A news release from the university says around 400 students and 120 faculty and staff will return to the Idaho Water Center and the ILJLC for classes. After Thanksgiving, all classes will be held online.

“In-person classes will only continue if we all do our part,” said Zenner Ford. “The only way we are going to make this work is if all of us are vigilant. I ask our students, faculty and staff to be especially careful about our own actions and interactions outside of the classroom and place of work. Central District Health has told us this will be one of the most important factors in keeping our University of Idaho community healthy.”

U of I opened its Moscow campus to in-person and "HyFlex" classes at the start of the fall semester. Faculty and students were asked to keep safety measures like social distancing, face coverings and handwashing in place. All Moscow students were tested for the coronavirus before classes started and testing is done as needed.

Currently, the U of I Moscow campus has a 1.1% COVID-19 positivity rate, according to the news release.

The requirements at the U of I Boise facilities will be consistent with the university-wide requirements, except for mandatory testing for students, due to the availability of testing in Ada County. All faculty, students and staff who had been exposed or show COVID-19 symptoms are asked to self-quarantine, get tested and follow their doctor’s advice.