U of I Boise to Re-Open for In-Person Classes Sept. 28
September 15, 2020
BOISE, Idaho — Sept. 15, 2020 — University of Idaho Boise will re-open for in-person classes Monday, Sept. 28. The U of I Boise facilities to re-open include the Idaho Water Center and the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in downtown Boise.
“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.
Around 400 students and 120 faculty and staff will return to the Idaho Water Center and the ILJLC for in-person classes. After Thanksgiving break, all classes will be held online/remote.
“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.”
The U of I opened its Moscow campus to in-person and HyFlex classes at the beginning of the fall semester. Faculty and students are asked to keep safety measures in place, such as social distancing, wearing face coverings and handwashing. Additionally, all Moscow students were tested for COVID-19 before classes started and continue to be tested as needed. Currently, the U of I Moscow campus has a 1.1% COVID-19 positivity rate, well within the 5% positivity rate recommended by Gov. Brad Little.
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.
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