Find all the latest updates and information related to COVID-19 and its impact on BYU-Idaho.
Paid Sick Leave Ending for Part-time, Temporary, and Student Employees
March 29, 2022
Beginning April 8, 2022, BYU-Idaho will discontinue a paid sick leave practice that was temporarily instituted to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic for regular part-time, temporary, and student employees.
This change does not apply to fully benefited employees who accrue sick leave; they should continue to record sick leave for work absences related to illness.
If experiencing illness, employees are invited to stay home and not come to work. This will allow them to recuperate and avoid spreading the illness to others.
Questions can be directed to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ext. 1700.
Masks Now Optional for Devotional and Sports
March 16, 2022
Over the last two years, BYU-Idaho has continually based COVID-19 protocols on the counsel of Church leaders, regular consultation with local health officials, and careful monitoring of local conditions.
As cases of COVID-19 and its variants have fallen and projections continue to be encouraging, masks will no longer be required during large gatherings such as devotionals and performances. Indoor activities are now allowed without masks, including basketball and other full-participation and free-play sports. As circumstances change, BYU-Idaho will continue to adjust safety protocols. Please maintain a spirit of love and respect for those who choose to wear masks.
Students and employees are encouraged to continue following all healthy practices, such as being vaccinated, staying home if experiencing any symptoms of illness, and washing and sanitizing hands regularly.
Thank you for your ongoing patience throughout this pandemic, for your conscientious adherence to what has been asked of you, and for showing concern for the safety of others in the campus and local community.
Winter Semester Campus Protocols
January 12, 2022
As part of COVID-19 and a general health precaution, masks are currently required inside classrooms, in the Fitness Center, in the Student Health Center, 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 and its variants within our community.
University administrators continue to work with Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) and carefully watch local infection and hospitalization rates. Appropriate health protocols are anticipated to remain in effect as long as necessary.
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 physical distancing is not feasible.
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.
Winter Semester 2022 Temporary Sick Leave Process
December 20, 2022
Beginning January 5, 2022, and continuing through April 7, 2022, BYU-Idaho will be reinstituting the sick-leave process adopted for Fall Semester 2021. The following process is applicable to student employees and regularly scheduled part-time employees who are sick. This is not applicable to benefited employees.
Following are the temporary sick leave process guidelines:
- If you are sick, we invite you to stay home and not come to work.
- Regularly scheduled part-time, regularly scheduled (non-benefited) temporary and student employees will be paid for their normally scheduled times during an absense due to health-related reasons of their own.
- Employees will need to coordinate with their supervisor to minimize the impact of missed work time on their work assignments and their colleagues
BYU-Idaho will monitor conditions and strive to do all that is necessary to protect campus employees and students.
Question: Do benefited employees qualify for this process?
Answer: No, benefited employees should record any sick leave time in Workday
Question: What if my roommate or family member is sick?
Answer: This temporary process will not apply. This is a process for when the employee is sick.
Question: What about FMLA, maternity, parental leave?
Answer: This process does not change the qualification or use of other leaves. All other leaves should continue to be recorded as normal within Workday.
Question: What about part-time or student employees?
Answer: This process will apply to non-benefited employees who are regularly scheduled. These employees should continue to be paid for time they were scheduled to work when they need to be absent due to health-related reasons of their own.
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
With access to vaccination, we have significant help in the fight against the virus. We recognize that some may feel skeptical regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and have included a list of sources to help you find credible information for making an educated decision. Please help protect yourself and others on campus by getting vaccinated if you are able.
The Clalit Research Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University, analyzed one of the world's largest integrated health record databases to examine the safety of the Pfizer ...
Yes, there are now several vaccines that are in use. The first mass vaccination program started in early December 2020 and the number of vaccination doses administered is updated on a daily basis here. At least 13 different vaccines (across 4 platforms) have been administered.
FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, which has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and is now marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease ...
We anticipate BYU-Idaho’s reopening process to occur in a gradual manner. We will act conservatively in following national and local policies and guidelines with at least a one to two-week delay.
Mental Health Resources Available to Students and Employees
August 3, 2020
BYU-Idaho offers a variety of remote mental health resources for students, including online counseling and a new anxiety and stress workshop available to all students and employees.
BYU-Idaho Counseling Center
Individual, group, and couples remote counseling is available to students. Contact the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center at (208) 496-9370.
Anxiety and Stress Workshop
The Counseling Center also provides an anxiety and stress workshop through Zoom that is open to all students and employees. Counselors in the BYUI Counseling Center will provide a 45-minute presentation and discussion on different mental health topics ranging from anxiety, depression, emotion management, and more.
- Summer Session 2020
The workshop will take place every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (July 27 th – September 9 th).
- Fall Semester 2020
The workshop will take place every Tuesday at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays at 3:15 pm.
To join the discussion, login to Zoom and use the Meeting ID 91642514514 or click on the following link: https://byui.zoom.us/i/91642514514
Therapy Assistance Online (TOA)
Students and employees have full access to Therapy Assistance Online (TOA). TOA is an online self-help program that can aid individuals in improving mental health. It is available to all students and employees with a BYUI email address.
This online program offers 8 models of dealing with a variety of mental wellness topics. For more information on what TOA can offer, please refer to TOA.
For more information, visit the Counseling Center, including additional resources and the latest updates on services.
The Wellness Center, located in the Hart Building, is open Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm and can provide fitness and nutrition consultations and wellness assessments. Walk into the Center at Hart 174 or call at (208) 496-7491 to schedule an appointment. Additional information is available online on the Wellness Center.
Your fellow students can also be an important resource and support. To connect with a Peer Mentor, visit Peer Mentoring for additional information or to request assistance.
Social Activities and Events
Even with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place, getting outside, being physically active, and interacting with others can benefit your mental and emotional wellness. Here is a list of current activities and events provided by the university during summer session. For additional information you can visit the Activities and Involvement Center in Manwaring Center 101 Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm or visit Summer Session Activies and Events.
Work From Home Guidelines
June 20, 2020
- All employees who are able to work from home will continue to do so.
- Limited personnel will continue to work on campus, with approval.
- Additional, limited personnel may return, as determined appropriate by the university, based on area reports.
- Departments should ensure operational plans and business protocols are in place to meet the governor’s allowance for returning to work at a to-be-determined date.
- Vulnerable individuals should use caution in their public interactions, and should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
Vaccinations and COVID Safety Protocols
Vaccinations at the Health Center
Free vaccinations are available by appointment on campus at the Student Health Center. Call (208) 496-9330 to schedule an appointment.
Schedule a Vaccination through Eastern Idaho Public Health
Free vaccinations are available by appointment off-campus through Eastern Idaho Public Health and other participating pharmacies and clinics. Call (208) 533-3223 OR (855) 533-3160 to schedule an appointment. The appointment scheduling line is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.