With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly encouraging social distancing and discouraging gatherings of 50 or more people, most CAES residents began telecommuting on March 18.

Everyone at the CAES facility is telecommuting unless they are engaged in research that requires access to the CAES facility or there is a critical need to access their office (e.g. security concerns, computing resources).

The move to telecommuting mirrors actions taken at the five CAES entities: All CAES universities have announced the transition to online classes, curbing face-to-face interaction in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus and associated disease (COVID-19), and INL has announced that employees would transition to telecommuting if able.

Here is a look at COVID-19 measures undertaken by the CAES entities:

  • Boise State University announced it will deliver all courses remotely through the end of the semester, the end of the semester. The campus remains open so that research and “most other functions” can continue. The university has also suspended all events “where proper social distancing cannot be assured” until at least April 15, when a reassessment is planned.
  • Idaho State University has extended its spring break to two weeks. Classes will resume March 30 using “distance-based instruction,” although all campus locations will remain open and accessible.
  • University of Idaho will transition from face-to-face instruction to online only after spring break ends March 23, regardless of location. All university locations, buildings, laboratories, and classrooms will remain open for the duration of the change in course delivery, for which no end date has been identified.
  • University of Wyoming plans to transition to online classes after its spring break ends on March 30, although its campus remains open.
  • Idaho National Laboratory has directed most employees to telecommute.