Idaho State University has canceled classes and closed community-facing clinics on the Meridian campus for today, Friday, March 13, to clean the facility.
A student who attends classes on the Meridian campus recently returned from an out-of-state conference where a case of COVID-19 was confirmed. The student and approximately a dozen other members of Meridian’s campus community are currently in self isolation. All affected individuals have been notified.
The Meridian facility is currently short on custodial staff, so, out of an abundance of caution, the University is bringing in a crew today and over the weekend to fully clean the facility. The student accessed minimal areas within the facility, and there is no indication that the student had any contact with, or entered, the West Ada School District portion of the building.
All faculty, staff, students, and visitors on the Meridian campus have been asked to return home. University employees who have been impacted by today’s campus closure and sent home will receive paid administrative leave. Classes, labs, clinics, and other activities planned on the campus have been canceled until Monday, March 16.
Distance-learning classes originating from Meridian have been cancelled today, and courses transmitted from Pocatello and other ISU campus locations may be attended using Zoom video conferencing. For assistance with Zoom, students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors. At this time, students will be excused from class if attendance is not practical using distance-learning means.
If needed, additional information and instructions will be shared with the University community.