Return-to-Campus Timeline and Summer Hours
As we look ahead to this fall and a return to near-normal operations, Idaho State University has prepared a timeline for employees to return to campus.
University employees working remotely (full- or part-time) should start planning now to transition to on-campus work as early as Monday, June 28, with the goal of having campuses fully functional for fall operations by Monday, August 2. 
  • While the phase-in period for employees returning to campus is June 28 - August 2, this announcement does not mean that all employees must return to campus on June 28. The University anticipates the month of July will be a transitional phase to resume normal staffing arrangements, and reintegrate remote employees. 
  • Deans, chairs, and supervisors should begin reintegration conversations with their teams based on this timeline. Additional guidance and planning tools for supervisors are currently in development and will be shared next month.
  • To minimize any possible disruptions to summer students and coursework, all summer classes will proceed as originally scheduled.
  • Units that have a specific need to return their on-campus staffing to pre-COVID levels before June 28 should seek approval from their vice president, ensuring that plans follow current safety protocols and requested accommodations are supported.
  • Updated guidance will be provided in May for employees requesting disability-related accommodations during this transitional phase or into the fall. 
  • Though not as widely utilized, remote work arrangements were part of our environment prior to COVID-19, and it is anticipated that full or part-time telework will continue for situations where it is well-suited for the type of work performed. Updated process guidance will be provided for supervisors in the coming weeks.
  • At this time, face coverings and physical distancing are still required on all University campuses. As the COVID-19 situation and guidance evolves, future updates and guidelines will be shared.
  • Employees on 9, 10, and 11-month contracts should plan to return to campus based on their contracted dates.
This reintegration timeline is being communicated now to provide enough time for arrangements to be made, though guidance will continue to evolve. Idaho State will be prepared to adapt as needed. Future communication and guidance will be emailed and posted on the Roaring Back website.

As your teams engage in these reintegration conversations, please let us know what particular questions are coming up, so they can be addressed as future guidance is developed. Questions can be submitted online.
Summer Hours Start on Monday, May 10
Idaho State University will continue the longstanding tradition of summer hours for employees. To support employees in fully enjoying the summer season, the University’s administrative office hours will shift to Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break, beginning on Monday, May 10. Summer hours apply to telework and on-campus working arrangements. Standard office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume on Monday, August 9, 2021. 

Managers are encouraged to use flexibility and creativity in determining the best schedule for their operations and as they prepare for teams to transition back to campus. Management at all campus locations should consult with their respective vice presidents, where needed, if alternate schedules might be better suited for meeting the needs of students or their specific operational needs.

As a reminder, the University will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, and Independence Day will be observed on Monday, July 5. For more information on the remaining state holidays, please see the 2021 Holiday Schedule. All questions regarding summer hours should be directed to Human Resources by calling (208) 282-2517.
COVID-19 Vaccinations
The University also encourages all members of the campus community to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. More information about vaccinations, including how to schedule an appointment on the Pocatello campus, is available on the University’s COVID-19 vaccination website.
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