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Governor Little charts path to prosperity, extends
Governor Little charts path to prosperity, extends statewide stay-home order to April 30 with exceptions
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that he is extending the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly "non-essential" businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state.
"Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term," Governor Little said. "The statewide stay-home order is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho, but the science tells us if you don't time these measures right then we could worsen the outcome for citizens' health and the economy weeks or months down the road."
Idahoans should continue to practice all the behaviors they have been doing since March 25, when Governor Little issued the 21-day order.
However, formerly "non-essential" facilities and services under the order may offer curbside and delivery services between now and April 30.
In addition, Governor Little's amended order issued today requires out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after entering. Those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state are excluded.
Governor Little also said "non-essential" businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as long as they prepare operational plans over the next two weeks to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; and direct flow of people in the operation.
This excludes some "non-essential" businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings.
He noted that may not occur if there is an upward trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Idaho between now and April 30.
"Rebounding to an economic recovery will require consumer confidence. Without therapeutics to treat symptoms of coronavirus, without a vaccine, and without herd immunity, consumers want to know businesses will adhere to strict practices to assure their health and safety. We can expect to go through phases of loosening and tightening of these measures until we do. In the meantime, I will continue to push for expanded access to testing," Governor Little added.
Governor Little will evaluate the order again closer to the end of the month.
"I want to thank the people of Idaho for doing an incredible job protecting their neighbors and themselves by following the statewide stay-home order. We are truly a state made up of people who care for each other," Governor Little said.
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CEI to Offer all GenEd Classes Online for the Summer Semester
College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) announces that the summer semester will be offered fully online. The summer semester begins June 1, with summer registration going on now. CEI continues the current semester after spring break with all general education courses now online.
"Given the uncertainty of the effects of the COVID-19 virus on our region, our CEI leadership team has decided to be proactive and deliver all general education classes online." President Rick Aman announced today. "As a new and innovative community college, our time and efforts have been focused both on campus-based programming and on flexible delivery through the use of technology."
Summer semester students can be admitted to CEI, be advised, receive support for financial aid, and have a tutorial on using CEI's learning management system — BlackBoard. During the 8 week summer semester, CEI can support a student with wrap-around services such as testing, tutoring, library, and advising all on a virtual online platform. CEI is prepared to scale with additional sections of the core general education requirements every student needs for transfer to a university.
In addition, CEI's Workforce Training & Continuing Education always offers hundreds of online classes to help you grow personally or professionally. Class offerings include everything from Home Schooling Essentials to online career certifications like Pharmacy Technician.
Visit cei.edu/wtce to review the online course catalog and register.
CAMPUS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
GOVERNOR ISSUES STATEWIDE STAY-HOME ORDER
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
CEI Faculty and Staff,
I will close College of Eastern Idaho functions on the physical campus to all but "essential personnel" for the next 21 days, as specified by Governor Little in today's news conference. CEI Leadership will be contacting essential personnel – those who are required to be physically on campus for specific duties necessary to continue operations of the College – as they are needed to report to campus. All other CEI employees should plan to work remotely over the next three weeks, or longer, should Governor Little extend the order.
The core priority of CEI, as we have stated in the past, is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. Secondly, we will make every attempt possible to help our students successfully complete the spring semester. None of the announcements today should come as a surprise to CEI employees. We have anticipated the Governor's order for two weeks and we attempted to provide everyone with the tools they need to operate productively at home, whether as a faculty member or as staff supporting our teaching and learning mission.
CEI General Education classes will continue through use of online learning techniques such as Blackboard and Zoom. Every faculty member is responsible for contacting each of their students and providing assistance needed. There will be some complexity for students in certain lab, Career Technical or Nursing programs, and CEI will work with other colleges and the State Board of Education to determine a path forward to complete this semester.
My office will send out additional information and guidance over the course of the coming days as we start our journey as a temporary, all online college together.
President Rick Aman
CEI announced today that the college will close the campus to the public
CEI announced today that the college will close the campus to the public over the spring break, effective at midnight today, March 18, until 7 a.m. Monday, March 30.
CEI's Career & College Readiness Center; Library; Testing Center; and Tutoring Center will be closed to all during the spring break. Student Affairs will be available over the phone, online, and via video conference. Please call 208.525.3000, option 4, for an appointment. CEI staff will have access to campus and will continue to work over the spring break. CEI faculty and students are also allowed on campus as necessary. CEI will update the community with pertinent information as developments occur in our region and necessitate adjustments to our approach.
STUDENTS WITH QUESTIONS: Student.Concern@cei.edu
CEI will officially move all credit lecture classes fully online as of the end of spring break
The administration announced today that CEI will officially move all credit lecture classes fully online as of the end of spring break on March 30. We will continue to explore options for our lab classes, trades classes, and nursing clinicals.
Early Spring Break will begin on Wednesday, March 18. At this time, all CEI offices and student-facing services will be open with business as usual during spring break and beyond. CEI President Rick Aman stated, "Our first focus right now is on the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and citizens. Next, is to ensure CEI provides a path forward for students to complete their courses and degrees."