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Social Distancing Policies

Updated: 12/11/2020

  • Any faculty/staff/student working on-campus must participate in the COVID-19 Screening Program.
  • Read the student Social Distancing policies for lab, and the ISU website Coronavirus and Roaring Back including Covid-19 Wellbeing & Prevention.
  • It is a requirement for all students, faculty, instructors, and staff to wear facial coverings in all public spaces on campus, including laboratories in order to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus.
    • Please, wear your *approved facial covering in lab as well as gloves and goggles.
    • If you need facial covering, contact the Dean of Students Office (208) 282-2794.
    • If you need a face shield for health reasons, contact Disability Services at (208) 282-3599.
    • Please note that students will be asked to leave the lab if they fail to wear an approved facial covering/goggles/gloves in lab and they will not be able to make up the lab.
  • Each instructor will be given  bag of chalk and markers as well as goggles or a face shield. Please do not use another instructor's materials. If they are misplaced, go to the main office to request more.
  • Be familiar with social distancing room set up for each lab (LS 122, 261, 262, 263 and CHE 107).
  • Come to the LS or CHE building, wearing your mask; enter the building and lab with your mask on.
  • Enter the lab using the ENTER door and exit using the EXIT door. Look for the signs.
  • BEFORE and AFTER, lab clean the instructor bench top, computer keyboard, mouse, and screen, and other lab equipment with the available wipes.
  • Make sure your students are also cleaning their bench top, computer keyboard, mouse, and screen, and other lab equipment at their stations with the available wipes.
  • What to do if a student tests positive for COVID-19:
    • If the student came to lab, send the student home to isolate. The student should report their illness using the COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, EXPOSURE & TEST RESULT SELF-REPORTING FORM.
    • Do not notify the lab or other students without direction from the health committee.
    • Prepare a list of the other people in your lab who had close contact with the ill individual for the time period encompassing 72 hours before symptoms onset up to the last day in the classroom.
    • The instructor should email this information to
    • The health team will reach out to provide additional next steps and guidance.
    • If the student was in lab, close the workspace and contact Facilities Services for cleaning and disinfection.
    • Encourage the student to contact their primary care provider via phone to determine the need for testing for COVID-19. If the student does not have a primary care provider they can contact University Health at (208) 282-2330 (Idaho Falls, Pocatello or Twin Falls). The student should follow the recommendations of a medical professional for testing and treatment. If the medical professional’s advice and recommendations differ from these guidelines or if you or the student has questions, contact for assistance.
  • What to do if a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19: Physical distancing and facial coverings are in place to substantially lower risk of transmission, even if someone has COVID-19. However, Any COVID-19 symptoms are assumed to be due to COVID-19 and are treated as such until a medical professional determines otherwise. If you are symptomatic or test positive, you should follow the guidance provided above. Students and/or instructors displaying other symptoms (e.g. seasonal allergies) may want to voluntarily let the instructor and others near them in the classroom know or choose to join classes remotely.
  • If you have symptoms OR have been exposed to COVID-19:
    1. Contact your primary care provider via phone or University Health at (208) 282-2330 to determine the need for testing for COVID-19
    2. Contact the department chair, associate chair, and coordinator once it is determined that you will be tested for Covid-19 so they can make arrangements. 
    3. If you test positive for COVID-19 report your illness to ISU using the COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, EXPOSURE & TEST RESULT SELF-REPORTING FORM (
    4. Contact  department chair, associate chair, and coordinator so they can make further arrangements.
  • Contact CoSE IT ( for help with OWL.
  • Contact the main office for more hand sanitizer, sanitation wipes, markers, chalk, and face shield.

* The Division of Student Affairs will be distributing cloth face coverings (one per person) through a tokens process. Tokens will be pre-loaded on student ID cards, and students can receive a face covering at one of several university distribution points.  Student Affairs will be sending distribution information directly to the students. Contact the Dean of Students Office ( or (208) 282-2794) with questions.