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COVID-19 Screening Program

To help combat the spread of Covid-19 on campus, Idaho State University has launched a mandatory COVID-19 screening program for all students, faculty, and staff with a physical presence on campus. This program consists of two parts:

  1. A return-to-campus screening program, which requires all students, faculty, and staff with a physical presence on campus to be screened once during the month of January. 
  2. An ongoing screening program for select groups of students, faculty and staff. 

The program will require any member of the Idaho State community who spend time on campus, including outreach centers, to undergo a non-invasive, saliva-based screening. In addition, COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals or for those with a known COVID-19 exposure will be managed separately from the screening program through the University Health Center.


Screenings are non-invasive and saliva-based


Both walk-up and drive-through screening options are available


Scheduling Your Screening

Appointments for screenings are required.

You will select a date and time to visit an on-campus screening location to provide a saliva sample.

  1. Select a date, time, and location that works with your schedule.
  2. At your scheduled time, visit the on-campus screening location to provide a saliva sample. The process should take less than 10 minutes.
  3. You may immediately return to your on-campus activities.

In Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Meridian, there will be both walk-up and drive-through screening options. Individuals in Twin Falls and Anchorage, Alaska will receive email instructions specific to their screening process.

If your results are positive, the University COVID-19 Health Team will work with you directly to provide further instructions for self-isolation, contact tracing, and any follow-up medical care.



Walk-In Site:
Vocational Arts Building

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Drive-Through Site:
Vocational Arts Building parking lot
Drive-through map 
Drive-through map pdf




Walk-In Site:

Drive-Through Site:
Skaggs parking lot


Idaho Falls

Walk-In Site:

Drive-Through Site:
Bennion parking lot


Exemptions, Deferrals, and Alternative Methods of Compliance

Exemptions and Deferrals

You may be exempt from participating in the screening program at this time if you meet any of the following criteria. Please complete the appropriate online form below.

  1. I am a student taking only distanced-based classes and do not have a physical on-campus presence. Online Form
  2. I am an employee who works entirely remotely and does not have physical interaction with other campus community members. Online Form
  3. I have a sincerely held religious belief that prevents my participation in this screening program. Online Form
  4. Individuals may defer the screening for up to two weeks if any of the following apply: 
  • Not feeling well for a reason other than suspected COVID-19, such as recovering from surgery, flu, strep throat, etc., so long as individuals will not be physically on-campus during this timeframe.
  • Not available due to vacation, travel, or other time off
  • Currently in quarantine as a close contact of someone with COVID-19


Alternative Compliance Options

You may also be compliant with Idaho State’s requirement if you meet any of the following requirements.

  1. Submit documentation that you are regularly screened for COVID-19 for employment or student activity outside of the University.
  2. Submit documentation of a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test performed on or after July 6, 2020.
  3. Submit documentation of a negative test result performed during the specified mandatory testing windows by an outside laboratory or provider.
  4. Submit documentation that you have received a full course of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination.

You may submit documentation of your vaccination or test results within the ISU Health Center Portal.

Alternative Compliance Tutorial


What is the difference between a COVID-19 screen and test?



Idaho State’s screening program is for people who have no symptoms and no known COVID-19 exposure. This is done to identify individuals who may be asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers, so we can take precautions to limit the spread to others.

Screeng vs. testing



COVID-19 testing is designed for those who are symptomatic or have a known exposure to COVID-19. If you fall in this category, call the University Health Center at (208) 282-2330 for testing information AND fill out the online self-report form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional FAQs will be developed and posted in the coming weeks. If you have a question related to your specific situation, send an email to or call (208) 282-2705.


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Who do I contact if I am having trouble logging into the system to schedule my appointment?

Is it mandatory that I be screened?

Who will be screened for COVID-19 and when?

What if I have had a previous positive COVID-19 test?

What are the hours for the screening location?

What is the difference between the screening program and COVID-19 testing?

What if I get a positive result? Can I be retested to make sure it is accurate?

Can I quarantine for 14 days instead of participating in the screening program?

Am I required to get screened if I am not working and/or taking classes on-campus?

Can I still get screened for COVID-19 even if I’m not working/taking classes on campus?

How will I be notified that I need to be screened?

Is there a cost associated with getting screened?

Do I have to quarantine prior to getting my results if I am asymptomatic?

Who will receive my results?

How can I opt out of taking the mandatory screening?

What if I have been working on campus over the holidays?

What is required for the screening?

How long will it take to get my results back?

How accurate is the COVID-19 screening?

My COVID-19 screening results are positive. What do I do?

If my results are negative, do I still need to follow Idaho State’s public health guidelines?

How does the screening program impact contractors, campus guests, and on-campus affiliates?

How often will I be screened?

What if I refuse to be screened?

If I travel for the weekend or otherwise, do I need to be screened when I return?

What safety measures are at the screening sites?

I am a faculty member. Will I be made aware of the results of my "in-seat" students? Will I be told if one of my students refuses to participate in the screening program?

Will my health information be protected? Who will receive the results?

Are clinic patients outside our campus community included in the mandatory screening program?

Can I schedule to take my COVID-19 screening during work hours?

I work at night on campus. Will I need to come in on my own time to participate in the screening program?