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Fall and Winter Break Travel

The CDC provides guidance and considerations for hosting, traveling to, and attending holiday gatherings and celebrations to help minimize the risks of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

In an effort to ensure that members of our campus community are not unknowingly putting others at risk, the university is offering additional appointment-based testing. Pre-break testing is voluntary and is offered to students and employees at no cost for your first appointment, subject to availability.

Members of the campus community who travel for and/or celebrate holidays with those outside of their household must follow CDC recommended guidelines to determine if their activities require a 14 day quarantine upon their return to campus.

Those who participate in activities classified as low or moderate risk by the CDC will not be required to quarantine upon their return.

Anyone participating in a celebration deemed high risk by the CDC must quarantine for 14 days before returning to the Boise State campus. Questions about quarantining should be directed to the university’s public health office at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968.

University Sponsored Travel

University sponsored travel for employees, students and visitors is suspended through the end of the calendar year subject to the following exceptions:

  • Field-work, where COVID precautions are integrated into the principal investigator’s research restart plan and approved by the VP for Research and Economic Development in consultation with the university’s public health officer.
  • Athletic and academic team travel, when travel plans are pre-approved by the university’s public health officer.
  • Other essential travel approved by the appropriate divisional VP and in consultation with the university’s public health officer.

Requests for exceptions will be approved only if the work or event is time-sensitive, essential to fulfilling the mission of the university and cannot be conducted remotely.

In all cases, individuals returning to campus from approved travel, or visitors being invited to campus, may, at the discretion of the university’s public health officer, be required to self-quarantine in the local area before entering university owned or controlled spaces.

Personal Travel

Personal travel to high prevalence areas of COVID is discouraged. Employees or students who travel for personal reasons must review the guidelines below or consult with the university’s public health office to determine if self-quarantine is required upon return. Email publichealth@boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-2968 for more information.

Personal travel decision tree

Students, faculty and staff should take extra precautions when traveling during the COVID pandemic. These precautions include: physical distancing, wearing facial coverings in public and elsewhere when appropriate, and frequent hand washing.

In order to ensure your individual health and safety, as well as maintain the health and safety of the Boise State campus community, here are some questions to help you determine if you should quarantine before returning to campus for classes or work.

This information is also available as a PDF:

Did you travel out of state to a location with higher COVID prevalence rates than Idaho (per the CDC COVID data tracker)?

No: Quarantine not required
If Yes:

Did you stay with anyone not routinely practicing COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Did you use public transit or air travel without following COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Did you attend a group function – like a party or other crowded gathering – without following COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Are you currently experiencing COVID symptoms?

Did you travel more than 90 miles from campus?

No: Quarantine not required
If Yes:

Did you stay with anyone not routinely practicing COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Did you use public transit or air travel without following COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Did you attend a group function – like a party or other crowded gathering – without following COVID precautions?

  • Yes: Quarantine for 14 days following travel
  • No: Quarantine not required

Are you currently experiencing COVID symptoms?

As a reminder, any student exhibiting symptoms or who has come in contact with a COVID-positive individual should contact the public health office to request a consultation.

If you have questions or a situation not addressed above, please contact the public health office at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968.