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If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider or the Eastern Idaho Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 208-522-0310. 




In accordance with the Governor’s phase-in stage guidelines, CEI administration is planning for the return of all employees to campus on or before June 15th, unless you are a faculty member. Although we understand statewide directives may change, here is our guidance for a planned return to campus: 

  • Per the Governor’s return to work order – employees that do not have enough work to be productive from home during their assigned shift or those who want to come back to work may return on May 26, 2020. This needs to be coordinated with your supervisor
  • Continue to practice physical (social) distancing as we have in the past
  • Recommend wearing masks while indoors on campus. If physical (social) distancing cannot be adhered to, facemasks are required. This applies to classroom or lab settings when teaching occurs
  • Facemasks are recommended in common areas such as hallways, bathrooms, mailrooms, and break or lunchrooms
  • Sanitize your surface work areas regularly
  • Current Telecommuting Agreements that are on file with HR will be invalid on June 14th regardless of end date notated on the form
  • Telecommuting Agreements must be completed for June 15th and on. The form must be justified by the supervisor to work from home. Telecommuting forms will be available via E-forms, please contact HR for access
  • Immunocompromised employees need to work with HR for further work from home guidance


President Rick Aman


Click here for the Staged CEI Reopening Plan that was sent on 5/17/2020 for additional guidance.



On Thursday, April 30, College of Eastern Idaho and Idaho Falls Community Hospital will host a virtual conversation on COVID-19 and its impacts on the local community through YouTube Live. Local medical experts will share practical tips on how to protect yourself, debunk misconceptions, and direct you to important local resources. The community conversation is free and everyone is invited to take part in the discussion. Join Thursday’s discussion using this link:



Governor Little announced today a four-stage plan to reopen Idaho businesses.  The Governor’s Office created Rebound.Idaho.Gov, a new online resource for Idahoans to track the state’s progress in reopening the state’s economy in stages to ensure a strong economic comeback.  




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 to review the online course catalog and register.






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 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:



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.”



Our administration continues to monitor daily the evolution of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  Again, our highest priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community. Additionally, CEI cares about our local community and intends to be a good partner in any emergency effort. We have been in communications with campus stakeholders and community leaders to discuss and coordinate COVID-19 plans. 

We strongly encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines for hygiene and appropriate social distancing to minimize the risk of exposure or infection. The custodial staff is disinfecting our facilities and focusing on high-touch surfaces. We remind the campus that if you feel sick and/or have a fever, please do not come to class or report to work.  

After thoughtful deliberation and consultation with other state colleges, universities, departments, and local entities, CEI will be making the following changes. 


Friday (March 13) 

  • CEI suspended all college-supported travel until further notice.
  • CEI  suspended all campus-sponsored events, until further notice, including Idaho Falls Safety Fest.


Week (March 16-20) 

  • CEI will hold all regularly scheduled classes on Monday and Tuesday.
  • CEI will suspend all classes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    • Faculty will use these days to move their lecture content into an online format.
  • All CEI offices and student-facing services will be open Monday through Friday with business as usual.
  • Workforce Training & Continuing Education classes will be held on a case-by-case basis until further notice.


Spring Break (March 23-27) 

  • All CEI offices and services will be open.


After Spring Break (March 30) 

  • CEI faculty will be capable of moving all credit lecture courses into a fully online format, if necessary.
  • Some CEI Trades programs and science labs will still be held via in-person instruction, with social distancing practices and increased sanitation.
  • Students should contact their instructors with regard to any questions about a specific course.
  • Students will have access to the Testing Center, Student Affairs, Admissions/Advising, Financial Aid, Library (and computer lab), Tutoring Services, Center for New Directions, Disability Resources and Counseling Services.
    • The Testing Center will offer faculty the option to use online proctoring through HonorLock as well as face-to-face proctoring in the Testing Center.
  • The annual April CEI Scholarship Ceremony is cancelled.
  • The May CEI Commencement is cancelled. The college is exploring the option of holding commencement in August.


As conditions change, students, faculty, and staff will be notified.  Any student questions can be routed through the Student Affairs office (208-524-3000, option 4).


Students may send concerns to

Our Student CARE team responds to these in a timely fashion.

Faculty, staff, and members of the public may contact or 208-535-5477.


If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider or the Eastern Idaho Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 208-522-0310.         



The administration at College of Eastern Idaho is closely monitoring the coronavirus or COVID-19 situation. Our highest priority is the safety, security, and well-being of our campus community. We are following the websites and bulletin updates from our public health partners, including the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to provide accurate and up-to-date information for our campus. College leadership is also developing contingency plans for the campus in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our local community.

CEI's focus right now is on prevention. CEI's Maintenance department follows daily practices to limit the spread of respiratory diseases. For example, surfaces that are frequently touched are cleaned with disinfectant. Restrooms are regularly cleaned and stocked with disinfecting soap and disposable paper towels. Trash receptacles are readily available and emptied daily. Hand sanitizer units can be found in all buildings on campus.

The CDC and Idaho Department of Health recommend employing the following health practices to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or personal care items.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Or, cover your cough/sneeze with your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the coronavirus.

If you feel sick, please do not come to class or report to work. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your health care provider or local health department. They will be able to help you decide what steps to take and whether you need a COVID-19 test. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to an area where there is an outbreak of COVID-19 or if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you talk to your health care professional about whether you should self-quarantine for 14 days. CEI faculty and staff will work with you to make up any lost time on campus/in your program.

Please check your official CEI email address at least daily for any campus messages or alerts from instructors or administration. CEI will also send out Text Alerts through our automated text message system in the event of a change in college operations.

Students may send any concerns to Our Student CARE team responds to these in a timely fashion (responses go to the Dean of Students, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, and the Center for New Directions). Faculty and staff may send questions to As always, report emergencies to our Security team at (208) 604-4597 or by calling local authorities.


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