An explanation of the strategy behind CWI’s reopening.

Early on, CWI based its reopening on the stages set out in Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity, the state’s coronavirus response plan. However, due to the need to continue to be flexible and adapt to the changing environment, modifications to CWI’s reopening plan have been necessary. 


  • On-campus essential employees who are primarily forward-facing in service of students and/or critical to maintain college business functions, will be asked to work on campus. Other employees able to work remotely will continue to work remotely unless Executive Operations Team (EOT) /President’s Cabinet (PC) decides otherwise. 
  • On-site employees and student programs should reference the Return On-Site for a schedule of remote and in-person services. 
  • Additional employees who support student needs (instruction and services), and who cannot work remotely, may return to campus with supervisor approval. 
  • All other employees who cannot reasonably conduct all work remotely may be allowed to return to campus locations with physical distancing and sanitation protocols as established. 
  • Return to on-campus operations decisions will be made by EOT/PC members in coordination with area managers. 
  • Managers with employees returning on-campus will take into consideration use of a phased approach and the use of staggered shifts to support physical distancing and reduce contact exposure. 
  • Building space occupancy restrictions necessary to maintain appropriate physical distancing are in place.  
  • Online meetings are encouraged when possible. 
  • Face-to-face interactions, when required, are to occur only within a space which can accommodate 6-foot physical distancing. 
  • Masks or face coverings are required to be worn by employees on campus per standard operating procedure. 


  • Classes and college services will be offered both face-to-face and virtually through a variety of course delivery options.
    • If deemed necessary, a migration to virtual format will be implemented. 
    • Instruction has developed “virus-ready” plans to address potential COVID-related disruptions. 
    • Masks or other face covering will be required on campus. 


  • Non-essential travel restricted.  


  • Public access to CWI buildings will be limited to visitors conducting CWI-specific business or to those who have an educational need. In order to meet our safety protocols and serve our campus community, all other public access that does not align with the previously noted criteria is prohibited.