Health and wellness

The university is incorporating additional guidelines and protocols to protect the health and safety of all members of the K-State family.

Personal health responsibility

We are K-State. It is important that every Wildcat is a Wellcat.

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Physical distancing

All indoor workspaces, classrooms, laboratories, study areas, dining facilities, reception areas and other common gathering spaces will be arranged to accommodate 6-feet social distancing. Signage will be posted to reflect revised room capacity.

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Face coverings

Everyone — faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors — must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses in all indoor and outdoor spaces while you are on university property unless you are alone in your own private office or work space or are alone outdoors.

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Cleaning and disinfecting

Cleaning and disinfecting efforts will be conducted in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, guidelines and coordinated at the university level with actions taken by the Division of Facilities, campuses, colleges, departments, units and individuals.

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Hand-washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at multiple points throughout the day, especially before and after eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based or other FDA- or CDC-recommended hand sanitizer. If your hands are visibly dirty, wash hands with soap and water.

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COVID-19 exposure protocol

Employees, students, and visitors should self-assess their symptoms and should not come to campus if they are sick, have a temperature over 100.4 degrees F, or have other illness symptoms of the coronavirus as listed on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, website. Persons who develop any of these symptoms while on campus should leave and return to their local residence.

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Isolation and quarantine

Students, faculty and staff may be directed by health officials to enter isolation or quarantine for health reasons and must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, guidance.

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Testing

K-State has the capability for COVID-19 testing of students, faculty and staff with symptoms and is expanding its capacity for asymptomatic testing.

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Temperature checks

All students, employees, and visitors should check their temperature prior to reporting to work, attending class, or participating in other programs or activities, and should consult with a health care provider if they have a temperature over 100.4 degrees F.   

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Contact tracing

Contact tracing is conducted through state and local county health departments. The university only conducts contact tracing as coordinated through Lafene Health Center and in support of these public health departments.  

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Safety and training

It is necessary for employees returning to campus to take the Face Mask Safety Training. All employees also will be required to maintain the CDC's recommended safety procedures and hygiene practices.

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Travel and transit

The university has discontinued all out-of-state university-affiliated or sponsored travel for both employees and students. Business-related travel in and around Kansas is excluded from this restriction at this time.

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Meetings

Meetings should be conducted virtually, if possible. If conducting in-person meetings, participants should maintain 6-feet physical distancing and wear face coverings. The number of meeting participants shall not exceed the gathering limit in the current reawakening phase designated by the university.

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COVID-19 in our communities

K-State has launched an online dashboard that tracks COVID-19 data in university-connected communities.

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Mental health and wellness

Find information and resources for students and employees involving mental health and wellness.

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Options for high-risk employees

Learn about options for high-risk employees who cannot work remotely. Employees who can work remotely should continue to work remotely, regardless of their at-risk status.

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Food service

University food establishments, or food establishments operating on university property, must follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety during Emergencies Best Practices as well as other university risk mitigation measures, as applicable. 

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Other guidelines

Find information on building access and building control measures; reception and service areas; and office operations, such as handling mail. 

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