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K-State Today

October 25, 2022

University plan for operations during December holiday break

Submitted by Richard Linton

Dear K-State community,

I want to update you on the operational planning for the holiday season this year. But first, I need to say thank you for all the incredible work that each of you do every day to help our university thrive and grow. A land-grant university is intended to "serve the people of our state," and we can only fulfill this charge because of the great work of our own people here at K-State. So again, thank you.

In support of our people, the university will reduce activity Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30, and will reopen for normal operation on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Normal workdays affected will be Dec. 27, 28, 29 and 30. The university will close during this period.

The university is giving most exempt and non-exempt employees the week of Dec. 27-30 off with pay, so employees will not have to use leave — whether vacation, compensatory, leave without pay, etc. — to cover this period. Excluded are nine-month employees, who are paid regardless during this time. If qualified employees can't take the week of Dec. 27-30 because of work duties, they may take the equivalent days of Dec. 20-23, in the week prior, off with pay. Please work with your supervisor to schedule that time.

The K-State Police Department will keep a normal schedule. Other areas such as the Division of Facilities, Information Technology Services and the K-State Student Union will provide basic services. 

Officially observed state holidays during the holiday period are Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2023.

We will also realize some cost savings associated with this decision that will help our university. Energy savings from reduced heating, lights, etc., are estimated to be approximately $115,000.

Thank you again for all you do for the university. Our hope is this news will help make your holidays bright.

Go 'Cats!

Richard Linton