University identifies key areas of focus in reawakening plan

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While specifics about what the fall semester might look like at Kansas State are still unavailable, university administrators have indicated that they plan to have at least some classes on campus in the fall.

On Monday, the university released information about key areas of focus that will need to be addressed in the reawakening framework.

These areas are as follows:

  • Campus life
  • Academics
  • Finances and resource realignment
  • Operations, facilities and human resources
  • Research operations
  • Health, wellness and risk mitigation
  • Communications

According to a K-State Today release sent out on Monday, each area will be overseen by a senior member of the university administration or a cabinet member. All areas shall report directly to President Richard Myers and Provost Charles Taber.

The Guidance, Protocol and Standards Team was also officially formed, the release said. Led by special assistant to the provost Emily Lehning, the group will “staff the drafting and review of guidance, protocols and standards that are needed due to COVID-19.”

Although the COVID-19 requirements established by Gov. Laura Kelly under the Ad Astra Plan were revised to be only recommendations, K-State announced it plans to stay in line with the original reawakening framework. That keeps the university in the second phase of the reopening process. K-State will stay in phase two until at least June 8.

At this point, gatherings are limited to 15 people and face masks are recommended. K-State will remain in a limited-operations status until July 31.

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