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Konza Prairie Response to COVID-19 (updated May 17, 2020)

Kansas State University remains in “limited operations” status in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and potential spread in the community. However, the university has formed an Executive Reawakening Team to develop plans for a phased reactivation of KSU research facilities in a way that maintains community safety in the wake of COVID-19. The plan is is based on university-wide criteria that align with national and local requirements and guidance to move through successive phases. You can find more information about the KSU Framework for Reopening here: https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/reopening/. Each department and unit, including the Konza Prairie Biological Station, is required to develop and submit a phased reopening plan. We are currently awaiting approval to move into Phase I of our reopening plan. At present, on-site research and general operations remain restricted to essential personnel necessary for mission-critical activities. If you have been conducting, or plan to conduct research on Konza, and are not on the approved list of essential personnel, please contact the Director (John Blair, jblair@ksu.edu) for additional information and guidance.

Non-research activities on Konza remain restricted until further notice, with the exception of the use of the Nature Trail (see below). All meetings, tours, group visits, and on-site K-12 educational activities have been canceled through June 1, at which time we will reassess the situation. Docent-led activities and tours are also prohibited until further notice. Non-essential KPBS staff should continue to work remotely for now.

The Nature Trail remains open to the public. However, please consider risks and use appropriate measures to limit potential disease spread while using the Nature Trail. Do not use the trail if you are or have been recently ill; Do not use the trail if you have traveled to a high-risk area or had contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the past 14 days; Practice social distancing and do not gather in large groups; Minimize person-to-person contact and follow other CDC, state, and local guidelines. Of course, please also follow the posted rules (no dogs or bikes, stay on the trail at all times, etc.).

We expect additional changes to our site use rules and policies as the situation evolves and as state and university guidelines are modified over the next several weeks, and we will update as necessary.