K-State Moves To Online Learning Due To Coronavirus


There are no positive COVID-19 cases associated with K-State but social distancing has been shown to slow disease outbreaks. As the K-State community is dispersed throughout the nation and globe, the university is taking prudent steps to mitigate this risk and protect the campus and local communities.

  • K-State is suspending in-person classes the week of March 16-20.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, classes will be taught remotely — not in person — until further notice.
  • Employees may discuss telecommuting options with supervisors.
  • Visitors urged to postpone campus visits during this time.
  • Large campus community events — more than 100 people — will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • K-State has changed its travel policy. Read the travel advisories page.

These steps are based on a recommendation from K-State’s Emergency Management Working Group. That group continues to meet daily to ensure the university’s emergency preparedness plans are up-to-date should the virus reach our area. Other groups across campus are also meeting to plan specifics about range issues associated with this complex decision.

Know the facts

  • According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the K-State community continues to be at minimal risk for COVID-19.
  • KDHE has released a risk assessment chart that has definitions of risk and advice for individuals who do not have symptoms based on risk level. Version from March 6, 2020.
  • Per CDC guidance, some Education Abroad students from Italy are being quarantined in Jardine Apartments, which means that they are NOT sick. Read CDC definitions for quarantine and isolation.
  • KDHE has a COVID-19 resource center with a wealth of information for various populations.
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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