COVID-19 Updates


We really appreciate everyone’s continued efforts and communication as we respond to the State and the Agency’s needs during this pandemic. The work we are doing is essential for Kansans and we couldn’t do it without your support and dedication.

This page will provide updates to KDOT employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please email questions not addressed on this page to: KDOT#COVID-19@ks.gov.

Thank you in advance for being flexible and stepping up to the challenge of returning to work in a variety of ways.

Latest Updates


Access to KDOT Buildings

• Effective Friday February 18th at 5:00 pm, masks are no longer being required for employees or visitors in State buildings. This applies to both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals. Employees are still encouraged to wear face masks when they cannot socially distance.

• Members of the public may enter KDOT buildings to conduct business, but should avoid lengthy meetings.

• Please find below updated guidance and forms regarding our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EVERYONE has a role to play in fighting COVID-19, whether that’s staying home and teleworking or going to your regular work location but modifying work practices and schedules to be safer.

 

Helpful information and resources


To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/

State Agency Guidance (10-3-22)

State Agency Guidance (2-16-22)

State Agency Guidance (1-18-22)

State Agency Guidance (1-11-22)

State Agency Guidance (12-21-21) - Return to In-Person Work

Extension of Remote Work (10-28-21)

Extension of Remote Work (9-23-21)

State Agency Guidance Delta (8-25-21)

State Agency Guidance Delta (7-29-21)

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (8-16-21)

KDOT COVID-19 Questionnaire

KDOT COVID-19 Leave Request Form

COVID-19 Screening

Well Fitting Masks

Well Fitting Masks Clarification

To find contact information for your local county health department, please visit the Kansas Public Health Directory.

Employees Exhibiting Symptoms (see page 3 of link)

Stop the Spread

Temperature Screening Station Decision Tree

Guidance for all KDOT Vehicles and Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting

Extension of Remote Work 

 

STATE AGENCY GUIDANCE


Masks

  • Effective Friday February 18th at 5:00 pm, masks are no longer being required for employees or visitors in State buildings. This applies to both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals.
  • Individuals are encouraged to wear masks or other face coverings in all common areas, such as break rooms, elevators, hallways, restrooms and stairwells, or otherwise when unable to maintain social distancing.
  • As in the past, anyone who is unable to wear a mask or facial covering due to a medical condition should provide medical documentation to their HRP or to KDOT#COVID-19@ks.gov to receive an approval for a mask exemption.
  • Well-fitting masks shall continue to be worn for employees that wish to shorten their days in quarantine or isolation in accordance with the KDHE General Population Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

Social Distancing

  • Everyone should continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that at least six feet of space can be maintained between employee workstations and other seating arrangements, including when in training. This may include the minor reconfiguration or reorganization of workstations, as well as the incorporation of engineering controls such as physical barriers like plexiglass screens, where appropriate.
  • Gatherings should continue to be limited to spaces where individuals can maintain at least six feet of distance from one another. Virtual meeting tools should continue to be used whenever possible to limit in-person meetings. If meetings are in-person, social distancing of at least six feet must be adhered to and masks or other facial coverings must be worn at all times during the meeting. If those requirements cannot be met, the meeting should be virtual.
  • When possible, interviews should be conducted virtually.

Meetings & Other Gatherings

  • In-person gatherings should be avoided, and virtual meeting tools should continue to be used whenever possible to limit in-person meetings. If meetings are in-person, social distancing of at least six feet must be adhered to and if that is not possible, the meeting should be virtual.

Travel

Leave

  • Employees will receive administrative leave for time spent receiving their vaccination.
  • Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status – will be provided with up to two days of paid leave (ADQ) should the employee get tested for COVID-19.
  • Employees that do not have symptoms but have a confirmed close contact exposure to COVID-19 –will be provided with up to two days of paid leave (ADQ) to get tested for COVID-19. Such testing should not occur until 7 days after their exposure, or after returning to Kansas if due to a travel-related exposure. This means that non-symptomatic employees will use 5 days of their own leave in combination with the 2 days of provided ADQ leave. See attached guidance for more information.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 – will be provided paid leave (ADQ) during their infectious period to isolate. See, KDHE's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

Employee Health

  • Employees are encouraged to practice hand hygiene frequently, especially upon arrival to the workplace, after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose, after going to the restroom and after touching objects that have been handled by other employees or customers. Individual employees should take precautions in their personal lives to help control the risk of spreading disease within their workplace.
  • Employees should continue to conduct self-screening activities before appearing for in-person work.
  • Use of temperature check stations is mandatory for all individuals entering any State of Kansas buildings.

 

Questions


If you have questions related to COVID-19, please send them to: KDOT#COVID-19@ks.gov. Those without access to email should contact the Human Resources Professional (HRP) in their District. Supervisors – please reach out and share this information with employees who you know don’t have access to email.

Location

HRPs

Phone Number

District 1

Shanna Burgardt

785-296-0015

District 2

Rick Ferguson

785-515-6786

District 3

Ruth Shearer

785-877-3315

District 4

Sheila Brown

620-902-6404

District 5

Terri Kilbride

620-727-4330

District 6

Mark Singhisen

620-521-0497


Or please contact your designed personnel resource at KDOT Headquarters.

Personnel Contact List


Communications with Employees

  • This site provides information regarding COVID-19. We hope this will address FAQ’s along with provide a summary of KDOT’s response to our current situation related to COVID-19 or how it may affect KDOT’s operations.
  • For any questions not addressed on this site, please email them to KDOT#COVID-19@ks.gov

 

Other COVID-19 Resources


For the latest information on the COVID-19 please visit:

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance 2.15.22 (civicplus.com) (Latest Guidance)

KDHE's COVID-19 Resource Center.

PCR vs. Antigen Test

FAQ’s

State Employee and Family HealthQuest Health Center by Marathon Health for information regarding PCR testing

To provide assistance to our employees, EAP has created a Coronavirus U.S. Digital Toolkit. EAP resources are available to employees at no cost, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The contact information for this confidential service is listed below. This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides additional guidance that may be helpful for you and your family.

EAP Website www.guidanceresources.com
Company ID: SOKEAP
1-888-275-1205 (option 1)
TDD 800-697-0353

KDHE Mental Health Resources KDHE COVID-19 (kdheks.gov)

 

Archive


Revised 2021 State Agency Reopening Guidance

In Spring 2020, Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz hosted two episodes of Thru the Distance, our new webinar series focused on helping us keep in touch and learn from one another through this difficult, yet transformational time.

The second episode featured information on how various KDOT groups were working through COVID-19, safety precautions that have been implemented and updates on the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program.

Thru the Distance: Episode 2 (April 23, 2020)

Thru the Distance: Episode 1 (April 10, 2020)

Thank you for all you’re doing to keep Kansas moving – stay safe!