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Dining Services COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Fall 2020 Dining Operations Summary

Keeping students and employees safe from COVID-19 is our highest priority, so we've developed policies and procedures that follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Kansas and university health professionals. This operating plan may change over time as more is discovered about COVID-19 transmission.

View the Campus Dining Guide.

Limited Dine-In

October 16, 2020 — Housing and Dining Services, in consultation with the campus medical director and in consideration of CDC guidelines for eating establishments, is pleased to offer limited dine-in options in Kramer and Van Zile dining centers beginning Monday, Oct. 19. The dining centers have established seating areas that allow up to four students to sit at a table together, provided they follow a series of guidelines. All students must abide by these guidelines or it will be necessary to discontinue the dine-in option for all. 

Read more about this update and other changes to campus dining services. Additional information also can be found in these dine-in video guides for Kramer and Van Zile dining centers.      

Derby Dining Center Update

Due to construction supply chain issues and other concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Derby Dining Center will remain closed for the fall semester. Van Zile Dining Center, directly across the parking lot from Derby (map), is open for the fall semester along with Kramer. A shuttle will run between dining centers for easy access to both.

Dining On Campus Will Look A Bit Different

We look forward to the day when you can sit down to a meal without restrictions to safeguard the health of our community, but for the time being, food will be served in disposable takeout containers, to be eaten in your living space or another location of your choice. Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, we will offer limited dine-in options in Kramer and Van Zile dining centers. Learn more.

If you have a question at any time during your visit to Kramer or Van Zile dining center, feel free to approach a manager (identifiable by a name tag and radio), the employee at the entrance check stand, or call the center's front desk

We Also Pledge:
Healthy Team Members
  • Employee wellness self-check screenings prior to entering the workplace. Employees will not be allowed to work if displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Strict handwashing protocols.
Protective Equipment
  • Masks on everyone entering and working in the dining center.
  • Plexiglass shields where appropriate.
  • Gloved hands when serving food. 
Clean Dining Centers
  • Increased sanitation frequency of high-touch surfaces.
  • Contactless dining access card entry (students will swipe their own card). 
  • Hand sanitizer located in multiple locations, including points of entry and exit and near high-touch areas.
  • No self-service food areas. Meals will be pre-packaged and served for no-contact service. 
  • Attendant-monitored beverage stations, with hand sanitizers and frequent disinfection.
Social Distancing
  • Reconfigured dining center entry points to prevent bottlenecks and crowding, and layouts to allow spacious service points and limited, properly distanced seating for groups of four.
  • Additional service areas to maximize the amount of space provided to those obtaining their meal. 
    • Kramer Dining center will offer sub sandwich meals on weekdays during lunch at Wefald's Cornerstone Café. See our hours page for details. 
    • Students will also be able to use their meal plan at Fast Track in the K-State Student Union Monday through Friday (see hours).
What won't change: We've managed to develop a plan that will allow us to continue serving made-from-scratch cooking out of our own kitchens, something we're very proud of in an increasingly pre-packaged foodservice industry!

Dining Center Access

Access will be limited to individuals with meal plans. Students will swipe their K-State ID at the entrance to use up to three meals Monday-Saturday and two meals on Sunday. Meal plan balances will be reset after the dinner meal on Fridays. All dining locations are closed for Sunday dinner.

No cash/credit card guests will be permitted into the dining center. To use a guest meal provided by your meal plan, your guest must accompany you to the dining center and complete their own meal selection process. 

Students following special diets or needing accommodations should contact the Student Access Center. After contact is made with the Student Access Center, you will meet with a registered dietitian in your dining center to set up a meeting. Diets that require medically necessary accommodations will be pre-ordered using a smartphone app and will be available to pick up in the dining center. Access to the app will be granted by the registered dietitian.

Group reservations will be available for residence hall floors to dine together following social distancing guidelines. Reservations will be made by the Community Coordinator for each residence hall. 

Meal Plans

In order to decrease the number of people in the dining centers at a given time, meal plans have been changed to 14 swipes or 20 swipes per week. Students who previously signed up for the 14 or 12+ meal plans will be on the 14-meal plan at the $2,140 per semester rate. Students who previously signed up for the All-Access Meal plan will be placed on the 20-meal plan and their rate will be lowered to $2,300 per semester. 

Process for Obtaining a Meal 

The meal will consist of one clamshell container holding 1-2 entrees, 2-3 sides or desserts and one beverage. The clamshell must be closable, but it’s ok if desserts or salads are neatly stacked in provided disposable containers on top of it.  

  • Properly wear your mask and remain 6 feet away from others.
  • Swipe your ID card, then sanitize your hands with the provided sanitizer.
  • Obtain your pre-wrapped utensils from the attendant. 
  • Proceed to the beverage station for a cup and select your drink.  
  • Choose one menu concept line and select one or two entrees and multiple sides to fill one disposable takeout container.
  • Select additional sides or desserts you’d like from the salad bar and dessert area.
  • If space is available in the areas marked for dine-in, you're welcome to eat in the dining center provided you follow the required guidelines. Otherwise, exit the dining center to enjoy your meal in your room or another area.
Obtaining More Than One Meal Per Visit

If work or class schedules prompt the need for a second meal to save for later, please follow these steps. Note: The number of meals available per day remains at three Monday-Saturday and two on Sundays. 

  • Tell the checkstand attendant upon entering the dining center.
  • The attendant will have you swipe your card a second time and will give you a token with which to redeem a second container to fill.

 

Visit our hours of operation page for a complete list of meal service schedules and locations.