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In an effort to mitigate the impact and spread of coronavirus, the KRPA staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please feel free to email any of the staff. We will try and get back with you as quickly as possible. 
Erika Devore, Executive Director- erika@krpa.org
Jamie Reed, Membership and Education Manager- jamie@krpa.org
Amanda Sterling, Communication Coordinator- amanda@krpa.org

Also, the Marketing Workshop and AFO (Lawrence) are postponed, and Recreation Commission Summit is canceled. KRPA is working on getting the recreation commission budget presentation online. We will share it with you when it is available. Our staff will be working with registrants to refund your workshop fees or crediting for a future event when we are back in the office. 

We are still trying to deal with the situation one step at a time as we carefully take into consideration all of our upcoming events. Please continue to check your e-mail, our Facebook page, and our website for new information as it becomes available and we keep you updated on future decisions.

Working in this unprecedented times will be happening more and more digitally. Does your agency or focus area have questions and need to communicate with park and recreation professionals around the state? Chat and share at KRPA's Discussion Forum, The Locker Room, or find member contact information within the KRPA Online Directory.

You can find this topic and many others in The Locker Room. The Locker Room is KRPA's new discussion forum platform. It is a safe place to come and ask questions, share resources and help each other. Sign in at https://community.krpa.org/ to join the discussions. You were sent your password in January. If you did not sign in at the time, please go to the sign-in page and click "Forgot?". Your username/email is the one that you receive all your KRPA communications through. 

Visit Forum Fundamentals and the Rules and Regulation pages on our website to learn more about The Locker Room

Park and Recreation Resources

Local park and recreation professionals fill a key role in community health and wellness opportunities every day. KRPA supports your leadership efforts and encourages its members and partners to work with their local health departments to review emergency response plans, practice routine environmental cleaning, and keeping their workplaces safe.

NEW: Audio Version of March 27, 2020- KRPA Membership Zoom Call (Recreation, Parks and COVID-19)
NEW: Chat Box Transcript from March 27, 2020- KRPA Membership Zoom Call (Recreation, Parks and COVID-19)

In an effort to ensure your communities are prepared and to combat misinformation, here are some helpful resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19):

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  Employee Paid Leave Rights - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  Employer Paid Leave Requirements - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  Questions and Answers - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration: COVID 19 Survey Responses 3-27-20.pdfz

NRPA News and Resources for the Field

General Resources

Programming Resources

Park, Facility and Playground Resources

*At this time there are no specific recommendations for playgrounds and other outdoor equipment. NRPA is working with our contacts and partners to discern this guidance and will include it here once available.

Aquatics Resources

Kansas Health Department Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources, it is important to follow good hygiene. Here's some friendly reminders:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home from work if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and properly dispose of the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds

Has your community and/or park and recreation department implemented a policy? Let us know in the Locker Room.

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