COVID-19 News

Campus Community Messages

Campus Community Messages

The following messages campus communications regarding the university’s pandemic plans and protocols for summer and fall 2021 and beyond. If you have any questions regarding past messages, please email coronainfo@lawrence.edu.

  • COVID-19 Update | May 6, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, Our close monitoring of the pandemic on campus, as well as our latest testing results, show continued improvement in mitigating COVID-19 transmission on our campus. As of yesterday, May 5, we have received 5 reports of positive COVID-19 cases. That compares to 19 total new cases on campus last week and 54 total cases the week before. With this …
  • COVID-19 Update | April 26, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, We write today to provide an update on the status of the pandemic on campus, new opportunities for testing this week, and a reminder of our current mitigation strategies. Over the past two weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus. Two weeks ago (4/11-4/17), we …
  • Update to COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies | April 19, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,   Last Wednesday, we wrote to alert the community to an increase in viral spread on our campus. We have continued to see concerning viral activity this week. As of 3:00 p.m. today, an additional 19 community members have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.  It is more important than ever that we continue …
  • Shift to Yellow Light Status | April 13, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, We write today to share an update on the university’s operational status. Over the course of the past week, we have seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus. As of today at 2:30 PM, 26 students and 0 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of …
  • Shift to Green Light Status (And we’re not joking.) | April 1, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, We hope that you had a relaxing spring break and that your term is off to a great start. We’re happy to say that the term has gotten off to a great start from a health and safety standpoint. On Monday, we tested 1,020 returning students using rapid tests. Of the students tested, …
  • Spring Break housing information and travel guidance | March 10, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,  As we wind down the winter term, I know that many of you are looking forward to spring break and the opportunities it brings for a change of pace. Whatever your plans, I hope you will find time to rest and recharge even as we prepare for the Spring Term. Thank you for …
  • Mask Guidelines for Spring Break & Spring Term | March 4, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,  As promised in our previous community message, we write to share the university’s new policy on masking. The CDC’s recently updated guidance on mask usage states that in areas considered to be low or medium risk (i.e., low number of new cases in communities and the availability of hospital treatment), residents may wear a mask …
  • Looking Forward to Spring Term | February 28, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,  As we turn to the final two weeks of winter term, we write today to provide information on spring term, as well as guidelines for spring break.  The results from this week’s surveillance testing show continued improvement in mitigating COVID-19 transmission on our campus. Out of the 731 community members tested last week, we received …
  • Update to Yellow Light Status | February 21, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, The results from this week’s surveillance testing show continued improvement in mitigating COVID-19 transmission on our campus. Out of the 820 community members tested last week, we have received 8 positive test results. The current total of active cases on campus is 17, down from 32 last week and down from the high of 85 …
  • Operational Status Update to Yellow Light | January 28, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,   The results from this week’s surveillance testing shows that our mitigation strategies—and our community’s dedication to Honor the Pledge—continue to work. Out of the 872 community members tested on Monday, we have currently received 19 positive test results. This week’s full testing results will be shared on the COVID-19 Dashboard on Monday, …
  • Update from LPPT | January 19, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,   Today, we write to share a few updates regarding our transition back to in-person curricular and co-curricular activities.  Positivity Rate on Campus This week’s COVID-19 Dashboard shares results from last week’s testing, which shows total active cases at 81 (61 new student cases and 20 new employee cases). The numbers reflect both on-campus testing …
  • Update on In-Person Activities | January 14, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,  We write today to update the campus on our operational status as we move into week three of the term.   The current results of this week’s testing have revealed a promising trend. As of 5:30 p.m. last night, 3.8% of the surveillance tests administered on Monday and Tuesday were positive. While we are …
  • COVID-19 Update from LPPT | January 11, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians, As is reflected in this week’s update of the COVID-19 dashboard, we have seen a significant increase in the number of positive cases as our community returns to campus. Based on regional and national trends, we are not surprised to see this level of increase due to the Omicron variant’s high rate of transmission. We …
  • Return to Work & Testing Update | January 7, 2022
    Dear Faculty and Staff, We would like to thank you for your efforts to Honor the Pledge as we begin winter term. We write today to provide an update on the plans for returning to work and testing next week, January 10-14. The university currently plans to resume in-person instruction starting on Tuesday, January 18. All community …
  • Returning to Campus & In-Person Learning | January 7, 2022
    Dear Lawrentians,  We write today to share more details about your return to campus and our planned return to in-person learning. At this time, the university plans to resume in-person instruction starting on Tuesday, January 18. Students need to be on campus before January 18 and be prepared to attend classes in-person by that time, …
  • Important Winter Term 2022 Update | December 23, 2021
    We have updated the message below to reflect the following: “Please note that students who arrive on campus on or after January 9, 2022, will be entitled to a refund of the room and board charges for the first week of winter term.” The original date listed for arrival in the email message was January 8. We apologize …
  • Prepping for Winter Term | December 13, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians,   Student Life has been working hard to plan for the start of Winter Term and the arrival of students on campus after the winter break. With our continuing focus on the health and safety of our community, particularly as we enter the winter months, it is critically important that all Lawrentians arrive for Winter Term on time and complete surveillance testing. Below is important information to keep in mind prior …
  • Operational Status Update to Yellow | December 3, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians,   We write with good news to share with the community.   The results of the 231 COVID-19 tests administered on campus this past Monday, November 29, revealed only one positive test result. This follows a week in which we saw a decrease in positive cases from our fall 2021 high of 29 active cases on campus to 20 last week and 5 active cases this week as of today. (Please note that this week’s test results will be reflected on …
  • Immediate Operational Status Change to Orange Light | November 18, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians,  Last Thursday, we wrote to alert the community to an increase in viral spread on our campus. This week’s surveillance testing has revealed that the trend continues. As of this morning at 11:00 a.m., nine students and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 11 new cases so far this week. Based upon the positive cases on campus …
  • Important COVID-19 Update | November 11, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians,  While we update our COVID-19 dashboard every Monday, reflecting the previous week’s testing results, we write today to update you on the current status of the virus on campus.  This week’s testing results and individual reporting have revealed an increase in viral activity. Eleven students have tested positive for Covid-19 this week, bringing our total number of student cases since November 7 to 13. All students who tested positive are currently in isolation, and …
  • Winter Term Return to Campus Plan
    Dear Lawrentians,    Thanks to the continued commitment of our students, staff, and faculty—and a community vaccination rate of well over 90%—we have managed to keep the Lawrence community as healthy and safe as possible during fall term. This fact, as well as the staff’s daily efforts to keep the campus environment healthy for all and the faculty’s commitment to providing a robust and flexible academic program, …
  • Important Employee Vaccine Update | September 28, 2021
    Dear Lawrence Faculty and Staff, The continuing spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across the nation and in our surrounding community remains concerning. While our ongoing mitigation efforts, such as a vaccine mandate for students, indoor masking requirements, and surveillance testing, have kept our campus healthy and safe, we recognize that further steps need to be taken to ensure the continuing safety of all …
  • Update on Fall Plans & Operational Status | August 24, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians,    It has been wonderful to see the Lawrence campus come to life as new and returning students, faculty, and staff arrive for the start of our academic year.  As we continue our preparations for our return to campus, we write to share updates on the university’s plans for fall and its operational status.   Thanks to our campus-wide commitment …
  • Campus Update from the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team | August 9, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians, The Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT) has been closely watching the continuing evolution of the pandemic around the world and here at home. We have spent the summer reviewing our plans for the upcoming academic year, following ongoing guidance from the CDC and our local health department. Our plans for a fully populated and highly vaccinated campus remain in place.   Last week the …
  • Fall 2021 Plan Updates | July 14, 2021
    Dear Lawrence Community,  We look forward to welcoming Lawrentians new and returning in the coming months! Below, please find information on our Fall 2021 plan, including updated mask and visitor/event policies.  When we decided that mounting a fall 2021 in-person session was of utmost importance for our community, we followed the science as we have throughout the pandemic. Currently, the …
  • Renewed Lawrence Campus Community Pledge | June 8, 2021
    Dear Lawrence Community, Thank you all for your continued resilience and dedication to Honor the Pledge. To date, more than 75% of our on-campus community is fully vaccinated, and, for the third week in a row, no active cases of Covid-19 are present on campus.  As we transition into summer, we are introducing a renewed Lawrence Campus Community Pledge. This renewal is …
  • Update to Masking Protocols | May 14, 2021
    Dear Lawrentians, Thank you for your commitment to Honor the Pledge. Your ongoing efforts have helped us sustain a COVID positivity rate of less than 0.5% for the majority of Spring Term. Thanks also to those able to be fully vaccinated. As of this week, nearly 75% of our campus employees and more than 50% of our students learning on campus are fully vaccinated. These are efforts of which we should be so proud.  …
  • Fall 2021 Plan Update | April 28, 2021
    Dear Lawrence Community,   A few weeks ago I shared the news that the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT), in consultation with campus colleagues and public health experts, was developing plans for Fall Term. In the meantime, our community commitment to Honor the Pledge has continued to keep infection rates below 0.5% for most weeks during this academic year. Many members of our community have also diligently …