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Planning for Fall | June 22, 2022

Dear Lawrence Community,

We hope that everyone’s summer is off to a great start! We write today to share updates on our plan for Fall 2022, including arrival protocols. Like last year, we will start the academic year fully in-person. This means that all curricular and co-curricular activities will proceed using each room’s full capacity limits.

Arriving on Campus 
New and returning students, including our Community Advisors, international students, and fall student athletes, will begin to arrive on a rolling basis in mid-August, with new student arrival scheduled for Monday, September 5, and returning student arrival scheduled for Friday, September 9.

Please note the following arrival protocols:

  • All new and returning students are encouraged to be tested within 72 hours prior to traveling to campus.
  • In addition, all students will be tested upon their arrival on campus.
  • Employees may be tested in the fall at their discretion. 

More information regarding testing protocols will be shared later this summer.

Masking Protocols
Lawrence currently requires masking in all indoor public spaces, but we also understand that the pandemic will continue to evolve over the summer. Specific masking protocols for the fall will be determined by Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team closer to the start of fall term, based on the status of the virus on- and off-campus at that time. We will share information with our community as soon as a decision is made.

Vaccination Protocols 
With more than 90% of the Lawrence community fully vaccinated and boosted, we continue to meet the CDC’s definition of an institution of higher education with a fully vaccinated community. As we have learned over the last year, vaccination is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves healthy and reduce the severity of a COVID-19 infection. As such, all new members of the Lawrence community, including both students and employees, are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted prior to your arrival on campus. Exemptions are granted to individuals based on a medical condition, strong religious or sincerely held belief, or personal conviction.

Students are required to provide this information to Wellness Services at WellnessServices@lawrence.edu, and employees are required to provide this information to Human Resources at Humanresources@lawrence.edu. For additional information please reach out to either Wellness Services or Human Resources.

Honor the Pledge
One of the principles that has continued to facilitate our success mitigating the virus is the Lawrence Campus Community Pledge, which outlines the living, learning, and working tenets for all in our campus community. We will continue to Honor the Pledge this fall and encourage new members of our community to familiarize themselves with the Pledge before coming to campus. Highlights include:

  • Vaccination and testing (as needed) adherence.
  • Commitment to follow masking protocols.
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols.
  • Encouragement to stay home if feeling ill or wearing a mask if one must be on campus.

Campus Guests & Visitors 
We will continue to welcome guests and visitors from outside the Lawrence community to campus for events and performances. When hosting or attending indoor campus events that include non-Lawrence community members (e.g., recital, athletics event, performance), we may require all spectators and/or participants (depending on the event) to wear masks. Again, more information regarding our guest policy will be shared prior to the start of the academic year.

Please stay tuned for future messages as the fall approaches and remember to visit—our bookmark—the COVID-19 News blog at https://blogs.lawrence.edu/covid-19/ for all current information regarding pandemic protocols. Please also send questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students, faculty, and staff this fall.

Be well and stay well, 
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team 

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 downward trend in cases on campus, we will increase capacity in all Warch Campus Center dining spaces, including Brengel Dining Room and Kaplan’s Cafe, starting with breakfast on Monday, May 9. 

Please remember that university remains in Yellow Light status, and we ask that you continue to follow are current health protocols, including wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces and conducting daily health checks. We will continue to offer voluntary testing for asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff on Wednesdays in the Wellness Center from 12:00 to 4:45 p.m. Rapid tests are also available to students exhibiting symptoms through Wellness Services or campus safety. 

Lawrence will host two important events on campus next week–the spring Board of Trustees meeting and the inauguration of President Laurie A. Carter. Trustees and guests from the Fox Cities and around the country will be on campus, including the Warch Campus Center, starting on Wednesday and here through the weekend.

All guests are required to follow all university safety protocols: Masks are required for all indoor events and COVID-19 vaccinations and pre-arrival testing are requested for attendance at the inauguration ceremony on May 13. 

In the spirit of 17 Days of Kindness, please welcome our guests to campus and join us for our historic community celebrations.  

As always, submit any questions or concerns you may have to coronainfo@lawrence.edu

Be well, and stay well,  
LPPT

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 saw 68 total new cases on campus. Last week (4/18-4/24), we saw 54 total new cases.

This recent significant spike in positive cases remains a concern for campus, but we are encouraged to report that fewer positive cases have been reported over the past 5 days. As of 2:30 p.m. today, we’ve had 6 new positive cases, compared to 19 during the same time last week.

To continue to monitor cases, we will offer voluntary PCR and rapid testing tomorrow, April 27, in the Wellness Center. Testing will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  

  • We encourage all individuals who have been designated a close contact or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to attend.
  •  If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend testing.
  • If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, please use a rapid test. 

In addition, we plan to offer voluntary testing weekly until the end of the term. Students will also continue to have access to free rapid tests during business hours from Wellness Services or after hours from Campus Safety.

Please continue to Honor the Pledge and: 

  • Wear a mask in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 4-ply masks are available in the Wellness Center. 
  • Take extra precautions, which includes checking your symptoms daily and limiting in-person meetings and gatherings whenever possible.
  • Coordinate large events with the following groups for guidance:  

Dining spaces will remain adjusted to accommodate enhanced physical distancing. Capacity in the Brengel Dining Room will remain reduced, and additional spaces in Warch will remain opened as an alternative dining space.

If adjustments to our plans or operational status are needed, we will be in immediate communication with our campus community.

As always, please submit questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu and stay tuned to your email for updates.

Be well and stay well,     
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team 

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 to Honor the Pledge as we face this steep increase in positive cases over the last two weeks. 

We are also implementing the following safety measures:  

  • Voluntary PCR testing will be available tomorrow, April 20, in the Wellness Center. Testing will take place at 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
  • All community members are encouraged to take extra precautions, which includes checking your symptoms daily, limiting in-person meetings and gatherings whenever possible, and wearing a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. KN-95 masks are available in the Wellness Center. 
  • Dining spaces will be adjusted to accommodate enhanced physical distancing as quickly as possible. Capacity in the Brengel Dining Room will be reduced, and additional spaces in Warch will be opened as an alternative dining space. Capacities will be monitored, and students may be asked to move to another space to ensure physical distancing.  
  • Students, faculty, and staff planning large events are asked to coordinate with the following groups for guidance: 
    • Student organizations should contact the SEAL office (Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership).   
    • Employees should consult with the Facilities Request Group.   

We also encourage all community members who have not yet received their booster shot to participate in two upcoming clinics: Friday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Somerset Room and Thursday, April 28 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Pusey Room. 

If adjustments to our plans or operational status are needed, we will be in immediate communication with our campus community.  

The recent increase in positive cases on campus is a disappointment, especially as we look forward to spring term’s many opportunities to gather as a community. We greatly appreciate your patience, flexibility, and dedication to Honor the Pledge as we work to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus. 

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation, learn from our experiences, follow the science, and adapt our mitigation strategies as quickly as possible to limit the spread on campus. Together, we will overcome this challenging moment for our community.   

As always, please submit questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu and stay tuned to your email for updates.  

Be well and stay well,    
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team

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 26 new cases to date this week. Active cases reported during this week (Monday, April 11-Sunday, April 17) will be reported on the COVID-19 Dashboard on Monday, April 18. 

If you think you have been in close contact with an individual who has COVID-19, please refer to the quarantine and isolation process on campus

To mitigate the spread of the virus on campus, we are immediately changing the university’s operating status to Yellow Light: Open, Moderate Risk.

The following safety measures will take place immediately:

  • Masking will be required in all indoor public spaces.
  • All community members are encouraged to take extra precautions, including physical distancing and washing your hands whenever possible.  
  • Guest activities will continue, following all current safety measures listed above.

We recognize it may be frustrating to shift from Green Light to Yellow Light so soon after we opened the campus, but our commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of our community remains our top priority. Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus on campus so that we can return to a “mask-friendly” status as soon as it is viable to do so.

Our commitment to Honor the Pledge, our dedication to one another, and our collective resilience is more important than ever. Together, we have limited the spread of virus on campus, and together we will overcome this challenging moment for our community.

We will continue to closely monitor the status of the virus on campus and in the surrounding community and will adjust our mitigation strategies or operational status accordingly. As always, please submit questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu and stay tuned to your email for updates.

Be well and stay well,
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team  

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, one individual has a confirmed case of COVID 19, which gives us less than a .1% positivity rate. In our February 28 community message, we stated that positive testing results below 1% upon our return to campus after spring break would lead to a status to Green Light. Following this guidance, the university will shift to Green Light status as of Monday, April 4.

Green Light status means that: 

  • All curricular and co-curricular activities will remain in-person.
  • All academic and administrative buildings will be open to the public (no key card access required) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This includes the Mudd Library. More information regarding building hours is available in the Guest Policy on the COVID-19 news blog .
  • Lawrence remains a mask-friendly campus. Masks can be worn by anyone at any time on our campus but are not universally required. Individuals may also determine their own guidelines for their individual space. 
  • Students living on campus must abide by residential expectations
  • For those traveling, review the updated Travel Policy

Please remember that we do not currently plan to conduct on-going surveillance testing over spring term due to the reduced viral activity in our surrounding community. We will continue to closely monitor the virus through symptomatic testing on campus and regular assessments of local community risk levels. We will also continue to use CDC guidance to help inform our testing protocols and operational status.

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to obtain a test from Wellness Services during business hours or request a test from Campus Safety after business hours.

Our hope prior to break was that our community’s continued dedication to Honor the Pledge would be reflected in our return-to-campus testing results, and that hope was realized. Thank you, once again, for your commitment to protecting the wellbeing of our community.

Please continue to remain vigilant both on- and off-campus. As always, submit any questions or concerns you may have to coronainfo@lawrence.edu.

Be well, and stay well,  
LPPT 

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 based on personal preference. Our current numbers on campus—2 positive test results out of 559 tests on Monday—demonstrate low virus activity in our community. In addition, Outagamie County is currently categorized as low risk.

With both the campus and community numbers in the low range, the Lawrence campus will transition to being a Mask Friendly campus starting on Thursday, March 17, 2022. We will continue to require masks throughout the remainder of winter term to allow our community to prioritize our energies on completing the term. It also affords us time to transition into our new masking guidelines.

Being a Mask Friendly campus means that masks can be worn by anyone at any time on our campus but are not universally required. Addition, individuals may determine their own guidelines for their individual space, meaning that:  

  • Faculty may require masks in classrooms based on room capacity, air ventilation, and/or personal preference.
  • Students may require guests to wear masks in their residence hall rooms.
  • Employees may require others to be masked in individual offices.
  • Meeting and event organizers may also require the use of masks. 

The LPPT asks that we continue to demonstrate care, respect, and compassion for each other in our community. Individuals who prefer to be masked may obtain additional high-quality masks, including 4-ply masks, KN95s, and/or N95s, from Wellness Services. These provide the best protection from infection.

We will continue to recommend that individuals wear masks if they are ill or have COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, there will be times when individuals will be required to wear masks following current health protocols, such as individuals who have been identified as close contacts or who are in the five-day period following the completion of isolation for COVID-19. 

LPPT will continue to monitor the COVID-19 activity on campus, pivoting as necessary to continue to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus. 

We hope that you are excited as we are to take this next step. We ask that we continue to honor the wellbeing of others as we continue to make this important transition. 

As always, please send any questions or concerns to coronainfo@lawrence.edu.   

Be well and stay well,   
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team 

P.S. We are also excited to host three vaccine booster clinics during the month of March. If you still need to receive a booster, please be sure to visit the on-campus clinics on March 7, 17, and 29, all in the Warch Campus Center’s Pusey Room. Find more information on the upcoming clinics in the LU Insider.  

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 results and off-campus test results submitted by community members. We recognize that this is the highest number of active cases we have seen to date. As we have shared, we are not surprised to see an increase in the positivity rate among members of our campus community due to the Omicron variant’s high rate of transmission. One thing that is important to note is that we administered 1,000 more tests last week than the previous week. While our active case numbers did increase week over week, the actual percentage of positive cases decreased from 5.84% to 3.0%, which shows that our current mitigation efforts are working. 

We encourage us all to remember that Lawrence is a highly vaccinated community—94% of our students and 93% of our employees are vaccinated. As we have learned, breakthrough cases of the Omicron variant are inevitable. We also know that vaccinated individuals, particularly those who have received a booster, are less likely to experience severe infections. This is why we require all vaccinated individuals to get a COVID-19 booster shot if eligible and submit proof of having received the booster as soon as possible. Students should send their proof to Wellness Services; employees should send their proof to Human Resources. 

Testing 
Over the winter break, we transitioned to a new testing firm. We used this firm for surveillance testing for community members participating in D-Term and did not experience delays or disruptions to our testing process. With our full community’s return to campus and the increase in testing numbers—both on campus and around the nation—we are seeing concerning delays in our testing results. Our colleagues in Wellness Services are in touch with our testing provider daily to address and resolve these delays.

In the meantime, we ask for everyone’s patience as we work to resolve these issues and continue to conduct our weekly surveillance testing. Please check your email regularly for any updates and information about individual and campus-wide surveillance testing.

Return to In-Person Classes 
While most community members were able to return to in-person classes yesterday, there are individuals who are not in compliance with the university’s testing policy: Faculty, students, and staff must take two on-campus or local COVID-19 tests, 3-5 days apart, as part of our safe return-to-campus process. These individuals have been contacted, are not currently attending classes, and will need to be compliant with our testing expectations before returning to classes. 

Due to the recent testing result delays, there is a small number of students, faculty, and staff who received a negative result on their first test and would have been in compliance with our policy if their second negative test result was received in a timely manner. For those individuals, LPPT decided after robust discussion to allow them to return to in-person classes, following all current safety protocols. Wellness Services identified those individuals and contacted them on Tuesday morning so that they could attend classes.

We believe this was the best decision for our community at this time. Our goal is to ensure that as many individuals can participate in our academic program, being mindful of the health and welfare of our community and the fact that we are a highly vaccinated campus with strong mitigation strategies in place.

If faculty or students have concerns about the decision or practices within their classroom, please email coronainfo@lawrence.edu. We will be in touch as soon as possible to address your concerns.

Masking 
Masking is required in all indoor public facilities, regardless of vaccination status. We recommend a KN95 mask or double masking, pairing a cloth mask with a disposable surgical-style mask, as these provide the best protection against the virus. Learn more about the proper way to wear your mask here.

Our first order of KN95 masks for the community has arrived on campus. These have been placed in residence halls for students and are also available in Wellness Services. Additional masks have been ordered and will be distributed accordingly once they arrive.

Again, we thank you for your continuing patience and diligence as we navigate the pandemic. We will continue to update our campus community as soon as possible when additional information or a shift if operational status is needed. 

Be well and stay well, 
LPPT 

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 still waiting for additional test results, our campus positivity rate is trending down from 5.84% last week. Please note that this week’s final test results will be reflected on the COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, January 17. 

We are grateful to our students and faculty for adjusting to remote learning for the past two weeks, as well as our staff for quickly adjusting their work arrangements. This time has allowed us to test each community member twice, identifying individuals who were COVID positive and their close contacts and placing them in isolation or quarantine. We are pleased to say that Lawrentians have done a fantastic job honoring the Pledge, resulting in a low number of close contacts.  

These mitigation strategies, as well as our community’s high vaccination rate of more than 90%, mandatory boosters for all eligible community members, a masking mandate, and a robust surveillance testing protocol, have contributed to our decision to resume in-person curricular and co-curricular activities starting next week. Please note the following: 

  • In-person activities, including curricular and co-curricular activities, will resume on Tuesday, January 18, adhering to all current health and safety protocols (see below). Students and faculty must have two negative COVID tests prior to returning to the classroom. 
  • In-person dining spaces will be adjusted to accommodate enhanced physical distancing starting Tuesday, January 18. Capacity in the Brengel Dining Room will be reduced, and Somerset will be opened as an alternative dining space. Capacities will be monitored, and students may be asked to move to another space to ensure physical distancing. Meals will remain grab-and-go through Monday, January 17. 
  • Guests in individual residence hall rooms will return to occupancy +3 on Tuesday, January 18. More information is available on the Residential Education web page.  
  • All employees may return to campus for work on Monday, January 17, after taking two required COVID tests. If an employee participated in off-campus testing, proof of negative results must be sent to Human Resources
  • We ask that in-person meetings be limited and adhere to all health and safety protocols (see below); remote meetings are encouraged. 
  • All campus buildings will remain closed to the public and will be accessible only by keycard.    
  • Campus is open to organized guest activity only; access to campus will be granted only via a host or through advanced registration or ticketing. See the guest policy for more information.  

Recognizing that students will remain in quarantine and isolation as we return to in-person learning, we want to emphasize that the Center for Academic Success and individual faculty members will work to help students keep up with their course work. Read more about quarantine and isolation protocols

Orange Status & Health & Safety Protocols 

With the high transmission rates of the Omicron variant and the level of community spread in Appleton and the Fox Cities, we have opted to remain in Orange Light status even as we return to an in-person experience. It is more important than ever that our community Honor the Pledge and adhere to current health and safety protocols:  

  • Get a COVID-19 booster shot if you are eligible and submit proof of your booster as soon as possible. Students should send their proof to Wellness Services; employees should send their proof to Human Resources.  
  • Wear a KN95 mask or double mask in all indoor public spaces. Given the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, these actions provide the best protection. KN95 masks are currently on-order and will be distributed to the campus community, starting with students, as soon as they are available. We will share more information upon their arrival.  
  • Continue to physical distance where possible, conduct a daily symptoms check, and wash your hands frequently. 

The university will take appropriate corrective action to address noncompliant behaviors, including not allowing community members to attend classes and disinviting individuals from the community.  

Testing 

We will continue our practice of weekly surveillance testing using PCR tests on Mondays in the Wellness Center. Please note that Lawrence community members may self-select to participate in weekly surveillance testing if they are asymptomatic.  

Students who experience symptoms may contact Wellness Services to arrange for testing. Employees who experience symptoms should seek testing off-campus. More information regarding our testing protocols can be found on the Wellness Services website

With the status of the virus and guidance shifting regularly, sometimes daily, LPPT will continue to closely monitor our campus and surrounding community, shifting our operational status as needed based upon the information we have available at the time. We thank you for your continued diligence and patience as we’ve worked to mitigate the spread of the virus, especially upon our return to campus during this challenging new phase of the pandemic.  

Please submit questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu, stay tuned to your email for updates, and continue to Honor the Pledge.   

Be well, and stay well, 
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team  

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 continue to follow appropriate guidance to mitigate the virus and reduce its impact within our campus community and write today to share more information regarding our response to the current situation on campus.

A total of 30 students and 16 employees were identified as new cases last week. Our total active cases on campus, which includes on- and off-campus test results, stand at 62 (38 students, 24 employees). Those community members who have tested positive for the virus or have been contact traced are currently in isolation or quarantine on campus, at an approved off-campus location, or at home. 

In anticipation of the increase in positivity rates, the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team secured additional quarantine and isolation (Q &I) space for our students, supplementing our on-campus Q & I space with rooms through Airbnb and local hotels as needed. These spaces were secured so that we can mitigate the effects of virus and reduce the spread of infection on campus.

Students who test positive or are contact traced will be notified by Wellness Services of the details regarding their temporary Q&I housing assignment. Members of the Dean of Student’s office, Spiritual and Religious Life, and Wellness Services offices then provide support to students, regardless of their location.

While any increase in positivity rates is a concern, we encourage us all to remember that Lawrence is a highly vaccinated community—94% of our students and 93% of our employees are vaccinated. As we have learned—and have seen around the world—breakthrough cases of the Omicron variant are inevitable. We also know that vaccinated individuals, particularly those who have received a booster, are less likely to experience severe infections. 

The goal of our surveillance testing and health and safety protocols is to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus and to keep the Lawrence community as safe as possible. This is especially true as we face a variant that spreads quickly regardless of vaccination status. To help us ensure that all Lawrentians remain as healthy as possible, we would like to remind all community members to do the following: 

  • Get a COVID-19 booster shot if you are eligible and submit proof of your booster as soon as possible. Students should send their proof to Wellness Services; employees should send their proof to Human Resources
  • Double mask or wear a KN95 mask in all indoor public spaces. Given the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, these actions provide the best protection. Masks are available in all campus buildings, and KN95 masks for the community have been ordered and should be available prior to the start of in person classes. We will share more information upon their arrival. 
  • Continue to practice health and safety protocols like physical distancing where possible and washing your hands. 

Over the last week, we received questions regarding the availability of COVID-19 tests on-campus outside of our surveillance testing.Please note that Lawrence community members may self-select to participate in weekly surveillance testing if they are asymptomatic. Students who experience symptoms may contact Wellness Services to arrange for testing at other times. Employees who experience symptoms should seek testing off-campus. More information regarding our testing protocols can be found on the Wellness Services website

All current policies and procedures, including the guest policy, will continue to be reviewed and adjusted by LPPT as needed to ensure that we are responding to the current situation on campus. We will also continue to review the results of this week’s testing closely and will be in touch as soon as possible regarding results and/or any adjustments to our plan to return to in-person learning next week on Tuesday, January 18.  

Recognizing that more students may be in quarantine and isolation than in the past, we want to remind students that the Center for Academic Success and individual faculty members will work to help students keep up with their coursework if they are in quarantine or isolation when we return to in-person classes. 

Please continue to send questions to coronainfo@lawrence.edu. We greatly appreciate your patience as we work to answer questions as quickly as we can and thank you for your continued commitment to Honor the Pledge. 

Be well, and stay well, 
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team