Stoplight Guide

Contingency plans for a virus surge on campus this fall will follow a “stoplight” guide for determining need to slow or shut down in-person activities. For example:  

  • Green Light signals an open campus with classes and activities proceeding with planned precautions.   
  • Yellow Light signals enhanced precautions, during which in-person classes and activities may be restricted for two to five days; high-traffic and affected areas will be deep-cleaned; and faculty and staff work from home if possible.  
  • Orange Light signals a high restriction on campus, during which all in-person classes and activities will be restricted for at least 14 days; meals will be grab and go; high-traffic and affected areas will be deep-cleaned; only essential workers allowed to work on campus. 
  • Red Light signals a full campus shutdown. Students will be required to return home. Accommodations will be made for students unable to travel or return home. Only essential workers will be allowed to work on campus. Shutdown will be triggered if essentially services can no longer be provided, and community spread is in the campus population or certain essential departments. The decision will be made in consultation with local, state, and federal public health authority. 

To inform our status, we will focus on three primary variables:  

  • The effects of the trajectory of positive test results within our on-campus community of students, faculty, and staff, including the availability of quarantine and isolation space on campus and the rate of quarantine/isolation among faculty and staff.  
  • The effects of the trajectory of positive test results in the greater Appleton community. 
  • And the observed level of compliance with the Lawrence Campus Community Pledge.