Dear Lawrentians,

Thank you! 

Thank you for participating in last week’s surveillance testing. And, most important, thank you for renewing your efforts to Honor the Pledge. Your continued dedication and perseverance to the health and safety of the campus community made a difference. 

As noted on the on the COVID-19 Dashboard, we tested 698 community members last Friday, and thus far 8 students and one employee received positive test results. This makes our positivity rate 1.3%, which is an improvement over last week.  

With this trend in the right direction, as well as information we’ve learned through our contact tracing efforts, we have decided to adjust our operating status to allow for more in-person activities, following all health and safety guidelines. The university will remain in Yellow Light status with the following protocols in place starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26 

  • In-person classes will continue. 
  • Brengel Dining Room and Somerset in Warch Campus Center will open for in-person eating, adhering to all room capacities and all mask-wearing and physical distancing guidelines and protocols. Masks may be removed for eating only.  
  • Grab-n-go meals will still be available in Kaplan’s Café and the C-Store in Warch Campus Center.  
  • Movies in Memorial Chapel and all SOUP activities will proceed as planned, again, following all health and safety protocols. 

Our contact tracing did reveal that the majority of viral spread on campus is taking place in individual residences. We are responding accordingly, working with individual students to ensure they uphold their oath to Honor the Pledge. That said, the following restrictions will remain in place

  • All current restrictions on residence hall room visitors and capacity remain as indicated in the Winter Term Residential Expectations web page. 
  • Because of the localized positivity of a few of our athletics programs, we are uncomfortable with all teams beginning their active phases. We recognize that many programs are adhering to the Pledge and will work with the Director of Athletics on the next steps. 

Weekly surveillance will continue this Monday, February 1, with a larger testing pool, similar to this past week, to help us better track viral spread on campus. Please be sure to check your email this week to know if you will be included in Monday’s testing group. 

We will evaluate our operational status once testing results are received and communicate with the campus accordingly early next week. As always, please continue to submit any questions or concerns you may have to coronainfo@lawrence.edu

Our commitment to Honor the Pledge and dedication to protect the health and safety of our community continues to inspire us. Together, we can mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Be well, and stay well, 
Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team