Illustration of Lafayette Leopard mascot's head wearing a medical maskWe began the interim session yesterday and have welcomed back, or are in the process of welcoming back, a number of students to campus. As we approach the next several weeks and with an eye on what is happening outside the College, we have some helpful suggestions for employees.

  • Density on campus: Many areas can be physically less densely staffed during interim. Division and department heads were encouraged to create staffing plans that continue to fulfill our educational mission while allowing greater flexibility to work remotely. The construction projects on McCartney Street and at Acopian and the Markle Parking Deck renovation have created extra incentive to think about what work must be done on site versus what can be accomplished without bringing extra traffic to campus. Thanks to all for the flexibility as we navigate the coming weeks.
  • Test kits: We recognize the national pressure on the testing infrastructure and know that getting at-home antigen kits, as well as getting in for PCR testing, have become more challenging. This will likely continue for the next several weeks. We have some antigen test kits available for employees who have experienced a workplace exposure. For individuals who need a test kit for this purpose, please do not come to Feather House. If you require a test kit, complete the test kit request form, and we will contact you regarding how to obtain one. Do not come for a test kit if you are symptomatic. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, remain at home and contact your primary care physician if necessary.
  • KN-95 masks: We have a good supply for those whose job requires working in person. We also have surgical masks for those who prefer to double mask using surgical and cloth masks. The KN-95 masks come in packs of 10. If you would like to secure some, please complete the KN-95 mask request form, and we will send them to you via campus mail.

Amid the news of the rapid spread of the omicron variant, it may have been easy to overlook that two treatments were approved in trying to prevent COVID-19 deaths among the highest-risk groups. This is welcome news and will begin to alter the way we navigate the illness. Vaccines remain by far the best defense we have against the most devastating impacts of COVID-19. The high vaccination rates for our campus community served us well last semester. All of us have been busy updating protocols, monitoring news from the CDC, and looking ahead to the start of the spring term in a few weeks.

Much more information about spring protocols will be coming soon. In the meantime, stay healthy, and let us know if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Action Group