Weekly COVID Community Updates - 11.05.21

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations to the Latinx Student Union on successful events and programs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the inspirational Dia de Los Muertos community event. Events Board and Resident Assistants also did an incredible job with coordinating Halloween weekend activities and community connections for students. We are also proud of our Women’s Soccer and Cross-Country teams for winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics season championship titles! Chirp! Chirp! Check out @pitzer.campuslife, @pzreslife, and our Pitzer Events site for more information about weekend events and programs.

Below are important updates and reminders of the week:

  • NEW LA COUNTY VACCINE VERIFICATION: Beginning Nov. 4, 2021, proof of full vaccination and photo ID for indoor entry into bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges for all patrons and employees goes into effect. Patrons now need to be fully vaccinated to be indoors at any of these establishments.
  • ELECTRONIC COVID-19 VACCINE RECORD ACCESS PORTAL: The portal provides only a digital copy of your vaccine record, including a QR code to help make access easier for any needs that may arise where you are required to provide proof of your vaccination.
  • FRIENDLY McCONNELL DINING REMINDERS: Due to COVID-19 health safety protocols, water bottles should not be refilled in McConnell. There are water stations across campus for refilling including upstairs and downstairs in McConnell. LA County Health is also requiring no cup refills.  This means if you would like to refill your cup, please put the old one on the dish line and get a new one before getting a drink. Following these guidelines, personal containers are not be used to collect food in McConnell. Please only utilize the white and green boxes, free of cost.
  • MASKING IN RESIDENTIAL COMMON AREAS: Throughout the fall semester our hardworking RA team has been consistently enforcing masking requirements in common areas throughout the residence halls. Now that we are well into the fall semester, the RA team has been instructed to NOT give multiple mask reminders to the same student in the same night. This means that if an RA talks to you about mask wearing once in a night, you’ll receive a friendly reminder. If they need to remind you about it more than once in a night, or if a pattern of non-compliance is established over a number of days, then they will document the issue and Student Affairs staff will follow-up with you in a more formal conduct manner. Please help us avoid these lengthy next steps by wearing your masks when in indoor common areas!
  • NOVEMBER BREAK TRAVEL FORM SUBMISSION: Please remember to complete the November travel break form located on your Residential portal (https://pitzer-residence.symplicity.com/). We will update our Pathway Foward website with the guidance that mirrors Fall Break travel guidance with the addition of testing twice during the week following return to campus. Any students who may need financial support for transportation, or other necessary expenses, are encouraged to complete the Student Emergency Relief Grant application. We understand due to the pandemic, some of our most vulnerable students during the pandemic have not been able to travel home, and support outreach continues to ensure they have support to travel home or for housing and food security over the break, if needed.
  • COVID-19 BOOSTERS:?The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID-19 vaccines?individuals eligible for a booster of?Pfizer or Moderna?include those who received the second of the?two-dose?Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are?either:
    • 65 and over
    • Residents of long-term care facilities
    • 8 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
    • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders,?teachers?and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the?J&J vaccine?>2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students!?

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.??You can make an appointment for your booster using?My Turn?or find a?walk-in vaccination site.? If you are looking for a site close to campus?Hendricks Pharmacy?in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment.?Students needing transportation support to local Claremont vaccine sites or to Pomona Valley Hospital, may contact Bryce Sternquist (via email at Bryce_Sternquist@pitzer.edu or in the Office of Student Affairs Scott Hall 120) for access to Claremont Dial-a-Ride booklet support or Uber/Lyft transportation during normal business hours. For support after normal business hours, students may contact Pitzer’s 24/7 Dean on Call to request Uber/Lyft transportation support at 909-607-2000.

  • WEEKEND COVID-19 SUPPORT: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • WELL-BEING & SELF-CARE: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health. Attached are wellness reminders from Student Health Services.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, October 29 – Friday, November 5:

  • Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Isolation: 0
  • Students Released from Isolation: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Isolation: 0

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines. ?

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.  

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs Pitzer College

Residence Halls Closing/Winter Break/Opening Information - 11.05.21

Friday, November 5, 2021

Dear Pitzer Students,

As we approach the end of the semester, we want to remind you all about the following upcoming residential dates and process. Additionally, any students who may need financial support for transportation, or other necessary expenses, are encouraged to complete the Student Emergency Relief Grant application.

  • Winter Closing – The main campus residence halls close on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at noon, full information is on our website.
    • Move Out Helpers: Any non-Claremont Colleges move out helpers will be permitted on campus during winter closing. They must complete the Healthy Pitzer screening form they day of their visit and wear a mask indoors during their visit.
  • Late Stay – Fall 2021 – An application process for those who may need to apply for a one-day late stay after winter closing. Email housing@pitzer.edu to get access to this application process.
  • Winter?Stay@CCA?– Winter break housing is available for free at the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA) for CCA residents?who reside at CCA during both fall and spring semester, international students with travel restrictions or students with housing insecurity. Email housing@pitzer.edu to get access to this application process.
    • Applications Due Monday, November 8
  • Early Arrival – Spring 2022?– Please review this website for information regarding permission for early arrivals. Typical early arrivals include student leaders, athletes, new students, etc. Email housing@pitzer.edu to get access to this application process.
  • Spring Opening?– The main campus residence halls open for ALL students on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 9 a.m., full information is on our website
    • Students can return on either date, but are asked to move in according to the first letter of their last name in order to allow distancing at check-in.
      • Sunday, Jan 16?
        • L-Z Starts 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
        • A-K Starts 12 noon until 5 p.m.
      • Monday, Jan 17
        • A-K Starts 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
        • L-Z Starts 12:00 PM until 5 p.m.?
    • All Pitzer students will be required to take a PCR COVID-19 test 3 days prior to move-in arrival and will be asked to produce these negative test results upon arrival on campus.
    • Students are allowed up to two move-in helpers. Move-in helpers must provide their vaccination record card OR a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours upon arrival.?
    • Students and move-in helpers should also complete their Healthy Pitzer screening form the morning of move-in/prior to their arrival. We will ask to see the verification email on your phone at that time.?
    • Be sure to bring masks with you as masks will be required for ALL, indoors and outdoors, on move-in day.

As always, please reach out with questions!

  • Calendly appointment for a zoom or phone meeting
  • Call us, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 909-607-3900
  • Stop by the office, E. Sanborn, C300, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Our best,

~Kirsten

Kirsten Carrier, M.S. (she/her/hers)
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Conference Services

Weekly COVID Community Updates - 10.29.21

October 29, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We are excited about partnerships between student leaders, clubs and organizations and Campus Life, as well as events by Residence Life and our Resident Assistants, to make possible a wonderful schedule of Halloween weekend activities. We are proud to host the first 4C event for Halloween and hope our students make memorable moments throughout the weekend. Check out @pitzer.campuslife, @pzreslife, and our Pitzer Events site (http://www.oilandwaterartshow.com/events/ ) for more information.

Below are important updates and reminders of the week:

  • COVID-19 Safety Halloween Weekend: We hope you create memorable moments in community this weekend. Just a friendly reminder about safety tips and expectations (also see attached).?https://www.canva.com/design/DAEuCRM2PJQ/deHeBlFgpsl6JAr8bJmCsA/edit
  • November Break Travel Form?Reminder: Please remember to complete the November travel break form located on your Residential portal (https://pitzer-residence.symplicity.com/). We will update our?Pathway Foward?website with the guidance that mirrors Fall Break travel guidance with the addition of testing twice during the week following return to campus.?
  • Student Flu Vaccine Reminders: All students are required to get the flu vaccine. Please contact Student Health Services to schedule an appointment if necessary to get vaccinated by the last date of November 5.
  • COVID-19 Boosters:?The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID-19 vaccines?individuals eligible for a booster of?Pfizer or Moderna?include those who received the second of the?two-dose?Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are?either:
    • 65 and over
    • Residents of long-term care facilities
    • 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
    • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders,?teachers?and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the J&J vaccine >2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students! 

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.  You can make an appointment for your booster using My Turn or find a walk-in vaccination site.  If you are looking for a site close to campus Hendricks Pharmacy in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment. Students needing transportation support to local Claremont vaccine sites or to Pomona Valley Hospital, may contact Bryce Sternquist (via email at Bryce_Sternquist@pitzer.edu or in the Office of Student Affairs Scott Hall 120) for access to Claremont Dial-a-Ride booklet support or Uber/Lyft transportation during normal business hours. For support after normal business hours, students may contact Pitzer’s 24/7 Dean on Call to request Uber/Lyft transportation support at 909-607-2000.

  • Weekend COVID-19 Support: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at?909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • Well-being & Self-Care: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via?7C.Health. Attached are wellness reminders from Student Health Services.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, October 23 – Friday, October 29:

Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0
Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0
Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 0
Students Placed in Quarantine: 0
Students Released from Quarantine: 0
Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0
Students Placed in Isolation: 0
Students Released from Isolation: 0
Total Students Currently in Isolation: 0

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 DashboardMindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.  

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.  

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Weekly COVID Community Updates - 10.22.21

Dear Campus Community,

When we began the process of developing the draft of our Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement, it was designed with our commitment to “calling each other in” around these important health and safety measures, to practice empathy, compassion and an ethos of “I am because we are”, whereby we honor the principle of ubuntu. Together with our core values in action, it has been this living community compass that has helped us navigate this journey. We have chartered unimaginable territory, rolled up our sleeves to pivot as needed, and we have continued to honor each other’s health and safety in this fluid process. I hope you remain as proud of I am of our continued united efforts.

Below are important updates and reminders of the week:

  • Important Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Update: Modified Quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated students who were close contacts of a known positive case have now been eliminated and students will no longer be required to have any restrictions placed on them as long as they are asymptomatic. These students will be asked by Student Health Services to monitor for symptoms for 14 days and recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, in addition to their regularly scheduled weekly testing. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students that are identified as close contacts will be placed in standard Quarantine. This is in great part attributed to all of our Mindful of Each Other efforts as a community that have contributed to the greater good. The Office of Student Affairs continues to partner with Student Health Services to operationalize this update.
  • Student Testing Reminders: Just a friendly reminder to students that due to the impact of fall break on our weekly testing routine, if you have not yet been able to get tested this week, please visit Student Health Services as soon as possible to resume your weekly routine testing. As a reminder, if a student misses their scheduled testing day, they may test any other remaining day of the Monday – Friday week at Student Health Services. We appreciate continued proactive student outreach for alternative day coordination support needs.
  • COVID-19 Boosters: The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID-19 vaccines individuals eligible for a booster of Pfizer or Moderna include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:
    • 65 and over
    • Residents of long-term care facilities
    • 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
    • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the J&J vaccine >2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students! 

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.  You can make an appointment for your booster using My Turn or find a walk-in vaccination site.  If you are looking for a site close to campus Hendricks Pharmacy in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment. Students needing transportation support to local Claremont vaccine sites or to Pomona Valley Hospital, may contact Bryce Sternquist (via email at Bryce_Sternquist@pitzer.edu or in the Office of Student Affairs Scott Hall 120) for access to Claremont Dial-a-Ride booklet support or Uber/Lyft transportation during normal business hours. For support after normal business hours, students may contact Pitzer’s 24/7 Dean on Call to request Uber/Lyft transportation support at 909-607-2000.

  • Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines Thank You: Thank you to our students for your tremendous partnership in being a leader at The Claremont Colleges related to student break travel. Thank you also to Campus Life for launching inaugural alternative break events and activities for students that we hope will become a new tradition at Pitzer. We are pleased that 160 students signed up to engage in community through these opportunities. As a reminder, our November break guidelines will mirror our fall break guidelines, including twice a week testing upon return to campus, and the online form completion request will be sent soon.
  • Weekend COVID-19 Support: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • Well-being & Self-Care: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health. Attached are wellness reminders from Student Health Services.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below, please find the summary of student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Thursday, October 13 – Friday, October 22:

  • Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Modified Quarantine:1
  • Total Students Currently in Modified Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Isolation: 0
  • Students Released from Isolation: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Isolation: 0

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.  

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.  

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Pitzer College

Weekly COVID Community Updates - 10.13.21

October 13, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

As our students have started leaving campus for the fall break, this week’s COVID-19 community update includes data from Saturday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 13, and important reminders.

  • Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines: Thank you to our students for submitting your fall break travel plans and for honoring our Mindful of Each Other Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines, including testing expectations.
  • Pitzer Fall Break Campus Life Events, Activities & Programs: Students staying local during fall break are invited to join in opportunities to engage in community on campus. Program details can be found on Pitzer’s Events Calendar.
  • Weekend COVID-19 Support: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Update: Vaccination requirements applying to indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
  • Well-being & Self-Care: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health. Attached are wellness reminders from Student Health Services.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 13:

  • Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Quarantine: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 22
  • Students Released from Modified Quarantine: 21
  • Total Students Currently in Modified Quarantine: 1
  • Students Placed in Isolation: 1
  • Students Released from Isolation: 0
  • Total Students Currently in Isolation: 1

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.  

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action. I wish you all a most restful fall break. May you grant yourself the space for grace and restoration during this time.

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Travel Information for Pitzer Employees - 10.11.21

It is understood that Pitzer faculty and staff may travel outside of the local area for personal or work-related reasons. For the safety of our entire community, please review and adhere to the following local, state, and federal recommendations and guidelines regarding travel:

Recommendations Prior to and During Travel:

You are encouraged to monitor the CDC’s Travel Recommendations by Destination for international travel advisory risk assessment alert updates and the International Travel During COVID-19 guidance.

If you choose to travel within the United States or outside of our local surrounding Los Angeles County, please monitor the CDC’s Domestic Travel, Travel Planner and COVID-19 Data Tracker sites to access information about COVID-19 risk assessment levels, travel restrictions, guidance and resources at your destination.

For the safety of our entire community, please review and adhere to the following local, state, and federal recommendations and guidelines regarding travel:

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required?on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

In areas with?high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and when participating in activities in which close contact?with others who are not fully vaccinated is possible.

Immediately Following Travel:

Employees should follow all?state and local?recommendations or requirements after travel. In addition, it is recommended that employees limit in-person interactions, particularly on-campus interactions, immediately following travel.

  • After travel:
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms during or after your trip.
  • All symptomatic employees should:
    • Be evaluated by a medical professional and/or tested as soon as they develop symptoms and comply with medical recommendations to quarantine or isolate.
    • Follow Pitzer’s COVID-19 Symptoms and Support Protocols regarding testing and return to work; this information can be found here.

Additional Considerations for International Travel:

  • Per CDC guidance, before leaving your international destination and prior to your arrival in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
  • Limit in-person interactions upon return to campus until a negative COVID-19 test taken at least three days after arrival back to the U.S result has been received

Testing and other Resources:

Regardless of whether employees travel domestically or internationally it is recommended they get tested before returning to campus. Testing appointments can be made through Healthy Pitzer.

As always, resources and support regarding COVID-19 are available on Pathway Forward, and your ongoing commitment to Mindful of Each Other is appreciated.

Weekly COVID Community Updates - 10.01.21

October 1, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Midterms are upon us! It was lovely to see The Writing Center’s Writing Wagon rolling to support our students this week! This afternoon the Office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) hosted a “paletas with CLSA” drop-in community connection hours on the mounds. This evening I had an opportunity to enjoy dinner with some of our extraordinary student leaders and to learn about services and resources that students find helpful as they complete their midterms. It brings me great joy to listen to the gratitude of our students to be able to have a meaningful student life experience in community with each other, our beloved faculty, and staff.    

Below are just a few highlights of the week:

  • Congratulations to our Black Student Union for successfully hosting Pitzer’s first cross-campus student-led student organization event in partnership with Pomona College’s Black Student Union!
  • Campus Life is excited to launch the office’s new website to bring students, student leaders, clubs and organizations enhanced access to resources, services, staff support, and campus activities and co-curricular engagement opportunities. Current Pitzer Student-Led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines – Fall 2021 are also found on the site.
  • Our beloved Pitzer Friday program continues to showcase the great community love of Pitzer! You are all invited to join in the fun today to be entered into a drawing, by submitting a photo!
  • Take a little break to find the joy in community by joining weekend activities, events and programs at Pitzer or cheer on our Sagehens! Take a walk through the lighted trees on the mounds and enjoy Shakedown Sounds this evening, stop by LSU X Campus Life’s Loteria Night or sign up for PACT’s Rollerskating Trip tomorrow!  

We are grateful for ongoing community feedback and our continued monitoring of trends that allow us the opportunity to learn and enhance practices necessary to honor our being Mindful of Each Other in action. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Shakedown Hours: The Shakedown closes at 11:00 p.m., please help our team by ensuring your GRILL and PIZZA order is placed no later than our final order call time of 10:30 p.m. Grab & Go, snacks, and drinks will still be available for purchase up to 11:00pm. Be sure to mask in line, when you place your order, and wait for your food.
  • Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines: Students are reminded to please submit your fall break travel plans by October 4th, per our Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Student COVID-19 Testing Reminders: Student Health Services notifies Student Affairs of students who missed their COVID-19 test day. This is a friendly reminder that students who miss their test day are able to use Friday as their make-up test day, or to work with Student Affairs to make alternative test day plans, and return to their assigned test day the following week. Consistent with our Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement, in the event students may not comply with weekly testing requirements, supportive outreach and a reminder will be issued in the first instance, the Student Code of Conduct and loss of privileges will be enforced the second instance, and any further instances may result in an immediate interim suspension and/or unenrollment from the College. Every effort will be made to collaborate with students and we appreciate your responsive cooperation. Please be sure to open your test results as on very rare occasions SHS may instruct and expect you to cooperate with retesting due to a rejected test.    
  • Flu Vaccine Deadline Extension: To support all Claremont Colleges flu vaccine needs, Student Health Services (SHS) will be extending student access to flu vaccines until October 29th for any students that may still need to make an appointment. Students who obtain the mandatory flu vaccine at a location off campus may upload their record to SHS here.
  • Weekend COVID-19 Support: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • Well-being & Self-Care: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, September 25 – Friday, October 1:

Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0

Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0

Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Quarantine: 0

Students Released from Quarantine: 0

Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 2

Students Released from Modified Quarantine: 2

Total Students Currently in Modified Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Isolation: 0

Students Released from Isolation: 0

Total Students Currently in Isolation: 0

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.  

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.  

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Pitzer College

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Weekly COVID Community Updates - 09.24.21

September 24, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We have made it through four weeks of classes! Our beloved Pitzer mounds was home to the first 5C event since the pandemic. With over 120 5C clubs and organizations united in partnership to make possible this meaningful opportunity, students and sister campuses continue to express their gratitude to Pitzer for making this event possible.

Below are just a few highlights of the week:

  • Student Health Services (SHS) reported excellent flu vaccine rates from students, and we thank the few students who worked with Student Affairs proactively on their need to schedule an appointment at SHS.
  • Thank you to students who kicked off our first COVID-19 Student Advisory Group meeting and provided invaluable feedback! Students interested in joining the group are welcome to email Katie_Tewell@pitzer.edu to sign up.
  • We are so proud of our student testing rates! This week we only had three students who proactively worked with Student Affairs to schedule a make-up test day.
  • Our Strive2Thrive Program’s Wellness Wednesday: Finding the Joy Around Us event had 93 student participants this week! Stay connected with upcoming events to engage in self-care and wellbeing in community!
  • Thank you to all of the offices and partnerships with student leaders that made possible our successful 3rd Annual Weeks of Welcome with over 50 student-centered events and programs as part of our student affairs co-curriculum initiatives. This community endeavor is a point of campus pride to help welcome our students back to campus, help foster meaningful community belonging, connections to resources and services, and engagement opportunities.  
  • Our beloved Pitzer Friday program continues to showcase the great community love of Pitzer! You are all invited to join in the fun today as the last Friday of the month to be entered into a drawing, by submitting a photo!
  • Join weekend activities, events and programs at Pitzer or cheer on our Sagehens! You may even catch a fun pick-up live volleyball or basketball game amongst Pitzer students, right here, on campus!

We are grateful for ongoing community feedback and our continued monitoring of trends that allow us the opportunity to learn and enhance practices necessary to honor our being Mindful of Each Other in action. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Students are reminded to please submit your fall break travel plans by October 4th, per our Student Travel Break COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Students are encouraged to find outdoor areas on campus to gather in groups safely, following our guidelines. Remember, masking and registration is required for  outdoor gatherings of 30 or more. Campus Life is here to support you with registering a gathering!
  • Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • Thank you to our students for your feedback about the need for enhanced CCA shuttle services. In partnership with Student Senate, we continue to move forward with positive progress to make possible our ability to extend services during the weekday. We hope to have updates as soon as possible.
  • Student Affairs is launching forward with a Pitzer Community Care Team to assist with efforts to support our practice of Mindful of Each Other in action as it relates to our COVID-19 guidelines and to promote community norming. They will help with positive community connections for those following guidelines by randomly handing out Pitzer swag, and have masks on hand for community members that need access or simply a friendly reminder to lean into community. Any Pitzer employee interested in joining the team may sign up by emailing Melissa Burrows at Melissa_Burrows@pitzer.edu. Team members will also receive Pitzer swag and gear!
  • Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, September 18 – Friday, September 24:

Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 1

Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0

Total Students Currently in Travel Quarantine: 1

Students Placed in Quarantine: 0

Students Released from Quarantine: 0

Total Students Currently in Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 1

Students Released from Modified Quarantine: 1

Total Students Currently in Modified Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Isolation: 0

Students Released from Isolation: 0

Total Students Currently in Isolation: 0

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.  

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

5C Update on Student Events and Parties - 09.24.21

September 24, 2021

Dear Students,

Congratulations on an excellent start to the academic year. For the first month of this semester, the Student Life leadership at the 5C’s agreed to permit only 1C events and parties—where only students from the host campus were permitted to attend. As promised, the Student Deans Council (SDC) met today to? assess the level of covid19 infection in the community and determine if any shifts could occur.

In large part due to the mandated vaccine, your compliance with COVID-19 mitigation strategies such as masking guidelines and testing requirements, the Claremont Colleges have reported very modest case rates and limited spread.

In light of this encouraging news, the SDC has decided to allow some additional social activities to occur on our campuses. While the practice of hosting campus-specific 1C events will continue, as of Monday, September 27, the following activities will also be permitted:

  • 5C club-sponsored activities are now permitted at each of the undergraduate campuses, upon approval of registration requests.
    • The size, time, and nature of those activities will be considered by the respective campuses when determining whether the activities will be approved to take place on any given campus.
    • 5C clubs and organizations must adhere to any rules or restrictions that are specific to the host campus (i.e., mask requirements, alcohol usage, registration practices, etc.)
  • Programs and events offered through The Claremont Colleges Services, Inc. and the College’s shared services (i.e., Office of Black Student Affairs, Chicanx/Latinx Student Affairs, The Chaplains Office, Queer Resource Center, EmPOWER Center, etc.).
  • Community events and programs coordinated by the new 7C International Student Community Program Council.
  • 4C Parties: CMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps will each host one 4C party this fall. In consultation with their students, Harvey Mudd will not host or permit its students to attend these events for the time being.
  • All 4C events will be hosted outdoors, and the campuses are working collaboratively on the fall event schedule.?
  • The host campus will be responsible for notifying students of any rules or restrictions that are specific to its campus (i.e., mask requirements, alcohol usage, registration practices, etc.)
  • Only 4C students will be permitted at these specific events; no visitors or guests outside of the 4Cs are allowed
  • Please note that at all parties designated as single campus events, only students from that campus are permitted to attend.

Please note these permitted activities are subject to change should COVID-19 conditions shift in our local or campus communities. 

As always, it is critical that students be respectful and attentive to the rules of the various campuses. Thank you in advance for making responsible choices and doing your part to support an engaged, inclusive campus community.

At Pitzer, we are excited to support Pitzer students creating programs and events for our community. We are here to help Pitzer students, clubs, and organizations that want host programs, meetings and social gatherings, in navigating the processes required. The Campus Life staff, located in Gold Student Center 200, are available to walk students through the event registration guidelines, funding opportunities, advertising, and provide many resources to help you and your student organizations put on successful events.

Students that want to put on an event at Pitzer should review the?Pitzer Student-Led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines. Additionally, to register an event or meeting, you should fill out the?Event Approval Request Form?and a Campus Life staff member will walk through the event/meeting planning procedures with you. To contact the Campus Life staff directly, you can email?pitzer.campuslife@gmail.com?and also follow us on Instagram at @pitzer.campuslife for updates on upcoming programs.

We all look forward to helping our Pitzer and 5C students create a more robust campus life experience!

Sincerely,

Alayna Session-Goins

Alayna Session-Goins, M.Ed.

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Campus Life

Student Break Travel COVID-19 Guidelines - 09.22.21

September 22, 2021

Dear Students,

As you explore upcoming break travel plans, all students are encouraged to remain vigilant and make informed decisions for the greater good of our community prior to, during, and after travel.

Break Travel Registration Requirement for All Students

All students are required to register their Fall break travel plans by October 4 to the Office of Student Affairs by completing the “Fall Break Travel – Fall 2021” form to either:

  • Stay local to Claremont and Local Surrounding Area
  • Domestic Travel within the United States
  • International Destination Travel

Please note that guidance regarding November 24-28 (Wednesday – Sunday) travel break COVID-19 guidelines will include twice a week testing requirements upon return to campus.

Students Staying Local to Claremont, Surrounding Los Angeles and Inland Empire Areas

  • All asymptomatic students will continue to follow routine weekly testing schedule:
 First yearSophomoreJuniorSenior
Local ClaremontMondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
  • Students staying local will continue to have access to dining on campus through the regular meal plan. Dining establishments will publish updated break hours.
  • Ongoing access to transportation via Claremont Dial-a-Ride, Pitzer Vans, Foothill Transit, and more, will be available following Pitzer’s Community Agreement and CDC guidelines.
  • Campus Life will be providing updates on alternative local opportunities and guided options available to stay local.

CDC Recommendations Prior to and During Travel

Prior to Travel:

  • Students are encouraged to monitor the CDC’s Travel Recommendations by Destination for international travel advisory risk assessment alert updates and the International Travel During COVID-19 guidance.
  • For students choosing to travel within the United States or outside of our local surrounding Los Angeles County, please monitor the CDC’s Domestic Travel, Travel Planner and COVID-19 Data Tracker sites to access information about COVID-19 risk assessments levels, travel restrictions, guidance and resources in your United States destination.
  • We ask that students please not travel to destinations currently under the CDC’s status of not recommended for travel or where non-essential travel is not recommended at this time.
  • If planning to travel by plane, students are strongly encouraged to become informed about any airline COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
  • Update your student missing persons and emergency contact information on your Pitzer student portal.

During Travel:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Follow all?state and local?recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

Post-Travel Mindful of Each Other Student Expectations

Limited Social Interaction Expectations for Students Upon Arrival from International Travel to Campus

  • Per CDC guidance, before leaving your international destination and prior to your arrival in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
  • Limited Social Interaction Upon Return to Campus Until a Negative COVID-19 Test Taken at Least 3 Days after Arrival Back to the U.S Result has Been Received:
    • This includes mostly staying in your room, picking up to-go meals, and continuing to engage in your academic progress. The Office of Student Affairs will email you detailed instructions with guidance, and make notice to your Pitzer faculty.
  • All asymptomatic students will engage in the following testing schedule upon arrival to campus:
 First yearSophomoreJuniorSenior
International (limited interaction)Thurs, Oct 21 & Mon, Oct 25Thurs, Oct 21 & Tues, Oct 26Fri, Oct 22 & Wed, Oct 27Fri, Oct 22 & Thurs, Oct 28
  • All symptomatic students will engage in the following:
    • Must get evaluated and/or tested as soon as they develop symptoms and comply with medical recommendations to quarantine or isolate.
    • Pitzer’s COVID-19 Symptoms and Support Protocols can be found here.

Domestic Travel within the United States

  • All asymptomatic students will engage in the following testing schedule upon arrival to campus:
 First yearSophomoreJuniorSenior
Domestic within USThurs, Oct 21 & Mon, Oct 25Thurs, Oct 21 & Tues, Oct 26Fri, Oct 22 & Wed, Oct 27Fri, Oct 22 & Thurs, Oct 28
  • All symptomatic students will engage in the following:
    • Must get evaluated and/or tested as soon as they develop symptoms and comply with medical recommendations to quarantine or isolate.

As always, resources and support activation for students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are available on Pathway Forward, 24/7 access to providers via 7C.Health continues to be available, and our on-call deans are available 24/7 by contacting Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Your ongoing commitment to Mindful of Each Other in action is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez
Vice President for Student Affairs