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March 6, 2020
Dear Pitzer Students,
As we look forward to spring break, we fully support and
encourage you to make time to rest, connect with friends and loved ones, and
engage in experiences that bring joy and meaning to your life.
To date, we have followed up on a handful of concerns and
determined no members within The Claremont Colleges have been exposed
to or diagnosed with COVID-19. In the event there is confirmation of a specific concern,
you will receive notice directly from the College on the steps taken in
response and guidance for the health and safety of the community.
We also ask that you take proactive measures by reviewing the
information provided below to ensure safe and healthy travels amid a global
outbreak of COVID-19:
- As a reminder, we encourage you to complete the Spring Break Travel, Housing and Meal Informational Survey by going to your Residence homepage. Spring break dining hall hours can also be found on the survey.
- We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to postpone international travel due to uncertainty about changing foreign and airline restrictions that may affect your ability to return to the US at the conclusion of your trip.
- As travel advisories continue to change, students traveling over spring break may receive precautionary or symptomatic related instructions by airlines or public health officials such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. You will be expected to cooperate with their guidance and work with Pitzer’s Office of Student Affairs to access student support services and accommodations.
- We encourage you to carry your medical insurance card with you, especially if you plan to travel over spring break.
- For students who will be enjoying spring break locally, please expect to receive updates soon on spring break activities, events and opportunities our team is actively working on preparing.
- For all students, as always, be mindful of hosting off-campus guests especially as we want to ensure their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our campus community.
- You are encouraged to take precautions and be sure to wash your hands and follow preventative guidelines such as:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home if you are sick and do not travel
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect your living area regularly, particularly frequently-touched objects.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- The Office of Residence Life will be notifying residents of the availability of cleaning supplies and hand soap, at no cost.
- If you are ill and believe you are symptomatic, do not attempt to drive yourself or present in person to Student Health Services to seek medical care. Call Campus Safety at 909.607.2000 to be connected to Student Health Services, a nurse on call or local emergency providers as needed. In addition, Campus Safety will also partner with Pitzer’s 24/7 on-call Student Affairs team.
Pitzer’s Office of Student Affairs will be open during spring break and will operate with normal business hours. Our Student Affairs 24/7 On-Call Team will also be available by calling Campus Safety at 909.607.2000.
Your wellness, safety, success and that of our community
continues to be a shared priority and we thank you for being partners in this
process. We wish you a most enjoyable spring break!