Face Coverings and Physical Distancing Policy - 07.02.21

Cal-OSHA (Division of Occupational Safety and Health) announced changes regarding masking and social distancing on June 24th 2021. Los Angeles County Public Health also revised its health orders to be consistent with State guidance. As a worksite Pitzer is required to follow Cal-OSHA and the state of California compliance standards. In addition to removing physical distancing as a required protocol, the revised masking requirements are largely based upon whether an individual employee has been fully vaccinated. The College has reviewed the new requirements and is, therefore, making the following changes to our current COVID-19 policies. All persons working on campus are required to follow these policies.

Face Coverings

  1. Fully Vaccinated: Fully Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings outdoors.  At this time face coverings will still be required indoors in alignment with LA county recommendations unless the individual is alone in a room, when eating or drinking (as long as physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained), or when specific tasks cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering (in which case the face covering may only be removed during completion of that task).
    1. If you are fully vaccinated and would like to continue wearing your mask in any setting please feel free to do so.  The College will continue to supply face coverings to all employees regardless of vaccination status at no cost.
  2. Non-Vaccinated: Non-Vaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings outdoors when physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. “Non-vaccinated” includes employees who have yet to provide Pitzer with proof of full vaccination status, or whose vaccination has not been verified by Hamilton Health Box.
    1. Non-vaccinated employees are also required to participate in COVID-19 testing once or twice a week depending on your scheduling.  Please see the testing policy for details.
    2. COVID-19 testing is not an alternative to face coverings.
    3. Those who are required to wear a face covering but cannot do so due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person, must wear an effective, non-restrictive alternative (such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom) if the individual’s condition/disability permits it.

Physical distancing requirements:

  1. Other than the physical distancing conditions stated above, the State and County no longer impose any other physical distancing requirements.
  2. Physical distancing is still recommended, please be considerate of those around you and maintain 6ft apart when possible.

Updated Faculty and Staff Testing Policy - 04.19.21

Beginning April 19, 2021, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in routine testing.

  • A person is considered fully vaccinated ≥2 weeks following the receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer/Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Please upload your vaccination status to Healthy Pitzer: www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer to be eligible.

Pitzer strongly encourages our staff and faculty to get vaccinated when you are able. Vaccination has proven to be safe and effective and is the best way to protect yourself and your community. If you have any questions regarding vaccination, please contact River at (909) 607-2180 or nurse@pitzer.edu.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste/smell etc.) or have been exposed to a positive case please notify River even if you are fully vaccinated. River and HHB physicians will evaluate if you need testing or further follow up care.

Faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and come to campus on a regular basis will be required to continue testing for COVID-19 on a routine basis as a condition of their presence on campus as outlined below:

  • Faculty and staff who come to campus two or three days per week will be required to test once per week.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus four or more days per week or live on campus will be required to test twice per week.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus one day per week will not be required to test routinely.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus intermittently, on an irregular schedule, will not be required to test routinely
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you will not be required to participate in routine testing for 90 days following your positive test as long as you no longer have symptoms. After the 90 days, testing will resume as scheduled.

Scheduling a COVID-19 Testing Appointment through Healthy Pitzer

To facilitate this process, faculty and staff members who plan to be on campus on a routine basis are asked to schedule themselves for their weekly or twice weekly testing using Healthy Pitzer at www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer or go to the Pitzer website>Resources>Daily Health screening. You can find instructions for scheduling here: www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/healthy-pitzer-appointment/

This is important to (1) ensure that we know who will be on campus on a given day, (2) facilitate contact tracing and (3) efficiently allocate COVID-19 tests for those who are required to be on campus, who will maintain a regular presence on campus and those members of our community who are symptomatic or believe they have been exposed. If you are unsure of your testing frequency, please contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180.

All routine testing will be done at the Benson Atrium on campus (see map below). Faculty and staff members will receive test results directly from the lab within 24 to 48 hours.

  • If you are on campus two or three days per week, you will be tested once on the earliest day you are on campus. If you are on campus four or more days per week, you will be tested on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule.
  • Tests will only be performed within scheduled hours; those faculty and staff who fail to get tested as scheduled will be expected to leave campus and to consult with their supervisor and VP on next steps.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) before going in for your routine testing appointment.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by River Santee, who will provide further instructions for quarantine or isolation. River Santee will also initiate contact tracing and will contact those who may have been exposed.
Testing site in Benson

Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, we are asking faculty and staff who are on campus routinely to stick to their approved schedules. Should a schedule change, faculty and staff members will be expected to consult with their supervisor or VP, who will let HR know of the change.

Testing for Employees Who Do Not Fall Under the Policy:
If staff or faculty would like to be tested at our on-campus clinic but do not come to campus frequently enough to fall under our testing policy, they will be allotted one free test per month. They will be charged $75 per test for any additional testing. This applies only to healthy individuals who would like testing for personal reasons. If you are symptomatic or exposed to a positive case this would be a diagnostic test and would be free of charge. As a reminder Pitzer is responsible for the cost of every test, which is currently $75. Testing may also be obtained for free with use of insurance through your healthcare provider.

Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Staff and Faculty:
Any staff or faculty who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient must contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) as soon as possible. River will provide diagnostic testing for those who meet criteria. Diagnostic testing will be a same day or next day drive-up appointment. The drive-up testing will be located in marked parking spots at Holden parking lot, instructions will be provided before testing.

Outside Testing:
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or test positive through a non-Pitzer testing site, AND you have been on campus in the fourteen days prior the first day of symptoms, you must immediately report that information to HHB Nurse River Santee at (909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. This is required so that we may report to the State of California, as well as our workers’ compensation carrier, per changes in state laws effective January 1.

Testing Family Members/Partners:
Our on-campus clinic is available to family members and partners of Pitzer faculty and staff. If a member of your family needs to be tested, please contact HHB Nurse River Santee at 909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. Please note that, effective March 1st, 2021, you will be charged $75.00 for each test for each family member.

Changes in Notification Procedures:
New legal and regulatory mandates will bring new notifications to members of our Pitzer College community if there is an outbreak. California’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health now mandates notice be given within one business day to all employees who occupy an “exposed workplace” when there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks in a single location. As a result, you may receive notices from the College from time to time as we track COVID-19 cases in our community.

As a reminder:

  • A COVID-19 case is defined as a person who has tested positive, is subject to an order to isolate from a health professional or public health official or who has died from COVID-19.
  • You are at risk for exposure if you were within six feet of the person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without the use of face coverings, over a 24-hour period, or had unprotected contact with the person’s body fluids and/or secretions (for example being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva) or provided care without using appropriate protective equipment.
  • We will be sending out notices within one business day to faculty and staff who work in a particular workspace in cases of multiple COVID cases in a single location. If contact tracing reveals that you are at risk of exposure, you will be contacted by HHB Nurse River Santee.

Additionally, resources are available for anyone who needs wellbeing assistance:
Employee Assistance Program: The EAP is administered by OptumHealth and is available to benefits-eligible staff and faculty for free counseling support during this stressful period.

You may contact the EAP by calling (800) 234-5465. You can also find information and resources online at www.liveandworkwell.com

Community Update from President Oliver - 03.08.21

March 8, 2021

Dear Pitzer Community,

I hope this message finds everyone well as Spring Break begins. While we take some time to recharge, I’m sure many of us are also taking time to reflect that March marks one year since we moved from an on-campus learning experience to a virtual one, a year since the world seemed to stop in its tracks.

When I wrote to you on March 11, 2020, to explain our plans for closing campus and transitioning to online learning, I said I was confident that, with your support, we would meet the extraordinary challenges of the coming days and months. Today, I write to say thank you—the magnitude of both your support and the challenges surpassed anything I could have imagined that day.

Thank you to the students, from those who have had their college lives upended for more than one academic year to first-year students who have never studied on the Mounds. Thank you to the faculty who had to learn how to teach and reach students through a camera instead of in a classroom. Thank you to the staff who have worked round the clock to protect the health of our community and keep the College running remotely.

Along with my gratitude, I would like to share some updates today regarding Pitzer’s response to the pandemic and plans. As I mentioned in an earlier message, Pitzer will remain remote for the entire spring 2021 semester following Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance. The College continues to plan for a safe return to on-campus living and in-person learning in the fall.

Student Health Services (SHS) has received approval to dispense COVID-19 vaccines. We do not know yet when SHS will receive a supply of vaccines but will share this information once it is available.

We began on-site testing of employees recently, and more information for faculty and staff who regularly come to campus to work is available here. Higher education employees in California are now eligible to be vaccinated. I encourage everyone in our campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and able to schedule an appointment.

I also want to let you know that a committee of students, faculty, and staff has been meeting regularly regarding plans for Commencement. Conversations about graduation ceremonies and celebrations for both the classes of 2020 and 2021 continue. Plans for these will be announced soon.

In closing, let me say thank you again. It will take years to fully understand this past year. We know there has been untold hardship, loss, and pain. We also know we can feel enormous pride about what we have accomplished at Pitzer over these past 12 months. We were mindful of the future and of each other. The College supported students facing housing insecurity, adjusted course-load requirements, provided room-and-board refunds without adjusting financial aid, and avoided pandemic-related layoffs and furloughs. And although we’ve all been tapped out, we didn’t tap out, we kept showing up. This community held more than 35,000 Zoom meetings and hosted more than 75 webinar events. I know that too took a toll.

I appreciate everyone’s patience and persistence as we continue to work toward being together on our beautiful campus. You have helped sustain this very special community in perhaps its most extraordinary time, and I am grateful.

Best wishes for a restorative break and a successful conclusion to the spring semester.

Provida Futuri,
Melvin L. Oliver President

Faculty and Staff Testing Policy - 02.24.21

For the current polices visit Pathway Forward. This information is available for reference only.

February 24, 2021

Beginning March 1st, 2021, faculty and staff who come to campus on a regular basis will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis as a condition of their presence on campus.

The College will use the following methodology to govern COVID-19 testing:

  • Faculty and staff who come to campus two or three days per week will be required to test once per week. 
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus four or more days per week or live on campus will be required to test twice per week. 
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus one day per week will not be required to test routinely.
  • Faculty and staff who come to campus intermittently, on an irregular schedule, will not be required to test routinely
  • At this stage vaccinated individuals will continue to be tested routinely. This may change as more research becomes available regarding effectiveness of the vaccine in reducing transmission of the virus from vaccinated individuals to others. 
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you will not be required to participate in routine testing for 90 days following your positive test as long as you no longer have symptoms. After the 90 days testing will resume as scheduled. 

To facilitate this process, faculty and staff members who plan to be on campus on a routine basis are asked to schedule themselves for their weekly or twice weekly testing using Healthy Pitzer at http://www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer or go to the Pitzer website>Resources>Daily Health screening.  You can find instructions for scheduling here: https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/healthy-pitzer-appointment/

This is important to (1) ensure that we know who will be on campus on a given day, (2) facilitate contact tracing and (3) efficiently allocate COVID-19 tests for those who are required to be on campus, who will maintain a regular presence on campus and those members of our community who are symptomatic or believe they have been exposed.

If you are unsure of your testing frequency, please contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180.

All routine testing will be done at the Benson Atrium on campus (see map). Faculty and staff members will receive test results directly from the lab within 24 to 48 hours.

  • If you are on campus two or three days per week, you will be tested once on the earliest day you are on campus. If you are on campus four or more days per week, you will be tested on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule.
  • Tests will only be performed within scheduled hours; those faculty and staff who fail to get tested as scheduled will be expected to leave campus and to consult with their supervisor and VP on next steps.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) before going in for your routine testing appointment. 
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by River Santee, who will provide further instructions for quarantine or isolation. River Santee will also initiate contact tracing and will contact those who may have been exposed.

Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, we are asking faculty and staff who are on campus routinely to stick to their approved schedules. Should a schedule change, faculty and staff members will be expected to consult with their supervisor or VP, who will let HR know of the change.

Testing for Employees Who Do Not Fall Under the Policy:
If staff or faculty would like to be tested at our on-campus clinic but do not come to campus frequently enough to fall under our testing policy, they will be allotted one free test per month.  They will be charged $75 per test for any additional testing. This applies only to healthy individuals who would like testing for personal reasons. If you are symptomatic or exposed to a positive case this would be a diagnostic test and would be free of charge. As a reminder Pitzer is responsible for the cost of every test, which is currently $75. Testing may also be obtained for free with use of insurance through your healthcare provider.

Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Staff and Faculty:  
Any staff or faculty who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a sick patient must contact HHB nurse River Santee at nurse@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-2180 (x72180) as soon as possible.  

River will provide diagnostic testing for those who meet criteria.  Diagnostic testing will be a same day or next day drive-up appointment.  The drive-up testing will be located in marked parking spots at Holden parking lot, instructions will be provided before testing. 

Outside Testing:
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or test positive through a non-Pitzer testing site, AND you have been on campus in the fourteen days prior to the first day of symptoms, you must immediately report that information to HHB Nurse River Santee at (909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. This is required so that we may report to the State of California, as well as our workers’ compensation carrier, per changes in state laws effective Jan.1.

Testing Family Members/Partners:
Our on-campus clinic is available to family members and partners of Pitzer faculty and staff. If a member of your family needs to be tested, please contact HHB Nurse River Santee at 909) 607-2180 (x72180) or nurse@pitzer.edu. Please note that, effective March 1st, 2021, you will be charged $75.00 for each test for each family member. 

Changes in Notification Procedures:
New legal and regulatory mandates will bring new notifications to members of our Pitzer College community if there is an outbreak. California’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health now mandates notice be given within one business day to all employees who occupy an “exposed workplace” when there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks in a single location. As a result, you may receive notices from the College from time to time as we track COVID-19 cases in our community.

As a reminder:

  • A COVID-19 case is defined as a person who has tested positive, is subject to an order to isolate from a health professional or public health official or who has died from COVID-19.
  • You are at risk for exposure if you were within six feet of the person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without the use of face coverings, over a 24-hour period, or had unprotected contact with the person’s body fluids and/or secretions (for example being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva) or provided care without using appropriate protective equipment.
  • We will be sending out notices within one business day to faculty and staff who work in a particular workspace in cases of multiple COVID cases in a single location. If contact tracing reveals that you are at risk of exposure, you will be contacted by HHB Nurse River Santee.
Benson Atrium Map

Laura A. Troendle, CPA, MBA
Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer

Workplace Health and Safety Protocols - 02.10.21

Effective August 21, 2020
Revised February 9, 2021

Pitzer’s Commitment

Pitzer College has worked diligently to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester. The primary goals for Pitzer’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect health, safety and wellbeing of our community members, and to continue the institution’s vital mission of educating engaged and socially responsible citizens of the world.

These protocols are aligned and consistent with orders and guidance from the City of Claremont, Los Angeles County, and the State of California’s phased reopening. Recent state and county guidance encourage telework “as much as possible” during current conditions.  As a result, the number of faculty and staff who are working on campus this semester will be extremely limited. These protocols focus on the measures that are necessary to secure a safe work environment for those who are working on campus and provide guidance for those who are working remotely.

In compliance with public health orders and recommendations, Pitzer has safeguards in place such as: face coverings, gloves (where required), physical distancing signage, enhanced sanitizing and deep cleaning procedures and building entry procedures. Pitzer will also be implementing enhanced cleaning and space modifications depending on the office locations and schedules of the faculty and staff who are returning to campus this fall.

Finally, in support of Pitzer’s core value of environmental sustainability, and in addition to many of the sustainable buildings, systems and practices already in place, and cleaning and sanitary supplies and products continue to be green certified. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available.


Acknowledgement of Workplace Health and Safety Protocols

This guide provides important information for our Fall 2020 semester. Please read the following carefully and acknowledge your receipt and agreement to comply with the provisions of this document.

Health and Safety: In order to achieve a safe return to work, we will need to observe strict guidelines that will result in significant changes to the work environment for all of us whether we are working remotely or on campus. The College needs and expects our community members to demonstrate respect and consideration for those around them and to uphold the community-based health and safety standards set forth in these Workplace Health and Safety Protocols Everyone must comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and the health and safety guidance adopted by the College as it relates to this public health crisis.

These Protocols will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and will continue to include social distancing expectations, limitations on mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on campus visitors, and quarantine / isolation requirements.

Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all staff, faculty and visitors (if applicable) and extends to all aspects of our campus work environment. Failure to comply may compromise the College’s ability to provide a safe environment for, faculty and staff, may result in the suspension of some or all in-person activities on our campus, and may have consequences for those individuals who do not comply. In order for us to have a safe and successful experience, we all need to observe these protocols carefully.

Pitzer will not retaliate against any employee for reporting symptoms or health hazards, or taking advantage of any benefits available to them under these protocols.


Return to the Workplace

Staffing Considerations

Remote Work: The current Los Angeles County Safer at Home order advises remote work “as much as possible.” The order further provides that faculty and other staff may come to campus for the purpose of providing distance learning as well as maintaining minimum basic operations.

With this in mind, the College expects that all faculty and staff will work remotely unless they (1) have been notified by their supervisor that they are needed on campus to tend to essential tasks, or (2) have made arrangements with their supervisor and area Vice President to work on campus in some capacity (this includes faculty who have made arrangements with the Dean of Faculty to teach classes and/or conduct other essential activities from an on-campus location).

Training:  Pitzer requires all employees who need to work on campus to view a short COVID-19 training video produced by CalOSHA. Additional training on policies and procedures specific to Pitzer will also be provided on an ongoing basis.

Intermittent Campus Activity:  Faculty and staff may have occasional need to come to campus to retrieve an item or perform limited work that cannot reasonably be done remotely. In those cases, arrangements should be made with the immediate supervisor so that the College can monitor the number of employees on campus at any given time and address any potential safety concerns.

The College asks all employees to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire described below to provide information for facilities planning purposes – utilities (cooling), cleaning schedules, and trash/recycling removal. Planning is important to limit cooling spaces unnecessarily for utility cost and energy savings. Please note that in an effort to protect our facilities and custodial employees their work is being carefully scheduled based on-campus usage as indicated in this questionnaire.

Campus Safety:With all of the Claremont Colleges online this semester, Campus Safety will be patrolling regularly to ensure the safe condition of our property. Therefore, the College will be keeping Campus Safety informed about general campus usage by faculty and staff to assist their officers with their work.

The College recognizes that more employees on campus necessitates more support from staff in departments like Facilities and IT. In order to minimize the health risk associated with on campus presence, the College strongly encourages all faculty and staff to minimize their time on campus.

Scheduling and Time Off Requests

Alternative Work Arrangements: Speak with your supervisor to discuss options for alternative work arrangements (see Emergency Telecommuting Policy). Your supervisor will contact a Human Resources team member to determine viable options for accommodating your request. Supervisors and Human Resources will consider requests on a case-by-case basis.

Time Off: If you have been instructed to return to work on campus, you believe you cannot do so, and remote work is not available, discuss the situation with your supervisor or a Human Resources team member. If you cannot return to work on campus due to COVID-19 related reasons (including concerns about your own health, members of your household, or to care for dependent children due to a school or day care closure)  you may be eligible for leave time with or without pay. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Non-COVID-19 Leaves of Absence: If you need to be away from work on a temporary basis either continuously or intermittently for a reason not related to COVID-19, please contact Sara Clark in Human Resources for assistance at sara_clark@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-9949 (leave a message).

Higher Risk Groups

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions shall be found here.
Individuals in higher-risk categories should be especially cautious about working on campus. If you are part of a higher risk group and are asked to return to campus work or otherwise need to work on campus, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

Reasonable Accommodations: As is the case with disabilities or other health conditions under applicable law, Pitzer is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, including those necessitated by COVID-19. Any employee who wishes to discuss potential accommodations for any COVID-19 related reason should contact Sara Clark in the Office of Human Resources at (909) 607-9949 or sara_clark@pitzer.edu. Accommodations may include arrangements such as remote work, an alternative work schedule or location, modified job duties, and/or leave time.

Travel

Business Travel: The prevalence of COVID-19 infections varies widely in different geographic regions within the United States and around the world. As a result, all business travel is suspended until further notice to reduce the chances of exposure in our community.

Personal Travel: For the same reasons, personal travel presents an unknown risk. If you plan to travel, the College asks that you exercise extreme caution and abide by all applicable travel and quarantine restrictions. Please confer with your supervisor or Human Resources if you have any concerns about returning to the on-campus work environment following your travel.

International Travel: Pitzer expects that you not come to work on campus for 14 days after returning from international travel. You must self-isolate and take the following steps to monitor your health before you can return to work on campus:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times per day (one in the morning and once in the evening) and keep a log to monitor for a fever. Also watch for any of the symptoms listed above.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others and public transportation.
  3. Observe physical distancing of six feet.
  4. If you develop COVID-19 related symptoms, follow the instructions in the corresponding section above.

Hamilton Health Box – On-Campus Medical Assistance

Pitzer has contracted with Hamilton Health Box (HHB) to assist the College with a number of workplace health initiatives including symptom monitoring/screening, testing, contact tracing, and quarantine and isolation processes. HHB has opened a private, temporary clinic site in West Hall, room Q222, and Pitzer has a full-time nurse dedicated to our campus. General information about HHB’s services can be found here and you can contact Pitzer’s HHB nurse (River Santee, 909 607-2180; nurse@pitzer.edu).

Daily Symptom Screening for Campus Visits

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires symptom screening each day as a condition of entering the workplace and Pitzer has developed a Health Screening Questionnaire through the Qualtrics platform that must be completed every time an employee or visitor comes to campus. This screening uses a smart phone app that will direct the user to the screening form. The form includes questions about recent health, possible symptoms, and potential exposure to COVID-19.

If answers on this screening form indicate the possibility of COVID-19 infection or exposure, the individual will be directed to leave campus and seek care, and an auto-generated message will be delivered to Pitzer’s HHB nurse for appropriate follow-up. The College will periodically review the campus access data for the sole purpose of checking that the link is being used by campus visitors to ensure compliance with county-mandated public health protocols. Information collected from the screening form will be confidential and the privacy of individuals providing information will be safeguarded. For individuals who do not use a smartphone, information about completing the questionnaire can be found here.

Symptom Monitoring and Case Reporting

In addition to the College’s screening protocol, if any of the following apply, stay home from work and contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

  • You have COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • You tested positive or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • A member of your household has symptoms or you have been exposed to or are living with someone who has tested positive or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you experience symptoms while at work

  • Immediately notify your supervisor and/or a Pitzer’s HHB nurse (909 607-2180; nurse@pitzer.edu) by phone or email. To prevent potential exposure of others, you may be asked to go home until you have been approved to return to work.
  • Call your healthcare provider immediately for specific instructions regarding the appropriate treatment plan for your symptoms.

Supervisors who learn of any of the above circumstances should contact Pitzer’s HHB nurse immediately.

Quarantine, Self-Isolation, Contact Tracing, and Return to Work: In any of the circumstances described above, Pitzer’s HHB nurse will determine next steps for isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing, if necessary.

Supervisors should not notify the employee’s co-workers. It is important to allow the trained staff to make these notifications as needed to gather important information about potential exposure and determine appropriate next steps. Pitzer’s HHB nurse will coordinate the employee’s return to work plan. Information regarding symptoms, diagnoses, or positive tests will be kept confidential beyond Human Resources and HHB staff who will use such information only for contact tracing and return to work planning.

According to CalOSHA guidelines, Pitzer will observe the following return-to-work criteria, in collaboration with your healthcare provider:

  • COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until all the following have occurred:
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved and at least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
    • COVID-19 cases who tested positive but never developed COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until a minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of specimen collection of their first positive COVID-19 test.
    • A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for an employee to return to work.
    • If an order to isolate or quarantine an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee will not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted. If no period was specified, then the period will be 10 days from the time the order to isolate or quarantine was effective.

For more information regarding self-isolation standards from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, see below.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/ (English)

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantinespanish/ (Spanish)

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.

Screening Tests

Pitzer will begin testing in the Spring 2021 semester for those faculty and staff who are working on campus. The testing process will be administered by Hamilton Health Box. More information about screening tests can be found here and Pitzer will be sharing additional information about the testing protocol in the near future.


Health & Safety Guidance

Personal Safety Practices

Face Masks/Coverings – Required: As of June 18, 2020, the State of California has issued strict guidance requiring face coverings in “high risk” situations, including any time that you are:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. As a result, all employees are expected to abide by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requirements regarding face coverings:

The covering is to be worn by the employee at all times while on campus when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Employees need not wear a cloth face covering when the employee is alone in a private office or booth or a walled cubicle with a solid partition that exceeds the height of the employee when standing.

It is also important to note face masks and coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing. If you need a reasonable accommodation to the face mask/covering requirement (including circumstances involving individuals with hearing impairments), contact Human Resources before arriving on campus. In the event you forget your own face mask, contact the Facilities Department (909 607-2226).

Using and Caring for Face Masks/Coverings (CDC Guidelines)

Putting on the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over your nose and under your chin.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
  • When removing the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering:

  • Keep face coverings/disposable masks stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

For additional information:
https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Face-Coverings-Guidance.aspx

Stay at arms' length

Physical Distancing: Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Staff and faculty at work on-campus should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Always stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Levels of exposure
Wash your hands

Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.

In addition, hand sanitizer stations have been placed in high-traffic lobbies.

Gloves: Individuals in higher-risk areas should use gloves as part of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields: Staff and faculty do not need or are required to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments. However, if anyone chooses to wear googles or face shields will up to their discretion and cost.

Personal Disinfection: While the College is conducting classes remotely, employees who are working on campus are expected to clean individual offices and workspaces based on CDC guidelines. Facilities staff will remove trash three times per week. Additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. This includes any equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). For shared space locations (i.e. conference rooms), you should wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution when you enter and before you leave. The College will provide wipes upon request to the Facilities department (909 607-2226).

Cover your cough or sneeze

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene: If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Flu shots and COVID-19 Vaccinations:  Pitzer strongly encourages faculty and staff who are working on campus to get a flu shot and when available, the COVID-19 vaccine, unless contradicted by personal medical conditions.

Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios

Public Transportation: If you must take public transportation, wear a mask before entering the bus/train and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your mask.

Working in office environments

Working in Office Environments: If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers. If possible have at least one workspace separating you from another co-worker. Offices should assess open work environments and meeting rooms and work with Facilities to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and customers. Some of the measures may include:

  • Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to guests where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • One-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between staff and faculty moving through the space.
  • If you work in an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required 6 feet of distancing can be consistently maintained.
  • Do not congregate in any area, but especially in high traffic areas such as bathrooms, hallways, and stairwells.
  • As more employees return to the on-campus work environment, Pitzer will consider installation of plexi-glass barriers in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.
  • Masks/face coverings should be worn in accordance with public health department guidance, including:
    • whenever there is more than one person in a room;
    • in reception/receiving areas, and
    • when inside any Pitzer facility where others are present, including walking in narrow hallways, and in break rooms, copy/mail rooms, conference rooms and other meeting locations.

Using Restrooms: Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. Before entering a restroom, knock to ensure there aren’t others inside that could limit the 6 feet distance.

Using Elevators: Faculty and staff are encouraged to use stairs whenever possible. Elevator capacity is limited to the number of people that can be accommodated while maintaining a 6-foot physical distance between riders; during peak building entry and exit times, this number can be adjusted to 4 individuals or fewer at a time for any elevator that does not allow for 6-foot physical distance between riders. All riders are required to wear cloth face coverings and avoid touching the elevator buttons with you exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

Meetings: Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission and as a result, Los Angeles County has imposed strict limitations on gatherings for anyone who is not part of a single household or living unit. Meetings should be held in whole or part using available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.). During your time on-campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other available technology rather than face-to-face.

Meals: There will be no food served on campus this semester so staff and faculty who are working on campus will need to bring their own meals from home and eat in their office area, vehicle, or outside, if this is reasonable for your situation. If you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain 6 feet distance between you and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Only remove your mask or face covering in order to eat, then put it back on. If you are eating a meal on campus, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

Chairs and tables will be rearranged in our on-campus break rooms to support physical distancing practices. Make sure to wipe all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc. after using these items common areas.

Transport vehicles:  All riders should maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from one another if feasible, wear face coverings at all times, and open windows when possible to increase air flow through the vehicle.

Signage:  Signs are posted at the entrance to all of Pitzer’s buildings that provide information about Pitzer’s symptom screening process, preventative health measures (including instructions NOT to enter if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms), and traffic flow. Other signs are posted on sandwich boards at the campus entrances reminding the general public that the campus is closed.

COVID-19 Information

If you have questions about COVID-19 or need assistance finding or understanding information about it you can contact the dedicated hotline from the California Department of Health between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, 7 days a week: (833) 544-2374 or see link below:

http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

COVID-19 Compliance Group:  Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff and students receive education about COVID-19.

  • Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group includes Laura Troendle (Compliance Officer), Deanna Caballero, Jessica Levy, Mark Crawbuck, and Jamie Jorgensen.

COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan: Pitzer’s COVID-19 Compliance Group is responsible for overseeing the College’s response to any COVID-19 cases on campus. The Compliance Group will follow the response protocols set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Notices - 09.28.20

This post has been archived. The information below may be outdated.

Dear Pitzer Staff & Faculty,

On September 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1867, immediately expanding paid sick leave protections related to COVID-19. The law is designed to remedy a significant exclusion from Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and expand upon Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order N-51-20.

Under AB 1867, private employers with more than 500 employees are required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave starting no later than September 19 for individuals who:

  • Must quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 pursuant to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order
  • Are advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine or self-isolate because of COVID-19, or
  • Are prohibited from working by the employer because of health concerns related to potentially transmitting COVID-19.

The new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave may expire on December 31, 2020, or upon the expiration of any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the FFCRA, whichever is later. For more information on AB 1867 or Executive Order N-51-20, please see listed PDFs:

  • CA Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Non-Food Sector Employees EnglishSpanish
  • CA Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Employees EnglishSpanish

Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. “Full-time” means the employee was either scheduled to work 40 hours per week or worked, on average, at least 40 hours per week during two weeks prior to taking leave.

Part-time employees are eligible for an amount of leave equal to the number of hours they’re normally scheduled to work in two weeks.


Employees should contact their supervisor and Human Resources if they experience any 1 of the 3 qualifying conditions as listed above. Human Resources will adjust timecards for employees who have previously used their personal sick hours to supplement time off for any of the qualifying conditions to reflect AB 1867 or Executive Order N-51-20.

Training Materials & Safety Videos - 06.17.20
Safer-at-Home Update for Staff - 05.14.20

May 14, 2020

Dear Staff Community,

In recent days, public officials have outlined conditions for relaxing some of the restrictions on workplaces in the surrounding areas and across the state. However, even if modifications to stay-at-home orders would allow for additional on campus work, the College intends to continue limiting the number of employees on campus in order to help contain the spread of the virus, do our part for the community and keep our staff safe!

Therefore, you should expect to continue in your current work arrangements for the foreseeable future until you receive different instructions from your supervisor. On campus work will not be required unless it is both necessary and capable of being performed safely according to current public health guidance.

As soon as new information arises we will communicate it with everyone. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this together!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your HR team. 

Stay safe!!

Deanna Caballero
Assistant Vice President
Human Resources and Payroll Services

CARES Overview Related to 403b and Special Check from the Federal Government - 04.10.20

Dear Staff and Faculty,

I am sharing with you the attached information (English/Spanish) from The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) about the recent federal stimulus legislation (the CARES Act – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act). The law provides for some flexibility around loans or distributions from qualified retirement plans like Pitzer’s Academic Retirement Plan (ARP). The message points below provide further details.

Generally, to be eligible for these benefits, an employee must be a person: 

  • Who is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a CDC-approved test;
  • Whose spouse or dependent is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a CDC-approved test; or
  • Who experiences adverse financial consequences as a result of:
    • being quarantined, furloughed or laid off, or having work hours reduced due to COVID-19;
    • being unable to work due to lack of child care due to COVID-19;
    • closing or reducing hours of a business owned or operated by the individual due to COVID-19; or
    • other factors determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.

If you need additional information please contact TIAA at www.tiaa.org or 888-842-7782.

Thank you and stay safe!

Deanna Caballero
Assistant Vice President
Human Resources and Payroll Services

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - 04.01.20

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Documents

Remote Medical Support for Staff & Faculty with Medical Insurance - 03.23.20

March 23, 2020

TO: Anthem Blue Cross Advantage/Lumenos and Kaiser Permanente Members

Remote services are available to Anthem and Kaiser members for non-emergency medical, mental health, and prescription needs. We encourage you to click on the hyperlinks below to learn about these services which allow you to get support through your computer, phone or other mobile device. No driving and no waiting at an urgent care center. Get care quickly and easily!

Note About Costs: Be aware that some of these services, such as online medical appointments through the LiveHealth app (Anthem), involve a copay as would an in-person appointment. Anthem Members: Please review the COVID-19 press release below as Anthem has provided temporary waivers for most costs associated with most services related to the virus at this time.

Anthem Blue Cross LiveHealth OnlineThis app provides you a doctor 24/7. LiveHealth Online lets you talk face-to-face with a doctor through your mobile device or a computer with a webcam. Use LiveHealth Online for common health concerns like colds, the flu, fevers, rashes, infections, allergies and more. It’s faster, easier and more convenient than a visit to an urgent care center.

Frequently Asked Questions (LiveHealth)

COVID-19: Temporary Cost Waiver for Diagnositic Testing and 90-Day Waiver for LiveHealth Services (press release)

Kaiser Permanente Telehealth: Services include phone or video appointments, communicating with your doctor by email, online health assessments, and a health care hotline for advice. No matter which option you choose, your providers can see your health history, update your medical record, and give you personalized care that fits your life.

Questions and Assistance: If you have questions or need assistance accessing these services, please contact the TCCS Benefits Administration staff at Benefits@claremont.edu or (909) 621-8151.

We hope these services provided by our medical plans provide you with the flexibility and resources you need during this time. We wish you and your loved ones good health!

Office of Human Resources and Payroll Services | Pitzer College

HR@pitzer.edu  | (909) 621-8254