Weekly COVID-19 Community Updates

Dear Campus Community,

It has been a great joy to see our community (re)connect in meaningful ways in and out of the classroom with the start of the academic semester and successful launching of our 3rd annual Weeks of Welcome with our Student Resource and Job Fairs. Moving forward, I will be sending an end-of-the-week community update that will include some reflections, lessons learned, and quarantine and modified quarantine updates.

True to Pitzer, community feedback and our continued monitoring of trends has allowed 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:

  • Improving dining hall signage and access to Green boxes 
  • 5C campuses were informed that Pitzer’s pool and gym access is currently limited to the Pitzer community, with the exception of Pomona students due to our long-standing partnership, and Rains being under construction
  • Modified Quarantine and release notifications to faculty were implemented
  • Enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct in regards to COVID-19 related reports of concern we have received
  • Progressive measures related to reports of large unregistered gatherings in Skandera Hall and residential community messaging efforts were implemented
  • Launched our live kick-off student town hall in partnership with Student Senate
  • Enhanced contact tracing hours and Hamilton HealthBox support
  • Student testing access was enhanced to include weekend testing and additional testing sites at Pomona and Harvey Mudd
  • Launching of a new COVID-19 Student Advisory Group

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3:

  • Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0
  • Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 4
  • Students Placed in Quarantine: 1
  • Students Released from Quarantine: 0
  • Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 10
  • Students Released from Modified Quarantine: 7

Together in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and families/guardians this week has demonstrated that we are able to safely engage in a thriving Pitzer student experience. The ongoing enhanced collaborations across departments and with student leaders has truly made this possible, and we cannot thank you enough. We thank our students for being ever so mindful of the impact of their choices as we head into the first weekend of the semester. 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.

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