Weekly COVID-19 Community Updates

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations to each and every one of you for your contributions that have made possible our completion of our third week on campus. Before writing this communication, I took a walk around campus to find inspiration at the very heart of our community: meeting and listening to students where they are engaging in campus and academic life. Ongoing student feedback is valued and appreciated.   

Below are just a few highlights of the week:

  • Congratulations to Student Senate on a successful first meeting!
  • Thanks to the incredible student turnout at the flu vaccine clinics hosted by Student Health Services this week!
  • Way to go staff and faculty with excellent testing numbers this week according to Nurse River!
  • Women’s Soccer is on a winning streak! Check out their game day schedule here. Chirp! Chirp!
  • The Racial Justice Initiative Speaker Series kicked off the first event of the semester. Visit the site to check for more information about the Restorative Justice Initiative and upcoming opportunities!
  • It was awesome to see a full court Pitzer student basketball game in action and student cheering on the sidelines this afternoon! According to some of our student players, we may see a future staff/faculty and student basketball game challenge in the future!  
  • Join weekend activities, events and programs:
    • Saturday
      • Join Res Life and Campus Life for Twilight Part 2 movie. Snacks will be provided. (8:00 p.m. Clock Tower Lawn)

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:

  • On Tuesday, September 21, Pitzer will be hosting the 5C Club and Organization Fair. After September 21, the Student Deans Committee will meet to collaborate on updates and safety guidelines related to any 5C events and programs. Each college will continue to follow their current procedures and policies until early October. We understand how important community belonging and connections are, and most proud of the ongoing partnership with Pitzer’s clubs and organizations with Campus Life to safely engage in community. You have been a model across campuses and should be very proud.
  • This afternoon, students shared positive feedback about dining enhancements implemented by our dining and facilities teams informed by student voice feedback. Our students are appreciative of the responsiveness.
  • Due to labor shortages and data usage trends, please note Student Health Services (SHS) notified us today that Pomona’s Walker Hall weekend testing will no longer be available. Testing will continue to be available Monday – Friday at SHS, Harvey Mudd, and Pomona Walker Hall and the schedule is available on our Pathway Forward site. Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000.
  • Please remember to mask in indoor spaces including study rooms and the dining hall (when not consuming food). Moving forward, students who have demonstrated a pattern of non-compliance with friendly reminders and other proactive efforts, will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs via the Code of Student Conduct procedures. This may include loss of privileges to dine inside McConnell. Our dining hall staff works very hard and is dedicated to serving our students. Please be considerate and show them your appreciation by masking as required.  
  • Students attending athletic events are reminded to please mask as instructed at the game.
  • Student Break Travel Guidelines are forthcoming and plans are underway by Campus Life for alternative break options for students choosing to stay local. We hope to empower students with information to make informed decisions to continue to practice being Mindful of Each Other in action.

Our community should be very proud of our numbers below. It is a testament to the practices of our students leaning into community and doing their part for the greater good of all. Mindful of Each Other practices in action are alive within every single detail of campus life from student vaccine rates, community masking practices, our testing routine, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines, facilities and outdoor enhancement operations, the incredible teaching flexibility, pedagogy and support to students from our faculty, and ongoing flexibility to adapt based on COVID-19 Taskforce, student and community feedback. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, September 11 – Friday, September 17:

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: 3

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.

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. Any student who is interested in joining the COVID-19 Student Advisory Group can email [email protected] to join us.

Sincerely,

Sandy

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