Student Break Travel COVID-19 Guidelines

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