Weekly COVID Community Updates

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations to the Latinx Student Union on successful events and programs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the inspirational Dia de Los Muertos community event. Events Board and Resident Assistants also did an incredible job with coordinating Halloween weekend activities and community connections for students. We are also proud of our Women’s Soccer and Cross-Country teams for winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics season championship titles! Chirp! Chirp! Check out @pitzer.campuslife, @pzreslife, and our Pitzer Events site for more information about weekend events and programs.

Below are important updates and reminders of the week:

  • NEW LA COUNTY VACCINE VERIFICATION: Beginning Nov. 4, 2021, proof of full vaccination and photo ID for indoor entry into bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges for all patrons and employees goes into effect. Patrons now need to be fully vaccinated to be indoors at any of these establishments.
  • ELECTRONIC COVID-19 VACCINE RECORD ACCESS PORTAL: The portal provides only a digital copy of your vaccine record, including a QR code to help make access easier for any needs that may arise where you are required to provide proof of your vaccination.
  • FRIENDLY McCONNELL DINING REMINDERS: Due to COVID-19 health safety protocols, water bottles should not be refilled in McConnell. There are water stations across campus for refilling including upstairs and downstairs in McConnell. LA County Health is also requiring no cup refills.  This means if you would like to refill your cup, please put the old one on the dish line and get a new one before getting a drink. Following these guidelines, personal containers are not be used to collect food in McConnell. Please only utilize the white and green boxes, free of cost.
  • MASKING IN RESIDENTIAL COMMON AREAS: Throughout the fall semester our hardworking RA team has been consistently enforcing masking requirements in common areas throughout the residence halls. Now that we are well into the fall semester, the RA team has been instructed to NOT give multiple mask reminders to the same student in the same night. This means that if an RA talks to you about mask wearing once in a night, you’ll receive a friendly reminder. If they need to remind you about it more than once in a night, or if a pattern of non-compliance is established over a number of days, then they will document the issue and Student Affairs staff will follow-up with you in a more formal conduct manner. Please help us avoid these lengthy next steps by wearing your masks when in indoor common areas!
  • NOVEMBER BREAK TRAVEL FORM SUBMISSION: Please remember to complete the November travel break form located on your Residential portal (https://pitzer-residence.symplicity.com/). We will update our Pathway Foward website with the guidance that mirrors Fall Break travel guidance with the addition of testing twice during the week following return to campus. Any students who may need financial support for transportation, or other necessary expenses, are encouraged to complete the Student Emergency Relief Grant application. We understand due to the pandemic, some of our most vulnerable students during the pandemic have not been able to travel home, and support outreach continues to ensure they have support to travel home or for housing and food security over the break, if needed.
  • COVID-19 BOOSTERS: The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID-19 vaccines individuals eligible for a booster of Pfizer or Moderna include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:
    • 65 and over
    • Residents of long-term care facilities
    • 8 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
    • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the J&J vaccine >2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students! 

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.  You can make an appointment for your booster using My Turn or find a walk-in vaccination site.  If you are looking for a site close to campus Hendricks Pharmacy in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment. Students needing transportation support to local Claremont vaccine sites or to Pomona Valley Hospital, may contact Bryce Sternquist (via email at [email protected] or in the Office of Student Affairs Scott Hall 120) for access to Claremont Dial-a-Ride booklet support or Uber/Lyft transportation during normal business hours. For support after normal business hours, students may contact Pitzer’s 24/7 Dean on Call to request Uber/Lyft transportation support at 909-607-2000.

  • WEEKEND COVID-19 SUPPORT: Students needing weekend COVID-19 related support or who find themselves needing assistance accessing care, should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000. Our team is here to help you!
  • WELL-BEING & SELF-CARE: Staying healthy is important during this time as it is the season for the flu, colds, strep throat, and mono. Students needing 24/7 medical or mental health support, can meet with providers via 7C.Health. Attached are wellness reminders from Student Health Services.

We continue to be proud of our numbers below. This has and continues to an evolving journey we are committed to in community. May we continue to strive to maintain this momentum.

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, October 29 – Friday, November 5:

  • 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 Isolation: 0
  • Students Released from Isolation: 0
  • 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, Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement expectations, and Pitzer Student-led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.  

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