Weekly COVID-19 Community Update

November 12, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations to the Center for Asian Pacific American Students hosted a community Diwali Festival of Lights event and also to The People’s Pitzer, Direct Action, and Pitzer’s Trans Advocacy, Programming, Acceptance and Support Group on a successful panel on Trans Rights, Policy, and Advocacy. We are also proud of our Men’s Water Polo team for winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics season championship title! Chirp! Chirp! Calling all Sagehens as we take on CMS for Rivalry Weekend! 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:

  • NOVEMBER BREAK TRAVEL FORM SUBMISSION: Thanks to the majority of students who have completed the form! Just a friendly reminder to the few of you who still need 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.
  • STUDENT TESTING REMINDERS & BREAK SCHEDULE: Just a friendly reminder that any students who are symptomatic must stay in their room and contact Student Health Services for testing as soon as possible and not wait until their scheduled weekly testing date. For after-hours medical support guidance, 7C.Health is available anytime. Due to the impact of November break on student weekly testing routine, if your early departure or late return will impact your testing schedule this week, please email Melissa Burrows at [email protected]. As a reminder, if a student misses their scheduled testing day, they may test any other remaining day of the Monday – Friday week at Student Health Services. We appreciate continued proactive student outreach for alternative day coordination support needs.
  • FLU VACCINE REQUIREMENT REMINDER & POSSIBLE REGISTRATION HOLD: Thank you to the majority of students who have obtained their flu vaccine. We trust many of you received the vaccine at Student Health Services or off campus and have yet to upload the record to your student medical record portal. Students who have not been responsive to multiple outreach requests will have a registration hold placed on their student account. We strongly encourage you to please contact Student Health Services to get your flu vaccine as soon as possible or to upload proof of your flu vaccine to avoid the hold, and fulfill the requirement.
  • 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. Please continue to be mindful of each other and our greater campus community with your safe engagement in the local surrounding community.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • COVID-19 BOOSTERS: On November 9, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance to expand booster access eligibility.Additional updates will be provided as we continue to learn updates. 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
    • 18 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! For any medical support after-hours, students can access 7C.Health 24/7 for guidance anytime.
  • 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 be an evolving journey we are committed to in our 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 12:

  • 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: 2
  • 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