COVID Updates and Community Shifts

Dear Pitzer Community,  

We hope this email finds you well. We wanted to alert you all, that we are currently in the midst of a spike of positive COVID-19 cases here at Pitzer, and at the Claremont Colleges generally, post spring break. 

We greatly appreciate proactive efforts from students and the continued partnership. Immediately following the return of students from spring break, we anticipated an increase in COVID-19 cases with 12 COVID-19 positive student cases reported last week. Now that we are in the second week of classes since spring break, with the impact of Omicron and the subvariant transmissions,  we currently have 24 students in isolation, with 13 of these students diagnosed positive in the last day. (NOTE: There is typically a 1-2 day delay on reporting positive cases on the Pitzer COVID-19 dashboard and the dashboard only shows SHS diagnosed cases).  In nearly all of our cases, we have noticed transmission has occurred amongst friend groups and close contacts.  

We continue to work closely with our health providers and hope to get through this phase in the coming days. Below is a reminder of resources available to students: 

It is critical that even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, the expectation is that you are continuing to get tested as part of your weekly mandatory COVID screening. To prevent continual spread, it will require a collective communal effort in our testing, masking, as well adhering to the ever-evolving health guidelines. This is our new normal to have to regularly adjust our social interactions in the day to day to manage the potential for spreading.  

Community Shifts 

To mitigate further spread, we are writing to ask for your partnership with necessary temporary community shifts as outlined below. We will continue to monitor case trends and we will let you know when we will be able to loosen these new restrictions. 

Grab and Go Dining 

Beginning today, Tuesday, March 29, indoor seating will be closed for all Pitzer food service venues: McConnell Dining Hall, Pit Stop, and Shakedown starting at dinner. Hours of operation will remain the same and students may continue to take-out their meals from McConnell in a green reusable box or paper to-go box. 

Outdoor Masking at Events 

We are asking all students to mask at all registered outdoor events on campus. Consistent with our Campus Life event registration protocols, outdoor events over 30 people need to be pre-approved with Campus Life at least one (1) week prior to the event. All indoor events that have already been registered will either need to be moved to an outdoor location or will need to be cancelled until further notice. Please pay attention to posted signage and emails about events for masking standards.  

In closing, we must remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to help proactively and reactively protect ourselves, each other, and our greater community. Thank you all for your continued support and efforts to keep our community safe and healthy. 

Best Wishes, 

Vince on behalf of OSA 

Vince Greer, M.Ed.  (He/Him/His)

Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students

Pitzer College 1050 N Mills Avenue Claremont, CA 91711

Office of Student Affairs

Scott Hall 121 909-621-8241