Recent Community Updates
Updated Oct. 9, 2020
Pomona College continues to take measures to support public health efforts in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The College will continue with remote education for fall semester.
As it was for fall, the decision about spring will be dictated by the public health situation and how it applies to Pomona as a residential college. We hope to be able to make an announcement by mid-December.
If students do return to campus for spring, instruction is likely to continue online with students taking courses from their computers in their residence halls and maintaining many social distancing requirements to promote safety. For more information, please see the College’s latest update to the community.
With the campus closed and most faculty and staff working from home, Pomona College continues to discourage unnecessary visits to campus. We do recognize, however, that some faculty and staff may need to be on campus for specific reasons ranging from teaching online from a classroom to tending to the grounds. We should reiterate that only faculty and staff who do not have symptoms and have not knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can come to campus.
The College is now taking the next steps to support public health on campus for those who need to be there amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with healthcare provider Hamilton Health Box (HHB), Pomona is putting in place new measures to help keep us all safe. Read more about Pomona Safe, the new health screening protocols at Pomona College.
In this fast-moving situation, we know you will have many questions, and we have begun to answer them in our FAQ. You can also find information for students, staff and faculty in these FAQs. We will continue to provide additional details as soon as we have them.
As the coronavirus continues to spread in communities in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to take precautions. It is also important to work against discrimination and rumors.
Important Additional Steps You Can Take
- Avoid contact with others if feeling ill and symptomatic.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).