Mask Guidelines Update (3/4/22)

Dear Pomona College Community,

Today, Los Angeles County has revised its public health order to strongly recommend, but no longer require, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors in many public settings.

We are pleased that transmission levels of COVID-19 cases on our campus remain low and that we continue to be a highly vaccinated community; the number of students, faculty and staff who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines is now at 98%.

We are looking forward to a time when we fully lift our mask requirements in concert with the county’s revised policy, but for now, given the nature of living, teaching and working on our campus, we will continue to take a measured approach. Pomona’s COVID Planning and Response Group (CPR) has agreed to the following policy:

  • Through Monday, April 4 (two weeks after spring break), masks are still required indoors regardless of vaccination status with the following exceptions:
    • Masks are not required for members of our community who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines who are working alone indoors. This includes faculty or staff working alone in offices, classrooms and laboratories.
    • Masks are not required for staff who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine who work in office cubicles.
    • Masks are not required for members of our community who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine while walking through campus buildings (masks will still be required in residence halls).
    • Masks are not required for 1:1 meetings indoors between faculty, students and staff members who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines. Removal of masks in these settings should be agreed upon by both participants. (Masks are required for all indoor meetings of 3 or more people).
  • Masks are still required in all indoor settings for any member of our community who is not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine.

For outdoor events/meetings:

  • Attendees are not required to wear masks outdoors for events that are “passive” in nature, regardless of vaccination status. “Passive” events are those where the attendees are seated, watching a speaker, attending an outdoor class, an athletic contest, or a performance, and not interacting with one another.
  • Attendees are required to wear masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, when a group of 50 or more people are engaged in “active” events, such as dancing, singing and shouting or when interacting closely with one another, such as at a reception or social event.
  • Masking is highly recommended for all outdoor events when a group is together for two hours or more and/or social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Masking requirements will be communicated via signage and/or event-specific communications.
  • This requirement stands for external, internal and combined events on Pomona College’s campus or sponsored by Pomona College at an off-campus location.
  • Compliance is based on the honor system, or event planners may elect to require documentation of vaccination status.
  • Event organizers can establish higher standards if desired.

The CPR will assess our indoor and outdoor mask policy after spring break. As always, the CPR group will continue to review any revisions the county makes to the existing mask guidelines for application on our campus.

Thank you once again for all that you are doing to keep our community safe.

 

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Planning and Response Group
G. Gabrielle Starr, President
Robert Gaines, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Fernando Lozano, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee
Jade Star Lackey, Associate Professor of Geology
Hans Rindisbacher, Professor of German
Kenneth Baxter Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics
Avis Hinkson, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Robert Goldberg, VP, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Christina Ciambriello, Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Robert Robinson, AVP for Facilities and Campus Services
Pritina Irvin, Coordinator, Office of Alumni and Family Engagement
Alexis Reyes, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Chair of the Staff Council
Selena Gomez, class of 2022
Nathan Tran, class of 2023