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Public Health Guidelines


To promote safety for all, Pomona College urges everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Faculty and Staff: Once you’ve received your final dose of your COVID-19 vaccine, please upload your vaccination card.

All students planning to return to campus will have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccine manufacturer). Once you have received the final dose of your vaccine, please upload your vaccination information to this site. 

Testing and Quarantine Protocols for Faculty and Staff

Are Pomona College faculty and staff required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

All faculty and staff will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination once the Food and Drug Administration provides full authorization of any one of the three vaccine brands currently operating under Emergency Use Authorization. The College will consider exemptions for valid medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Are Pomona College students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

All Pomona College students must receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to living and working on campus for the summer and for AY 2021-2022. The College will consider exemptions for valid medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

Pomona College considers someone fully vaccinated if they have provided proof that they are at least 2 weeks beyond their second dose for Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Faculty and staff who have received other brands of the vaccine that are approved by the World Health Organization should contact HR for further consultation.

Who is considered unvaccinated?

Pomona College considers any faculty or staff member who has not provided proof of being fully vaccinated as being unvaccinated. If you have been vaccinated but do not have a record of your vaccine, you can authorize medical professionals at our campus Hamilton Health Box (HHB) clinic to verify this data from the California state vaccine registry.

What are the Pomona College testing and quarantine guidelines for vaccinated faculty and staff?

Effective June 7, consistent with LA County Department of Public Health guidelines:

  • Faculty and staff members who have provided proof of being fully vaccinated do not need to routinely test for COVID-19 regardless of how often they come to campus.
  • Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated do not require a test but can still obtain a test on campus upon request, if exposed to someone with COVID-19, if they remain asymptomatic.
  • Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will be tested:
    • Upon request; or
    • If they show symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people who are vaccinated should test for COVID 3-5 days after they return to California.
  • Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested if they return to California from domestic travel.
  • Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are asymptomatic.

What are the testing and quarantine guidelines for faculty and staff who are not vaccinated?

Faculty and staff members who have not provided proof of being fully vaccinated (and who come to campus on a regular basis) must continue to test routinely.

  • Faculty and staff who are not vaccinated and who come to campus 4 or more days must be tested twice per week and once per week if on campus 2 or 3 days per week.
  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff will also need to test:
    • Upon entry to the campus for the first time;
    • If they show symptoms of COVID-19;
    • 5-6 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19
    • 1-3 days before travelling domestically or internationally;
    • When returning from out-of-state travel 3-4 days post-travel.
  • Faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine:
    • 10 days from the last known contact with an infectious person; or 7 days after the last known contact with an infectious person if you have a negative test on day 5 or 6 after exposure;
    • 7 days after traveling to Los Angeles County after receiving a negative test 3-5 days after arrival;
    • 10 days after travel if they did not get tested for COVID 19 after arrival

On-Campus Public Health Protocols

Faculty and staff members who plan to come to campus, for whatever duration or purpose, are asked to comply with these important protocols to ensure that the Pomona campus is a safe place for everyone who needs to spend time there.

What is the policy regarding face masks?

Effective Saturday, July 16, face masks are required for all people to wear in indoor public places – including at Pomona College – even if you have been fully vaccinated. 

The Los Angeles County public health officer new order requiring indoor masks comes in response to rising cases driven by the delta variant, which spreads more easily than earlier variants.

What do the protocols require me to do?

These requirements are only for faculty and staff who plan to come to campus:

  1. Faculty and staff who plan to come to campus are asked to use Pomona’s online COVID-19 Health Screening Web App, to check in. Prior to each visit to campus—whether for an entire day, part of a day or just a few minutes—they will perform a self-check for symptoms, including a temperature check, and document it on the Health Screening Web App. (While Pomona is online only, faculty and staff who do not plan to come to campus do not need to complete the daily health screening, unless they know they are COVID-19 positive through a test, suspect they have COVID-19 through symptoms, are under an order to self-isolate or quarantine, or otherwise know they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.)
  2. If they attest that they are symptom-free, have not been knowingly exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are not under an order to self-isolate or quarantine, they may come to campus, following all public health protocols while on site.
  3. If they are not feeling well, they should not come to campus and should, instead, contact their health provider and the campus nurse for consultation.

What is the daily health check protocol for faculty and staff living on campus?

Faculty and staff who live on campus are required to complete the COVID-19 Health Screening Web App, if they plan to visit other campus venues such as an office or other academic buildings. Employees and their family members are not required to complete the daily health check protocols while in their residence.

What should I do if I know or suspect that I have COVID-19?

The new protocols also provide for a process to follow if a faculty or staff member knows or suspects they may be COVID-19 positive, including the following steps:

  1. All faculty and staff who know they are COVID-19 positive through a test, suspect they have COVID-19 through symptoms, are under an order to self-isolate or quarantine issued by a health care practitioner or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (or other local, state, or federal agency), or otherwise know they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, should immediately report that result to both Hamilton Health Box Nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan and Carol Saldivar in Pomona’s Human Resources Office at covidsafe@pomona.edu. This is required so that the College may report to the State of California, as well as our workers’ compensation carrier, per changes in state laws effective Jan. 1.
  2. The results of the Health Screening Web App will alert the nurse if there is a need to follow up with the affected employee.
  3. Should the nurse advise that a COVID-19 test is in order, the College will provide that test, on site and free of charge. The nurse will receive the results.
  4. If the individual tests positive, the nurse will:
    • advise the individual regarding next steps (typically to consult with his/her physician for follow-up and isolate until symptom-free);
    • initiate the Contact Tracing Web App to determine close contacts with other members of the Pomona College community;
    • alert the COVID-19 compliance Officer in Human Resources that an individual will be off-campus for a period of time; and
    • monitor that individual with regular checks; and
    • alert the individual and HR when that individual is cleared to come back to campus.

Will I be notified if there is a case of COVID-19 on campus?

If a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, the nurse will initiate contact-tracing procedures. Using the Pomona Contact Tracing Web App, the nurse will alert those in the Pomona community who came in close contact with the COVID-positive individual and advise them on next steps. 

The nurse will also create a case file and alert Pomona’s COVID-19 compliance officer in Human Resources. While the nurse tracks the progress of the affected individual from testing to quarantine/isolation to eventual permission to return to campus, Pomona’s compliance officer will alert other offices, such as housekeeping, as necessary to activate any collateral actions such as the need for special cleaning, etc. For employee cases that are confirmed to be COVID-19, the nurse will also notify local health officials.

Throughout this process, the campus nurse and Human Resources will protect the privacy of all affected individuals. If potential clusters of cases should emerge, Pomona College will notify the campus community in a timely manner about the number of existing cases.

How is the College vetting access to campus from third-party vendors or other visitors to campus?

All third-party vendors and visitors to campus will have to comply with our Pomona Safe protocols for public health when on campus. These include wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing. Prior to visiting campus, visitors who are on campus for longer than momentary deliveries must submit their COVID-19 health and safety protocols to Pomona College and return a signed copy of a Vendor COVID-19 Acknowledgement. The Pomona College Compliance Team will review the protocols to ensure they meet minimum standards as outlined in our policy.

Can others from The Claremont Colleges community visit Pomona’s campus?

Pomona’s campus is closed to the public. Pomona College staff, faculty and current students, as well as Pitzer College students can use some of the outdoor facilities by appointment only. You can make reservations here. All must follow health and safety protocols while on campus.

On-Campus Clinic Services

Pomona College working with healthcare provider Hamilton Healthbox (HHB)—has established an on-campus clinic overseen by a nurse, focusing on COVID-19 issues, and put in place a series of COVID-19-related health protocols designed to help keep us all safe.

Who are the medical professionals at HHB?

Stephanie Garcia-Barragan is Pomona’s on-campus nurse. Born in Pomona and raised in the surrounding area, she graduated from Don Antonio Lugo High School in Chino. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at Mercy College in New York, where she played on the women’s volleyball team, serving as team captain her final year. She also has worked with kids on the autism spectrum, helping children develop their behavioral and social skills.

Dr. Toby Hamilton is the CEO of Hamilton Health Box (HHB), a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and board-certified in emergency medicine. (M.D., B.S., Texas Tech University);

Dr. Glenn Davis is the chief medical officer for HHB. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. (M.D., Baylor University; B.S., Texas A&M University)

Dr. Tony Rogers ’95 is board-certified in family medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has worked for the Santa Barbara Public Health Department since 2004, where he sees his own patients and teaches resident physicians, and is the clinical lead for medical informatics. He is a 1995 graduate of Pomona College. (M.D., Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine; B.A. Pomona College)

What services will the clinic and nurse provide?

Overseeing Pomona’s COVID-19-related health protocols and to consult with faculty and staff, HHB provides a bilingual nurse, dedicated to the Pomona campus but employed and trained by HHB, whose duties include:

  • establishing and operating an on-campus clinic, located in Rembrandt Hall, to provide COVID-19 advising, testing and contact-tracing services for the campus community;
  • advising faculty and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to someone who tested positive;
  • administering a PCR test when appropriate and, based on test results, advising faculty or staff members on the need to stay off campus and when they will be cleared to return to work;
  • alerting the College’s COVID compliance officer in Human Resources as to the work status of affected faculty or staff members;
  • implementing contact tracing procedures in the event that a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19;
  • alerting other members of the Pomona campus community as to possible exposure; and
  • helping the College community implement state and county public health standards and continue to develop appropriate health practices.

How can I contact the nurse on campus?

Faculty and staff can reach nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan at the on-campus clinic Monday through Friday at (909) 607-0616.

Can I get in touch with the nurse after hours?

If you are having an emergency, please call 911. You can reach the nurse to receive non-emergency consultations after hours at (909) 607-0616.

What are the hours for COVID-19 testing on campus?

Located in Rembrandt Hall, the Hamilton Health Box (HHB) clinic will be open to administer COVID-19 tests to Pomona employees Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Faculty and staff should contact nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan at (909) 607-0616 to make an appointment. Tests for Pomona employees will be administered at no cost.

Where can staff and faculty be tested for COVID-19 on campus?

Faculty and staff can receive a COVID-19 test at the Hamilton Healthbox clinic in Seeley Mudd Room 210, located at 640 College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Call (909) 607-0616 to set up an appointment.