With at least 264 new cases reported since Monday, 10 percent of 5C students have now tested positive since spring break. But officials expressed optimism that mitigation efforts would pay off.
An increase in COVID-19 cases at Harvey Mudd exhausted isolation spaces and pushed officials to cancel social events over the weekend. Nineteen students tested positive throughout the week.
From surprise roommates in rooms designated for one to a lack of basic cleaning supplies and repeated disconnects on when and how students could leave or test out, Pomona students in isolation tell TSL the experience has often left them feeling isolated in more ways than one.
In-person, outdoor classes may resume at Scripps College and Claremont McKenna College as early as Monday, a thaw in the colleges’ decision to delay in-person instruction to the third week owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases amid the omicron variant surge.
Having announced that the 5Cs will kick off the spring semester with two weeks of remote instruction, some schools are walking back the dates by which students are expected to arrive in Claremont.
Citing the global explosion in cases of COVID-19 driven by the infectious omicron variant, the undergraduate Claremont Colleges will move to remote instruction for the first two weeks of the spring semester.
Keck Graduate Institute rang in the New Year with an update to its spring term plans: the first two weeks of classes will take place online.
With two weeks until the spring semester is slated to begin and the omicron variant contributing to record-breaking case counts across the United States, 5C administrators reaffirmed their intent to bring students back to campus on schedule.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is now consulting with 5C administrators after two clusters and at least 32 new cases of COVID-19 emerged this week. As the final week of classes unfolded, the schools canceled gatherings and asked community members to be vigilant against further transmission.
After a few weeks of classes in tents, students and faculty express con-tent-ment with the benefits of outdoors classrooms.