March 3, 2021
Dear CMC Community:
I write today with a brief, encouraging update on improved COVID-19 metrics in Los Angeles County.
As you know, we do not have approval to bring students back for residential living and learning this semester; however, numbers of new daily cases in L.A. County have been trending in a positive direction for the past few weeks. As we continue to lobby local officials to prioritize and restore residential higher education, we are planning for a full fall semester return. Thanks to our rigorous preparation throughout the past year, we are ready.
Our advocacy efforts also contributed to recent announcements from the State of California and the L.A. County Department of Public Health that higher education staff and faculty are eligible for vaccination starting this month. Supply remains the most significant challenge; however, in the past few days, we are seeing positive evidence of increased availability. Student Health Services is also approved as a vaccination center, and we are working with the County on implementation. Vaccinations for our community remain essential to getting us all back on campus in the fall.
In another positive step, officials have signaled that they will allow CMC to offer very limited use of outdoor recreational facilities for permitted individual fitness activities this month. The College is putting plans in place for mid-March to offer recreational opportunities to CMC students, faculty, and staff by reservation at Biszantz Family Tennis Center, Axelrood Pool, and the Burns Track Complex. Look for further details soon about these options.
We appreciate your perseverance and patience as the College works through these ongoing challenges. Let’s stay in close touch.