Dear KGI Community,

We hope you had a successful start to the Spring semester. We want to update you on our COVID-19 response and return to campus plans.

Current COVID-19 Update 

The COVID-19 Task Force and President’s Cabinet have evaluated current CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health data. Given the recent prediction by California Hospitals and LACDPH’s numbers, we have decided:

We will remain on a remote campus until February 14.  

Any events scheduled on campus before February 14 will need to continue virtually.

Decision Making  

  • Given the pressure currently experienced by our healthcare facilities, providers, and testing facilities, we want to give additional time for those entities to respond to the surge. 
  • Employees and students may have remained out of the area until returning to campus. By choosing February 14 as our return date, we hope this will give everyone time to relocate to Claremont as needed.
  • We sent you a message on December 17 notifying you of a change to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This change required all students, staff, and faculty who are eligible (six months past completing their initial vaccination) to receive and submit proof of a COVID-19 booster shot by Monday, January 17, 2022. We currently do not have the high percentage of compliance we need to return to campus.
    • Please submit your booster information ASAP to either HR. Be sure to save the file with your last name, first name, and indicate booster.
  • Given the recent surge, finding access to testing has become challenging. Please take advantage of the current test availability by ordering it online.

The decision to extend our return by two weeks more creates challenges for everyone in our community. Please know that this delay in returning to campus was made with the greatest concern for our entire community’s safety, health, and well-being. 

Mask Update

Based on the latest directives from the California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA), all employees, students, including visitors coming to campus will need to wear a well-fitting medical-grade, surgical mask or higher-level respirator approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

All employees and students can no longer utilize cloth face coverings. Please review KGI’s updated face-covering policy. Employees can receive a KN95 mask in the 535 West Conference room. If you cannot wear a face-covering due to medical reasons or disability, please contact Human Resources at

We will continue to evaluate the current numbers and predictions to get us back together as soon as the situation improves. Thank you for your efforts to help maintain a healthy and positive campus community. 

Be well,

KGI COVID-19 Task Force

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