The airport is quiet but approach is open. Some controllers think this a free pass to not allow pattern work. Don’t think that!
Pattern work must stay with tower, we don’t do radar patterns. Allowing pattern traffic while approach is open is actually an amazing time to allow pattern work because your workload will dramatically decrease.
Take the challenge, don’t shy away from it! If the pattern is full or you’re overwhelmed, either ask for help or turn off pattern work in the ATIS.
And remember that pilots do not have the ability to request pattern work if “no pattern work” is included in the ATIS.