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Palomar College Student Health and Safety Update

As we enter the final stretch of the spring semester, we want to share some updates about the health and safety requirements that will be in place during the summer and fall terms.

Facial Coverings Are Optional Starting May 31 but Strongly Recommended
Starting at the beginning of summer session on Tuesday, May 31, facial coverings will no longer be required in indoor spaces at the main campus or education centers. However, for your protection, it is strongly recommended that you continue to wear a facial covering indoors.  For those who wish to continue wearing facial coverings, the District will make them available.

Per healthcare setting regulations, our Health Services department will continue to require facial coverings indoors.

Although we may hold different opinions, our expectation is that every one of our students, staff, and visitors will be treated with respect, civility, and understanding.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is No Longer Required to Register for Summer and Fall Onsite Courses
The Vaccination and Immunization Plan, which created the requirement for vaccinations, will sunset on May 31, 2022. As a result, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to register for summer and fall onsite courses at the main campus or education centers.   In addition, onsite COVID-19 testing stations will no longer be available beginning May 31, 2022.

Don’t forget – priority registration begins on May 9 and open registration begins on May 16.  If you have any questions regarding course selection or need assistance of any kind, please visit the Student Success webpage to find contact information for your student services team or email studenthelp@palomar.edu.

Cleared4 Daily Health Screening Required
For the summer and fall terms, all students and employees are required to use the Cleared4 daily health screening and be cleared to be onsite BEFORE coming to the campus or education centers.  Here is specific information on using the Cleared4 daily health screening:

  • In your palomar.edu email, locate and open Welcome email from no-reply@cleared4work.com or a text message from 833-635-1086.
  • The link contained in the Welcome email is YOUR PERSONAL LINK. Please do not forward this link to anyone. It contains information specific to you.
  • Click on the link and register your personal information.
  • You will be able to set your preferences to receive daily reminders via email or text.
  • Please look for the daily reminder and take the survey before coming to campus or education centers.

Continued COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
For those who may have concerns about facial covering guidance changes, I want to assure you that we still have other COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place.

  • The District requires those who are not feeling well to stay home and report illnesses through the COVID-19 questionnaire at this link. The COVID-19 Response Action Team (CRAT) will continue to manage COVID-19 cases on the main campus and education centers.
  • Cleared4 Daily Health Screening is required.
  • Upgrades to the air-filtration systems are complete.
  • Facial coverings will be made available to any member of the campus community.

While we know these updates contain welcome news for some who have been eager to reach this milestone, we also recognize that it may cause anxiety for others.  Below are resources to assist you.

  • Students with general questions or concerns may contact vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.
  • Students in need of Behavioral Health Counseling Services (BHCS), including consultation and confidential mental health services, should call (760) 891-7531 or emailbhcs@palomar.edu.

As we continue to move forward together, the District remains committed to supporting our students, employees, and community and ensuring they feel safe and valued. Administrators will continue to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and consult with local public health officials for the Fall 2022 semester and beyond and adjust as necessary.

COVID-19 Onsite Testing Schedule February 22 – May 27

The onsite PCR testing schedule for Palomar College Students and Employees is as follows beginning February 22, 2022:

San Marcos Campus (in the former Campus Police Building located in Lot 1 & 2)
Mondays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fallbrook Education Center, in room NC-G01
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Escondido Education Center, in room ESC-701
Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo Education Center, SEC-111
Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Onsite COVID-19 Testing Available During Spring Break for Students and Employees

The COVID-19 testing site at the main campus will be open during spring break on Tuesday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Otherwise, all testing sites will be closed during spring break.  Appointments are required and can be made through the Cleared4 platform.  It is recommended that students and employees test prior to, and upon return from travel outside of California and the United States.

Facial Covering and Daily Health Screening Required for Spring Semester

Tuesday, February 22 marks the start of onsite teaching, learning, and work for faculty, students, and staff. Palomar College has a continued focus on the health and safety of our students and employees.

The following is a summary of our health and safety requirements:

Facial Coverings are required indoors regardless of vaccination status until further notice.
The one exception is that fully vaccinated individuals working alone in their office may remove their facial covering.  This requirement is in alignment with other colleges and K-12 school districts in the region. 

Daily Health Questionnaire Required
All employees, students and visitors are required to answer the daily health questionnaire in Cleared4 prior to coming on-site to the main campus or education centers. Students and employees will use their personal Cleared4 link, visitors can use the QR code or link found here. Campus Monitor Check-In stations will be deployed on February 28, 2022; locations and operating hours can be viewed here. Students, employees, and visitors will be required to show their Cleared4 clearance to obtain a daily clearance bracelet.

Staying Healthy

  • If you do not feel well or have COVID like symptoms, you should stay home and complete the COVID- 19 Questionnaire.  Students should inform their instructors, and employees should inform their supervisor, if they are ill.
  • Employees and students can test at a COVID-19 PCR testing site at the main campus or education centers, upon return or after travel, as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.  Appointments are required and must be made using Cleared4.  The testing schedule is available here.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days should not pursue a COVID-19 PCR test due to the high likelihood of a positive result, even though you are no longer symptomatic or contagious. However, students and employees are encouraged to take a COVID-19 antigen test, prior to returning to the campus or education centers.   If your antigen test result is positive, please upload the result to Cleared4. You can find the upload instructions here.  Palomar College will distribute free antigen tests to employees and students during the week of February 28.

Students who have questions can email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu, and employees should address their questions to their supervisor.   We are looking forward to a safe and healthy remainder of the Spring semester.  Stay well!

Spring ’22 Update: Face-to-Face Lecture Classes are Virtual January 31 – February 21

The health and safety of our students and employees are our main priority.  Due to COVID-19 illnesses and prescribed quarantines due to exposure, the College is experiencing operational challenges.  Like many other institutions in the State, the College has determined it is necessary to give our employees time to make their health a priority, before returning to onsite work to serve our students.

Due to this,
all face-to-face lecture classes will be taught virtually from January 31 – February 21*.  On February 22, Face-to-face lecture classes will resume in-person and employees will return to onsite work


*
Please note, public safety, workforce programs and hard-to-convert-labs will proceed Face-to-Face as originally planned, unless otherwise indicated.   


How Does This Decision Impact Employees?
Employees should refer to the January 19, 2022 correspondence from Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Human Resource Services or contact their supervisor for guidance.

How Does This Decision Impact Students?
 
  • Instructors teaching Face-to-Face lecture classes that are impacted by this decision will contact students with details.  
  • Students may also receive a text message notification regarding changes to your schedule, if applicable. 
  • Students are encouraged to check their Palomar.edu student email daily and log into the MyPalomar student portal to view updates on class schedules. 
Available Student Services 
  • The Service Now Desk in the foyer of the Student Services building will be open on the following dates and times, pending staff availability.
    Monday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Thursday, January 27, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Student Services will also be present in the Student Union Quad as a part of the Comet Together event on January 31 and February 1.  
  • All currently scheduled virtual student services will continue.  Please visit the Student Success website for available services and hours of operation.

Spring ’22 Registration is Open – Proof of Vaccination Required for Onsite Classes & Services

Students must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before registering for Spring 2022 onsite classes.  Here is a guide in English and in Spanish to upload the required documents.  Students may also submit a request for a medical or religious exemption.  Instructions are contained in the guides provided above.  

Spring ’22 classes begin January 31, 2022. NOTE:  all face-to-face classes will be held in a remote format from January 31 – February 22.  Face-to-Face classes will resume in person on February 22.

Information regarding applying to Palomar College and enrolling in classes can be found here.

All Palomar College services at the San Marcos campus and education centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook will be available Monday – Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning February 22.  Virtual services will be available each Friday.

Please note:
Daily health check-ins through the Cleared4 platform are required.  Learn more about Cleared4 here.
Facial coverings are required at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Those with approved vaccine exemptions will be required to test weekly for COVID-19.

 

Palomar Student Vaccination Documentation Events

As of October 11, all students enrolled in a face-to-face course and employees working onsite, are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical of religious exemption.

Students may submit their proof of vaccination at the Teaching and Learning Center on the main campus between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 9 and 10 and November 16, 17 and 18.

Students unable to attend the event, may submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption through the My Palomar Student Portal.  Specific instructions to do so are available here in English and here in Spanish.

Those with an approved exemption are required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  If you are unable to complete one of the above requirements, please email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.

Employees may submit their proof of vaccination or request a religious or medical exemption to the Human Resource Services benefits team at benefits@palomar.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Flu Shots Available

Effective October 11, students taking face-to-face classes and employees working onsite must provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the College. 

Palomar College Student Health Services and Champions for Health are hosting the following vaccination opportunity for Palomar College students, employees and their families.

Thursday, November 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Student Quad at the main campus in San Marcos
Flu Shots and COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Special Drop-off Events for Proof of Vaccination

If you are a student taking face-to-face classes this semester or plan to do so in the future, you are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination, or request the approval of a medical or religious exemption. 

Here are two ways to do so:

  1. Join us at one of our onsite events on October 11 – October 14 , from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the main campus, outside the Student Services Center (SSC) and turn in your documentation or file for an exemption.  We will have food/snacks available as well as FREE Palomar Giveaways!
  2. Submit your proof/file for an exemption online through the My Palomar Student Portal. Specific instructions to do so are available in English and in Spanish.

 

Vaccination Policy for Students and Employees is Effective October 11

Effective October 11, students taking face-to-face classes and employees working onsite must provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved medical or
religious exemption from the College.  Students and employees with an approved medical or religious exemption will undergo a required weekly diagnostic screening for COVID-19.  The screenings are at no cost and will take place on the main campus and education centers.  A schedule of screening locations and times is pending.

Students can upload their vaccination information or request a religious or medical exemption by using this guide in English and in Spanish.

Employees who desire to request an exemption from the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for medical reasons, must complete this employee medical exemption form.  Those seeking an exemption for religious reasons, should complete the employee religious exemption form.  Employees who have been fully vaccinated, but have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, can send proof to Human Resources in one of three ways:
1. (PREFERRED) Send an email to benefits@palomar.edu. In the subject line, enter “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”, and include your name, employee ID#, and proof.
2. U.S. Mail: Palomar College (Attn: Benefits Office), 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
3. Fax: (760) 761-3530
If you have lost or misplaced your physical vaccination card, please visit Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov) to obtain a replacement digital copy of your vaccination card for submission. You may also call the site you received your vaccination to request an additional physical vaccination card.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our learning and working environments safe.

 

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