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COVID-19 Mitigation and Management

Mitigating the Spread Of COVID-19

  • Campus entry and building entry signage notifies employees, students, and visitors of requirement of the following to enter campus to be:
    • Symptom free,
    • Wearing a facial covering
    • In possession of a campus pass
  • Campus entry signage notifies all students, employees, and visitors of the requirement to wear a facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status
  • District is requiring employees and students to use a health pre-screening questionnaire accessible via the personal link provided in a no-reply@cleared4work.com email sent to their Palomar College email.  Community members, students and employees may access the health pre-screening questionnaire at kiosks located at:
    • the main campus inside the Police Department lobby, cashier’s office, main area of student services
    • the main lobby of the Rancho Bernardo Education Center
    • the main lobby of the Escondido Education Center
    • the student services center (building A) at the Fallbrook Education Center
  • Students and employees may be asked to show proof of a campus pass from the Cleared4 health questionnaire.
  • Employees, students and visitors who become ill while on campus are requested to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire. The COVID-19 Response Action Team will manage all cases (see below).
  • The class schedule has been designed to prevent gatherings in hallways and common areas.
  • Every classroom scheduled for in-person learning has a supply of disposable facial coverings.
  • Every department has a supply of disposable facial coverings.
  • Every employee in need of a facial covering can request a reusable facial covering by submitting a facilities request.
  • All work schedules are staggered to avoid over populating work spaces of those needed to provide essential services to students and campus operations.
  • Social distancing signage has been installed in high traffic areas indoors and outdoors (i.e. student services center)
  • “Please use hand sanitizer” signage is placed throughout the campus and hand sanitizer is available.
  • The facilities department has remedied concerns related to the HVAC systems on the main campus and education centers. You can find an update here.
  • Employees should submit their proof of vaccination to benefits@palomar.edu
  • A working document containing the hours of operation for all departments on campus can be found here.

Management of COVID-19 Cases

  • The District Administrators designed a COVID-19 Response Action Team (CRAT) in summer 2020 to manage COVID-19 cases on the main campus and education centers. To date, there have been no outbreaks within the District.
  • Our Health Services team attends regularly scheduled meetings with the San Diego County Department of Public Health and other institutions of higher education in the region. Data shared and guidance informs recommendations by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)and CRAT.
  • CRAT Protocol
    • Every COVID-19 case received through the COVID-19 questionnaire is triaged and every individual is interviewed by our health services team.
    • If a positive COVID-19 case is reported, the CRAT utilizes a communication system that includes email and telephone notifications of parties who may have been exposed and contacts facilities to request a disinfection of the area(s).
    • Every case received is assigned a case manager who stays in contact with the individual until they return to work or school, to make sure the resources available are known to the student or employee.
    • If there are three or more high risk cases (positive for COVID-19 or exposure to a positive COVID-19 individual), the Policy committee of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) calls an emergency meeting to evaluate the need to pause or discontinue a course, program or service.

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