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Temperature and COVID-19 Symptom Screening Stations – Hours of Operation

In our continued dedication to protect the health and safety of Palomar College students and employees, our Temperature and COVID-19 Symptom Screening Stations at the San Marcos campus will remain open during winter intersession (January 4 – January 29, 2021).  All students, employees and visitors must enter through parking lot 1 or parking lot 12.
The hours of operation are as follows:
Parking Lot 1:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parking Lot 12: Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note the campus and all stations will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

During the upcoming spring semester, February 1 through May 28, the Temperature and COVID-19 Symptom Screening Station hours of operation will be as follows:

Parking Lot 1
Monday, Tuesday – 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Parking Lot 12
Monday, Tuesday – 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday – 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday – 5:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Please note, the campus and the temperature and COVID-19 symptom screening stations will be closed on the following holidays:
Lincoln’s Day, Friday, February 12
Washington’s Day, Friday, February 15
Spring Break, Monday March  29 through April 2.

Students who are not registered for the Spring 2021 semester can view a list view a list of courses here.  All student services are available at our Virtual Front Desk.

 

Winter Break Dec. 18, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

The main campus in San Marcos, and Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo, Fallbrook, and Escondido are closed for winter break until January 3, 2021.  Intersession begins on January 4, 2021.  Students can still enroll in intersession.  A list of available courses can be found here. 

The Spring 2021 semester begins on February 1.  The majority of courses will remain online.  Please view the Spring 2021 update to find a list of programs that will have face-to-face courses.  Students may find a list here of courses with space available.  All student services will be available at our Virtual Front Desk starting January 4.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

Update on Palomar College Athletics

In our commitment to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and administrators, and in agreement with the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, Palomar College  will not pursue athletic competitions in “early spring” 2021.  We will be examining the opportunity to participate in the athletic competitions taking place in “late spring” 2021.  As decisions are made, we will update all impacted individuals.

Regional Stay Home Order Goes Into Effect

As you are likely aware, Governor Newsom recently issued a Regional Stay Home Order (Order) triggered by a threshold of ICU bed availability in the region.  San Diego County is included in the Southern California region along with 10 other counties.  On Friday evening, the Southern California region fell below the 15% threshold, which activates the start of the Order on Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect for at least the next three weeks.

What does this mean for Palomar College? The health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff remain top priorities of administrators and the Board of Trustees of the Palomar Community College District.  While our expectations were that the COVID-19 virus would be more contained by this time, it is apparent that the situation has dramatically worsened since the Governor’s initial stay at home order in March 2020.  Throughout this state of emergency, we have reiterated the College’s right to amend class schedules and essential work being done at the main campus and education centers. This continues to be the case today.

Through the dedicated work of our faculty and staff, it is obvious that we remain committed to the success of our students.  In doing so, the current schedule of classes will remain as is for the remainder of the fall semester, unless further constraints are required per additional emergency orders.

We will close for our scheduled winter break on December 22.  The winter intersession begins on January 4, and all classes will be delivered online with the continued exception of our Public Health & Safety courses.  Due to the current state of the pandemic in San Diego County, the Instruction Office is diligently working with deans and faculty to amend the previously announced Spring 2021 schedule of face-to-face courses.  This information will be released in the coming days.  As a College, we are working with our classified union to extend our Fall 2020 MOU to continue to operate within the same modified staffing model as we have done since March 2020.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains in active status and will continue its important work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, and staff, and issue any new directives as needed under the Regional Stay Home Order.  Please continue to monitor this website and your Palomar email for updates.  Daily communication will be issued to employees from the Office of the President, Public Information Office, and our social media channels.

Please also recognize that the important work of our Foundation continues.  The most recent fundraising efforts have replenished the Foundation’s emergency grant fund. The application for students needing assistance is available on the Foundation website.

Lastly, we must reiterate once again – your health and safety are incredibly important. Please follow all of the current restrictions as contained in the Regional Stay Home Order, wear a facial covering, maintain social distancing, avoid gatherings outside of your immediate closed circle, and practice good personal hygiene.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

 

 

Curbside Pick-Up Library Resources Available to Students, Faculty and Staff

Palomar College students, faculty, and staff can now request available books and media from the main campus library.  To request an item, please complete this form.  Once you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation email within 5 business days and you will be able to select a date and time to come to lot 12 at the main campus to pick your items.

If you experience any issues with the form, please email library@palomar.edu.  Or, you can connect with the library via the Library Zoom Room, Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note: Items from the San Marcos Reserve and Reference collections are not available at this time.  Materials from the libraries at the Escondido Education Center, the Rancho Bernardo Education Center, and Fallbrook Education Center, are also not available.

Stay well!

Change in Hours of Operation – Temperature and Symptom Screening Stations

Effective Monday, October 19, the hours of operation for the temperature and symptom screening stations at the San Marcos campus will be as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Students or employees arriving to the campus when the stations are closed are required to go to the Police Department headquarters in lot 12 and call the phone number on the lobby window to notify Department personnel of your arrival.  A member of the Department will conduct the necessary screening.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Fall 2020 Grading Policy Announced

It is with student success in mind that our administrators and faculty leaders have updated our fall semester withdrawal and grading policies and the associated deadlines.  Our intention is to provide students with the flexibility that may be needed, while we continue to deliver the majority of our courses remotely.  The policy, established with guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, provides deadlines for dropping a course with an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and grade changes from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass (P/NP).  You can find the information here in English and in Spanish.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

Spring 2021 Semester Announcement

There has been measurable progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County.   However, we are reminded by San Diego County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, to continue to abide by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, and observe all regional public health orders, so that we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of this disease.

With the above stated, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protect the health and safety of you, our faculty, and staff.   For the Spring 2021 semester, we will offer a class schedule that will be mostly online.  However, we are planning to offer more onsite classes than we are currently offering.  The following programs will offer both online and onsite courses:

Policy Academy
Fire Academy
EME/Paramedics
Nursing
Dental Assisting
Cabinet and Furniture Technology
Welding
Diesel Mechanics Technology
Auto Body and Auto Tech
Air Conditioning
Water Technology
Wastewater Technology
Drone Technology

In addition, our BIOL 212 course will be offered face-to-face.  We are awaiting guidelines from the California Community College Athletics Association to inform the way in which competitive athletics and training programs may be offered.

College administrators continue to reserve the right to revise this schedule dependent upon the status of the pandemic in our region. We will do our best to keep you updated as thoroughly as possible.

Please stay safe and stay well!

Fun Facts for the Fall Semester

The fall semester starts on Monday, August 24.  Sadly, it won’t be like last fall when we all gathered at the main campus or at the Escondido, Fallbrook or Rancho Bernardo Education Centers.  Instead, the majority of courses are offered online.  With a few exceptions for the delivery of face-to-face courses designed to educate and train health and emergency personnel , the main campus and the Education Centers are CLOSED .

We have some incredible staff and faculty supporting you and your success this semester (and always for that matter).  Our remote services are endless – everything from academic counseling, financial aid, and tutoring, to online library services, and virtual computer labs.  The virtual computer labs are new and full of opportunities to get your assignments completed and to use software programs that are specific to your program and courses.  You will also find access to software downloads, help logging into Canvas and your Palomar email, and changing your password.   All of these resources can be accessed at the Information Technology for Students webpage.  

We also have the new Palomar Pathways Mapper,  an interactive tool to help guide you to a field of study that will help you achieve your college goals in a reasonable time frame.  It is designed to help you choose your path to an Associate degree, certificate, transfer to a 4-year institution, or gain the skills you need to start your career.  Check it out! 

It is possible during this unpredictable time that your class may have been cancelled.  Not to worry, check out My Class Finder to find open classes!  It is also possible that you may need additional resources to get you through the semester.  We have a great set of resources in the Quick Guide to Student Resources.  There are a ton of services for you and your family.

We have tried to think of everything!  Bottom line – we want you to be successful this fall and far into your future.  Go Comets!

Stay safe!  Stay well!

August 24 Marks the Start of Fall Semester – What You Should Know

Where did the summer go?  Was there a summer?  These questions come to mind as we continue to adhere to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and some times lose track of days, weeks and months.

The start of the fall semester is Monday, August 24, just days away.  It is important to note that with the exception of only a few face-to-face courses, the San Marcos Campus and the Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo, Fallbrook and Escondido are CLOSED.  As previously announced, face-to-face courses that are designed to educate and train first responders and emergency care workers will be held as per the information in the class schedule.  All other classes will be held online.

TEMPERATURE AND SYMPTOM SCREENING
Students enrolled in face-to-face courses and our faculty and staff who are onsite to teach and facilitate these courses, are required to be screened for a temperature and symptoms of COVID-19.  Screening stations are open in lot 1 and lot 12 at the main campus.  Students, faculty and staff entering the Escondido Education Center for scheduled onsite courses will be screened as well.

Please do not come to campus if you are feeling ill or suspect that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  Students should inform their instructors and employees should inform their supervisor, if they are not feeling well.

SAFETY PROTOCOL WHILE ON PALOMAR COLLEGE PROPERTY:
A properly worn facial covering is REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES

A 6-foot physical distance must be observed at ALL TIMES

Frequent hand-washing is highly recommended

Observe cleaning and sanitation requirements as scheduled

 

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