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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

 

Important Changes to Fall Semester Course Schedule

As COVID-19 continues to impact the residents of San Diego County,  we remain focused on the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.  In doing so, we have determined that our Fall 2020 face-to-face course list will ONLY include courses that are designed to educate and train first responders and emergency care workers.   All other classes will be held online.  Unfortunately, as a result, some classes that were originally scheduled for the fall semester may not be offered.

Our Police and Fire Academies and Emergency Medical Education program will continue as scheduled.   In addition, to provide continuity in program for our nursing students, Biology 212 will be offered onsite, as will the labs required for our Dental Assisting program. These are the only labs that will be offered at the main campus.

In related news, all fall athletics have been postponed until Spring 2021.  Associated courses will be offered online to the extent possible.

If students have any questions, they are strongly encourage to make an appointment with an academic counselor or call 760-891-7511.   We are committed to helping all students to stay on their path to completing their degree or certificate.  Students are encouraged to use My Class Finder to search open classes for the fall semester.

Stay safe and stay well!

COVID-19 Temperature and Symptom Screening Begins on July 20

Palomar College remains laser focused on protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.  To this end, on June 23, 2020, the Palomar Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 19-21574 authorizing the Implementation of Temperature and Symptom Screening of Students, Staff, and Faculty During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

In accordance with the resolution, effective Monday, July 20, 2020, all students, staff, faculty and authorized visitors entering a campus or education center are required to have their temperature taken and to be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.  We have designed touch-less screening stations in both a drive-thru and walk-up format.  Students, who are taking their courses online do not need to be screened.  Similarly,  faculty and staff who are working remotely do not need to be screened, unless they are authorized for an essential visit to the campus or Escondido education center.  Essential personnel who are scheduled to be on campus or at the Escondido education center must be screened.

Below is a list of screening station locations and current hours of operation.  The hours of operation are based on high traffic student and employee arrival times and the class schedule.  The screening schedule will be updated as needed on this webpage.

San Marcos Campus, Parking Lot #1 and #2, Drive-Thru and Walk-Up Screening
Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

San Marcos Campus, Parking Lot #12, Drive-Thru Screening
Monday thru Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Drive-Thru Screening

Escondido Education Center Parking Lot #3 – Walk -Up Screening
Monday thru Thursday & Saturday,  from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., and Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Once screened, individuals will be provided a sticker to wear while on campus or at the education center.   Facial coverings and maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from other individuals is required.

When screened, those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, and/or have symptoms of COVID-19,  will be asked to return home, self-quarantine and depending on the severity of their condition, seek medical care.

Stay Safe! Stay Well!

Summer Session Deadlines for Excused Withdrawal and Pass/No Pass Announced

We hope that you are healthy and managing well with all that is going on in our world today.  We understand that this is a difficult time, and it is important to us that you know we are not only committed to your health and safety, but also to your success as a student.

It is with your success in mind that we announce our updated summer session withdrawal and grading policies and the associated deadlines. Our intention is to provide you with the flexibility you may require, while we continue to deliver the majority of our courses remotely.  Our decisions are aligned with guidance from the Chancellor’s Office and in collaboration with our faculty leaders.  The deadlines for dropping a course and changing your grade from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass (P/NP) can be found in English and in Spanish.

It is extremely important that you work with an academic counselor as you make these decisions about your summer course(s).  Our academic counselors are available by appointment or by phone at (760) 891-7511.  It is important to understand the impact that your decisions may have on your plans to transfer to a CSU or UC.

Stay well!  Stay safe!

 

Deadlines Extended for Excused Withdrawals and Pass/No Pass Grading

As we head into summer, we wanted to make sure we circled back on how COVID-19 may  have impacted students.  We are well aware that many challenges have been faced and some have been easier to overcome than others.  To this end, our faculty leaders have approved an extension of the previously established May 15 deadline for an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and Pass/No Pass requests to August 15 for spring 2020 classes.  You can find all of the details here.

In summary, students who wish to request an EW or change their letter grade to a Pass (P) or No Pass (NP), should check in with their  academic counselor to make certain it is the best decision for their situation.  In addition, if a student is receiving financial aid, it is important to understand if this decision will have an impact on their financial aid award(s).  Students can contact our financial aid team via email at finaid@palomar.edu.

After these two important points of follow up have occurred, students who have determined they would like to proceed with an EW or P/NP, must email admissions@palomar.edu using their Palomar student email, and include their Palomar ID number, course name and section code for the EW or P/NP.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

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