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Status of Standardized Testing at Palomar College

Due to the pandemic, the Palomar College main campus in San Marcos, and the education centers at Rancho Bernardo, Escondido and Fallbrook remain closed to the general public.  Only students taking onsite courses, our faculty and staff who facilitate these courses, and our essential employees are permitted on Palomar Community College District properties.  In result, we are not hosting ACT or SAT testing at this time.   As our re-opening plans progress, these types of opportunities will be considered.   Thank you for your patience as we continue to adhere to the guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of our students and employees.  Stay well!

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program details

If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.   Renters who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, are eligible to apply.   To check eligibility requirements, apply or find a Local Partner Network organization who can assist you further,  visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122, toll free.

Pharmacy and Grocery Chains Help to Expand Access to Vaccinations

In our commitment to encourage all employees and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Palomar College maintains an updated COVID-19 vaccination resource directory here.  As the supply of vaccines increases, the number of vaccination sites improves as well.  There are many pharmacy and grocery chains offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments.   These sites may have a more flexible schedule of appointments.   Costco is offering vaccination appointments for a limited time between April 5 – April 16.

Please click the name of the resource below to learn the details of each site.

CVS 

Rite Aid

Walgreens

Albertson’s

Walmart 

You may also find additional information on participating pharmacies here.

 

 

Update on Athletics for Spring 2021

The community colleges within San Diego County have all chosen to opt out of spring semester competitive sports.  There are several factors which include, the current status of the pandemic in our region, but more so, the infrastructure to comply with all COVID-19 regulations applicable to competitive athletics is not operational.  We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, we will be able to offer an opportunity to practice and condition as we know this pandemic has had a great affect our student athletes.

Hours of Operation Update for Temperature and COVID-19 screening stations

In our commitment to maintain a healthy and safe campus, all students, faculty, and staff are required to have their temperature taken and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 at one of the screening stations in parking lot 1 or parking lot 12.  Note:  if you plan to arrive on campus after 5:30 p.m., please enter through parking lot 12.

During the 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 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 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.

4-week and 8-week classes are still available students can view a list view a list of courses here.  All student services are available at our Virtual Front Desk.

 

Free Wi-Fi Access in Lot 12 – Starts February 1!

Starting on Monday, February 1, free access to Wi-Fi will be available on the second floor of the parking structure, adjacent to lot 12.  The parking structure can be accessed through the campus entrance off of Los Posas Road and Aveneda Azul.

Hours of Operation: Wi-Fi access will be available to students Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Purpose:  The service is provided so that students will be able to access their courses, join virtual study groups, conduct research for assignments, and take exams.

General Guidelines and Information:

  • To protect the health and safety of our faculty, students, and staff, all individuals entering the Palomar College campus must be screened for a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more, and symptoms of COVID-19.  A screening station is open at the entrance of lot 12.  Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or those with a fever will be unable to access the campus.
  • Students accessing the Palomar College wireless network are to remain in their vehicle at all times when on site, and access will be limited to the second floor of the parking structure.
  • Power sources, outlets or charging stations will not be available.
  • Gender-neutral restroom facilities are available in the lobby of the Campus Police Station, located on the south end of the parking structure.
  • The Wi-Fi network will not be accessible beyond the hours of operation stated above.

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!

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