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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!

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!

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