If you are a student taking face-to-face classes this semester or plan to do so in the future, you are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination, or request the approval of a medical or religious exemption.
Here are two ways to do so:
- Join us at one of our onsite events on October 11 – October 14 , from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the main campus, outside the Student Services Center (SSC) and turn in your documentation or file for an exemption. We will have food/snacks available as well as FREE Palomar Giveaways!
- Submit your proof/file for an exemption online through the My Palomar Student Portal. Specific instructions to do so are available in English and in Spanish.
It is imperative to understand the District’s steadfast commitment to the health and safety of students and employees. The COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for employees working onsite and students enrolled in face-to-face courses was clarified today by Superintendent/President Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey.
By October 11, both students and employees are required to submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption. Those with an approved exemption will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing will be made available at the main campus in San Marcos and at the education centers in Fallbrook, Escondido, and Rancho Bernardo. There is no cost for testing and will be scheduled during campus hours of operation. The testing schedule details are forthcoming.
Employees who desire to request an exemption from the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for medical reasons, must complete this employee medical exemption form. Those seeking an exemption for religious reasons, should complete the employee religious exemption form. Employees who have been fully vaccinated, but have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, can send proof to Human Resources in one of three ways:
1. (PREFERRED) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, enter “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”, and include your name, employee ID#, and proof.
2. U.S. Mail: Palomar College (Attn: Benefits Office), 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
3. Fax: (760) 761-3530
If you have lost or misplaced your physical vaccination card, please visit Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov) to obtain a replacement digital copy of your vaccination card for submission. You may also call the site you received your vaccination to request an additional physical vaccination card. Palomar College employees should address all mandate related concerns or questions to their supervisor.
Students taking face-to-face courses can submit proof of vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine through the My Palomar Student Portal.
Specific instructions to do so are available here. If students are unable to complete one of the above requirements by Monday, October 11, they should email email@example.com.
The College has several vaccination clinics planned. The schedule is available here. You can find a complete list of the College’s COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.