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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!

Parking Update

We hope this post finds you safe and well.  We are continuing to review our standard operating procedures and making modifications as necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On-campus parking is one area we have examined.

For the summer session, parking will be free to all students who are required to visit the main campus or one of the Palomar College Education Centers.

As we announced at the beginning of the month, our fall semester courses will be offered mostly online.  However, we are working with our faculty and staff to identify courses that may be offered in a face-to-face format.  If you are required to visit the main campus or one of the education centers during the fall semester, we offer the following options for parking:

  1. You may purchase a full-semester parking permit for $46 through our digital parking permit system by logging into your MyPalomar Account.
  2. If you need daily or hourly parking, you can use our ParkMobile app while at the main campus and Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook Education Centers. The hourly rate is $1.00 and the daily permit is $5.00.  You can download the ParkMobile app through your preferred app store.  Once you download the app, you will need to use the appropriate zone number to purchase your parking permit.
    • 7510 San Marcos Campus
    • 7511 Escondido Education Center
    • 7512 Fallbrook Education Center
    • 7513 Rancho Bernardo Education Center
    • 7514 San Marcos Campus Visitor Meters (lots 1, 2 & 3)
  1. At the San Marcos campus and Escondido Education Center, we also have parking permit dispensers that require cash or a credit card.
  2. Coin meters are also available in Lots 1 and 2 at the San Marcos campus.

We are really looking forward to supporting your success this summer and fall semester.  Don’t forget we have a Quick Guide to Student Resources should you need assistance during this unprecedented time.  You may also find additional information in our Student FAQs section of our website.

Stay well!

Virtual Commencement set for June 19, 2020

It is official!  The virtual commencement celebration is date and time certain for June 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.   Join us in celebrating our 2020 graduates and all of their incredible achievements.  Candidates for graduation should check their Palomar student email for all of the details.

In keeping with our traditional ceremony as much as possible, our acting Superintendent/President Dr. Kahn will kick-off the program, the valedictorian will be honored, and the names of every candidate for graduation who responds to our request to join the celebration will be included in the Presentation of the Class of 2020.

We are honored to announce Dr. Leanne Maunu, Professor of English, as our commencement speaker.  Associated Student Government President and Student Trustee, Linus Smith, will be our student commencement speaker.

Our Emmy Award-winning Palomar College TV is producing the 2020 Commencement Ceremony and we are confident you won’t be disappointed.  At 5:00p.m. on June 19, we will post a link to the virtual celebration on our website and social media channels.   We can’t wait to join our students, their families and friends, and our faculty, staff and administrators in celebrating student success!

Candidates for graduation who wish to participate in the 2020 Virtual Commencement, click here.  Watch for posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all the details!  Questions?  Visit the Commencement page on palomar.edu.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

 

 

Majority of Fall Semester Courses Will be Online

The rapid pace of change in the status of COVID-19, which interrupted our Spring 2020 instructional plan is now impacting our plan for Fall 2020. It seems each day the data is showing promising results from the Stay at Home Order, though much remains uncertain.

Given the unpredictable nature of this pandemic and the dire warnings about a re-emergence of the virus in the future despite its currently improving status, we have decided to move forward with a schedule for Fall 2020 that will be mostly online.

What will the Fall 2020 schedule look like?
1. All lectures will be online. Some will be offered on specific days at certain times, while others will allow you a more flexible schedule.
2. Some labs will be offered online, while others may require you to come to campus. Information will be made available to you by email, on our website, and on social media before the start of Fall 2020 registration, which begins on June 4, 2020.

Our faculty, staff, and administration will be working hard over the next few weeks to make sure that we are able to bring you a comprehensive Fall 2020 schedule, that is as clear as possible for you. We plan to have a finalized Fall 2020 course schedule ready by the last week in May. We are committed to providing you with the most up to date information by May 28, 2020. We are looking forward to a stellar fall semester and supporting your success in every possible way.

Lastly, please know that there is always the chance that our plan for Fall 2020 will be interrupted by a change in the COVID-19 crisis and/or a government-issued mandate. As we have continually stated, the health and safety of you and our faculty and staff will always remain our top priority.

Stay well!

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