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Palomar College Aligns Guidance with Cal/OSHA

Unless otherwise stipulated below, in order to comply with Cal/OSHA regulations, effective immediately through August 16, 2021, or until further CalOSHA Guidance, the following are required for essential employees who are approved to work on campus:

For Fully Vaccinated Employees

By definition, an individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19, after two weeks or more have passed since receiving their second dose in a 2-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J/Janssen) vaccine.

  1. Please send your proof of vaccination to benefits@palomar.edu if you haven’t already done so. You will receive a confirmation email from Human Resources once received.
  2. Once you have sent your proof of vaccination to Human Resources, you do not need to wear a mask/facial covering on campus but may wish to do so in large group settings etc.

For Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated Employees

You must wear a mask/facial covering indoors unless:

  • You are alone in a room or vehicle,
  • You are eating or drinking,
  • You have an approved accommodation from Human Resources,
  • Your job duties make a face covering unfeasible or creates a workplace hazard.

If not fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask outside and maintain physical distance, but may wish to do so.

To read the memo in its entirety, employees can do so at this link.

Vaccination Opportunity on June 19 at the Main Campus in San Marcos

Great news!  Our partner, Neighborhood Healthcare, will host a vaccination event in the Dome at the main campus in San Marcos on Saturday, June 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  You must use the MyTurn link and follow the directions stated below.  This vaccination event is open to all Palomar College employees and students, and the general public who are 12 years and older.  Stay well!

  1. Go to https://myturn.ca.gov/
  2. Complete the basic information requested and use one of the following zip codes to locate this event:  92024. 92029, 92069, 92078, 92079 or 92096
  3. Select your vaccine and schedule your appointment – Neighborhood Healthcare will distribute the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

 

Palomar College Return to Campus Plan Update

Status as of June 15

  • As of June 15, the stay-at-home order in California ends and new guidelines on physical distancing, facial coverings, and capacity limitations for businesses begin.
  • On June 17, Cal-OSHA is scheduled to approve guidance for employers.  Once this guidance is published, the College will issue an update to employees and students.
  • On July 6, the Governing Board will conduct a second reading of recommended revisions to BP/AP 5210 Communicable Disease (students) and BP/AP 7330 Communicable Disease (employees) to give the District the ability to create a Vaccination and Immunization Plan in the event of an epidemic or pandemic.
  • The collective bargaining negotiation process to discuss the impacts of BP/AP 5210 and BP/AP 7330 on working conditions, including legal exemptions from a vaccine mandate, are underway.
  • Our facilities department partnered with an engineering firm to do an analysis of air quality and HVAC systems in all campus and education center buildings. All required repairs and upgrades will be complete by the end of summer.
  • Every department was asked to submit Summer 2021 and/or Fall 2021 Return to Work plans to our Emergency Operations Center.
  • On June 4, the Emergency Operations Center and Policy Team reviewed and finalized all of the plans received to date.
  • Our technology team is installing required audio visual equipment in conference rooms and in some classrooms for continued ZOOM usage.
  • We will continue to ensure access to vaccines for students and employees.
  • We will determine the most efficient and effective approach to COVID-19 testing on campus.
  • We are in the process of determining the most efficient and effective approach to collecting the appropriate data on vaccinations while abiding by HIPAA requirements.
  • We will modify the campus Return to Campus plan as relevant guidance is gained from federal, state and regional public health agencies.

Please visit this page frequently as updates to our plan are made available regularly.

Return to Campus Planning in Progress

Palomar College is currently planning within a phased approach to repopulating the main campus and education centers in Fallbrook, Rancho Bernardo, and Escondido for the summer term and fall semester.  The phased strategy allows for employees to return to on-campus work throughout the summer in preparation for the fall 2021 semester, when more onsite courses will be offered.  All employees should be in contact with their supervisor to plan accordingly and they can find frequently asked questions here.

Students can register for both summer and fall courses now and open classes can be found here.  Both our counseling office and financial aid professionals are available at our Virtual Front Desk.  Student FAQs are available here and a Quick Guide To Student Resources is available at this link.

 

 

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.

 

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