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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

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 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!

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

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!

Special Announcement: Virtual Commencement Celebration is in Planning Stages

For the first time in Palomar College’s 74-year history, commencement will be presented online in a ceremony tentatively scheduled for mid-June and produced in partnership with the Student Life and Leadership Department and the institution’s award-winning Palomar College Television (PCTV).

We previously announced that commencement would not be held due to the COVID-19 social distancing measures.  Our decision for a virtual event is centered on celebrating student success in every way possible.  We know the time and dedication it takes for our students to complete their degree or certificate and we won’t let COVID-19 stop us from celebrating.   We are hard at work at defining the virtual event.

We will alert all qualified graduates via their Palomar email of the details as soon as possible.  For now, students should begin thinking about what photo they want included in the ceremony and who to invite to their commencement watch party!  Stay safe!  Stay well!

Palomar Responds to Need for Trained Public Safety Personnel

Responding to guidance from state officials directing crucial first-responder training programs to continue, the Palomar College Police and Fire Academies, and Paramedic Training and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs will recommence face-to-face instruction beginning May 4.  In doing so, the College will follow all protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and county health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to strictly limit nonessential personnel at the main campus and Escondido Education Center.

Recent guidance from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office stated, “We strongly recommend that colleges work to sustain courses that directly support the essential infrastructure sectors, especially healthcare and first responders.”   Similarly, under Executive Order N-33-20, California Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted the importance of “workers and instructors supporting academies and training facilities and courses for the purpose of graduating students and cadets.”

The State Fire Marshal and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)—the accrediting agencies for Palomar’s fire and police programs—have affirmed the college’s plans to continue face-to-face instruction.  The California Emergency Medical Authority recently issued several revised policy changes that approve the use of fidelity simulation, scenarios, and other innovative educational environments as substitutes for the clinical and field internship training for paramedic and EMT training programs. This will allow the two programs to complete their training-in-progress this spring and summer.

The decision to reopen these programs was made with great consideration for the state of emergency we currently face, and the ongoing need for front-line public safety personnel.  Before recommencing training, we have ensured that we will be able to follow all recommendations to provide a medically safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Palomar’s Police Academy suspended operations on March 19, with the current class in its third week of training. The trainees will resume classroom instruction on May 4, and will meet for two weeks at the Palomar College Police Department building on the main campus, with three additional dates when cadets will be on campus for defensive tactical training. Thereafter, the academy will resume at its usual location off Santar Place.

Starting May 4, each EMT student will complete 10 high fidelity simulations in lieu of 24 hours of clinical patient contacts. On June 1, students in the Paramedic training program will resume completion of lab hours, including the use of simulation equipment. Both programs will be taught at the Escondido Education Center.

The Palomar College Fire Academy is currently providing coursework in a remote format; starting May 18, the program will resume face-to-face instruction at the public safety training center off Santar Place in San Marcos.

Students, instructors and staff will be asked to sign affidavits of willful participation when the academy recommences, and participants will have the ability to opt out and restart their training in 2021, per POST regulations.

Update on Refund of Fees

It has been three weeks since we started the second half of the spring semester and we know that all of our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to create engaging online classrooms.   We also realize that the remote delivery of coursework may not be ideal for all of our students.  We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a myriad of unexpected changes and the priorities of our students maybe shifting as necessary.  In result, beginning April 22, refunds will be issued if students have chosen to drop any of their courses.

To receive a refund, students do not need to take any specific actions.  The following types of fees will be automatically refunded: enrollment ($46 per unit); non-resident tuition ($265 per unit); non-resident capital outlay fee ($5 per unit). The unused portion of material fees will be refunded as well, and the amounts are currently being evaluated on a course by course basis.  If fees were paid via cash, check, ACH, or through the payment plan, a check will be issued to the student.  Checks will be sent out each Friday to the mailing address we have on file. If fees were paid by credit card, the refund will be credited to the credit card used at the time.

In addition, students who purchased a parking permit will receive a 50% refund.  Checks will be issued for parking permit refunds and sent to the mailing address we have on file.  Please know, due to transaction processing timelines, it may take up to two weeks for the credit to be applied to credit card accounts or for a check to be received.

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