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Summer Session Will Be Delivered In Remote Format

We are so proud of the work our students, faculty and students are doing to move from face-to-face instruction to fully remote coursework.  It has been no small undertaking by everyone involved!

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner.  Like many colleges and universities, Palomar College will still be in remote instruction mode through Summer 2020.  Check out our summer class schedule! Registration begins in less than two weeks on April 27.   As we look forward to the fall semester, we will continue to rely on guidance from our Governor, the state Chancellor’s Office and the County of San Diego Health Department.

On a separate note, our team is working on the final technological processes required to issue 50% refunds for parking permits purchased for the current semester.  We will not collect parking fees for the summer session.  Students who have chosen to withdrawal from a class will be issued refunds for the associated enrollment and applicable material fees.   We are aiming to complete the programming of these processes in the early part of next week.

Stay safe and stay well!

Update: April 4, 2020

We made it through the first week of remote learning and working.  It is inspiring to see how Palomar College, nearly 73 years young, remains strictly focused on the success of our students.  Our faculty have worked an endless number of hours to prepare their courses for remote delivery.  The entire College is adjusting to remote work environments and delivering high quality work.  There is not doubt we are in this together and the better we will become because of it.  Through our remote learning formats and social media we enjoyed seeing so many smiling faces this week.

The Chancellor’s Office has been providing great insight and support while we remain focused on student success.  In response, we have updated our policy on course withdrawals and grading policies.  It is important for students to consult with an academic counselor before making any decisions regarding a change to their current status.  Often times, there are financial aid implications that need to be addressed.  We are moving toward finalizing a process to refund enrollment fees, to respond to students who determine that they are unable to continue taking their course(s).  We appreciate your patience as this process will be communicated within the next two weeks.   Finally, we are committed to a partial refund of parking fees.  Refunds will be automated, credited to the student’s account and issued in the form in which the fee was collected (i.e. check, ACH).

Throughout these last few weeks, there were many incredible initiatives underway.  Every single effort is an example of how Palomar Makes It Possible.  Please check out the latest edition of Palomar News to read these wonderful stories.

Update: March 26, 2020 at 6:15 p.m.

Classes resume on Monday, March 30 – All courses delivered remotely.

(Updated March 29, 2020 at 6:15 p.m.)

Welcome back to the spring semester!  So much has changed for all of use in such a small amount of time.  There is no doubt we are all dealing with a little stress, maybe some fear and likely anxiety as we move forward in this new “stay at home” environment.  We can’t diminish our feelings without recognizing them and together we will find ways to continue to pursue our dreams and focus on the good around us.

At Palomar College there continues to be so much incredible work, time, and dedication focused on student success.  Hundreds of faculty have been working tirelessly to prepare their courses for remote delivery.  Staff have been working diligently to adjust to their new remote work environments and determining the best ways to continue to serve students.  Leading us to this day, there have been remarkable collaborative meetings, conversations and activities.

Together Palomar Makes It Possible!

Because we all have so much on our minds, it is always a good idea to re-state some reminders.  First and foremost, students should check their Palomar.edu email for messages from instructor(s) on how to engage remotely with their course(s).

  • All spring semester classes begin MONDAY, March 30, 2020.
  • Students who took an 8-week class at the beginning of the semester, will start to continue the last week of their course MONDAY, MARCH 30!
  • 4-week courses are also finishing up starting MONDAY, MARCH 30.
  • The 8-week classes that were scheduled to begin Monday, March 30, now begin on Monday, April 6, will be taught for 7-weeks and end on May 23.
  • The final 4-week course offerings scheduled to start on April 27 will begin as originally scheduled and end on May 23.

Students who have specific questions regarding courses, should please try to contact their instructor or department chairperson.

There is a ton of information in our Student FAQs and in our Quick Guide to Student Services.  The Palomar Foundation continues to support the technology needs of students.  Students who are in need of a computer, textbooks, or emergency funds, should complete the Foundation application for assistance found here.

We are very proud of our TeachAnywhere website where faculty can find best practices for remote learning and teaching, and tips for success.  Training for faculty is continuous and a schedule is available in the Professional Development portal.

Last but not least, an update regarding an amended course withdrawal policy will be delivered via email to all Palomar.edu emails later today.

Update: March 24, 2020 at 4:25 p.m.

It wasn’t too long ago that we announced our need to make the week of March 16 – 21, a non-instructional period to provide time for our faculty to prepare to deliver all courses in a remote format starting March 30.  Fast forward to March 19, when Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home order for an indefinite period of time.  First and foremost, we remain focused on student success and protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff.

We know that remote delivery of coursework has caused some angst among both our students and faculty.  Our faculty are to be commended on their time and dedication spent to prepare for remote teaching and student engagement.  We are continually updating our FAQ web pages for both students and faculty to include best practices for remote learning and teaching, and tips for success.  We are also adding resources to our Quick Guide To Student Services as they become available and known to us.

In partnership with our faculty and staff we have amended our academic calendar.  The details are contained below:

  1. Spring semester classes will begin again on March 30, 2020 and will be taught remotely; this could mean online via our Canvas platform, or web conference via Zoom, or by phone and/or email.  The last day of the Spring 2020 semester is May 23, 2020.  Sadly, commencement has been cancelled.
  2. Due to the declaration of March 16 – 21 as a non-instructional week, we interrupted the final week of 8-week classes and 4-week classes. This last week of coursework will start again on March 30 and end on Saturday, April 4.  Instructors will be reaching out to their students to provide more information.
  3. Students who are enrolled in 8-week classes for the remainder of the spring semester will start on April 6 and will last for only 7 weeks (April 6 – May 23).  This means that the same amount of work will be expected in a shorter period of time.
  4. 4-week courses that were scheduled to start on March 30 will begin on April 6 instead.
  5. The final 4-week course offerings scheduled to start on April 27 will begin as originally scheduled and end on May 23.

Students who have specific questions regarding courses, should please try to contact their instructor or department chairperson.

We are also working on reviewing and updating our processes regarding withdrawals and refunds.  This information will be made available during the week of March 30 and will soon be included in our FAQs.

 

Update: March 22, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

The College is closed for spring break from March 23 – March 28, 2020.  The College re-opens on Monday, March 30, 2020 and all classes will be delivered remotely.  Instructors will be contacting their students via email.  It is vitally important that students frequently check their palomar.edu email for updates.  Students who are seeking academic support or other basic need resources, should please visit the Student FAQs and our Quick Guide to Student Services.  Our faculty, student services staff and other departments are available to answer questions remotely and can be reached via email or phone.  Division and department directories are available on Palomar.edu.  We have designed a new TeachAnywhere website for our faculty which contains resources and FAQs.

Only essential personnel who are critical to the operations of the College will be given access to the main campus or Education Centers.

The Palomar College Foundation is accepting applications for Emergency Grants.  Students who are in need of assistance are required to complete an application.   If you would like to assist the Foundation in helping our students, please consider a  donation

Update: March 19, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.

In alignment with Governor Newsom’s Stay At Home order to all residents of California, we  will only allow essential personnel who are critical to the operations of the College to remain on campus after 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 20.   This action does not interrupt our plan to start the second half of our spring semester on March 30, with all classes delivered in a remote format.

Please continue reading the update posted below which outlines important details as we move forward and continue to make it possible for students, faculty and staff.

Update: March 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

It goes without saying that we were all hoping for a more traditional spring break; one that does not include worry or fear but instead the company of friends and family in places where community is celebrated.   We really hope that everyone will get re-charged next week and be ready to continue the spring semester on March 30.

It has been incredible to experience the hard work and commitment of our faculty, staff and administrators as we prepare for this unique situation and begin teaching all of our classes and labs in a remote format.  Students should monitor their Palomar.edu email frequently as this is the primary way instructors will reach out and provide details related to coursework.

We are continuing our commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and administrators. In doing so, effective immediately, we will no longer provide face-to-face student services.  In planning for this significant change, we have built processes that will enable us to continue to provide students with the support needed during the remainder of the semester.

Rest assured, student success remains our focus.  In result, we have added a few new resources on the Palomar.edu homepage.  These include a Quick Guide to Student Services and Student FAQs.  For our faculty we have a new TeachAnywhere website that contain resources and FAQs for a myriad of topics.

We are looking forward to March 30 as we begin a new chapter in the history of Palomar College.

Update: March 13 at 6:20 p.m.

In continuation of our efforts to minimize and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there will be no classes held online or on-campus from March 16 through March 21, 2020.

Students enrolled in an accredited program (Nursing, Fire, Police, EMT, Dental), please contact the department chair of your area for more information regarding your classes.  Our Student Support Services will remain open at the main campus, with normal hours on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.  The Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido and Fallbrook will have limited services available on Monday March 16 and will be closed the remainder of the week.  The library, tutoring services and the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will offer limited hours of service.  These schedules will be posted by the end of Monday, March 16.  Behavioral health counselors continue to remain available all week.  To speak with a counselor or schedule an appointment, students can call (760) 891-7531. Student Health Center medical staff will also remain available and can be reached at (760) 891-7530.  For health and safety reasons, it is important that students call the Health Center prior to coming in.

The College is working toward finalizing a modified work schedule for employees.  Monday, March 16 continues to be a workday for employees.  More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. If employees have questions, they should contact their manager, supervisor, Dean, and/or program chair.

Update: March 16, 2020

The health, safety and success of our students remains our top priority.  During this unprecedented time, we have implemented the following for our students.

Quick Guide to Student Services:  This guide provides  a comprehensive list of resources that students may find helpful as they navigate the process of taking courses online.  The Guide is available here.

Emergency Computer Distribution Program:  We are also very aware that not all of our students have a computer and access to the Internet, making it difficult to succeed in their online coursework.  Thankfully, our Foundation has been able to secure funding to provide computers to students who do not have a viable operational computer.  The supplies are limited and students will need to complete an application to begin the process of receiving a free computer.

Anita & Stan Maag Food & Nutrition Center:  This week, Monday through Friday, the Food & Nutrition Center will be open
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  We have implemented heightened hygiene guidelines which require Center staff to assist patrons in selecting items.  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a cart with food items will be placed in front of the Library/LRC.  In addition, we now have Online Ordering (all items based on availability). Our team will notify individuals when the order is ready for pick up.  The Center will be closed on weekends and during spring break.  However, a list of food and nutrition resources is available in the Quick Guide to Student Services.  The Center is preparing to reopen on Monday, March 30, unless otherwise determined.

Commencement  We know that Commencement is the culmination of a ton of hard work, a lack of sleep, and due to a lot of support from family, friends, faculty, staff and fellow students. We are disheartened  to share that we have canceled the 2020 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 22.  Our decision is based on our determination to do everything that we can to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The information we have been provided by public health experts indicates that our region will continue to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout this semester and we feel the cancellation of this year-end celebration is the best action we can take to support the health and safety of our region.  All Palomar College graduates, should remain on the lookout for a congratulatory message from the Acting Superintendent/President that will outline the next steps in receiving your diploma cover and commemorative chords, stoles and program.  

Update: March 12 at 6:40 p.m.

The health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff are top priorities of administrators and the Board of Trustees of the Palomar Community College District.  While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Palomar College, there are 5 presumptive positive cases within San Diego County. These cases are currently being analyzed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The risk to our campus remains low at this time and it is important that a focus remain on maintaining personal hygiene and if students, faculty and staff are feeling ill, they should stay home.

The Emergency Operations Center is engaged and planning is occurring daily to prepare for any closure that may be required in the future. The Teams are working on increasing the availability of hand sanitizer and appropriate cleansing wipes for high traffic areas such as computer labs and tutoring centers.

Our goal is to minimize and mitigate opportunities for exposure as much as possible. In abundance of caution the following mandates are now in place at Palomar College.

Most Face-To-Face Classes Will Be Taught Using an Alternate Method of Delivery
Last evening, in collaboration with our Faculty Senate President, we filed the required paperwork with the Chancellor’s Office so that we can continue to serve our students in an environment that reduces the spread of COVID-19. This morning we received approval from the Chancellor’s Office. Effective March 30, 2020, most of our face-to-face classes will be taught using an alternative method of instruction, e.g., online, by conference call, or by email. Faculty will be asked to announce this information to their students during the week of March 16 or by Palomar email. Faculty will need to determine the best approach in addressing lab, clinical, and internship requirements as these may need to continue with limited face-to-face interactions. Current Disability Resource Center (DRC) students or a student who anticipates requiring specific accommodations to attend class in another format (e.g., online, conference call, phone, or email), will work directly with the DRC to address their needs.  A TeachAnywhere website containing a variety of resources is available to faculty and staff.  To prepare for this change, Palomar College faculty who teach face-to-face courses, will be provided two full days on March 18 and March 19 to prepare.  Face-to-face classes taught on these two days will not be held.

Low-Cost Internet Plan and Emergency Grants
We are aware that some of our students may not have the appropriate access to participate in class from their home. Based on the research conducted by our Foundation, we identified a low cost $10/month, free installation internet plan from AT&T. The plan is available for people with one member in the household using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Details are available here.  The Foundation is accepting emergency grant applications from students who need assistance with technology, internet access, work-gap challenges or essential needs.  Grants range from $100-$250 and the application is available on the Foundation website.

Modified Staffing Model
Due to the change in face-to-face course delivery, the District will be moving to a modified staffing model as well. Our Human Resource Services colleagues will be working collaboratively with constituent groups to formalize the model.

Palomar College Business Related Travel
To ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, effective immediately, all business travel (in California, out-of-state, and international) for students and employees is suspended until further notice.

Personal Travel
With spring break quickly approaching, the College has asked all students, faculty, and staff to consult the websites of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department in order to make informed decisions about travel.

Large Public Gatherings
Effective March 16, 2020, events scheduled at the Main Campus in San Marcos and at our Education Centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook, with more than 100 people in attendance are canceled until further notice. For events with less than 100 people, event organizers are required to implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. (source: Public Gatherings Policy – Governor Newsom)

A decision regarding commencement on May 22 is pending.  Athletic events will continue as scheduled, however no spectators will be allowed into the facility/field.

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