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COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of Palomar College students and employees remains a priority.

Effective May 31, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required for students and employees to be onsite at the main campus or education centers.  Students no longer need to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to register for onsite courses.  However, Palomar College continues to encourage full COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees.  Facial coverings are strongly recommended for indoor use.

Current COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2022 Health and Safety Guidance 

Palomar College continues to remain focused on the health and safety of all students and employees.  The College will continue to monitor COVID-19 related data, and if necessary, our health and safety guidance will be updated.  Although not required to be onsite, vaccination remains the top preventative measure against COVID-19.  The College continues to recommend… Continue Reading Fall 2022 Health and Safety Guidance 

Archive Posts

Facial Covering and Daily Health Screening Required for Spring Semester

Tuesday, February 22 marks the start of onsite teaching, learning, and work for faculty, students, and staff. Palomar College has a continued focus on the health and safety of our students and employees. The following is a summary of our health and safety requirements: Facial Coverings are required indoors regardless of vaccination status until further… Continue Reading Facial Covering and Daily Health Screening Required for Spring Semester

Spring ’22 Update: Face-to-Face Lecture Classes are Virtual January 31 – February 21

The health and safety of our students and employees are our main priority.  Due to COVID-19 illnesses and prescribed quarantines due to exposure, the College is experiencing operational challenges.  Like many other institutions in the State, the College has determined it is necessary to give our employees time to make their health a priority, before… Continue Reading Spring ’22 Update: Face-to-Face Lecture Classes are Virtual January 31 – February 21

Spring ’22 Registration is Open – Proof of Vaccination Required for Onsite Classes & Services

Students must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before registering for Spring 2022 onsite classes.  Here is a guide in English and in Spanish to upload the required documents.  Students may also submit a request for a medical or religious exemption.  Instructions are contained in the guides provided above.   Spring ’22 classes begin January 31, 2022. NOTE: … Continue Reading Spring ’22 Registration is Open – Proof of Vaccination Required for Onsite Classes & Services

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Flu Shots Available

Effective October 11, students taking face-to-face classes and employees working onsite must provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the College.  Palomar College Student Health Services and Champions for Health are hosting the following vaccination opportunity for Palomar College students, employees and their families. Thursday, November… Continue Reading COVID-19 Vaccinations and Flu Shots Available

Vaccination Policy for Students and Employees is Effective October 11

Effective October 11, students taking face-to-face classes and employees working onsite must provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the College.  Students and employees with an approved medical or religious exemption will undergo a required weekly diagnostic screening for COVID-19.  The screenings are at no cost… Continue Reading Vaccination Policy for Students and Employees is Effective October 11

Parking Update – No Parking Fees for Fall 2021 semester

We hope your fall semester is going well and that you are staying safe and healthy.  We reviewed our on-campus parking policy and we have determined during the Fall 2021 semester, no parking fees will be charged to students who are required to visit the main campus or one of the Palomar College Education Centers.… Continue Reading Parking Update – No Parking Fees for Fall 2021 semester

Clarification Issued on COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Employees and Students

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… Continue Reading Clarification Issued on COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Employees and Students

Vaccination and Diagnostic Testing Notification

As you are likely aware, the Pfizer vaccine was fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, August 23.  This action by the FDA triggers the activation of the Palomar College Vaccination and Immunization Plans for all employees and students taking face-to-face courses. As originally designed, the District’s COVID-19 Vaccination and… Continue Reading Vaccination and Diagnostic Testing Notification

Palomar College Releases COVID-19 Recovery Plan for Fall 2021

The Palomar College COVID-19 Recovery Plan (PCCRP) is designed to support a safe and healthy return to on-campus work and learning beginning in Fall 2021.  We have also updated our Return to Campus Frequently Asked Questions.  You can find them here.  It is important to note, the PCCRP will be updated as the status of the… Continue Reading Palomar College Releases COVID-19 Recovery Plan for Fall 2021

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… Continue Reading Palomar College Aligns Guidance with Cal/OSHA

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,… Continue Reading Vaccination Opportunity on June 19 at the Main Campus in San Marcos

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.… Continue Reading Palomar College Return to Campus Plan Update

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… Continue Reading Return to Campus Planning in Progress

Food Distribution Event Announced

Palomar College will host a food distribution event at the Fallbrook Education Center.  The event is free and open to the general public. Friday, July 9 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Fallbrook Education Center, 35090 Horse Ranch Creek Road, in Fallbrook Community Partner:  Feeding San Diego Registration is required.  Find More Information Here  

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,… Continue Reading Status of Standardized Testing at Palomar College

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… Continue Reading Pharmacy and Grocery Chains Help to Expand Access to Vaccinations

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… Continue Reading Hours of Operation Update for Temperature and COVID-19 screening stations

Free Wi-Fi Access in Lot 12 – Starts February 1!

Starting on Monday, February 1, free access to Wi-Fi will be available on the second floor of the parking structure, adjacent to lot 12.  The parking structure can be accessed through the campus entrance off of Los Posas Road and Aveneda Azul. Hours of Operation: Wi-Fi access will be available to students Monday through Thursday,… Continue Reading Free Wi-Fi Access in Lot 12 – Starts February 1!

Winter Break Dec. 18, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

The main campus in San Marcos, and Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo, Fallbrook, and Escondido are closed for winter break until January 3, 2021.  Intersession begins on January 4, 2021.  Students can still enroll in intersession.  A list of available courses can be found here.  The Spring 2021 semester begins on February 1.  The majority… Continue Reading Winter Break Dec. 18, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

Update on Palomar College Athletics

In our commitment to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and administrators, and in agreement with the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, Palomar College  will not pursue athletic competitions in “early spring” 2021.  We will be examining the opportunity to participate in the athletic competitions taking place in “late spring” 2021.  As… Continue Reading Update on Palomar College Athletics

Regional Stay Home Order Goes Into Effect

As you are likely aware, Governor Newsom recently issued a Regional Stay Home Order (Order) triggered by a threshold of ICU bed availability in the region.  San Diego County is included in the Southern California region along with 10 other counties.  On Friday evening, the Southern California region fell below the 15% threshold, which activates… Continue Reading Regional Stay Home Order Goes Into Effect

Curbside Pick-Up Library Resources Available to Students, Faculty and Staff

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… Continue Reading Curbside Pick-Up Library Resources Available to Students, Faculty and Staff

Change in Hours of Operation – Temperature and Symptom Screening Stations

Effective Monday, October 19, the hours of operation for the temperature and symptom screening stations at the San Marcos campus will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students or employees arriving to the campus when the stations are closed… Continue Reading Change in Hours of Operation – Temperature and Symptom Screening Stations

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… Continue Reading Important Changes to Fall Semester Course Schedule

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)… Continue Reading COVID-19 Temperature and Symptom Screening Begins on July 20

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… Continue Reading Deadlines Extended for Excused Withdrawals and Pass/No Pass Grading

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… Continue Reading Special Announcement: Virtual Commencement Celebration is in Planning Stages

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… Continue Reading Palomar Responds to Need for Trained Public Safety Personnel

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… Continue Reading Update: March 16, 2020

Update: March 9, 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the top priority of College administrators and the District Board of Trustees. Currently, there is one presumptive positive COVID-19 case in San Diego County.  The test results are awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   There are no identifiable risks… Continue Reading Update: March 9, 2020