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.

 

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, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Purpose:  The service is provided so that students will be able to access their courses, join virtual study groups, conduct research for assignments, and take exams.

General Guidelines and Information:

  • To protect the health and safety of our faculty, students, and staff, all individuals entering the Palomar College campus must be screened for a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more, and symptoms of COVID-19.  A screening station is open at the entrance of lot 12.  Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or those with a fever will be unable to access the campus.
  • Students accessing the Palomar College wireless network are to remain in their vehicle at all times when on site, and access will be limited to the second floor of the parking structure.
  • Power sources, outlets or charging stations will not be available.
  • Gender-neutral restroom facilities are available in the lobby of the Campus Police Station, located on the south end of the parking structure.
  • The Wi-Fi network will not be accessible beyond the hours of operation stated above.

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 of courses will remain online.  Please view the Spring 2021 update to find a list of programs that will have face-to-face courses.  Students may find a list here of courses with space available.  All student services will be available at our Virtual Front Desk starting January 4.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

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 decisions are made, we will update all impacted individuals.

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 the start of the Order on Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect for at least the next three weeks.

What does this mean for Palomar College? The health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff remain top priorities of administrators and the Board of Trustees of the Palomar Community College District.  While our expectations were that the COVID-19 virus would be more contained by this time, it is apparent that the situation has dramatically worsened since the Governor’s initial stay at home order in March 2020.  Throughout this state of emergency, we have reiterated the College’s right to amend class schedules and essential work being done at the main campus and education centers. This continues to be the case today.

Through the dedicated work of our faculty and staff, it is obvious that we remain committed to the success of our students.  In doing so, the current schedule of classes will remain as is for the remainder of the fall semester, unless further constraints are required per additional emergency orders.

We will close for our scheduled winter break on December 22.  The winter intersession begins on January 4, and all classes will be delivered online with the continued exception of our Public Health & Safety courses.  Due to the current state of the pandemic in San Diego County, the Instruction Office is diligently working with deans and faculty to amend the previously announced Spring 2021 schedule of face-to-face courses.  This information will be released in the coming days.  As a College, we are working with our classified union to extend our Fall 2020 MOU to continue to operate within the same modified staffing model as we have done since March 2020.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains in active status and will continue its important work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, and staff, and issue any new directives as needed under the Regional Stay Home Order.  Please continue to monitor this website and your Palomar email for updates.  Daily communication will be issued to employees from the Office of the President, Public Information Office, and our social media channels.

Please also recognize that the important work of our Foundation continues.  The most recent fundraising efforts have replenished the Foundation’s emergency grant fund. The application for students needing assistance is available on the Foundation website.

Lastly, we must reiterate once again – your health and safety are incredibly important. Please follow all of the current restrictions as contained in the Regional Stay Home Order, wear a facial covering, maintain social distancing, avoid gatherings outside of your immediate closed circle, and practice good personal hygiene.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

 

 

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 lot 12 at the main campus to pick your items.

If you experience any issues with the form, please email library@palomar.edu.  Or, you can connect with the library via the Library Zoom Room, Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note: Items from the San Marcos Reserve and Reference collections are not available at this time.  Materials from the libraries at the Escondido Education Center, the Rancho Bernardo Education Center, and Fallbrook Education Center, are also not available.

Stay well!

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 are required to go to the Police Department headquarters in lot 12 and call the phone number on the lobby window to notify Department personnel of your arrival.  A member of the Department will conduct the necessary screening.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Fall 2020 Grading Policy Announced

It is with student success in mind that our administrators and faculty leaders have updated our fall semester withdrawal and grading policies and the associated deadlines.  Our intention is to provide students with the flexibility that may be needed, while we continue to deliver the majority of our courses remotely.  The policy, established with guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, provides deadlines for dropping a course with an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and grade changes from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass (P/NP).  You can find the information here in English and in Spanish.

Stay safe!  Stay well!

Spring 2021 Semester Announcement

There has been measurable progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County.   However, we are reminded by San Diego County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, to continue to abide by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, and observe all regional public health orders, so that we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of this disease.

With the above stated, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protect the health and safety of you, our faculty, and staff.   For the Spring 2021 semester, we will offer a class schedule that will be mostly online.  However, we are planning to offer more onsite classes than we are currently offering.  The following programs will offer both online and onsite courses:

Policy Academy
Fire Academy
EME/Paramedics
Nursing
Dental Assisting
Cabinet and Furniture Technology
Welding
Diesel Mechanics Technology
Auto Body and Auto Tech
Air Conditioning
Water Technology
Wastewater Technology
Drone Technology

In addition, our BIOL 212 course will be offered face-to-face.  We are awaiting guidelines from the California Community College Athletics Association to inform the way in which competitive athletics and training programs may be offered.

College administrators continue to reserve the right to revise this schedule dependent upon the status of the pandemic in our region. We will do our best to keep you updated as thoroughly as possible.

Please stay safe and stay well!

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!