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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 that all employees and students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Vaccination events are held regularly, and the schedule is available on this webpage.   In addition, facial coverings are also no longer required indoors, however, they are highly recommended. 

District Wide COVID-19 Mitigation and Prevention Initiatives
Contact Your Instructor(s) If You Do Not Feel Well
If you are not feeling well, please do not come to class, contact your instructor, and follow the guidance in this flowchart.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the COVID- 19 Questionnaire.  A member of our student health services team will contact you.  The information you provide in the questionnaire is confidential.  The questionnaire provides necessary information to the College to provide guidance, and issue the required notifications should an exposure take place on District property.  If you have COVID-19 or other health related questions, please call Student Health Services at 760-891-7530.

Daily Health Questionnaire Required
All employees, students and visitors are required to answer the daily health questionnaire in Cleared4 prior to coming on-site to the main campus or education centers.  Students and employees will use their personal Cleared4 link. 

  • You can find your link in your Palomar College Student email. You should see an email from no-reply@cleared4work.com.  This email contains your PERSONAL link.  DO NOT forward it to anyone else.
  • Upon first use, you will be required to register some of your personal information.
  • Thereafter, on a daily basis you will need to take the survey to update your health
  • On a weekly basis, you will be asked to complete the entire health screening

COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits are Available
Free COVID-19 antigen test kits are available at Student Health Services (HC building).  Please call 760-891-7530, before you pick up a test kit.

Campus Monitor Check-In stations are set up at each of our libraries by the front entry.
Students and visitors will be required to show their Cleared4 clearance to obtain a daily clearance bracelet, from the Campus Monitors, when visiting the libraries.  Employees may ask students to see their Cleared4 pass.

Increased Signage and Safety Measures
Signage is placed at entries and high traffic areas to notify all students, employees, and visitors of the recommendation to wear a facial covering indoors.  In addition, our facilities department has provided additional safety measures at all campus locations, these include: 

  • Hand sanitizer stations in high traffic areas at the main campus and education centers
  • Air scrubbers/purifiers in buildings which were identified as needing additional circulation
  • Frequent cleaning of high use and touch areas (bathrooms, handles, etc.).
  • Plexiglass/Protective barriers

Monkey Pox State of Emergency
On August 9, 2022, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors ratified a state of emergency due to the outbreak of Monkey Pox in the region.  To date, the College is not aware of any Monkey Pox cases impacting students or employees.  While the risk of contracting monkeypox for the public remains very low, it is important to be aware of the facts and primary preventative tactics found here on this factsheet.  If you think you have the monkeypox rash and want to get tested, or have any health concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 San Diego for information. 

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.  

 

 

Summer Vaccination Events Planned

COVID-19 vaccination events are planned for the months of July and August.  These events are open to Palomar College students, employees, friends and family members.   Please take note of the information below.  You can also find the information on the COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.  Stay well!

Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Escondido Education Center in room ESC-700
Registration is required.  Please click on the appropriate link below dependent upon your need:
COVID -19 Dose #1
COVID-19 Dose #2
COVID-19 Booster Doses

Registration information is pending for the following events:
Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the main campus in San Marcos in room LRC-116
Tuesday, August 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Escondido Education Center in room ESC-700

Palomar College Student Health and Safety Update

As we enter the final stretch of the spring semester, we want to share some updates about the health and safety requirements that will be in place during the summer and fall terms.

Facial Coverings Are Optional Starting May 31 but Strongly Recommended
Starting at the beginning of summer session on Tuesday, May 31, facial coverings will no longer be required in indoor spaces at the main campus or education centers. However, for your protection, it is strongly recommended that you continue to wear a facial covering indoors.  For those who wish to continue wearing facial coverings, the District will make them available.

Per healthcare setting regulations, our Health Services department will continue to require facial coverings indoors.

Although we may hold different opinions, our expectation is that every one of our students, staff, and visitors will be treated with respect, civility, and understanding.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is No Longer Required to Register for Summer and Fall Onsite Courses
The Vaccination and Immunization Plan, which created the requirement for vaccinations, will sunset on May 31, 2022. As a result, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to register for summer and fall onsite courses at the main campus or education centers.   In addition, onsite COVID-19 testing stations will no longer be available beginning May 31, 2022.

Don’t forget – priority registration begins on May 9 and open registration begins on May 16.  If you have any questions regarding course selection or need assistance of any kind, please visit the Student Success webpage to find contact information for your student services team or email studenthelp@palomar.edu.

Cleared4 Daily Health Screening Required
For the summer and fall terms, all students and employees are required to use the Cleared4 daily health screening and be cleared to be onsite BEFORE coming to the campus or education centers.  Here is specific information on using the Cleared4 daily health screening:

  • In your palomar.edu email, locate and open Welcome email from no-reply@cleared4work.com or a text message from 833-635-1086.
  • The link contained in the Welcome email is YOUR PERSONAL LINK. Please do not forward this link to anyone. It contains information specific to you.
  • Click on the link and register your personal information.
  • You will be able to set your preferences to receive daily reminders via email or text.
  • Please look for the daily reminder and take the survey before coming to campus or education centers.

Continued COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
For those who may have concerns about facial covering guidance changes, I want to assure you that we still have other COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place.

  • The District requires those who are not feeling well to stay home and report illnesses through the COVID-19 questionnaire at this link. The COVID-19 Response Action Team (CRAT) will continue to manage COVID-19 cases on the main campus and education centers.
  • Cleared4 Daily Health Screening is required.
  • Upgrades to the air-filtration systems are complete.
  • Facial coverings will be made available to any member of the campus community.

While we know these updates contain welcome news for some who have been eager to reach this milestone, we also recognize that it may cause anxiety for others.  Below are resources to assist you.

  • Students with general questions or concerns may contact vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.
  • Students in need of Behavioral Health Counseling Services (BHCS), including consultation and confidential mental health services, should call (760) 891-7531 or emailbhcs@palomar.edu.

As we continue to move forward together, the District remains committed to supporting our students, employees, and community and ensuring they feel safe and valued. Administrators will continue to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and consult with local public health officials for the Fall 2022 semester and beyond and adjust as necessary.

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 notice.
The one exception is that fully vaccinated individuals working alone in their office may remove their facial covering.  This requirement is in alignment with other colleges and K-12 school districts in the region. 

Daily Health Questionnaire Required
All employees, students and visitors are required to answer the daily health questionnaire in Cleared4 prior to coming on-site to the main campus or education centers. Students and employees will use their personal Cleared4 link, visitors can use the QR code or link found here. Campus Monitor Check-In stations will be deployed on February 28, 2022; locations and operating hours can be viewed here. Students, employees, and visitors will be required to show their Cleared4 clearance to obtain a daily clearance bracelet.

Staying Healthy

  • If you do not feel well or have COVID like symptoms, you should stay home and complete the COVID- 19 Questionnaire.  Students should inform their instructors, and employees should inform their supervisor, if they are ill.
  • Employees and students can test at a COVID-19 PCR testing site at the main campus or education centers, upon return or after travel, as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.  Appointments are required and must be made using Cleared4.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days should not pursue a COVID-19 PCR test due to the high likelihood of a positive result, even though you are no longer symptomatic or contagious. However, students and employees are encouraged to take a COVID-19 antigen test, prior to returning to the campus or education centers.   If your antigen test result is positive, please upload the result to Cleared4. You can find the upload instructions here.  Palomar College will distribute free antigen tests to employees and students during the week of February 28.

Students who have questions can email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu, and employees should address their questions to their supervisor.   We are looking forward to a safe and healthy remainder of the Spring semester.  Stay well!

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 returning to onsite work to serve our students.

Due to this,
all face-to-face lecture classes will be taught virtually from January 31 – February 21*.  On February 22, Face-to-face lecture classes will resume in-person and employees will return to onsite work


*
Please note, public safety, workforce programs and hard-to-convert-labs will proceed Face-to-Face as originally planned, unless otherwise indicated.   


How Does This Decision Impact Employees?
Employees should refer to the January 19, 2022 correspondence from Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Human Resource Services or contact their supervisor for guidance.

How Does This Decision Impact Students?
 
  • Instructors teaching Face-to-Face lecture classes that are impacted by this decision will contact students with details.  
  • Students may also receive a text message notification regarding changes to your schedule, if applicable. 
  • Students are encouraged to check their Palomar.edu student email daily and log into the MyPalomar student portal to view updates on class schedules. 
Available Student Services 
  • The Service Now Desk in the foyer of the Student Services building will be open on the following dates and times, pending staff availability.
    Monday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Thursday, January 27, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Student Services will also be present in the Student Union Quad as a part of the Comet Together event on January 31 and February 1.  
  • All currently scheduled virtual student services will continue.  Please visit the Student Success website for available services and hours of operation.

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:  all face-to-face classes will be held in a remote format from January 31 – February 22.  Face-to-Face classes will resume in person on February 22.

Information regarding applying to Palomar College and enrolling in classes can be found here.

All Palomar College services at the San Marcos campus and education centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook will be available Monday – Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning February 22.  Virtual services will be available each Friday.

Please note:
Daily health check-ins through the Cleared4 platform are required.  Learn more about Cleared4 here.
Facial coverings are required at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Those with approved vaccine exemptions will be required to test weekly for COVID-19.

 

Palomar Student Vaccination Documentation Events

As of October 11, all students enrolled in a face-to-face course and employees working onsite, are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical of religious exemption.

Students may submit their proof of vaccination at the Teaching and Learning Center on the main campus between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 9 and 10 and November 16, 17 and 18.

Students unable to attend the event, may submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption through the My Palomar Student Portal.  Specific instructions to do so are available here in English and here in Spanish.

Those with an approved exemption are required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  If you are unable to complete one of the above requirements, please email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.

Employees may submit their proof of vaccination or request a religious or medical exemption to the Human Resource Services benefits team at benefits@palomar.edu.

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 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Student Quad at the main campus in San Marcos
Flu Shots and COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Special Drop-off Events for Proof of Vaccination

If you are a student taking face-to-face classes this semester or plan to do so in the future, you are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination, or request the approval of a medical or religious exemption. 

Here are two ways to do so:

  1. Join us at one of our onsite events on October 11 – October 14 , from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the main campus, outside the Student Services Center (SSC) and turn in your documentation or file for an exemption.  We will have food/snacks available as well as FREE Palomar Giveaways!
  2. Submit your proof/file for an exemption online through the My Palomar Student Portal. Specific instructions to do so are available in English and in Spanish.

 

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 and will take place on the main campus and education centers.  A schedule of screening locations and times is pending.

Students can upload their vaccination information or request a religious or medical exemption by using this guide in English and in Spanish.

Employees who desire to request an exemption from the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for medical reasons, must complete this employee medical exemption form.  Those seeking an exemption for religious reasons, should complete the employee religious exemption form.  Employees who have been fully vaccinated, but have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, can send proof to Human Resources in one of three ways:
1. (PREFERRED) Send an email to benefits@palomar.edu. In the subject line, enter “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”, and include your name, employee ID#, and proof.
2. U.S. Mail: Palomar College (Attn: Benefits Office), 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
3. Fax: (760) 761-3530
If you have lost or misplaced your physical vaccination card, please visit Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov) to obtain a replacement digital copy of your vaccination card for submission. You may also call the site you received your vaccination to request an additional physical vaccination card.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our learning and working environments safe.

 

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.

Your success is our top priority!   Please connect with Student Services to address your needs.  Don’t forget we have a Quick Guide to Student Resources designed to point you in the right direction on a variety of topics, including emergency food and housing assistance.  You may also find additional information in our Student FAQs section of our website.

Stay well!

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 vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption.  Those with an approved exemption will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  Testing will be made available at the main campus in San Marcos and at the education centers in Fallbrook, Escondido, and Rancho Bernardo.  There is no cost for testing and will be scheduled during campus hours of operation.  The testing schedule details are forthcoming.

Employees who desire to request an exemption from the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for medical reasons, must complete this employee medical exemption form.  Those seeking an exemption for religious reasons, should complete the employee religious exemption form.  Employees who have been fully vaccinated, but have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, can send proof to Human Resources in one of three ways:
1. (PREFERRED) Send an email to benefits@palomar.edu. In the subject line, enter “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”, and include your name, employee ID#, and proof.
2. U.S. Mail: Palomar College (Attn: Benefits Office), 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
3. Fax: (760) 761-3530
If you have lost or misplaced your physical vaccination card, please visit Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov) to obtain a replacement digital copy of your vaccination card for submission. You may also call the site you received your vaccination to request an additional physical vaccination card.  Palomar College employees should address all mandate related concerns or questions to their supervisor.

Students taking face-to-face courses can submit proof of vaccination or submit a request for a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine through the My Palomar Student Portal.
Specific instructions to do so are available here.  If students are unable to complete one of the above requirements by Monday, October 11, they should email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu.

The College has several vaccination clinics planned.  The schedule is available here. You can find a complete list of the College’s COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies here.

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 Immunization Plan, provides students taking face-to-face classes and all employees with six (6) weeks from the effective date of the vaccine receiving full FDA approval to become fully vaccinated.  To provide students and employees with a more reasonable amount of time to provide proof of complete vaccination, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and EOC Policy team have established Monday, October 11 as the deadline for all employees and students taking face-to-face courses to comply.

Employees are able to submit proof of vaccination by emailing a copy of their vaccination record to benefits@palomar.edu.

Students
taking face-to-face courses can submit proof of vaccination or a request for a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine through the My Palomar student portal. Instructions to do so are available here.

Due to the expectation that we will have students and employees filing for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, we have established a mandatory weekly diagnostic screening of unvaccinated employees working onsite, and unvaccinated students taking courses onsite. The testing will begin on October 11.   It is important to understand that the testing procedure is in addition to the health and safety measures currently in place.  You can find a complete list of COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies here.

We also have convenient vaccination clinics scheduled at the main campus and education centers.  You can find the vaccination event schedule here.

Because we are within a critical point of the semester to retain our students, the EOC and EOC Policy team are collaborating to add to our existing COVID-19 mitigation and prevention strategies during the fall semester.  These efforts are currently being discussed with our collective bargaining units.

Palomar College employees should address their concerns or questions to their supervisor.  Students are encouraged to email vpstudentservices@palomar.edu with questions.

COVID-19 Mitigation and Management

Mitigating the Spread Of COVID-19

  • Campus entry and building entry signage notifies employees, students, and visitors of requirement of the following to enter campus to be:
    • Symptom free,
    • Wearing a facial covering
    • In possession of a campus pass
  • Campus entry signage notifies all students, employees, and visitors of the requirement to wear a facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status
  • District is requiring employees and students to use a health pre-screening questionnaire accessible via the personal link provided in a no-reply@cleared4work.com email sent to their Palomar College email.  Community members, students and employees may access the health pre-screening questionnaire at kiosks located at:
    • the main campus inside the Police Department lobby, cashier’s office, main area of student services
    • the main lobby of the Rancho Bernardo Education Center
    • the main lobby of the Escondido Education Center
    • the student services center (building A) at the Fallbrook Education Center
  • Students and employees may be asked to show proof of a campus pass from the Cleared4 health questionnaire.
  • Employees, students and visitors who become ill while on campus are requested to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire. The COVID-19 Response Action Team will manage all cases (see below).
  • The class schedule has been designed to prevent gatherings in hallways and common areas.
  • Every classroom scheduled for in-person learning has a supply of disposable facial coverings.
  • Every department has a supply of disposable facial coverings.
  • Every employee in need of a facial covering can request a reusable facial covering by submitting a facilities request.
  • All work schedules are staggered to avoid over populating work spaces of those needed to provide essential services to students and campus operations.
  • Social distancing signage has been installed in high traffic areas indoors and outdoors (i.e. student services center)
  • “Please use hand sanitizer” signage is placed throughout the campus and hand sanitizer is available.
  • The facilities department has remedied concerns related to the HVAC systems on the main campus and education centers. You can find an update here.
  • Employees should submit their proof of vaccination to benefits@palomar.edu
  • A working document containing the hours of operation for all departments on campus can be found here.

Management of COVID-19 Cases

  • The District Administrators designed a COVID-19 Response Action Team (CRAT) in summer 2020 to manage COVID-19 cases on the main campus and education centers. To date, there have been no outbreaks within the District.
  • Our Health Services team attends regularly scheduled meetings with the San Diego County Department of Public Health and other institutions of higher education in the region. Data shared and guidance informs recommendations by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)and CRAT.
  • CRAT Protocol
    • Every COVID-19 case received through the COVID-19 questionnaire is triaged and every individual is interviewed by our health services team.
    • If a positive COVID-19 case is reported, the CRAT utilizes a communication system that includes email and telephone notifications of parties who may have been exposed and contacts facilities to request a disinfection of the area(s).
    • Every case received is assigned a case manager who stays in contact with the individual until they return to work or school, to make sure the resources available are known to the student or employee.
    • If there are three or more high risk cases (positive for COVID-19 or exposure to a positive COVID-19 individual), the Policy committee of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) calls an emergency meeting to evaluate the need to pause or discontinue a course, program or service.

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 pandemic changes in our region.  Our main priority is to keep our students, employees, and campus community safe. The District will continue to monitor the situation and provide immediate updates if any changes occur.

  • The PCCRP represents the current status for the College, it may change as guidance is issued by the County of San Diego Public Health Department, Cal/OSHA, the California State Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • The Governing Board approved BP 7330and AP 7330 and reviewed and accepted the COVID-19 Employee Vaccination and Immunization Plan, which is included in the PCCRP.
  • The Governing Board also approved BP 5210 and AP 5210, which apply to students, and will receive and review the COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunization Plan for students at an upcoming meeting. This document is also included in the PCCRP.
  • The PCCRP also includes the COVID-19 Prevention Plan, which provides resources and direction to aid in the enforcement of the important health and safety measures designed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and related variants.
  • The main campus and education centers will re-open to the general public on August 16 and our community partners will be able to reserve space through our standard Use of Facilities Request process at least three weeks in advance of the event/activity date.

Students and employees must be adhere to the following:

  • Prior to coming to campus, students and employees are required to complete the daily health pre-screening form on the My Palomar App. Information on the App is available here.
  • While indoors, all employees, students and visitors to campus are required to wear a facial covering, regardless of vaccination status. This includes classrooms and all campus meeting spaces.
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn outside, regardless of vaccination status. However, students and employees who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a face covering outside when six (6) feet of social distancing is not possible.
  • Employees are prohibited from asking other employees and students about their vaccination status, as this is medically confidential information.

The following is specific guidance for employees:

  • Fully vaccinated employees may take their face covering off when working in their office alone.
  • The College continues to make safety a top priority, and having full knowledge of the number of vaccinated employees allows us to plan and implement plans accordingly. As such, the College is requiring that all employees submit their vaccination status if they have not already provided proof of vaccination. Human Resources will email a “Vaccination Confirmation Form” to all employees who have not yet submitted a proof a vaccination. This form should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2021.
  • If you have been fully vaccinated, but have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, please send proof to Human Resources in one of three ways:
  1. (PREFERRED) Send an email to benefits@palomar.edu. In the subject line, enter “COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”, and include your name, employee ID#, and proof.
  2. S. Mail: Palomar College (Attn: Benefits Office), 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  3. Fax: (760) 761-3530
  • If you have lost or misplaced your physical vaccination card, please visit Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov)  to obtain a replacement digital copy of your vaccination card for submission. You may also call the site you received your vaccination to request an additional physical vaccination card.

 

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.