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.

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!