As the California stay-at-home orders shift to reflect changing conditions, certain lab sections will be held in person with necessary distancing measures, while lectures and other instruction continue online.

SAN MARCOS — All lectures will be delivered online during the fall 2020 semester at Palomar College, while certain labs that are difficult to provide in remote format will meet in person on campus, as the college continues to follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

Campus leaders said the decision reflects the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and warnings about a potential re-emergence. Specific “hard-to-convert” sections are being discussed on a case-by-case basis by Division Deans and Department Chairs within the college.

“Our faculty, staff and administration are working hard to bring students a comprehensive schedule of courses this fall, and to outline requirements and options as clearly as possible,” said Acting Superintendent/President Dr. Jack Kahn. “We look forward to another stellar semester, and to supporting our students in every possible way as we navigate this developing situation together.”

Registration for the fall semester begins June 4, 2020 and the class schedule is slated for completion by the last week in May. Dr. Kahn said the summer and fall semesters will also serve as a time of ongoing training and preparation for any further adjustments that may become necessary in the wake of COVID-19.

Dr. Kahn emphasized the possibility that a shift in the developing health crisis, or an unforeseen government mandate, could interrupt the college’s plans for the fall semester.

“We have focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff during this crisis, and will continue to do so as the situation unfolds,” he said.