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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.?


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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?
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  • 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.

COVID-19 Onsite Testing Schedule for Palomar College Students and Employees Only

Intersession: January 3 – January 30*

San Marcos Campus (in the former Campus Police Building located in Lot 1 & 2)
Monday, January 3:? 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 6:? 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 11 and 18 :? 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday January 13 and 20:? 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25:? 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 27: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Escondido Education Center, in room ESC-700
Thursday, January 6: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 11, 18 and 25:? 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Rancho Bernardo Education Center, SEC-111
Thursday, January 6: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 11, 18 and 25:? 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

*There are no testing services available at the Fallbrook Education Center during Intersession.? A COVID-19 testing schedule for Spring 2022 will be released prior to January 31, the first day of the semester.

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.

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