SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Palomar College officials say almost all of its classes will be held remotely this fall and new online programs will be offered.
The college said all fall classes will be held online except for Emergency Medical Education (EME) and Fire and Police Academies, which resumed in-person courses in May, and the Nursing program, which will start in-person classes in the fall.
Some Microbiology labs will also meet in person.
Palomar cited an uptick in coronavirus cases in San Diego County as the reason they've chosen to continue virtual learning.
"Protecting our students, faculty and staff is our top priority as we navigate the dynamic conditions of this health crisis," said Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Jack Kahn. "Palomar will continue to deliver stellar instruction in a remote learning format as we support students in pursuing their goals."
The school will launch new online programs in the fall, including: cybersecurity, data analytics, public relations, alcohol and other drug studies, social work and human services, child development—child and family services, child development—school age assistant, child development—associate teacher, and medical professions preparation (non-credit).
Those who do return to campus in the fall will be screened for body temperature and COVID-19 symptoms, the college says. Facial coverings and social distancing will also be enforced.
Palomar could change its operating policies and procedures though as health guidelines and directives change, the school adds.