JPCatholic COVID-19 Response

Updated April 3rd, 2020

The COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) spread continues to evolve rapidly across the world and the United States. As the local, national and global public health response recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, JPCatholic administration and faculty are proactively taking steps that will help to protect and ensure the ongoing safety of all students, faculty and staff.

The City of Escondido, with a population of 152,000 has had 26 COVID-19 cases as of 4/2/2020.

JPCatholic Response

To maintain educational continuity and flexibility during Spring Quarter 2020, we will implement the following:


  1. Spring quarter classes began today, March 30th, as planned. All classes through May 10, 2020 will be online only, including lab classes. There will be NO in-person classes. All course materials, readings, and assignments will be placed on our Moodle LMS.
  2. In-person classes will resume as soon as federal and local authorities permit. [Target date May 11th, 2020]. There will be NO online option once classes resume in-person.
  3. Faculty will:
    • Explain attendance requirements and grading in the 1st class meeting. It will also be in the class syllabus [posted on Moodle]
    • Relax attendance requirements in the case of student illness
    • Set up virtual office hours
    • Encourage virtual teamwork among their students
    • Inform students whether subsequent class meetings will be synchronous [real time], asynchronous [not in real time], or a hybrid
  4. Students who travel to any country listed on the CDC Travel Health Notice List will not be allowed to return to JPCatholic until after a 14-day self-isolation period.
  5. The Admissions office has rescheduled the April 18th University Day to June 6th.
  6. The Admissions office will now offer Virtual Campus Tours to allow families to receive a guided walkthrough of campus online.

Faculty Accommodations

Faculty will:

  1. Encourage students to take care of themselves and ensure that ill students will stay home without fear of grading penalty.
  2. Not ask students to supply a doctor’s note to prove that they are ill.
  3. Be flexible with assignments and work with students to make sure they have access to all course materials.
  4. Provide alternative assignments for absent students and offer the opportunity for make-up work as they normally would.
  5. Accommodate students who chooses to self-isolate during their absence, treating them as if they were experiencing a health issue that keeps them from attending class.


  1. Student apartments remain open.
  2. Common Rooms remain closed due to San Diego County restrictions on gatherings greater than 10 people. [Target opening date: May 10th]
  3. Students are strongly encouraged enjoy the wonderful outdoors in limited numbers while observing social distancing guidelines.
  4. Please contact Student Life staff to let them know when you arrive or plan to be back in the Student residences.


JPCatholic residential students are blessed to live in beautiful apartments. It is a particular blessing during COVID-19 – they don’t have to vacate their housing. As is standard in all housing rental contracts, JPCatholic has a 12-month lease on all of our apartments with cancellation provisions. Students have a 12-month contracts with the university, also with cancellation provisions.

Currently 40% of our residential students are on-campus. All residential students, who are enrolled for Spring quarter, must return to campus housing to complete the Spring quarter as online classes will end in May.

Residential students have two options: (1) Continue to pay their housing fee and retain their apartment, and return during the Spring quarter when they feel safe, or (2) invoke their cancellation option by paying their Lease Breakage fee and pro-rated rent. Students must take their personal belongings from their unit by the effective lease cancellation date. As student cancel, JPCatholic will consolidate the remaining apartments and invoke our cancellation option on the empty apartments.


Encouraged by President Trump’s aspiration to re-open American business ASAP, while abiding with the CDC recommendations of limited gathering and social distancing, our expectation is to make available to students the services offered in these building beginning Easter Monday April 13th. Students will wear protective masks while in the building.

  1. Media lab– occupancy restriction < 6 students with the appropriate social distancing
  2. Equipment lab– check-out requires commitment to small groups and appropriate social distancing.
  3. Editing suites– max of 2 or 3 people.
  4. Chapel for Adoration– occupancy < 5 students with the appropriate social distancing.
  5. Library – for material checkout

The CDC recommends that all often used surfaces, i.e., light switches, door handles, stair railing, phones, keyboards, etc. are cleaned everyday.

On campus classes are expected to resume by Monday May 11th.

Part-time Student Employment Protection

For students who experience a partial or complete loss of work due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim. The Governor of California has waived the one week unpaid waiting period. Check this   State of California website for details and to file a claim.

How can I protect myself?

Students should make sure that their Health Insurance coverage is current and accepted in California.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. Here are the current CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. If you are sick, stay home and do not travel.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  7. Call ahead before visiting your doctor to arrange a time to be seen.

What if I develop flu-like symptoms?

Flu symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms consistent with the flu or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, immediately seek medical care from your health provider. Do not attend class. Be sure to call ahead so that the facility may plan ahead to minimize potential spread.

You can also find more information about the virus from these websites:

  1. CDC / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (updated daily with advice for public)
  2. California Department of Public Health
  3. San Diego County Health & Human Services
  4. World Health Organization
  5. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

We will provide updates as the circumstances change.