COVID & Reopening

Updated June 16th, 2020


Online classes will resume for Summer quarter on June 22nd following the San Diego County’s Health Officer reversal on approval for colleges and universities to reopen.

JPCatholic was excited when, on June 8, the San Diego County public health office (SDCPHO) issued a press-release announcing their approval for the reopening of colleges and universities as early as June 12. We immediately communicated this approval to our students and faculty.

However, the SDCPHO has now changed their public statement and in-person higher education classes are now not allowed at this time. The County is awaiting guidance from the State of California for the reopening of higher education.

This regulatory miscommunication is deeply disappointing to our students and faculty. Unfortunately, we have no idea when that will be. The University will implement our planned hybrid model as soon as the SDCPHO reissues their approval.

Fall quarter classes will be predominantly in-person on-campus, though a small number of classes may be online.

Administration and faculty continue to be proactive in taking steps to protect and ensure the ongoing health and safety of all students, faculty and staff, as well maintaining educational continuity and flexibility.


  1. Read details of the CARES Act Emergency Funds, which provides a cash payment for eligible students.
  2. 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.


  1. Student apartments remain open.
  2. All residential students, who are enrolled for Summer quarter, should return to campus housing by June 22nd.
  3. Common Rooms remain closed due to San Diego County restrictions on social gatherings.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged enjoy the wonderful outdoors while observing social distancing guidelines.
  5. Please contact Student Life staff to let them know when you plan to return to your residence.


  1. The Admissions office now offers Virtual Campus Tours to allow families to receive a guided walkthrough of campus online. In addition, they offer Online Faculty Q&A events via Zoom Conferencing.
  2. JPCatholic has announced two COVID Response Scholarship opportunities for California students starting at JPCatholic in Fall 2020. Learn more eligibility details here.
  3. The Admissions office will begin taking in-person visits again starting June 22nd. Schedule a Campus Visit.

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