CORONAVIRUS, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & TESTING
Faculty & Staff
Bristol employees will return to the four campus locations via a phased approach over four stages to ensure appropriate social distancing, availability of PPE, and appropriate testing capabilities for COVID-19 in the greater community.
Bristol will assess staffing based on essential in-person operations, the ability to control and manage specific work environments, and the necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions will be communicated to employees as appropriate.
The need to reduce the number of people on campus to meet social distancing requirements will continue until further notice. Support units that can continue to effectively work remotely will continue to do so until restrictions are eased for larger gatherings. Staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of faculty and staff as well as the communities Bristol serves. No unit or department should return to staffing levels beyond current needs to support essential operations without approval.
When employees do return to the workplace, management shall consider alternating work schedules to allow for appropriate social distancing. Managers shall also consider a staggered/rotating schedule for those employees reporting to and departing from the workplace to reduce density at main entrances/exits.
All meetings must remain virtual and large gatherings will not be permitted until further notice and upon receipt of related guidance from the Commonwealth.
If outbreaks reemerge in the community, it may become necessary to return to reduced staffing measures, and the stage level will be reassessed.
New for the Spring 2021 semester, Bristol will be requiring COVID-19 testing for all hybrid students prior to returning to campus for the Spring and at regular intervals throughout the semester – either weekly or bi-weekly depending on the program.
All hybrid students will receive their COVID-19 testing at the college. This testing is also available to on-campus faculty and staff.
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel, make sure you are aware of and adhere to restrictions for your destination and place of return.
Within the United States, check the state and territorial health department websites for the latest information.
Bristol Community College has created a Travel Protocol for staff, faculty and students to minimize the chance of contracting COVID-19 at any of our locations. This protocol will help ensure that employees and students who work and learn on campus can do so safely.
During travel, take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands often with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Remember social distancing. Remain at least six feet from others.
- Wear a cloth face covering.
In any event, travel-related or otherwise, if you are exposed to the Coronavirus, please complete the Exposure Report form below. All information is confidential.
Please review the following Travel & COVID-19 Protocols:
So that we may take appropriate preventative measures, offer available resources and immediately assist you or any member of our community who may become ill or has been in close proximity with someone who has become ill, we ask that you consider sharing information with the college regarding your travel and possible exposure to the virus. The information submitted via these forms will assist the college in implementing any precautions or protocols recommended by public health agencies. All information gathered through this process will be maintained confidentially only at health services and separate from personnel or student record files and shall be used only to assist the college in providing and maintaining a healthy learning environment.
Exposure Report Form
Please consider filling out this form if you suspect you may have been exposed to someone with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or are experiencing symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, difficulty breathing).
Bristol Community College is committed to providing timely updates to our students, faculty, staff, and the community through our regular communication channels and new virtual methods. College-wide communication will be coordinated through the Marketing & Communications department. These communications will include, but are not limited to, periodic updates from the President and the President’s Leadership Team in Bristol Weekly, postings on Bristol’s COVID-19 webpage, as well as physical signage installed at all Bristol locations. President Douglas may provide regular updates via email, virtual meetings and video messages.
- Employees should continue to regularly check their Bristol email, Bristol Weekly, BristolCC.edu, accessBCC and the college’s social media outlets.
- Bristol Updates Live will be held on a regular basis to provide the campus community with the latest news about the Coronavirus response. The link to this virtual meeting can be found in Bristol Weekly.
- BCCAlert and BCCInfo text messages will be used when appropriate.
- BristolCC.edu/Together will continue to be updated.
Please go to the COVID-19 Training page for important videos related to controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Employee Check-in Procedures During COVID-19 Remote Work Time Frame
Employees must obtain approval from their supervisor prior to going to any physical Bristol location (excluding employees who are currently scheduled to work on campus on a regular basis). Time allotted on campus should be limited in nature and in time of no more than four hours per day, unless an exception is made by the Human Resources department. Supervisors that have granted approval o an employee must email Deputy Chief of Police, Baxter Smith, Baxter.Smith@bristolcc.edu, with the name, date(s) and time(s) the employee will be on campus. An employee shall not report to work on campus without prior authorization. This is necessary to ensure contact tracing and space sanitization.
Mental & Emotional Well-being
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Human Resources realizes that this is a stressful time for our employees. All benefited employees have access to the Mass4You Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit. Mass4You offers several resources which may be particularly helpful during this stressful time, including counseling, financial, and educational resources. You can contact Mass4You 24/7 at 1-844-263-1982 or by visiting their website at liveandworkwell.com. They have also developed helpful online resources specifically geared toward stress caused by the Coronavirus pandemic — please check it out at this link.
There are also many support services available throughout our community. All employees can view available wellness resources on the Human Resources Benefits webpage.