CORONAVIRUS, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & TESTING
Health & Safety
Before you come to campus
What you need to know:
Before returning to campus, all Bristol students and employees are to review the new guidelines related to COVID-19 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition, everyone coming to campus should review the training videos related to COVID-19 procedures. If you are a clinical/laboratory student, you should also review the videos regarding safely putting on and removing PPE.
All of these videos are located in the 'Training' section of the following page: http://www.bristolcc.edu/together/students/
Additionally, please watch the informational video below:
We recommend submitting your immunization records as early as possible to ensure all records are in place prior to you attending classes in person.
Are you High Risk for COVID-19?
To see if you have health conditions that define you as high risk for COVID-19, review the information on http://www.bristolcc.edu/together/healthprotocols/.
- Students who may fall into these categories may voluntarily reach out to Gia Sanchez, Diversity & Title IX Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding possible accommodations.
All faculty and students coming on campus must self-monitor their health status daily prior to arriving at any Bristol location. Self-certifying includes asking yourself the questions included on the checklist below:
IMPORTANT: If you answer YES to any of these questions, you should:
- Stay home.
- Contact your doctor/local urgent care and follow their instructions.
- Fill out the Exposure Report Form online at Exposure Report Form.
- Contact your instructor to let them know you will not be attending class.
What to do if you have symptoms?
- If you start experiencing symptoms while you’re on campus, go home immediately and complete the steps above.
What to do if you are a close contact?
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, been placed on quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure or have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health office, please do not come to campus, and complete the steps above.
All health information related to an individual, including whether they test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact, is strictly confidential.
No one other than Health Services is to be notified of a student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. The identity of an individual, employee or student who has tested positive will not be shared. Contact tracing will determine whether YOU need to be notified.
Individuals with COVID-19 have the right to privacy. This is considered private health information that is covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you have been in contact with them it is within strict protocol that you are notified so that you can take immediate precautions and be tested.
Bristol follows strict contact tracing protocols consistent with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- If you are determined to be a close contact with an individual who is a presumptive case or has tested positive, you will be directly notified by Health Services and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- If you are not determined to be a close contact, you will not be notified. Additionally, if there is a positive case within your department or program and you are not affected, you will not receive any information including the identity of the individual.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 are contacted directly by health services and provided with the support and guidance that they need. They will be required to produce medical documentation for clearance to return to campus. Medical documentation for students should be sent to Health Services, Jill Dumont BSN, RN, Health Services Coordinator, email@example.com. For questions, call 774-357-2232.
If you are traveling before or during the semester, please review Bristol’s Travel Protocols for guidance. There are links in the Bristol Together Plan on the website – this policy reflects new guidelines for travel into Massachusetts and may change without notice: