2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


This page was updated on May 29, 2020.


Bristol Community College is operational with minimal on-campus staffing. 

Summer semester will be 100% Online. Fall registration is open! Visit Bristolcc.edu/register and get started today! 

The college will continue remote work throughout the summer and will implement a phased approach for certain departments to return to the college campuses during the month of August. 

All services will be provided remotely only, via phone, email or virtual at all campus locationsIn addition, all campus buildings, at all locations, will be inaccessible to students, including computer labs, which will no longer be available until further notice. 

Material Borrowed from the Library and Learning Commons 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work on plans to safely return materials to the Library and Learning Commons. If you were not able to drop off your materials during one of the designated times the last week of May, please contact Melanie.Johnson@BristolCC.edu


Support Services

Here’s how you can get the support you need:   

  • The best way to receive assistance is through email.   
  • Use the college directory or the contact directory in Office365 Email (Outlook) to look up individual contact information.
  • You can also use this department directory for department contact information and availability during this time.   
  • Please realize that there may be extended and delayed response times, and we ask for your patience as we work to reply to all communications as quickly as possible.  
  • Stay connected. Please continue to check your Bristol email. Stay informed on social media and download the Bristol app to keep in touch with your classmates.  

College Services

The same dedicated staff you see around campus are still here to help you succeed. Nearly all our services are available remotely to continue to serve you. Below is a short list of the services students have been asking about most in recent weeks.  


Department Directory 

A full list of departments and their current availability during this time can be found here: Department Directory You can also view the college directory‌ or browse our website for contact information.

Services Suspended

The following services are currently suspended on campus:

Events and Gatherings

We know that limiting social contact or “social distancing” can be beneficial to curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus. As a result, out of an abundance of caution, Bristol Community College is cancelling or postponing face-to-face events that take place on the college campuses until further notice. Please review the list of cancelled/postponed events below. Please note, some events may be held virtually. This list will be updated regularly. Contact Laura Carlson to cancel/reschedule events: Laura.Carlson@bristolcc.edu or 774.357.2599.

Click here to view cancellations and postponements 



Work-related travel, both foreign and domestic, is discontinued. For those who may be traveling both domestically and internationally during spring break, we strongly urge you to follow travel guidance set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information about travel and emergency alerts is available through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).



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.

Travel Form. Please consider filling out this form if you have or will be traveling to or from a high-risk country (level 3).

Complete the Travel Form 

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).

Complete the Exposure Report Form 




May 29, 2020 | Commencement Update  (Students) 


Your graduation is one of the most important milestones in your life. We have been working hard to find the best way to celebrate your success.  

Like many of you, it was our hope to hold an in-person ceremony. While the pandemic continues to evolve, we know that hosting an event as large as our Commencement Ceremony – which typically brings together more than 3,000 guests, including students and their families as well as faculty and staff – will not be possible in the coming months. If we do not invite any family or friends, we stilhave the potential for 600 to 900 graduating students to be in attendance. We cannot hold an event of this size with current or anticipated social distancing guidelines. Planning for any type of event takes months to coordinate, regardless of the format. In light of the end of the semester and the many remaining unknowns due to the pandemic, we wanted to make a decision with the information we have right now and begin planning for a truly unique celebration as soon as possible. 

Given the student survey feedback, as well as the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term impact on large-scale events such as our commencement ceremony, we have decided not to delay your celebration too much further and move forward with a virtual commencement ceremony. Students wishing to walk across the stage in person will have the option to attend the 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Read more.


May 21, 2020 | Fall Planning (Faculty & Staff) 

We plan to make a decision about the fall semester soon so that we can adequately prepare for a successful term. Looking ahead, I want to begin to shape your expectations about what fall might look like at Bristol Community College. It will be quite different from past falls, and we will need to limit the number of people at each of our locations and in each of our classrooms. As we work with state government and Secretary of Education Peyser, we are getting a clearer picture of the factors that inform our decision for bringing back students and employees to our campuses.

We are closing a chapter in the coming weeks on what may be one of the most unpredictable and unprecedented semesters of our lives. I am grateful for all that you have done to make this semester successful. As we cheer on our graduates, I hope that you will take a moment to celebrate what we all have accomplished together. My deepest gratitude to all of you. Read more.

May 8, 2020 | Remote Work until June 20 (Faculty & Staff) 

We will be extending remote work through June 20, 2020. We will continue to assess periodically based on the guidance from our Governor and state health officials. A limited number of staff will continue to work on campus, and  a limited number of additional staff may be added with strict protocols and policies in place to ensure a safe work environment. Read more.‌ ‌  

April 28, 2020 | Summer 2020 100% Online, CARES Act, Pass/Fail & Resources (Students) 

Bristol Community College is working every day to ensure that our community is safe and healthy while we navigate this unusual situation. Thank you for your continued patience as we plan for the months ahead. We are working to get all of your questions answered as fast as possible, including plans for summer and fall. Updates in this message include Summer 2020 will be 100% Online, Pass/Fail will not be offered this spring semester, all resources continue to be available and an update on CARES Act funding. Read more.


April 27, 2020 | Remote Work until May 18 and Summer 2020 100% Online (Faculty & Staff) 

We have been awaiting stay-at-home guidance from the Governor and health officials, which we are expecting to receive later this week. In the interim, for our planning purposes, we must make two important announcements today. Remote work has been extended until Monday, May 18, and all courses for summer 2020 will be online. Read more.

April 16, 2020 | Remote Work and Budget Update (Faculty & Staff)

The decision to extend remote work for our staff through May 4, 2020, per the recommendations of the Governor and state health officials’ stay-at-home advisory. This will be assessed further as needed. In addition, due to the unprecedented financial position that the college has been placed in because of the coronavirus pandemic, earlier today we began the difficult task of laying off approximately 136 part time employees, effective May 1. Our part time employees are a vital part of our college and we do not make this decision lightly. I know that this is a difficult time for our college and by no means is this a reflection of the quality work and dedication of our employees who are affected. We hope that we will be able to reinstate these positions, if possible, once the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Read more.

April 8, 2020 | Extending Remote Learning through End of Semester (Students) 

Thank you for another week of dedication and determination during these exceptional circumstances. Every day we receive more information from our national, state and local health officials that helps us make decisions in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and community. The next few weeks will be pivotal for the health of our communities andtherefore, we have decided to extend remote learning for students and faculty through the end of the semester, May 18, 2020Read more.

April 7, 2020 | Withdrawal Updates

While we strongly encourage you to continue moving forward in obtaining your degree or certificate, we know that, for some of you, this new environment presents new challenges. We understand, and so we wanted to outline different options available for the remainder of the spring semester including withdrawing from classes and what that means for financial aid. Read more.

April 3, 2020 | Campus Services Update

Effective Monday, April 6, all services will be provided remotely only, via phone, email or virtual at all campus locationsIn addition, all campus buildings, at all locations, will be inaccessible to students, including computer labs, which will no longer be available until further notice. Read more.

March 31, 2020 | Commencement

Over the past several weeks, we have been making some difficult decisions, but always with the wellness of our students, faculty and staff and the mission of the college at the forefront of our minds. Consistent with these efforts, the college is disappointed to share that we will be postponing our Commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30. This decision did not come lightly. Commencement is an important milestone in your journey. We are committed to finding a way to honor our graduates. With all of the uncertainty that this pandemic has caused, at this time, we cannot know how or when, but please know that we will find a way to celebrate your success. You have worked hard and have earned your moment to shine. Please stay tuned for more information. The deadline to apply to graduate is Monday, April 20, 2020. Please visit www.BristolCC.edu/applytograduate. Read more

March 30, 2020 | A Message from President Douglas in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bristol Community College stands together in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This time has certainly brought difficult challenges, but our faculty, staff, students and community members have risen to the challenge. Bristol is operational as we teach, learn and work remotely. We are grateful to our faculty and staff for working together to make adjustments and accommodations that ensure we are meeting the needs of our college community. For those who are working remotely, we are grateful for all that you are doing to continue to move the college forward. We know these are trying times as you juggle this new way of life, personally and professionally.

We are grateful for our students who will persevere in their new learning environments. We understand this brings uncertainty and new challenges for you; please know that we are here to help you accomplish your educational goals. It is difficult to know how long we will continue in this mode, and we will learn together, as there is no like-experience for this new life experience. Whatever happens, we are committed to our mission and vision which is being here for you and your success. Read more and watch the video

March 27, 2020 | Student Update

March 27, 2020 | Faculty & Staff Update Read more.

March 23, 2020 | Campus Update Read more

March 20, 2020 | Bookstore Update Read more‌ 

March 19, 2020 | Campus Police Update Read more‌ 

March 18, 2020 | Remote Learning Update English Spanish  Portuguese

March 15, 2020 | Schedule and Events Update Read more.

March 12, 2020 | Schedule and Events Update Student email | Faculty email

March 11, 2020 | Social Distancing Update Read more.

March 10, 2020 | Update Read more 



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