2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


This page was updated on March 30, 2020.

 

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


All classes are suspended until 
Saturday, March 28Beginning Monday, March 30, all classes will be taught remotely or online 

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF ONLY: Buildings are accessible upon request, to retrieve items while working remotely. Please call Campus Police at 774.357.2218 for building access.

The Bristol Fall River Campus Library (A building) and Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Business Technologies Building (K building) remain open to serve Bristol students, faculty and staff with technology needs. Please note modified hours for each location, below. 

 

College Schedule


March 16 to 21: Bristol Community College Spring Break. No classes.

College departments and services open to serve students remotely

March 23 to 28: No classes, face-to-face or online.
College departments and services open to serve students remotely.

March 30 to April 25: Classes resume; remote learning 
College departments and services open to serve students remotely.

Click here to view cancellations and postponements 


College Services


Technology Access and Support
Understanding that students need access to computers and internet, we are committed to providing access to these services. Support staff will also be available to assist with technology solutions.
 
Please note the modified hours of each location and computer lab, below. Computer labs will open for students, faculty and staff use beginning March 30. Please keep in mind this schedule is for students, faculty and staff only. Public access is not permitted. 
 
  • Attleboro Campus – Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    Computer lab (room 118) open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  
  • New Bedford Campus – Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
    Computer lab (room 401) open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Taunton Center – Open Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    Computer lab (room 102) open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Fall River Campus – Computers will be available for student use in the Farley Learning Resources Center (A Building) and K130 on Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

 

Services Available on Campus 
The following services are available at our locations at this time, though modified schedules may be in place. Please reference this department directory.  

  • Building and Grounds 
  • College Police and Preparedness 
  • Facilities 
  • Information Technology Services 
  • Mail Deliveries  
  • Shipping/Receiving  

 

Services Available Remotely 
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.  


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

You should only need to come to a campus to access computers or Wi-Fi. 

 

Services Suspended
The following services are currently suspended on campus through April 25.

  • Bookstore  
  • Fitness Center 
  • Food Services 
  • Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery 


Events and Gatherings
Conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings with audiences larger than 10 will be cancelled or postponed through April 25. We will reassess and update this location prior to this date. Contact Laura Carlson to cancel/reschedule events: Laura.Carlson@bristolcc.edu or 774.357.2599.


Travel
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).

 

Documentation


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 

 

Other Information


Community Resources
The Office of Student & Family Engagement has put together a list of community services available in our area. As things are rapidly changing, we recommend calling the services directly to ensure they are open at this time. View the list of resources here.


Wellness Resources
There's a lot of information out there and we know it can feel overwhelming. Checking in with someone to make sure that you are staying on the right track might be a good idea.

  • Student Wellness Mental Health Counseling, Bristol Community College, Student Wellness 774-357-2234
  • CARE Team To make a referral to the CARE Team, BristolCC.edu/CareTeam
  • Mass4You: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employee Assistance Program Mass4You or call 844-263-1982 (available 24/7)
  • Call2Talk: Mental health, emotional support and suicide prevention program provided by Mass211. It runs 24/7 and is there to help during stressful times. Mass211.org/Call2Talk


Online Tools
Getting ready to work remotely is an important step in preparing for the effects of the coronavirus for students, faculty and staff. We are building a list of available tools. Take a look at the list and check back often. 

BCCalert
Be prepared for potential closings by signing up for BCCalert, Bristol's official notification system. Simply text the keyword BCCalert to 67283 for updates about emergencies and weather-related closings.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FROM THE COLLEGE 

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

All of Bristol's locations are being kept open primarily for the purpose of giving students, faculty and staff access to computers for remote learning and working. If you do not have to come to campus to access WiFi, we ask that you stay home. If you must visit any campus, please keep the following in mind: 

  • Access is limited to students, faculty and staff only, so please bring your student ID and do not bring others (family, friends) with you to campus. No one but students, faculty or staff will be allowed in Bristol buildings at this time.
  • If you’re looking for WiFi, it may be helpful to know that we have purchased additional boosters for the Fall River campus. If you prefer to stay in your car, WiFi will now be available in parking lots 4 and 5.
  • On the Fall River Campus, only the Library (A building) and K building remain open to serveBristol students, faculty and staff with technology needs at this time. Keep checking the website often for updates as this could change.
  • Modified schedules are in place at each location. This schedule may change as the situation evolves, so be sure to check the website for the latest information before you go.

Read more 

 

March 27, 2020 | Faculty & Staff Update

Bristol Community College is requesting that while still open, it would like as many employees as possible to continue to work remotely through April 17. Understanding that extending this timeframe impacts many aspects of our lives, President Douglas wanted to let faculty and staff know this as soon as possible. The college will communicate any decision to continue to work remotely beyond April 17 by April 10 Read more.


March 23, 2020 | Campus Update

This morning, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, through the Department of Public Health, issued a stay at home advisory for the State of Massachusetts. This advisory begins on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at noon and continues until Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at noon. The advisory is part of a broader executive order in regard to the essential services offered by specific businesses and organizations. The order defines some exceptions including colleges and universities for the purpose of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential student support functions. For Bristol Community College, this means: 

  • Bristol Community College remains open on a limited basis.  
  • Classes are not cancelled. As previously stated, are classes are suspended this week and will continue online or remotely beginning on March 30.  
  • Computer labs at all locations will be available on a limited basis beginning March 30 and the Fall River Campus Library remains open on a limited basis to serve students with technology needs.  
  • Services currently available on campus continue to be offered with limited access, via phone or email, and with limited access to in-person services. Please reference the department directory for a list of departments and their availability. 
Read more

 

March 20, 2020 | Bookstore Update

The college bookstore will be closed from March 23 through April 25. After this time, we will be evaluating the next steps necessary for this ever-changing situation. The bookstore’s priority is to ensure the campus community has textbooks and other essential items. To avoid disruption, the bookstore website remains open. Please check the campus bookstore website at www.Bristol.Bkstr.com for updates. Read the full email to students for further details on rentals and returns. (Note: original notification on March 20 indicated the bookstore would be closed through April 3. This has been extended to April 25.) Read more. 


March 19, 2020 | Campus Police Update

Bristol Community College Campus Police announced changes to the office as well as officer face-to face responses. Effective immediately, for emergencies on campus, please dial x3911 from a campus phone, or if needed, 9-1-1 from a cell phone. For routine police business, to report a crime, or request a police record please call 774.357.2218. Walk-in service for non-emergencies is suspended at this time; we ask that you call Campus Police instead. In the event that you need to come to the office, please utilize the service window in the hallway. Please be assured that the Bristol Community College Police Department is here for you. Read more. 
 

March 18, 2020 | Remote Learning Update 

When you return from extended spring break on March 30, classes will be conducted remotely or online through April 25. This may be extended as we continue to evaluate the situation.  As much as possible, college services will be offered remotely. On-campus services will be limited. Effective immediately, access to all buildings is limited to faculty, staff and students only. Read more.  Spanish  Portuguese


March 15, 2020 | Schedule and Events Update 

The safety and well-being of our college community are at the forefront of all of our decisions. I would like to take a few minutes to update you on preparations that have been taking place over the past several days. First, the college will be open as planned Monday, March 16. Students are on Spring break. Read more

March 12, 2020 | Schedule and Events Update

We are following the strict guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Baker-Polito Administration. We have also been working with our faculty and staff to find solutions that best meet the educational needs and success of our students. It is important to start taking additional actions now to slow the spread of the disease based on the information that we have available. 

Here are the steps we are taking:   

  1. March 13 & 14: Classes run as scheduled
  2. March 16-21: Spring Break, as scheduled
  3. March 23-28: There will be no classes but college departments and services will be open.
  4. March 30 to April 4: We may move classes online, but that plan is still being determined.  

This is an ever-changing situation so plans are subject to change.  Students, faculty and staff: Please keep an eye on your email, our social channels and this web page. That is how we will keep you updated. 

Emails sent to students, faculty and staff on March 12, are available for reference: Student emailFaculty email
 

March 11, 2020 | Social Distancing Update

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 will be implementing the following changes to employee work-related travel and events being held at any of the Bristol Community College locations. Read more

March 10, 2020 | Update

The college has stepped up a number of precautions and is monitoring the situation on a daily basis. We have set up a Coronavirus Task Force that includes members of the leadership team, student health services and the emergency preparedness team. This team will work together to ensure that we are informed and prepared as this situation progresses. Read more 

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