Faculty & Staff


Students registering for face-to-face and/or hybrid courses for Wintersession or Spring semester will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination prior to registration.

If you wish to come to campus for services beginning January 2022, you will need to show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

Visit BristolCC.edu/VaccinationPolicy for more information.


Details regarding other aspects of returning to campus, such as but not limited to cleaning, testing, and vaccination, are outlined further on this page. 

Employees with questions or concerns regarding a return to campus should contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources as needed. Detailed Return To Work Plans for each department may be available from an employee’s department supervisor.  

Phased Staffing

As determined by their supervisors and PLT Leaders, Bristol employees are returning to the four campus locations via a phased approach to ensure appropriate social distancing. Many employees may continue to work in a hybrid format – staggering days in the office and continuing remote work. This will be an ongoing approach that will likely continue over a period of time.

Bristol will assess staffing based on need, the ability to control and manage specific work environments, and the necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions are communicated to employees as appropriate.

Employees with questions or concerns regarding a return to campus should contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources as needed. Detailed Return to Work plans for each department may be available from an employee’s supervisor.

If outbreaks reemerge in the community, it may become necessary to return to reduced staffing measures.


Training

Training has been provided to all employees regarding best practices and new workplace standards, as related to controlling the spread of COVID-19. Procedures are in place to advise employees and managers about those with coronavirus symptoms or a positive diagnosis.  

A current listing of applicable training videos can be found at BristolCC.edu/Together/Covid-19Resources.


Self Screening & Certification

Employees and students shall self-monitor their health status daily prior to reporting to work at any Bristol location. Those who are feeling ill must not come to campus and should follow the appropriate sick notification procedure, as well as speak with their supervisor/instructor about completing work remotely, if possible. Additionally, employees and students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their doctor or local urgent care center for further guidance and testing procedures, as necessary.

According to CDC guidance, potential COVID-19 symptoms include, but may not be limited to:

  • Fever or chills
  • New cough (not related to a chronic condition)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Sore throat
  • New nasal congestion or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies)
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Each time before coming to campus, every employee and student shall self-certify that they are healthy in order to enter any of the Bristol locations. Self-certifying includes asking themselves the questions below:

  1. Fever (100.3° or higher) without having taken any fever-reducing medications? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
  2. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
  3. Experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • Loss of smell or taste? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Muscle aches? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Sore throat? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Cough? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Shortness of breath? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Chills? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
    • Headache? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
  4. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to self-isolate/quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜
  5. Have you been in close contact with anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to self-isolate/quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official? YES ⬜ / NO ⬜

Testing and Vaccinations

www.bristolcc.edu/vaccinations 

  • Some programs have mandatory vaccination requirements and COVID-19 testing requirements. The complete list of programs will COVID-19 testing requirements is here:  www.bristolcc.edu/together/students
  • Students should check with their instructors on whether COVID-19 vaccinations are required in their programs such as nursing and dental.  
  • The college offers free COVID-19 testing, which is open to all faculty and staff at all of the locations. Check here for the schedule www.bristolcc.edu/together/testing Bristol App vaccination upload screenshot


Individuals with the Bristol App Bristol App icon may voluntarily upload their vaccination information. This helps the college determine how many people on our campuses are vaccinated. www.bristolcc.edu/together/vaccinations

All questions about vaccinations or testing should be referred to healthservices@bristolcc.edu.


If a Student or Employee Has Been Exposed to COVID-19 or Tests Positive

If you test positive at any of Bristol's COVID -19 surveillance test clinics, you will be notified by Health Services of your positive result. They will do the initial contact tracing and provide you with important information. The state and local health department will be aware of your positive test result and will contact you for more extensive contact tracing.

If you test positive at a non-Bristol site, which includes the CIC site in Bristol's parking lot, we ask that you immediately notify Bristol's Health Services department. Contact tracing will take place by Bristol's Health Services to ensure on-campus safety and guidance.

Please do not come to campus before contacting Bristol's Health Services.
Contact Health Services by filling out the exposure report form which can be found at www.bristolcc.edu/together/students or call 774.357.2232 or email: Healthservices@bristolcc.edu.

Students/Employees should not contact their faculty member or supervisor. Notification will be done through Health Services’ official process and will contain specific directions for all involved. Remember, your safety and privacy are a top priority.


Presumed Positive COVID-19 Case

When there is a presumed positive COVID-19 case, all contact tracing protocols will be followed and anyone affected will be directed accordingly by the college’s health services department. This process is critical to stopping the spread of the virus, as well as providing a timely warning to those who may have been exposed. We have four employees certified in contact tracing.

  • We follow very specific guidelines from the Department of Public Health to determine close contacts and possible exposure. We take many factors into consideration. 
  • If it is determined that you may be a close contact, you will be notified and provided with directions. (Notification will go out via email and for students, will include the instructor.)  
  • If you are not determined to be a close contact, you will not be notified.  
  • Additionally, if there is a positive case within your area and you are not affected, you will not receive any information.  
  • Due to privacy, we will not tell you the exact location/classroom that the exposure took place.  
  • As an added precaution, the college may ask people outside of this cohort to self-isolate or quarantine depending on the case. 
  • Each case is treated as its own unique scenario, backed by the expertise of our health services department and the Department of Public Health to provide guidance.   
  • The college operates under an abundance of caution and takes extra steps to ensure safety. 

High Risk Populations

Check out the CDC guidance for a complete list of those who might be at higher risk. Employees who may fall into these categories may voluntarily reach out to Gia Sanchez, Diversity & Title IX Officer, at gia.sanchez@bristolcc.edu regarding accommodations for their return to the workplace.


Travel

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.

Please review Bristol’s current COVID-19 Employee Travel Protocol on the Policies, Disclosures & Legal Statements page.


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.