Massachusetts community colleges will require the COVID-19 vaccine by January 2022.
Please see the following press release and statement for more information.
Returning to Campus: Face-to-Face & Hybrid Students
Your safety is our number one priority. Bristol Community College is offering a wide variety of courses this fall that are fully face-to-face and hybrid.
All students who are taking courses in person must follow strict protocols or they will not be able to go to campus and attend class. Masks are required at all times while indoors at all of our Bristol locations and when distance can’t be maintained outside. Always remember the three Ws.
- Watch your distance,
- Wash your hands and
- Wear your mask.
IMPORTANT: All students taking hybrid and face-to-face courses for the Fall 2021 semester are required to complete this Student Training by September 10 (Flex Start students, whose courses start September 21, must complete it by September 24).
Please watch the video below in its entirety and fill out the participation form to notify us of your completion of training. For best results, this video should be viewed on a computer or tablet. To watch on your phone, you may need to download the VoiceThread app.
To watch the video in full screen, click here.
COVID-19 Testing - Mandatory
The following programs require mandatory testing:
The following programs require mandatory testing. In general, testing takes place every other week and always one week prior to attending class on campus.
- ANS (Veterinary Health Care)
- CUL (Culinary)
- MED (Clinical Lab Science)
- PLB (Phlebotomy)
- OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant)
- NUR (Nursing)
- MAS (Medical Assisting)
- FIR (Fire Science)
- DHG (Dental Hygiene)
The College has established a partnership with The Broad Institute for COVID-19 testing and surveillance. This partnership will continue as long as necessary. The Broad Institute testing at Bristol is free of charge for students who are taking hybrid or face-to-face courses and/or participating in internships or clinicals, and for college employees working regularly on-campus.
The college will continue its process of sending student test results to Academic Affairs. Any students who have not tested will be identified and required to test before going to campus or class. Athlete testing will be the responsibility of the Director of Athletics and Recreation.
Screen and Scan
As a Face-to-Face or Hybrid student, you will need to follow a few new steps before coming to campus this fall.
Click below for step-by-step instructions on how to use the QR Codes:
- It is important that you download the Bristol App on your phone or mobile device before coming to campus.
- Please read these instructions fully before coming to campus.
Screen & Scan:
- All hybrid students will need to complete the pre-screening form on the Bristol App prior to coming to campus.
- When you arrive at the classroom, you will need to use the Bristol App’s QR code scanner to scan the QR code located outside the door of each room on yellow paper.
- The QR scan works as a “log” in the event you need to be contacted for contact tracing purposes.
- You must do the pre-screening function, FIRST, for the QR code to work.
- If you see a screen on your phone that has a RED Health Pass, this means that you have indicated that you have COVID-19 symptoms, and you should not proceed to class.
STEP ONE: Download the Bristol app
Available from your app store (search for Bristol Community College)
STEP TWO: Complete the Screening Questionnaire before coming to campus
- Select "In Person Classes".
- Select COVID-19 pre-screening form.
- Complete the questions.
- If you are cleared, you will receive a green health pass.
STEP THREE: Once on Campus, join the Eduroam WiFi network
- Be sure to use your full accessBCC credentials (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Can't connect to Eduroam? Try BCC-Wireless network.
- In both cases, you may need to open your browser, visit Bristolcc.edu and follow the prompts that appear.
STEP FOUR: Check in
- Outside your classroom, open your Bristol mobile app.
- Click the icon in the top left corner.
- Hover your camera over the QR code located outside the door to check in.
No phone? No worries. You can use the following link to do the pre-screening online:
For questions email email@example.com.
All members of our college community, students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and others from the effects and spread of the virus. Individuals with the Bristol App may voluntarily upload their vaccination information for contract tracing purposes. More information regarding vaccination, including how to voluntarily upload your vaccination record, can be found on the Vaccinations page.
NOTE: Some programs have mandatory vaccination requirements and COVID-19 testing requirements. The complete list of programs with COVID-19 testing requirements is listed above.
Students should check with their instructors on whether COVID-19 vaccinations are required in their programs such as nursing and dental.
Exposure Report Form: According to the CDC, a “close contact” is “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”
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.
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.
Read more about the CDC's “close contact” definition and updated guidance here.
If any student answers ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions, they should stay home and do the following:
- Complete Bristol’s Exposure Report Form.
- Be encouraged to contact their doctor or urgent care center.
- Contact their instructor to let them know they will not be attending class.
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.
On-Campus College Services
Most college services are now available in-person/face-to-face, on our campuses for your convenience. We will also continue to offer virtual appointments and services to best serve your needs. The availability of these appointments may fluctuate based on the fluctuation of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
Check out the Coronavirus - Department Listing for a complete list of on-campus and online availability, as well as how to make an appointment. There is limited walk-in availability in most cases, so please be sure to plan your trip to campus accordingly!
Be sure to check this directory regularly; it will be updated weekly.
- Masks are required indoors.
- Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- No guests/visitors at your appointment, unless previous arrangements have been made.
- Follow social distancing guidelines.
- Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Contact the department to either reschedule your appointment or change to a virtual appointment.
- Download the Bristol app to stay updated.
Are you at High Risk for COVID-19?
Check out the CDC guidance for a complete list of those who might be at higher risk. 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.
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.
Code of Conduct & Policy
Before Bristol students return to campus, the expectations on shared principles and new guidelines put in place in accordance with state guidance, including current COVID-19 guidelines, should be reviewed. By reviewing behavioral and academic conduct expectations, along with precautions being taken to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we can help create an environment focused on health and safety. Please review the full Student Code of Conduct & Policy Message:
Mental & Emotional Well-being
Mental health counseling is still available remotely for students.
- More information on Mental Health Counseling can be found on the Student Services webpage.
- More information on Student Success and Well-Being can be found here.
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While You are on Campus
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Behavioral Guidelines on Campus
While on campus, everyone must follow the established college guidelines on behavior and precautions. This means everyone must wear a mask/face covering, maintain social distancing, practice frequent hand hygiene and follow classroom rules.
- Students who do not wish to comply with the college’s PPE and Behavioral guidelines will be asked to leave campus.
In addition, violations of the college’s established rules and policies will be reported to Campus Police and the Code of Conduct Officer for follow-up and addressed along with the Student Code of Conduct Policy found at: http://www.bristolcc.edu/studentservices/resources/studenthandbook/codeofconduct/.
- Please also see Student Code of Conduct and Policy Message Regarding COVID-19.
- Masks/face coverings must always be worn while on campus - including in the classroom, restrooms or open areas. Students may wear a level 1 mask.
- Masks/face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.
- Mask/face coverings are the individual’s responsibility to provide for themselves, and it is recommended that individuals carry an extra mask while on campus.
- Masks are available by the college free of charge and located in every building on campus along with hand sanitizer and gloves.
- Accommodations to mask/face covering requirements will be made for those for whom it is not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact or other health or safety factors.
- Face shields may be worn with a mask/face covering to provide additional safety; face shields alone do not protect the health and safety of our college community.
- Transparent mask/face coverings are an alternative for those who require accommodation and for faculty-to-student communication.
- Some health programs may require additional PPE as required by external accreditors. Your instructor will provide any additional PPE requirements.
- Face shields: The addition of wearing a face shield in conjunction with a face mask can better protect the wearer’s eyes against aerosolized droplets as well as decrease the ability for the wearer to touch their eyes, decreasing the spread of the virus. To request a face shield and schedule a pick-up time, please contact Campus Police by calling 774.357.2218 or email email@example.com.
- Social Distancing must be maintained for everyone on campus. Please remain six (6) feet apart from other individuals.
- Hand Hygiene is required for everyone to exercise frequently (handwashing or hand sanitizing) upon arrival to the college, before and after eating, before putting on and taking off masks, before and after entering a restroom and before leaving the college.
- Hand sanitizers are available at key locations (building entrances, classrooms) and throughout college locations.
- Hand sanitizers are available at key locations (building entrances, classrooms) and throughout college locations.
In the Classroom:
- As a rule, there will be no eating in the classroom – Drinking is also discouraged, and only when necessary, allowed with a straw.
- Bring your own materials. You should not share or borrow any items with classmates.
- Classroom Reconfiguration - Desks have been spaced out and extra seating has been removed in classrooms to allow for proper social distancing. Please do not change the arrangement.
- Contact Tracing - Every student should use the Bristol App for contact tracing purposes. Directions on how to scan into your classroom can be found here: www.bristolcc.edu/together/students/healthpass/.
- Faculty Office Hours - Check with your instructors.
Out of the classroom, pay attention and follow the signage that is there to help keep you and the college community safe.
- Where necessary, markers have been placed on floors and pavements to indicate six-foot social distancing.
- Handwashing capabilities are provided throughout the college. The restrooms have been appropriately stocked for frequent handwashing.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout campus in areas deemed appropriate.
- “Self-service” cleaning stations are set up throughout campus. Open-top trash receptacles will be available to discard cleaning materials and used PPE.
- For more information, visit www.bristolcc.edu/together/facilitiesandcleaning/.