A New Campus Environment

 

Precautions Being Practiced

 

Vaccinations 

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. 

Watch your Distance

It is recommended to watch your distance between yourself and other people in both indoor and outdoor settings. Through the reconfiguration of shared spaces and public gathering areas, as well as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), employees and students can continue to operate in the workplace and learning environment while still keeping a safe distance.

Behavioral Signage & Markings

Signage is posted in conspicuous places and includes reminders such as, but not limited to, wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, self-check for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. In certain areas, markings on the floors and pavement will remind people to watch their distance.

Hygiene Protocols

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, proper hand hygiene and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks or coverings, will be essential. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the campus. Face masks/coverings will continue to be worn throughout campus, consistent with guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC. More information is outlined below.

HANDWASHING

  • Hands should be washed frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Hands should be dried with a paper towel, to be thrown away after use.
  • If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used. Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations throughout the campuses for use.

FACE MASKS/COVERINGS

CLICK HERE for current protocol related to wearing masks on campus

Please Note: As an added preventative measure “double masking” is recommended, though not required. It may be especially helpful in places where it is difficult to watch your distance.

Putting on a face mask/covering:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to touching your face mask/covering.
  • A face mask/covering should completely cover from the bridge of your nose down and around the bottom of your chin. Your nostrils and mouth should be completely covered.
  • Adjust the face mask as necessary to your face and press the metal strip to fit snuggly against your nose (if applicable).
  • Either tie the straps behind your head or place the ear loops around your ears.
  • You should avoid touching the front or inner part of the mask while putting it on, or while wearing it.

Removing a face mask/covering:

  • When removing the mask, avoid touching the front or inner part of the mask.
  • Remove the face mask/covering by touching only the ear loops or straps.
  • Disposable masks should be discarded immediately; reusable masks should be laundered after each use.
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer after removing the face mask/covering.

Acceptable types of facial coverings include:

  • Single-use disposable medical mask.
  • Personal cloth mask that can be laundered after each use and is able to stay secured on the face without holding it in place.
    • The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends wearing multilayer cloth masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven cotton fabric.

PLEASE NOTE: Wearing a surgical mask underneath a multilayer cloth mask provides very good protection. The surgical mask acts as a filter and the cloth mask adds an additional protective barrier and helps provide a better fit.

  • Face shield is worn in conjunction with a mask that extends down past the chin and wraps around the side of the face.
  • Bristol discourages the use of neck gaiters and bandanas as protection against the COVID-19 virus while on campus.

Accommodations

Some employees and students may need accommodations due to a need for modified protective gear. This may include, but not be limited to:

  • Non-latex gloves, lip-reading ability, gowns for wheelchairs, etc.
  • Campus Police, Food Service, faculty teaching ODS students, and others may be asked to wear lip-reading masks/face shields.

Accommodations requests shall be submitted to Gia Sanchez, Diversity & Title IX Officer, at gia.sanchez@bristolcc.edu.

On-Campus Public Services

  • In addition to virtual services, limited in-person enrollment services are available for students.
  • Appointment-based services are also available to control density and enable cleaning between appointments. 
  • Additional outside seating and space for appointments, meals, studying, etc. is provided via tents and under the solar canopies. 
  • The general public is allowed in the dental hygiene clinic and other clinics as necessary. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procedure


All Employees & Students

Please refer to the most up-to-date guidance regarding PPE: www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements

  • Each department should reach out to Business Services to address their specific PPE needs. 
    • Please note that certain programs and activities, such as Athletics, may have different PPE requirements.  Please follow the appropriate guidance for each respective program/activity. 

PPE requirements are as follows: 

Face Masks/Coverings are generally required in public indoor places (e.g. hallways, travel between offices, restrooms). Masks shall be required in all classroom spaces for all individuals.  

Employees in public/student-facing positions must continue to wear masks.  

If alone in an office with door shut or a private, non-public space, no mask is required. 

Other PPE 

Gloves may be required for certain services including, but not limited to, Campus Police, mail delivery, customer service counters, cash handling, food handling and in the classroom. According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and are not a replacement for good hand hygiene.

Clinical/Lab Faculty & Students

Clinical/Lab faculty and students need to wear appropriate PPE relative to the specific program. This varies based on circumstances and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of the following:

  • Face mask, gloves, face shield, gown, shoe coverings, and hair coverings.
  • Each department will work with Business Services to order and supply PPE for in-lab/clinic use.

Refusal to Wear PPE

To address the refusal to wear PPE from an employee or student who has not requested or does not seek an accommodation: 

  • In the case of an immediate concern, such as but not limited to a classroom, lab or indoor space, Campus Police should be contacted followed by the appropriate contact for students or employees.
    • Students: Wendy Pimentel, Director of Operations, Student Services and Enrollment Management.
    • Employees: Gary Convertino, Executive Director of Human Resources.

On-Campus Protocols

Bristol’s current offerings include a mix of face-to-face and online class sessions, as well as in-person ser vices at our Attleboro, Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford locations. The majority of offerings will continue to be online.

  • Restrooms and elevators have returned to pre-pandemic capacity.
  • Campus Police presence continues and building T V monitors help ensure college safety standards are communicated appropriately.
  • Please refer to BristolCC.edu/EventScheduling for up-to-date guidance regarding on-campus activities, events, and meetings.

Class Participation 

Faculty may continue to take class participation for contact tracing purposes. Forms will be dropped off and stored at Campus Police. 

Available Services and Appointments 

  • Certain in-person services require scheduled appointments such as, but not limited to, advising, counseling, clinicals, internships, placement testing, ODS and financial aid. In-person meetings and services, as well as information sessions, will be limited in scope and length of time. 
  • Appointments for Student Services may be managed through the Bristol App; allowing for those with appointments to wait comfortably in their car or other location until it is their scheduled appointment time. 
  • When students come to campus for an appointment, QR codes are used via the Bristol App for contact tracing purposes.   
  • The Library Learning Commons and computer labs may require appointments for particular services.  
    • Drop-off and pick-up of library materials are available in a “hands-free” format. 
    • Students who use shared computers are asked to clean their area before/after use. Proper cleaning supplies are available. 
  • Cleaning wipes, gloves and masks are available in each building for use wherever students and staff meet. 

Eating while on campus

Bristol CC has continually taken a very cautious approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, with great success. Other colleges in Massachusetts have designated eating areas, with the same protocols for wearing masks before and after eating. While leading the way in safety protocol, Bristol is following on-campus eating protocols similar to those at other colleges. The CDC still recommends distancing in cafeterias, washing hands before and after eating, wearing masks when not eating, having masks and hand sanitizers available to those who need them, and ensuring a clean environment, all of which Bristol adheres to. All COVID related protocol at Bristol may be updated as the situations change in our communities.

  • Grab & Go service will continue in the cafeteria.
  • Small lounge spaces continue to remain closed, while larger lounge spaces may be used at a limited capacity, ensuring all proper health protocols are followed.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in classrooms.
  • Eating outdoors, in a private office/space alone with the door shut, or in personal vehicles is encouraged.
  • If you eat with others indoors, it is preferred that you do so in a large public area, like the cafeteria or the open area of J-Building, in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
    • Eating with two people per table in the cafeteria is permitted.
  • If you share an office space:
    • It is preferred that one leaves the office while the other eats. However, one person can continue to wear their mask while the other is eating.
    • If the office is large enough to allow for appropriate distancing, people may eat together at a distance.
  • When eating indoors, everyone must put on their masks again as soon as they finish eating.

References:

Athletics Programs 

Fitness Center