Bristol New Bedford Campus Closed Wednesday, August 4
Faculty & Staff
Beginning in July 2021, or in some cases earlier, employees will be phased back into work on campus as determined by their supervisors and PLT leaders. Many employees may continue to work in a hybrid format – staggering days in the office and continuing remote work, to enhance social distancing in the workplace. This will be an ongoing, phased approach that will likely continue over a period of time.
Each department at Bristol will be developing their own Return to Work Plan and will announce those plans overtime to their staff on how and when staff will return to work at the College.
Details regarding other aspects of returning to campus, such as but not limited to cleaning, testing, and vaccination, are outlined further in this document.
Employees with questions or concerns regarding a return to campus should contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources as needed.
Bristol employees will return to the four campus locations via a phased approach to ensure appropriate social distancing, availability of PPE, and appropriate testing capabilities for COVID-19 in the greater community.
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 will be communicated to employees as appropriate.
If outbreaks reemerge in the community, it may become necessary to return to reduced staffing measures, and the stage level will be reassessed.
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.
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).
Students, Faculty and Staff will receive up-to-date communications with a focus on vaccinations, cleaning protocols, conduct and COVID-19 testing. We will continue to follow CDC/DPH guidelines and observe the following safety protocols that are currently in place at Bristol. Protocols can change frequently, and Bristol will adopt and follow new guidance as it becomes available:
- Follow gathering guidelines set forth by the state.
- Follow the “3W’s”:
- Wash your hands.
- Wear a mask.
- Watch your distance.
- Enhanced cleaning of public spaces and offices.
- Continue COVID-19 contact tracing protocol by Health Services.
- The Bristol App will be used in contact tracing efforts by providing QR codes in various locations such as, but not limited to: classrooms, instructional labs, Enrollment Center, cafeterias, bookstore, auditorium, Center for Teaching & Learning, and other spaces as needed.
- Encourage all members of our college community, students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others from the effects of the virus.
- Virtual communication will continue in the following forms:
- Bristol Updates Live (BUL)
- Lunch & Learns
- All-College Meetings
Please go to the COVID-19 Training page for important videos related to controlling the spread of COVID-19.
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.