Preparing for a New Campus Environment

In order to comply with the Massachusetts Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards for reopening workplaces, employees will need to review the following material before returning to any Bristol Community College location. These new standards are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and students and are applicable to all sectors and industries.

In order to maintain hygiene safety and physical distancing best practices, Bristol Community College will adhere to the standards set by the Commonwealth, and other reputable sources, as summarized below.

 

Precautions Being Practiced


Social Distancing

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 following social distancing requirements. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other people in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Behavioral Signage & Markings

Signage will be posted in conspicuous places and will include reminders such as, but not limited to, wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, self-check for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. The Massachusetts Compliance Attestation Poster is also available on the Human Resources bulletin board and posted outside of the Campus Police office. Other measures will be taken to ensure social distancing. This will include markings on the floors and pavement in certain areas.

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 maintain social 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.

Wearing a face shield in conjunction with a face mask:

  • If an employee chooses to wear a face shield, it must be worn in conjunction with a face mask.
  • When putting on or removing a face shield, perform hand hygiene first.
  • Avoid touching the front of the face shield when putting the face shield on.
  • The face shield should extend down past the chin and wrap around the sides of the face. The face shield's headpiece should be in contact with the forehead without any gaps.
  • Face shields should regularly be cleaned with warm, soapy water.
  • After cleaning and drying the face shield with a clean paper towel, it may be wiped with 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect.
  • It is not recommended to use household cleaners on a plastic face shield as this may cause damage to the plastic.

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

  • Continue to restrict access to college buildings by the general public. 
    • In addition to virtual services, limited in-person enrollment services for new and current students will be provided. 
    • Appointment-based services will be available to control density and enable cleaning between appointments. 
    • Additional outside seating and space for appointments, meals, studying, etc. will be provided via tents and under the solar canopies. 
    • General public will be 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: https://www.mass.gov/news/mask-up-massachusetts.

  • 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

  • Face masks/coverings will continue to be worn throughout campus, consistent with guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC.
    • If outdoors in public, face masks/coverings are encouraged but not required if social distancing can be practiced. This also applies to outdoor events.
    • Face masks/coverings will also continue to be required at indoor events.
    • As an added preventative measure “double masking” is recommended, though not required.
    • 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.
      • Eating and drinking indoors shall be done in a private space; otherwise, employees may choose to eat outside.
    • Employees will be permitted to go outside to take a “mask break” as needed, consistent with current public health guidelines.
    • Bristol discourages the use of neck gaiters and bandanas as protection against the COVID-19 virus while on campus.
    • Turn on airflow system in office, if available. 

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.
  • Face shields will be provided to anyone that is working on campus if they voluntarily indicate they want one. The face shields are not intended to replace wearing a face mask but must be worn in conjunction with a face mask.
  • Bristol discourages the use of neck gaiters and bandanas as protection against the COVID-19 virus while on campus.

Clinical/Lab Faculty & Students

Clinical/Lab faculty and students will need to wear appropriate PPE relative to the specific program. This will vary 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

During the summer of 2021, it is Bristol’s plan to expand hybrid offerings, which include a mix of face-to-face and online class sessions, and in-person services at our Attleboro, Fall River and New Bedford campuses. The majority of offerings will continue to be online. The Library Learning Commons will be reopening by reservation only beginning the week of July 12th on the Fall River, New Bedford, and Attleboro campuses. To book an appointment to use a computer, print out your paper, use a table for study or book a group study room, please use our Online Reservation System. For more information, see our Library Services webpage. The college will also be preparing our new location in Taunton with a plan to welcome students in the fall. 

Looking ahead to Fall 2021, we are confident that, with continued support and innovation, we can safely accommodate more hybrid courses and in-person activities on our campuses. Classes will be offered at all four of our locations in the Fall 2021 (Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton). Classrooms will return to normal, pre-pandemic set-ups.

Student Services and Enrollment offices will continue to have virtual and remote services throughout the summer. All of our campuses will be offering some appointment-based, in-person services for students, such as academic advising, financial aid counseling and some student activities this fall.

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 

  • College recommends continued virtual services.
  • Certain in-person services will require scheduled appointments such as, but not limited to, advising, counseling, clinicals, internships, placement testing, ODS, financial aid and counseling. 
    • 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. 
  • The Library Learning Commons and computer labs may require appointments for particular services.  
    • Tutoring services will be offered fully online. 
    • Drop-off and pick-up of library materials will be available in a “hands-free” format. 
    • Students who use shared computers will be asked to clean their area before/after use. Proper cleaning supplies will be available. 
  • When students come to campus for an appointment, QR codes will be used via the Bristol App for contact tracing purposes.   
  • Cleaning wipes, gloves and masks will be available in each building for use wherever students and staff meet. 
  • Grab & Go service will continue in the cafeteria. 
    • Eating outdoors, in a private office alone with the door shut, or in personal vehicles will be encouraged. 
  • Small lounge spaces will continue to remain closed, while larger lounge spaces may be used at a limited capacity, ensuring all proper health protocols are followed. 
  • Restrooms and elevators will return to pre-pandemic capacity.
  • Campus Police presence will continue and building TV monitors will 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.

Athletics Programs 

  • Athletics programs will be reinstituted this fall with practices beginning in August. We will be ready to change and adapt our practices based on the trajectory of the pandemic. 
  • All of our athletes and coaches will be required to have weekly COVID-19 testing and follow strict national health protocols specific to athletes. 
  • Athletics & Recreation will communicate specific athletic program protocols on a regular basis to athletes, students, staff and faculty. 
  • The Athletics Plan and updates can be viewed at http://www.bristolcc.edu/studentservices/activities/athletics/.

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