The Bristol Together plan was created to keep our college community safe during the pandemic. Although COVID-19 is not as prevalent as it had once been it is important that we continue to monitor our community and our college locations. Here is some helpful information. Visit this link for more general employee information.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms?  

COVID-19 should be treated like any other communicable illness. Do not come to campus if you have any signs or symptoms.

Keeping the college community safe should be the priority of everyone who is visiting any of our college locations.  If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidance below.


Notify your supervisor .

  • Let them know you will be out sick, in whatever medium you usually communicate absences, such as a call, text, email.     
  • Supervisors will discuss remote work or sick time options with employees.
  • Let your supervisor know when you're ready to return to work.
  • Employees who are requesting accommodations in addition to CDC guidance, should email us at providing details, including a picture or document with your test results that includes the date of the test. Please only use subject line COVID-19 when contacting Human Resources about COVID-19 related accommodations. Using only this subject line will allow us to get back to you in the most efficient manner.   
  • Bristol Community College continues 5-day isolation period. 
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The guidance shortens the isolation if one does not have a fever. The CDC did not offer guidance specifically for schools. Bristol Community College will continue to require a 5-day isolation period.  


Check in with employee.

  • Evaluate the employee's readiness to return to work and either support the employees in returning to work as needed or refer to Human Resources for extended leave or accommodations.

What to do if you are a close contact?  

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine as long as you remain asymptomatic, regardless of your vaccination status. You must wear a mask any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public for the 10 days following your exposure, unless you are unable to mask.

COVID-19 Vaccination policy  

As of May 18, 2023, the COVID-19 vaccine policy for students and employees expired. In general, there is no longer a COVID-19 vaccination policy. Some specific groups of students and employees may be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their clinical or external placements. Click for more information.

Face Masks  

Wearing masks or face coverings indoors at any Bristol Community College location is dependent on the daily level of new COVID-19 cases in our area. See below for more information. 

Know your Color! 


Please see the graph below as a visual guide and check this location for updates on whether a mask is required or not.

Mask guidance color codes

Masking Guide:

Color Description Masking
RED: 135 or more new COVID-19 cases per day.
High Risk, dining restrictions.
ORANGE: 5-134 new cases per day.
Moderately High Risk.
YELLOW: 58-94 new cases per day.
Moderately Low Risk.
GREEN: 57 or fewer new cases per day.
Low Risk.

When the positive case count drops to seven consecutive days that average below our threshold of 135 cases or fewer per day, we drop the requirement of using masks on campus back to recommended. If cases climb back to an average of 135 cases a day, we will shift to requiring masks. Free masks are available at the entrances of most Bristol Community College buildings.

COVID-19 Rapid Tests and Masks are Available at all Bristol Locations Listed Below

Attleboro Campus
Main Office
11 Field Road, Attleboro, MA 02703

Fall River Campus
Campus Police Department
777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720
D110, Hudnall Administration Building (D building)

New Bedford Campus
Main Office
800 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Taunton Center
Main Office
2 Hamilton Street, Taunton, MA 02780

Mental & Emotional Well-being 

Human Resources realizes that this is a stressful time for our employees. There are many support services available throughout our community. All employees can view available wellness resources on the Human Resources Benefits webpage. 

  • Student Wellness Mental Health Counseling is available through Bristol's Counseling Services. Visit Counseling Services or call 774.357.2234. 
  • CARE Team: To make a referral to the CARE Team, visit the CARE Team page. 
  • Mass4You: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employee Assistance Program Mass4You or call 844.263.1982 (available 24/7) 
  • Call2Talk: Mental health, emotional support and suicide prevention program provided by Mass211. It runs 24/7 and is there to help during stressful times


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.