North Bennet Street School (NBSS) continues to closely follow the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak as it relates to the health of our community. There are a growing number of individuals being diagnosed throughout the world, including in Massachusetts and Boston. As always, the health and safety of our community is our top priority.
What is the School’s current status as it relates to COVID-19?
- Following the lead of other higher-ed institutions, and out of care for our community, we’ve decided to close the school building. This is effective at close of business on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 and continues through May 29, 2020.
- During this time, there will be no continuing education or full-time classes, no events, and no access to the building.
- Our Annual Celebration of Craft and graduation exercises have been moved to the fall. We feel these events should be in person, when we’re able to gather again. Details of these activities will be shared with our community in the weeks ahead.
- We are plan to reopen the first week of June, and will communicate any changes to this schedule with our community.
- Update from President Sarah Turner 4/2
- Update from President Sarah Turner 3/17
- Update from Provost Claire Fruitman 3/17
- Closure of School Building 3/11
Answers to your frequently asked questions are below. Please bookmark this page and check back often for up-to-date information. For questions not addressed here, contact email@example.com. For a list of artisan and business resources during the crisis, click here.
Last updated 4/2/20. (Updated closure date, added several FAQs)
- What is NBSS doing to protect the health of our community?
- How can I prevent COVID-19?
- Where can I get up-to-date information about COVID-19?
- What should I do if I'm sick?
- I know someone who is self-isolating. Do I need to self-isolate too?
- What if I’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19?
- What should I do if I'm diagnosed with COVID-19?
- What if someone at the School has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?
- I have a trip planned. Do I need to cancel it?
- How will I know if the School is closed due to COVID-19?
- I have to care for someone who is sick with COVID-19. What are my options for missing school?
- If I’m absent because of COVID-19, how will I make up my work?
- Is NBSS providing remote instruction for students while the building is closed?
- I left something at the building. Can I retrieve it if the School is closed?
- Will NBSS refund a portion of my tuition due to the building closure?
- Does the tuition refund policy apply to all types of financial aid? Loans, grants, payment plans, etc?
- How does this new tuition policy work in terms of Veterans Educational Benefits?
- When will I receive my tuition refund?
- Will tuition be reduced by 20% from April onward, or is it also retroactive for the past month?
- How does the School plan to make up for the missed in-person instruction due to the building closure?
- Will NBSS charge tuition when the time comes to make up the lost hours of hands-on instruction, or will tuition be waived?
- What will the availability of instructors be to support the students after the School reopens this summer?
- If I choose NOT to withdraw, what are my options to obtain bench use when the School reopens?
- If I withdraw for the Spring 2020 semester, can I return in September with no penalty? How will the School prioritize reentry (new students vs. returning students)?
- When will diplomas be awarded?
- If I have to miss work at NBSS because of self-isolation for COVID-19, will I need to work from home?
- Will I need to use sick time if I’m unable to work from home?
- I have to care for someone who is sick with COVID-19. What are my options for missing work?
- What should I do if one of my students seems ill and is still attending class?
- MA DPH: Current Cases in Massachusetts
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus
- CDC: Prevention and Treatment
- CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick
- CDC: How COVID-19 Spreads
- CDC: Situation Summary
- CDC: Current Cases in the US
- CDC: Global Map Confirmed Cases
- Boston Public Health Commission - coronavirus webpage
- BPHC Fact Sheet (PDF) If you have specific questions, please call the Boston HealthLine at 617-534-5050 during the week or dial 311 after business hours and on weekends.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield