Health & safety

With guidance from public health experts, industry professionals, and our own COVID-19 Response Team, we have drafted an emergency response plan that includes precautions to mitigate the spread of disease, interventions should someone in our community become sick, and multiple contingencies for working and learning remotely.

We feel confident in our ability to provide a safe, healthy, and productive environment for everyone at NBSS. However, it will take the commitment and dedication of our entire community to see us through this challenging moment. Fortunately, the characteristics the situation demands—adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, and focus—are all natural to our work in craft and skilled trades.

The preliminary protocols include:

  • Wearing masks at all times; possible use of face shields
  • Hand washing protocols
  • Daily self-reporting on symptoms and temperature
  • New work habits (limiting shared tools and space, cleaning, limited gathering, etc.)
  • Staff may be on rotating schedules or working from home where possible and appropriate
  • For the building, this includes configuring space and re-assigning space to allow 6 feet of distance between people; designated bathrooms, stairwells, rooms, etc. in order to keep people limited to small groups; directional pathways through the building
  • Increased professional cleaning, among other measures
  • Building is restricted to faculty, students and staff only and we are not planning for public events or visits

More detailed information on these preventative steps that address health and safety, as well as protocols for program-specific training, will be provided in the weeks to come.

Answers to your frequently asked questions related to general health and safety are below. View the main Reopening NBSS page here. Full-Time and Continuing Education students should visit the Training & Education page for their FAQs, and School employees should visit the Working at NBSS page. For questions not addressed here, please contact

Last updated 6/24/20. (Updated for reopening)

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Links

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC and have excellent websites with the latest information. Please bookmark these sites and check back often for relevant updates.