Health & safety
With guidance from public health experts, industry professionals, and our own COVID-19 Response Team, we have developed a reopening plan that includes precautions and requirements to mitigate the spread of disease, interventions should someone in our community become sick, and multiple contingencies for working and learning remotely.
The current health and safety protocols include:
- Required wearing of approved mask types at all times.
- Frequent hand washing.
- Reconfiguring or limiting spaces to allow for physical distancing
- Daily screening and self-reporting of symptoms or illness.
- Required vaccination against Covid-19 for all full-time students, faculty, and staff as of August 30, 2021, with approved exemptions for medical or religious accomodations.
- Required PCR-type testing, and proof of negative result, prior to the start of School and after breaks.
- Limited use of shared tools and spaces, increased use of in-class technology, and working/learning remotely from home, when necessary.
- More frequent professional cleaning, among other disinfection measures.
We will work to provide a safe, healthy, and productive environment, and will adapt our approach as new information and guidance become available. However, it will take the commitment and dedication of our entire community to see us through. We are fortunate that the character this difficult situation demands—adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, and focus—are all natural to our work in craft and skilled trades.
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 email@example.com.
Last updated 6/7/21. (Updated vaccination policy and FAQs.)
- Is it required that all students, faculty, and staff be tested for COVID-19?
- What is the School's policy on Covid-19 vaccination?
- What is the School doing to help students, faculty, and staff get vaccinated?
- What if I don't want to be vaccinated?
- Do I still have to follow the School's health protocols after I've been vaccinated?
- Will we have to wear masks next year?
- Will programs still be isolated from each other next fall?
- What health and safety protocols are in place at the School?
- What else is NBSS doing to protect the health of our community?
- What are the School's policies for travel and gathering with family/friends?
- How will I know if the School or my program is closed due to COVID-19?
- What is the daily screening we need to complete? What does self-attest mean?
- How can I prevent COVID-19?
- What happens if a member of the NBSS community tests positive for COVID-19?
- Who is considered a "close contact" as it relates to COVID-19?
- What does "self-isolate" or "quarantine" mean?
- What should I do if I'm sick?
- I am a close contact of someone who is under quarantine. 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?
- Where can I get up-to-date information about COVID-19?
- MA DPH: Current Cases in Massachusetts
- MA: Details for Travelers, Visitors, and Residents
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus
- CDC: Prevention and Treatment
- CDC: Vaccine Information
- 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
- List of artisan and business resources during the crisis