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 PCR-type testing, and proof of negative result, prior to the start of School and after breaks.
  • Specific actions from the Commonwealth for travelers to Massachusetts, and residents returning home to MA, prior to arrival.
  • School-wide travel policies, supplemental to those from the Commonwealth, for those who travel outside of MA, or spend time with others who traveled from outside of MA.
  • New protocols for self-quarantine and testing if you gather indoors, and are in close contact with people outside of your normal household.
  • 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

Last updated 2/20/21. (Updated FAQs on vaccinations.)

Frequently Asked Questions