Communication

Student Communication

November 4, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

In last week's communication, we promised to confirm whether the College would be able to safely return to in-person classes, activities and on-campus work after the 14-day pause that was started on October 27. Unfortunately, COVID-19 reported cases grew by another eight residential students this past week. And cases continue to rise in Essex County and throughout the state. Consequently, we must take further action to ensure the health and safety of all our members.

Today we write to advise students and faculty that all Bloomfield College classes and labs will continue to operate online through the end of the fall semester.

Administrators and staff currently working remotely are expected to return to work on campus as previously scheduled, on Tuesday, November 10. Employees with additional questions should contact the Office of Human Resources directly for specific individual information or view the FAQs.

Student workers may work from home only.

Further details:

  • Faculty will hold virtual office hours, and continue to follow an online format, communicating with students through email, Blackboard, Google Meet or other platforms.
  • Students in clinical experiences at local area hospitals or other healthcare facilities can continue with in-person instruction at off-campus sites if permitted by the host institution.
  • Academic advising and registration will continue to be conducted online. Registration questions should be referred to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bloomfield.edu. Advising questions should be directed to advising@bloomfield.edu.
  • Residence halls will remain open. Resident students who wish to return home for the remainder of the fall semester should notify the REH Office immediately at residence_life@bloomfield.edu.
  • Food services will be available for grab and go only through the end of the semester, and will be available during the Thanksgiving break.
  • All College sponsored events, both on and off campus, will be moved to a virtual format or will be postponed. More information will be forthcoming for students.
  • Finals will take place online during the established schedule, December 14-18.

The instructional format for spring 2021 semester courses and any adjustments to the spring schedule will be evaluated as we monitor what is currently a fluid situation. Announcements will be made as soon as possible to help you prepare for the spring semester.

A reminder that members of the College community must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. To report a COVID-19 case, please see instructions here.

We will always maintain the health and safety of our College community as our highest priority. We ask that everyone remain vigilant in following the health and safety protocols of wearing facial coverings, washing your hands and practicing social distancing as we work together to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 26, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Regional COVID-19 cases are on the rise, including here in Essex County. Reflective of this trend, this past week Bloomfield College received reports of seven (7) positive COVID-19 cases. Six cases involved residential students who are currently in isolation. One case involved a commuter student who is also in isolation. In an abundance of caution in ensuring the health and safety of our campus community, the College is pausing all in-person classes and activities for 14 days effective Tuesday, October 27.

Below are the details of the current plan:

- The College remains open virtually.

- In-person LECTURE and LAB classes and the face-to-face components of all HYBRID and PONL (partially online) courses will be moved to online synchronous for the 14-day period. Online synchronous classes take place in real-time with all students and the instructor working together virtually at the same time and same day.

- Employees will be working remotely for the 14-day period in consultation with their supervisor. This does not include those essential employees whose presence on campus is necessary. Vice Presidents and their management teams will provide their employees with further guidance. Employees with additional questions should contact the Office of Human Resources directly for specific individual information or view the FAQs.

- Faculty will be following an online format and are encouraged to communicate with students through email, Blackboard or other platforms and to establish virtual office hours.

- Academic advising and registration will be conducted online. Students will receive instructions on how to proceed. Registration questions should be referred to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bloomfield.edu. Advising questions should be directed to advising@bloomfield.edu.

- Residence halls will remain open. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

- Food services for all resident students and employees will be available for grab and go only during the 14-day period.

- All College-sponsored events, both on and off-campus, will be moved to a virtual format or will be postponed. More information will be forthcoming for students.

- Prior to returning to campus, a re-evaluation will take place to confirm that in-person classes, activities, and on-campus work may resume safely on Tuesday, November 10. You will be notified in advance of that day.

We will always maintain the health and safety of our College community as our highest priority. Today’s announcement is indicative of this priority. Thank you for your understanding and continued vigilance as we work together to mitigate the spread of the virus.

We continue to be in this together.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 1, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Today we write with a new way to support one another in staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Jersey Department of Health has released COVID Alert NJ, a free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We encourage you to download the app today.

The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool - all while maintaining privacy and anonymity between users.

With all of us working together, this is yet another way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Here are the steps for getting the free app:

- Download COVID Alert NJ today. The app is free via the App Store and Google Play Store. Go to covid19.nj.gov/app.

- Opt in to "exposure notifications" on the app. This will allow you to know if you have been in close contact with someone who has the app and has tested positive for COVID-19.

- Consider encouraging at least five of your colleagues, friends or family members to download the app. The app's effectiveness depends on collective participation - the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. The app may be used by anyone in New Jersey over the age of 18.

- Continue to follow health precautionary actions in public. Wear a face covering, practice social distancing and hand hygiene, and stay home if you are sick as directed through the College's LiveSafe app.

As a member of the New Jersey higher education community, Bloomfield College is proud to support the overarching public health effort to defeat COVID-19. To access more information on COVID Alert NJ, visit covid19.nj.gov/app.

Best wishes, and we hope you are having a super semester!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 21, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

We hope you are off to a great start of the Fall 2020 semester. With this message, we would like to remind you of a number of campus health and safety procedures.

Prior to Coming to Campus: Monitor Symptoms and Complete LiveSafe App Questionnaire

- Each day before coming to campus, students and employees need to take their temperature and complete the LiveSafe app daily questionnaire which monitors the symptoms associated with having COVID-19.

- Students with an elevated temperature over 100.4 F and/or who receive a red X following the completion of the LiveSafe app questionnaire should remain home and contact the Student Affairs Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.

- Employees with an elevated temperature over 100.4 F and/or who receive a red X following the completion of the LiveSafe app questionnaire, should remain home and contact the Human Resources Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440.

Testing and Quarantining

- COVID Positive Individuals: If diagnosed as COVID positive, students should contact the Student Affairs Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245 and employees should contact the Human Resources Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440. Individuals are required to quarantine for up to 14 days and need to provide clearance by a medical provider to return to campus (this may require additional testing).

- COVID Negative Individuals: Individuals in a contact tracing protocol who receive a negative test will also be required to quarantine for up to 14 days after which time they may return to campus (if they remain asymptomatic and did not have a subsequent positive test).

- Return to Campus Requirements for Individuals with COVID Positive or Negative Results: Students will provide clearance verification to Student Affairs, which will notify the Registrar's Office that the student can return to class. The Registrar's Office will notify faculty that the student is medically cleared to return to class. Employees will provide clearance verification to HR and direct supervisor.

- Bloomfield College provides the Bloomfield Health Department with information on any student, employee or visitor who tests positive for COVID-19 including a list of close contacts, duration of exposure to other individuals and activity history during the previous 14 days (this information will remain confidential). The health department takes the lead in conducting the COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing, and makes testing recommendations.

- The Bloomfield Health Department maintains full communication with the College to assure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within our campus community.

Physical Plant/Facilities Cleaning and Sanitation Protocol

- Bloomfield College has an established protocol developed by the Emergency Response Team and distributed to the College community that addresses reporting and cleaning protocols for areas that are exposed to the virus. These areas will be closed and isolated immediately for further inspection, deep cleaning and other safety measures.

On-campus Protocols for Individuals: Wash Hands, Wear Masks and Social Distance

- Remember to wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer to help fend off the virus.

- Everyone must wear a face covering/mask covering both the nose and mouth at all times while on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

- Follow the social distancing guidelines of keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others. Carefully adhere to the reminder social distancing foot markers that have been placed throughout our campus buildings and offices.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we wish you a healthy Fall semester!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

Septemper 8, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Today we write to inform you of the procedure established for communicating with the campus community about any positive COVID-19 test results that are reported to Bloomfield College by students or employees.

On a weekly basis, by noon on Monday, we will post information reflecting any positive cases from the prior week. The information provided will include the date of the report and a description of whether the reported case involves a student or an employee. In juxtaposing our desire and need for transparency while also maintaining the health confidentiality of the members of our College community, this will be the only information the College will publicly provide about confirmed cases.

When Bloomfield College is in receipt of a COVID-19-related report, we are required to communicate detailed information to the Bloomfield Health Department who then manages the investigation and related contact tracing procedures while not revealing an individual's name. As part of our shared responsibility to keep each other safe, all members of the College community must cooperate with contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Also, take note that contact tracing protocols allow for only those who have been exposed to be directly informed that an unnamed person has tested positive. We ask any individual who is contacted by the Bloomfield Health Department to not notify other people unless instructed to do so by a Health Department representative.

As you know, members of the College community must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245 or via email at saffairs@bloomfield.edu, and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

As a reminder, all students and employees are required to conduct a daily health assessment and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms as recommended by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education's guidelines for colleges and universities and noted in the Bloomfield College Restart Plan. By now, everyone should have downloaded the LiveSafe app for your Apple or Android device. Or, you may access the questionnaire on your desktop. It is also important that all students and employees complete the SafeColleges Online Training courses immediately.

In addition, it is required that everyone on campus:

  1. Wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors
  2. Practice social distancing
  3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available).

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our Bloomfield College community a safe and healthy place in which to learn, live and work.

Sincerely,

Contingency Task Force

August 26, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

We are so happy to welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester! Below are some items we want to bring to your attention that we hope will help make your semester a great one.

Welcome Back Kits for Students

Welcome Back Kits for all Bloomfield College Resident Students will be distributed during the move-in process between Wednesday, August 26 and Saturday, August 29. You are invited to receive your Welcome Back Kit after you obtain your keys and complete a successful check-in. For additional information about the important items in your Welcome Back Kit, please ask the Residential Education and Housing (REH) team as you check in, or email residence_life@bloomfield.edu.

Commuter Students are invited to pick up their Welcome Back Kits directly from Admission Office representatives between Monday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 2 at one of two locations:

- Small Tent outside of One Park Place (Admission Office)

- Small Tent Outside of the Library

Ask Me Booths

During the first days of the semester Admission Counselors, Storyteller Student Ambassadors, and other College representatives will be available at two Ask Me Booths located just outside the Admission Office (One Park Place) and the Library. We are here to help guide you, so please stop by the booths if you have any questions as you settle into your fall semester. Ask Me Booths are currently scheduled Monday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 2 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

And, if you can't make it to one of the Ask Me Booths but still have questions, we welcome your questions directly via text to the Office of Admission at (973) 874-1313. We want to make sure you receive the most accurate and timely information!

Again, best wishes for a smooth start to the Fall 2020 semester.

Sincerely,

The Contingency Planning Task Force

August 26, 2020

Dear Students,

We write to follow up on an update to the allowable higher education teaching modalities as described in Governor Murphy's Executive Order 175 announced on August 13. This executive order gives colleges and universities permission and the option to hold in-person classes within the parameters of the current social distancing and other safety protocols.

In light of the now allowable in-person teaching modality, Bloomfield College is opting to keep to its current plan for a mainly online fall semester - yet is happy to announce a small number of in-person hybrid courses will also now be offered.

If you recall, hybrid courses are those that meet both online and in-person, usually meeting face-to-face for a limited number of in-class sessions. These hybrid courses will be listed as Lecture in the registration portal. Each faculty member will communicate directly with their students in these hybrid courses to inform them about in person meeting dates. In addition, you may see courses listed as Lab, which will meet in person.

As a reminder, below is a detailed description of what you can expect to experience in classes that use Synchronous or Asynchronous online teaching modalities:

Online Synchronous: Online education in real-time with all students and the instructor working together virtually at the same time on the same day. These fully online courses will be listed as Online Synchronous and will have a day and time listed on the schedule.

Online Asynchronous: Online education that is self-paced without live, real-time instruction. This is a traditional online class where students log in and work at times convenient to them completing assigned work by specified due dates. These fully online courses will be listed as Online ;Asynchronous and will have no time or day associated with them on the schedule.

The registration schedule is now updated and we encourage you to review the modality of your courses by logging into your MyBloomfield Portal Self-Service Student Account page and clicking on the link for Self Service in the My Resources box. Then choose Student Planning where you can view your fall schedule and see which type of classes you will have for fall—Online Synchronous, Online Asynchronous, Lecture, or Labs/clinicals.

If you have any questions regarding the modality of your courses, please email your academic advisor or registrar@bloomfield.edu for assistance.

In closing, we wish to thank you for the strong adaptability you have continued to exhibit during this very challenging time.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 21, 2020

Dear Students,

We are so excited to welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester at Bloomfield College!

We have worked diligently to create a safe and healthy environment for you and our entire campus community. Below are some of the new elements of attending classes and studying.

We've Got You Covered with These Health and Safety Protocols!

  1. Mandatory Daily Health Check-in Via LiveSafe App
  2. Enhanced Cleaning of Campus Buildings
  3. Wear a Mask Indoors and Outdoors on Campus
  4. Social Distancing Measures Across Campus
  5. Wash Hands Regularly with Soap & Water

We wish you a safe, healthy and amazing semester!

The Contingency Planning Task Force

August 17, 2020

Dear Students,

We hope you are well. Below is detailed information about the required daily reporting of potential COVID-19 symptoms through the LiveSafe app.

LiveSafe is an enterprise-class mobile safety communications platform that provides a confidential way for individuals to monitor and report symptoms, communicate COVID-19 information and offer resources relevant to the current outbreak. The app is a simple way for students to self-attest that they are feeling well enough to come to campus and are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

LiveSafe will give you access to the following:

  • Daily Symptom Reporting: Students will be required daily to complete a quick self-report of COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus. Upon submission of your responses in the daily health survey, you will be given clearance to come to campus or notification that you should remain at home. If you are asked to remain at home, the health services office will follow up with you. 
  • Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions: Through the LiveSafe app, you can submit questions or seek information from the Coronavirus response team.
  • CDC COVID-19 Guidance: Get one-touch access to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Push, Text, and/or Email Notifications: Get communications fromBloomfield Collegeregarding the outbreak in real-time.

All students will be required to utilize this application on a daily basis to support the College and each other in creating the safest environment possible. We ask for your full compliance and support of this state mandate. 

Getting Started with LiveSafe Mobile

Step 1:

  • To download the app on your Apple device, you can access the app by searching the App Store for "LiveSafe" or click here.
  • To download the app on your Android device, you can search the App Store for "LiveSafe" or click here.
  • The app itself cannot be accessed from a desktop, but the Daily Health Questionnaire can be: to access, simply use this link: https://livesafe.jotform.com/202027190537853 

It is recommended that individuals without smartphones, bookmark/favorite this on their home computer so they can fill it out before leaving for the day.

Step 2:

  • Open the LiveSafe app. 
  • Enter your Bloomfield College email address.
  • Confirm your email address.
  • Tap "Next" in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Complete your profile by entering your first name, last name, and creating a password.

Daily Symptom Check

  • Prior to coming to campus for any reason, you will be required to complete the LiveSafe Daily Health Questionnaire on your app.
  • Take the survey (answer all four questions). The logic results in a green checkmark (you are feeling OK and cleared to come to campus) or a red X (please inform your instructor that you cannot come to campus).
  • If you do not complete the survey, you will not be permitted on campus.
  • If you are feeling symptomatic and received a red X: 

-Do not report to campus.

-Remain home and consider contacting a healthcare provider to discuss getting tested for COVID-19.

-You must get clearance from a doctor/clinic to return to campus.

Thank you in advance for doing your part to ensure the College remains in compliance with all requirements from the state of New Jersey and the NJ Department of Health that have been put into place to keep our community healthy and safe.

If you have any questions or need assistance related to the use of the LiveSafe app, please contact Keisha Newell at keisha_newell@bloomfield.edu or Rose Mitchell at Rose_Mitchell@bloomfield.edu ,

Best wishes,

Office of Student Affairs 

August 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

We hope you are safe and well. In this email, we continue to keep you apprised of the implementation details associated with Bloomfield College’s Restart Plan.

The College has established enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols to meet the guidelines and requirements established by the CDC and local and state health departments for a safe return to campus. We will be partnering with ABM, an outside certified cleaning company for assistance. As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority. 

The below outlines the additional measures the College will be taking. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection

- The College will provide EPA approved disinfectants, paper towels and disposable gloves for use in classrooms and labs by employees and students to wipe down these spaces. It is suggested that you clean your areas, especially shared spaces like classrooms and labs, before and after use. To request these supplies to be used in office spaces, contact carol_contella@bloomfield.edu.

- Training on proper cleaning protocols will be provided through the required SafeCollege’s courses. For more information on this, please view our email sent on Thursday, August 6, 2020. You will see free-standing hand sanitizer units across campus.

- The use of plexiglass shields, tables and/or other barriers are installed in the workplace as recommended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

- The College has purchased a mobile Clorox electronic sprayer to be used throughout the campus.

- Increased frequency of disinfection of all high touch point areas in a facility - these areas include common areas, bathrooms, residence halls, entryways, stairwells, elevators and classrooms. During non-operating hours, ABM’s certified disinfection specialists will further disinfect all buildings in use beyond the high touch point cleaning conducted during the day. This will occur from 9 PM until 5 AM, Monday through Friday. 

- All other areas within facilities, including offices, will be cleaned and disinfected once per day. And a request can be made for increased cleaning services, and for additional cleaning supplies by emailing carol_contella@bloomfield.edu

High Traffic Areas

Include: College Hall, Knox Hall-first floor, CITEL (entire building), Talbot Hall, Library, Gym and CAT Building.

- These buildings will be sanitized seven (7) times per day, five (5) days per week.

- While most buildings will receive cleaning and enhanced disinfection between 6 AM and 3 PM, the below will be cleaned and sanitized on the following schedule:

- College Hall - 10 AM until 8 PM

- CITEL, Talbot Hall, Library, Gym, CAT Building - 6 AM until 11 PM

- Intermittent cleaning performed by students, faculty and staff.

Residence Halls

- Shared bathrooms in residential halls will be cleaned and sanitized two (2) times a day seven (7) days a week. Bathrooms included in this are community bathrooms located outside of individual dorms and shared bathrooms located within suites. 

- If students with private bathrooms within their suites would like cleaning supplies to further clean their own bathrooms, please contact the Physical Plant at 973-748-9000, ext. 1263.

Computer Labs 

- Computers will be configured to 6 ft. social distancing between monitors (this means some monitors will be taken offline). Users will be asked to wear provided disposable gloves in addition to their face coverings while using the computers. 

- Computer Labs will be professionally disinfected throughout the day in line with the cleaning frequency plan of their encompassing building. 

- There will be sanitation stations located in each lab which will include gloves and disinfectant wipes. The disinfectant wipes are to be used by lab visitors before and after use to ensure intermittent cleaning between professional sanitation rounds.

- Plastic keyboard coverings will be placed over the keyboards for easy cleaning. 

Adherence to Changing Protocols

The College is prepared to adapt the cleaning plan to match the campus traffic levels--all in accordance with the guidelines established by the Governor’s Office and the NJ Department of Health.

The Bloomfield College staff is committed to keeping our community healthy and safe at all times, and we are confident we have met all the requirements for when the campus welcomes everyone back. 

Should you have further questions, please reach out to us at contingencytaskforce@bloomfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 6, 2020

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe. As we traverse these unprecedented times, I have felt such great pride as we have stood strong and remained nimble to best meet the challenges put before us. We have been in a new reality since the spring, and it has changed the higher education landscape in ways that we may need to continue to embrace for some time.

Unfortunately, the state of New Jersey remains in Stage 2 of the Governor’s Restart Standards which mandates very limited in-person learning and working. Based on this, in consultation with the COVID-19 Contingency Planning Task Force and the President’s Council, we have made the decision to begin the fall semester online with the allowed exception of certain clinical, laboratory and other hands-on learning experiences that require specialized equipment. This decision, at this time, allows us to be best prepared for the start of the semester.

The College will remain fully prepared to move to face-to-face instruction if and when conditions change and Governor Murphy’s office communicates a shift to Stage 3. As you may recall, a transition to Stage 3 depends on a reduction in infection rates in New Jersey and other factors considered by the Governor and the New Jersey Department of Health. A move to Stage 3 will allow colleges and universities to hold face-to-face instruction in a limited capacity. This is where we had all hoped to be at this date, yet regrettably, our state has not yet reached this long-awaited milestone.

As you might imagine, nothing would give me more pleasure than to welcome everyone back to campus--students, faculty and staff--and to engage with you in person. You all are greatly missed! Yet, the current worldwide health crisis continues to loom well into the summer, and we must be vigilant in doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of all the members of our Bloomfield College Family.

Within this plan, it is our aim to continue to hold a number of virtual engagements and some in-person activities for students during the fall, and you will learn more about them in the coming weeks.The more you participate, the more we will all grow as members of the resilient community that we are. What’s more, for those students who plan to reside on campus, I feel heartened to tell you that there are no changes to your on-campus living status and you are welcome to move forward with your housing plans.

For our highly dedicated and hard-working employees, please know that you will be receiving a detailed “return to work” email from the Contingency Planning Task Force soon outlining important information, and additional employee communications from Human Resources.

As we continue to stay connected virtually, remember that Bloomfield College is open! We are here to help and support you, so please check your Bloomfield.edu emails regularly.

So, Bears, let’s stay strong together, stay safe, and let’s continue to thrive in our educational mission and our personal and professional academic pursuits.

Warm regards,

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
August 4, 2020

Dear Students,

Bloomfield College is committed to supporting your academic success as we navigate the new conditions for the fall semester. Please know that we are here to help.

In an effort to ensure that you are fully prepared for a successful semester, we are sending this email to advise you of the minimum technology you will need for participating in your classes and how to communicate with us about any lack of access concerns you may have. If you do not have access to any of the necessary minimum technology, the below information offers a number of options for you to consider.

Please know that it is important that you read this email in its entirety, including clicking on the linked documents. Our goal is to communicate information that is helpful to you as you plan for the fall semester!

Minimum Technology You Need

In order to have full functionality and to be successful while completing remote coursework, students will need to have certain minimum hardware, software and internet connection capabilities. The Student Technology Guide for Fall 2020 provides the detailed minimum requirements needed, and includes a number of easy to click download links to software you will need.

Laptop Availability

- Laptop loaners are available for students who do not have access to technology at home. If you have a desktop or laptop at home, please refrain from requesting a laptop loaner.

- To request a laptop loaner, please complete the Fall 2020 Student Technology Request Form.

- Submitted student technology request forms are reviewed on a daily basis. Please check your Bloomfield.edu email on a regular basis for a response.

Reimbursable Deposit Fees for Laptop Loaners

 

- A $265 laptop loaner deposit charge will be placed on your student account. This charge will be removed after you return the equipment to the IT Help Desk or purchase the equipment to keep.

- This charge will not impact your ability to register for classes. To view your student account, please visit your MyBloomfield Portal Self-Service Student Account page.

- The deadline for returning laptop loaners is December 22 after Fall 2020 finals. You will be contacted via email as we approach this date with further instructions. To purchase the loaner equipment, please contact the Student Financial Services Office.

Internet Access

- The College is unable to provide internet access at your home. However, we are committed to identifying other ways to ensure that students have the ability to continue remote learning away from campus.

- The options for accessing WiFi will be available under the Information Technology Portal, some of which may be free, including gaining WiFi through mobile hotspots, Optimum/Spectrum service or Optimum/Spectrum/Xfinity WiFi. Review these options carefully, and if you have any further questions, please contact IT HelpDesk.

Technology Support: The Bloomfield College IT Help Desk is available to assist you with navigating your online classes. Direct any questions to Helpdesk@Bloomfield.edu or call 973-748-9000, ext. 1224.

Thank you for reviewing this information as well as the linked information, and for following through with these important recommendations and technology safety protocols.

Please reach out if you have any remaining questions. We are here to support you during this transition as we plan for the fall semester.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

July 28, 2020

Dear Students,

As you prepare for the start of the semester, your safety and wellness and that of our campus community is the priority of the College. Students who will have hybrid or in-person classes, or otherwise access the physical campus, need to plan ahead to ensure they are complying with COVID-related travel advisories.

In accordance, Bloomfield College requires all students entering New Jersey from outside of the United States, or from the domestic states that are listed under the New Jersey Travel Advisory (currently 36 states), to quarantine for a 14-day period prior to arriving and engaging in-person on campus. It is important to note that this list is updated regularly and can change at any time. Students who originate from states that get added to the travel advisory list and those who originate from states that are removed from the list are required to quarantine.

Students are expected to continue to review the states included in the travel advisory, make plans accordingly, and commit to not interacting with others on campus until quarantining conditions have been met.

CDC conditions for quarantine include:

  • Staying at home
  • Not having visitors
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household
  • Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
  • Not sharing personal items such as towels and utensils

Further, New Jersey guidance suggests that individuals should only leave the place of self-quarantine to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. All students must adhere to quarantine guidelines. Students who plan to live off campus in fall 2020 who originate from one of these locations will be expected to quarantine in their personal off-campus living arrangements before engaging on campus, following the above stated conditions.

Students who plan to live on campus in fall 2020 who originate from one of the states listed on the travel advisory have two choices to fulfill their quarantine:

  1. Students may choose to quarantine in New Jersey for the duration of the quarantine period if their accommodations permit them to adhere to the quarantine conditions required as outlined above. Students cannot split their quarantine period between off-campus and on-campus to meet full adherence to the intent of quarantine guidance.
  2. Students who plan to live on campus in fall 2020 who do not have family/friends housing arrangements in New Jersey to appropriately quarantine will be accommodated on campus. Quarantine on-campus housing will be available on August 13. Students should consider their arrival date, accounting for a 14-day required quarantine period before engaging with the community. Move-in dates will be approved based on these timelines on a case-by-case basis for engagement on campus. Prior to move-in date, all approved students are required to confirm financial settlement from Student Accounts Receivable in the Student Financial Services Office. Students must also meet all health compliance mandates before the move-in date.

Students must notify the College of their quarantine plans by August 6. Qualifying students will be assigned to a quarantine on-campus location. We will accommodate as many students as possible in their fall assignment, however we may require quarantine in temporary locations to align with quarantine standards and expectations. All approved students will be required to schedule a COVID-19 Test at a local health care center within 48 hours of arrival to campus. Students may also opt to complete the test prior to the date of arrival.

While on campus, students are asked to maintain social distance from other students/members of the campus community in accordance with New Jersey quarantine guidelines. Students will be permitted to leave their residence hall to pick up meals or for medical appointments only. Students must wear cloth face coverings when inside any building (when outside personal room) and outside when social distancing is not possible, and adhere to all other quarantine conditions outlined above.

The College cares deeply about student safety and potential financial hardship. Therefore, students will not be charged for the additional 2-weeks of quarantine housing. Additionally, Gourmet Dining Services will provide grab and go brunch and dinner free of charge during the 14-day quarantine period.

The College completely understands that the designated quarantine period is inconvenient; however, these essential steps are necessary to promote and maintain a safe and healthy environment for the entire community. We appreciate your support and compliance with this mandate.

If you have questions related to housing, please contact the Residential Education and Housing Office at residence_life@bloomfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Rose Mitchell
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

July 17, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

I am looking forward to welcoming all students on campus for the upcoming semester. The Contingency Planning Task Force continues to meet and is working tirelessly on our comprehensive restartplan. This email is long but filled with important information about the plan!

We understand that this is all uncharted territory for you. We feel the same. This email will not answer all your questions so moving forward, expect weekly emails from myself and the Task Force. We pledge to remain in constant contact. Your safety, health, and well-being remain our top priorities. We are confident that we have met the standards mandated by the state of New Jersey for all New Jersey colleges and universities to safely kick off the semester.

Whether you are returning to campus or beginning your college journey, there is no way around this - it will certainly be an experience you never imagined. You aren’t alone – the Bloomfield College community is here to ensure that you will still have the best educational experience you can possibly have, while remaining safe and healthy!

General Safeguarding

The College has established the following guidelines and procedures - consistent with the CDC and Governor Murphy’s executive orders - to help ensure that all students, employees and visitors are safe and remain healthy. Examples of guidelines are included below:

  • Practicing social distancing (6 feet) and wearing face coverings when in the presence of others on all College grounds both indoors and outdoors.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds. If not available, hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol at a minimum may be used; 70% is recommended.
  • Practicing proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing. Cover your mouth with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow, even if you are wearing a mask.

Prior to the return to campus, students will be expected to complete provided training listed below:

  • Coronavirus Awareness
  • CDC Guidelines for Making and Using Cloth Face Coverings
  • CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting your Desk, Computer Lab, and Dorm room
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety

Cleaning and Sanitation

The College will provide disinfectants, paper towels, and disposable gloves throughout the workspace and classrooms for employee and student use in wiping down surfaces. The disinfectant will be alcohol-based wipes or sprays that are EPA approved, as recommended by the CDC.

The College will be providing students with a Welcome Back Kit. This kit will include four (4) reusable cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, a digital thermometer, a touchless entry tool and a copy of the CDC guidelines.

The College will communicate detailed information about cleaning protocols and proper cleaning techniques throughout the semester. But, to start:

Physical Plant has increased and will continue to operate at increased levels of routine cleaning. The College has also partnered with an outside certified cleaning company for assistance with the disinfecting of high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. The certified cleaning company specializes in disinfection and the staff is trained on the proper use of PPE, chemical use, and cleaning techniques. The company’s certified disinfection specialists adhere to disinfecting protocols that are approved by their in-house health care team and CDC Disease Specialists.

Maintaining Your Health

We are partnering with our local health care providers to make testing available to the entire college community.

The College will promote extensive screening and self-monitoring for students and employees. Every day, before coming to Bloomfield College, you are to take your temperature with the thermometer provided within your Welcome Back Kit. If your temperature is over 100.4 F, you will be advised to not come to the College.

In addition to screening and recommendation for testing, contact tracing is an effective disease control strategy that involves identifying individuals and their contacts. The College has engaged the Bloomfield Department of Health on appropriate guidance for screening, testing, and contact tracing. Should someone test positive, any information will be transferred to the Bloomfield Department of Health who will take full responsibility to conduct the COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. The Bloomfield Department of Health will initiate investigations as quickly as possible and maintain full communication with the College to assure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

The College will communicate detailed information in the coming weeks.

 Classes and Instruction

Our plan is to offer as many in-person classes as possible. However, because guidelines required by the State of New Jersey mandate social distancing in classrooms, we have limited classroom capacity to offer most of our classes in person only without some online components.

Hybrid courses are a combination of both in-person and online sessions. We will have a limited number of traditional hybrid courses due to classroom capacity. As a result, many of our classes will be held in flex or alternating hybrid where students in the class will be assigned to different groups that meet only on certain days while the rest of the class participates at the same time virtually. Right now, we are working through the details of how online and different types of hybrid courses will be indicated on student schedules. Please contact your Academic Advisor if you have specific questions about your course assignments and we will work to address those questions.

 Spaces around Campus: Including Classrooms, Computer Labs, and the Library

Capacity in all waiting areas in administrative buildings will be reduced by 50% with all social distancing measures enforced.

The CDC states that routine HVAC maintenance is recommended. Although it is never the first line of prevention, general ventilation adjustments indoors around campus have been made and all air filters were replaced on campus in June to ensure they run without issue. Additionally:

  • Workstations, classrooms, residence halls, and common areas have been set up to ensure the minimum distancing.
  • Class scheduling software has been used by the Registrar’s Office to set classroom capacities at 20-25% based on our measurements and room mock-ups to accommodate 6 feet of distance.
  • The Library will encourage use of online book materials over hardcopy and provide curbside pickup and drop off.
  • Gloves will be required in all open lab areas.
  • Computer labs will be professionally cleaned daily, including desk areas, workstations and screen, keyboards, mice, multimedia controls, etc.

Residence Halls

All resident students will be instructed to self-isolate and self-monitor for fourteen days prior to returning to campus.

  • Move-in will be staggered and scheduled by appointment at the assigned residential location.
  • Only two outside persons may accompany students during the move-in process. All students and family members must wear gloves and mask/face shields during the move-in process.
  • The Residential Education and Housing office has eliminated all triple room accommodations.
  • The overall residential capacity has been reduced by more than 70 beds.
  • The College has reserved beds for self/isolation/quarantine housing. Appropriate safety instructions will be posted in all quarantine/self-isolation facilities.

The College will implement increased cleaning of high-touch areas within the residence halls.

More information will be provided to resident students about this process by the Office of Residential Education and Housing.

Student Services

The College will assure that essential student services are available and accessible.

Other student support offices will open during the month of August prior to the first day of the semester. These offices will include Center for Student Success, Center for Leadership, and Engagement, Health and Wellness Center.

The Center for Student Success encompasses essential academic support services for students. The services will be provided both in person and virtually to meet the demanding needs of the student population for the Fall 2020 semester. These services include but are not limited to student-facing services in the advising, coaching, tutoring, and writing areas. Every effort is being made to rearrange tutoring and group spaces to allow for social distancing. Students will be required to make appointments and wear a mask. In addition to the in-person support, remote services will include virtual tutoring, coaching, writing consultations, career counseling and live chat for quick questions.

Dining Halls

In accordance with the current Executive Order which prohibits indoor dining, the College’s current plan is to provide a grab and go dining program with a delivery option for students who are quarantined or in self-isolation.Gourmet Dining Services has created an extensive plan to assure the safety of cafeteria staff, students, and employees.

All food service employees will participate in ServSafe COVID-19 safety training. Additionally, supplier and delivery protocols have been developed to ensure products arrive to campus safely.

 Study Abroad

Bloomfield College has suspended all study abroad experiences, and faculty-led courses abroad for 2020-21 and will create a Global Education Task Force to review and consider all aspects of, and opportunities for, global education at the College.

 Athletics

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) will not participate in intercollegiate competition during the Fall 2020 season due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the College will continue to honor the athletic scholarships that have been offered to our student-athletes.

The Athletics department has established written protocols for student-athlete and staff orientation/training. If you are a student-athlete, you will receive more communication on what you should expect this year.

 State Restart and Guidelines

 Our plan, along with every New Jersey institution’s plan, is based on the belief that our great state will remain on course to reach Stage 3 of its reopening plan by the time you are expected on campus. Stage 3 allows for colleges and universities in our state to open and welcome you inside our classrooms and facilities.

If the state remains in Stage 2 or must return to Stage 2 at some point during the semester, we will move all instruction virtual with the exception of certain laboratory and clinical experiences. Specific accommodations for Veteran students and international students will comply with current federal regulations and guidelines.

How You Can Help

 As stated above the community is expected to follow and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the restart plan, such as practicing social distancing, washing your hands, wearing your face mask and self-monitoring. We’ve also implemented aggressive cleaning protocols and modified facilities, spacing plans, and directional signage in all areas of the campus.

Being a part of a campus means you are part of a community, a family. All will be asked to take personal responsibility for sticking to personal hygiene protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies. We must work together to do all that we can to prevent the spread – and if you are sick, don’t put others at risk.

 That’s All for Now

As we approach the fall semester and remain in accordance with the restart standards for the state of New Jersey, we will let you know if anything changes.

In the meantime, please join me and the Task Force for a Virtual Q&A Town Hall for students on Monday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. Login details will be sent on Monday. We encourage you to participate.

We are in this together! Should you have any questions or concerns, the Task Force is here to assist you every step of the way.

Thank you and talk soon!

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College

June 16, 2020

Dear Students,

Bloomfield College cannot wait to welcome you, safely, back to campus. This is the first of a number of emails you will receive from us, the Bloomfield College Contingency Planning Task Force.

We will summarize our work, but first, here are some key points we do not want to get lost within this email.

Key Points

  • The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020.
  • Fall semester courses will be scheduled with social distancing measures and delivered via enhanced online and hybrid format.
  • The Taskforce has developed guidelines and extra precautions to keep the Bloomfield College campus safe for students. Keep reading for more information.

 
In addition to the key points you read above, the following was also decided:

  • Social distancing, as defined by public health officials and College guidelines, is required on campus.
  • Implementation of cleaning protocols and facilities modifications are underway, including spacing plans and social distancing directional signage around campus.
  • The College will equip all students, faculty and staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • The cancellation of all study abroad experiences for 2020-21.
  • Resident Halls will be open, and Food Services will be provided.  More information regarding residential housing and dining will be provided in later updates. 

As we work toward coming back to campus safely in the fall, we are carefully examining every part of the Bloomfield College experience to provide our students the best and safest possible mix of on-campus and high-quality virtual learning. The health and safety of our community continues to remain our first priority.

Be sure to check out our fall webpage here for regularly updated information and resources! We will be back in touch soon.

Sincerely,

The Bloomfield College Contingency Planning Task Force

Faculty/Staff Communication

November 4, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

In last week's communication, we promised to confirm whether the College would be able to safely return to in-person classes, activities and on-campus work after the 14-day pause that was started on October 27. Unfortunately, COVID-19 reported cases grew by another eight residential students this past week. And cases continue to rise in Essex County and throughout the state. Consequently, we must take further action to ensure the health and safety of all our members.

Today we write to advise students and faculty that all Bloomfield College classes and labs will continue to operate online through the end of the fall semester.

Administrators and staff currently working remotely are expected to return to work on campus as previously scheduled, on Tuesday, November 10. Employees with additional questions should contact the Office of Human Resources directly for specific individual information or view the FAQs.

Student workers may work from home only.

Further details:

  • Faculty will hold virtual office hours, and continue to follow an online format, communicating with students through email, Blackboard, Google Meet or other platforms.
  • Students in clinical experiences at local area hospitals or other healthcare facilities can continue with in-person instruction at off-campus sites if permitted by the host institution.
  • Academic advising and registration will continue to be conducted online. Registration questions should be referred to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bloomfield.edu. Advising questions should be directed to advising@bloomfield.edu.
  • Residence halls will remain open. Resident students who wish to return home for the remainder of the fall semester should notify the REH Office immediately at residence_life@bloomfield.edu.
  • Food services will be available for grab and go only through the end of the semester, and will be available during the Thanksgiving break.
  • All College sponsored events, both on and off campus, will be moved to a virtual format or will be postponed. More information will be forthcoming for students.
  • Finals will take place online during the established schedule, December 14-18.

The instructional format for spring 2021 semester courses and any adjustments to the spring schedule will be evaluated as we monitor what is currently a fluid situation. Announcements will be made as soon as possible to help you prepare for the spring semester.

A reminder that members of the College community must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. To report a COVID-19 case, please see instructions here.

We will always maintain the health and safety of our College community as our highest priority. We ask that everyone remain vigilant in following the health and safety protocols of wearing facial coverings, washing your hands and practicing social distancing as we work together to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 26, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Regional COVID-19 cases are on the rise, including here in Essex County. Reflective of this trend, this past week Bloomfield College received reports of seven (7) positive COVID-19 cases. Six cases involved residential students who are currently in isolation. One case involved a commuter student who is also in isolation. In an abundance of caution in ensuring the health and safety of our campus community, the College is pausing all in-person classes and activities for 14 days effective Tuesday, October 27.

Below are the details of the current plan:

- The College remains open virtually.

- In-person LECTURE and LAB classes and the face-to-face components of all HYBRID and PONL (partially online) courses will be moved to online synchronous for the 14-day period. Online synchronous classes take place in real-time with all students and the instructor working together virtually at the same time and same day.

- Employees will be working remotely for the 14-day period in consultation with their supervisor. This does not include those essential employees whose presence on campus is necessary. Vice Presidents and their management teams will provide their employees with further guidance. Employees with additional questions should contact the Office of Human Resources directly for specific individual information or view the FAQs.

- Faculty will be following an online format and are encouraged to communicate with students through email, Blackboard or other platforms and to establish virtual office hours.

- Academic advising and registration will be conducted online. Students will receive instructions on how to proceed. Registration questions should be referred to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bloomfield.edu. Advising questions should be directed to advising@bloomfield.edu.

- Residence halls will remain open. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

- Food services for all resident students and employees will be available for grab and go only during the 14-day period.

- All College-sponsored events, both on and off-campus, will be moved to a virtual format or will be postponed. More information will be forthcoming for students.

- Prior to returning to campus, a re-evaluation will take place to confirm that in-person classes, activities, and on-campus work may resume safely on Tuesday, November 10. You will be notified in advance of that day.

We will always maintain the health and safety of our College community as our highest priority. Today’s announcement is indicative of this priority. Thank you for your understanding and continued vigilance as we work together to mitigate the spread of the virus.

We continue to be in this together.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 1, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Today we write with a new way to support one another in staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Jersey Department of Health has released COVID Alert NJ, a free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We encourage you to download the app today.

The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool - all while maintaining privacy and anonymity between users.

With all of us working together, this is yet another way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Here are the steps for getting the free app:

- Download COVID Alert NJ today. The app is free via the App Store and Google Play Store. Go to covid19.nj.gov/app.

- Opt in to "exposure notifications" on the app. This will allow you to know if you have been in close contact with someone who has the app and has tested positive for COVID-19.

- Consider encouraging at least five of your colleagues, friends or family members to download the app. The app's effectiveness depends on collective participation - the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. The app may be used by anyone in New Jersey over the age of 18.

- Continue to follow health precautionary actions in public. Wear a face covering, practice social distancing and hand hygiene, and stay home if you are sick as directed through the College's LiveSafe app.

As a member of the New Jersey higher education community, Bloomfield College is proud to support the overarching public health effort to defeat COVID-19. To access more information on COVID Alert NJ, visit covid19.nj.gov/app.

Best wishes, and we hope you are having a super semester!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 21, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

We hope you are off to a great start of the Fall 2020 semester. With this message, we would like to remind you of a number of campus health and safety procedures.

Prior to Coming to Campus: Monitor Symptoms and Complete LiveSafe App Questionnaire

- Each day before coming to campus, students and employees need to take their temperature and complete the LiveSafe app daily questionnaire which monitors the symptoms associated with having COVID-19.

- Students with an elevated temperature over 100.4 F and/or who receive a red X following the completion of the LiveSafe app questionnaire should remain home and contact the Student Affairs Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.

- Employees with an elevated temperature over 100.4 F and/or who receive a red X following the completion of the LiveSafe app questionnaire, should remain home and contact the Human Resources Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440.

Testing and Quarantining

- COVID Positive Individuals: If diagnosed as COVID positive, students should contact the Student Affairs Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245 and employees should contact the Human Resources Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440. Individuals are required to quarantine for up to 14 days and need to provide clearance by a medical provider to return to campus (this may require additional testing).

- COVID Negative Individuals: Individuals in a contact tracing protocol who receive a negative test will also be required to quarantine for up to 14 days after which time they may return to campus (if they remain asymptomatic and did not have a subsequent positive test).

- Return to Campus Requirements for Individuals with COVID Positive or Negative Results: Students will provide clearance verification to Student Affairs, which will notify the Registrar's Office that the student can return to class. The Registrar's Office will notify faculty that the student is medically cleared to return to class. Employees will provide clearance verification to HR and direct supervisor.

- Bloomfield College provides the Bloomfield Health Department with information on any student, employee or visitor who tests positive for COVID-19 including a list of close contacts, duration of exposure to other individuals and activity history during the previous 14 days (this information will remain confidential). The health department takes the lead in conducting the COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing, and makes testing recommendations.

- The Bloomfield Health Department maintains full communication with the College to assure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within our campus community.

Physical Plant/Facilities Cleaning and Sanitation Protocol

- Bloomfield College has an established protocol developed by the Emergency Response Team and distributed to the College community that addresses reporting and cleaning protocols for areas that are exposed to the virus. These areas will be closed and isolated immediately for further inspection, deep cleaning and other safety measures.

On-campus Protocols for Individuals: Wash Hands, Wear Masks and Social Distance

- Remember to wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer to help fend off the virus.

- Everyone must wear a face covering/mask covering both the nose and mouth at all times while on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

- Follow the social distancing guidelines of keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others. Carefully adhere to the reminder social distancing foot markers that have been placed throughout our campus buildings and offices.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we wish you a healthy Fall semester!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 8, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Today we write to inform you of the procedure established for communicating with the campus community about any positive COVID-19 test results that are reported to Bloomfield College by students or employees.

On a weekly basis, by noon on Monday, we will post information reflecting any positive cases from the prior week. The information provided will include the date of the report and a description of whether the reported case involves a student or an employee. In juxtaposing our desire and need for transparency while also maintaining the health confidentiality of the members of our College community, this will be the only information the College will publicly provide about confirmed cases.

When Bloomfield College is in receipt of a COVID-19-related report, we are required to communicate detailed information to the Bloomfield Health Department who then manages the investigation and related contact tracing procedures while not revealing an individual's name. As part of our shared responsibility to keep each other safe, all members of the College community must cooperate with contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Also, take note that contact tracing protocols allow for only those who have been exposed to be directly informed that an unnamed person has tested positive. We ask any individual who is contacted by the Bloomfield Health Department to not notify other people unless instructed to do so by a Health Department representative.

As you know, members of the College community must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245 or via email at saffairs@bloomfield.edu, and employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

As a reminder, all students and employees are required to conduct a daily health assessment and self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms as recommended by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education's guidelines for colleges and universities and noted in the Bloomfield College Restart Plan. By now, everyone should have downloaded the LiveSafe app for your Apple or Android device. Or, you may access the questionnaire on your desktop. It is also important that all students and employees complete the SafeColleges Online Training courses immediately.

In addition, it is required that everyone on campus:

  1. Wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors
  2. Practice social distancing
  3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available).

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our Bloomfield College community a safe and healthy place in which to learn, live and work.

Sincerely,

Contingency Task Force

August 24, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Today's social distancing protocols call for new ways to track the number of individuals entering our facilities. Welcome to Waitwhile!

The Waitwhile app lets students sign themselves into an online queue system for access to the high traffic areas of the College, such as Student Financial Services (SFS), the Office of the Registrar, Student Affairs, and the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement. During the peak season at the start of the semester, you will need to register with the Waitwhile app in advance before visiting these offices - no walk-ins will be allowed as we manage visitor flow in these spaces.

To be queued to enter these facilities, students are asked to:

  1. Use your phone to visit www.bloomfield.edu/queues
  2. Find the service area you wish to enter
  3. Click on the Book Now link
  4. Follow the prompts to register
  5. We will text you when it is your turn to safely enter the building

Thank you everyone for your cooperation in using the new Waitwhile app to help us follow our state’s established social distancing protocol. We anticipate a smooth queuing process!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

The Contingency Planning Task Force

August 17, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Staff and Faculty,

This message is to notify you about a new Visitor Check-in Form to be filled out by students, faculty, staff and visitors at every Bloomfield College office they visit, effective immediately. As an alternative, you'll notice a QR code embedded on the card that will redirect to a webform should someone prefer to submit the information electronically.

Please print out the attached sample form, run off and cut-out to distribute to everyone who enters your office. You will only need to run off a limited amount to use while we await the delivery of the actual printed cards from the printer that are expected to arrive later this week.

This request is a part of the contact tracing protocol required by the state of New Jersey to help colleges manage potential contact tracing needs. You will note that the form asks for the date and time of visit, name, phone and email. This information will only be used to contact affected individuals about any COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure that is reported to the College so that contact tracing may be easily managed by the Bloomfield Health Department.

Thank you for your anticipated follow through with this new procedure.

Should you have further questions, please reach out to us at contingencytaskforce@ bloomfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

We hope you are safe and well. In this email, we continue to keep you apprised of the implementation details associated with Bloomfield College’s Restart Plan.

The College has established enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols to meet the guidelines and requirements established by the CDC and local and state health departments for a safe return to campus. We will be partnering with ABM, an outside certified cleaning company for assistance. As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority. 

The below outlines the additional measures the College will be taking. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection

- The College will provide EPA approved disinfectants, paper towels and disposable gloves for use in classrooms and labs by employees and students to wipe down these spaces. It is suggested that you clean your areas, especially shared spaces like classrooms and labs, before and after use. To request these supplies to be used in office spaces, contact carol_contella@bloomfield.edu.

- Training on proper cleaning protocols will be provided through the required SafeCollege’s courses. For more information on this, please view our email sent on Thursday, August 6, 2020. You will see free-standing hand sanitizer units across campus.

- The use of plexiglass shields, tables and/or other barriers are installed in the workplace as recommended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

- The College has purchased a mobile Clorox electronic sprayer to be used throughout the campus.

- Increased frequency of disinfection of all high touch point areas in a facility - these areas include common areas, bathrooms, residence halls, entryways, stairwells, elevators and classrooms. During non-operating hours, ABM’s certified disinfection specialists will further disinfect all buildings in use beyond the high touch point cleaning conducted during the day. This will occur from 9 PM until 5 AM, Monday through Friday. 

- All other areas within facilities, including offices, will be cleaned and disinfected once per day. And a request can be made for increased cleaning services, and for additional cleaning supplies by emailing carol_contella@bloomfield.edu

High Traffic Areas

Include: College Hall, Knox Hall-first floor, CITEL (entire building), Talbot Hall, Library, Gym and CAT Building.

- These buildings will be sanitized seven (7) times per day, five (5) days per week.

- While most buildings will receive cleaning and enhanced disinfection between 6 AM and 3 PM, the below will be cleaned and sanitized on the following schedule:

- College Hall - 10 AM until 8 PM

- CITEL, Talbot Hall, Library, Gym, CAT Building - 6 AM until 11 PM

- Intermittent cleaning performed by students, faculty and staff.

Residence Halls

- Shared bathrooms in residential halls will be cleaned and sanitized two (2) times a day seven (7) days a week. Bathrooms included in this are community bathrooms located outside of individual dorms and shared bathrooms located within suites. 

- If students with private bathrooms within their suites would like cleaning supplies to further clean their own bathrooms, please contact the Physical Plant at 973-748-9000, ext. 1263.

Computer Labs 

- Computers will be configured to 6 ft. social distancing between monitors (this means some monitors will be taken offline). Users will be asked to wear provided disposable gloves in addition to their face coverings while using the computers. 

- Computer Labs will be professionally disinfected throughout the day in line with the cleaning frequency plan of their encompassing building. 

- There will be sanitation stations located in each lab which will include gloves and disinfectant wipes. The disinfectant wipes are to be used by lab visitors before and after use to ensure intermittent cleaning between professional sanitation rounds.

- Plastic keyboard coverings will be placed over the keyboards for easy cleaning. 

Adherence to Changing Protocols

The College is prepared to adapt the cleaning plan to match the campus traffic levels--all in accordance with the guidelines established by the Governor’s Office and the NJ Department of Health.

The Bloomfield College staff is committed to keeping our community healthy and safe at all times, and we are confident we have met all the requirements for when the campus welcomes everyone back. 

Should you have further questions, please reach out to us at contingencytaskforce@bloomfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 6, 2020

Dear Bloomfield College Faculty and Staff,

On behalf of the Contingency Planning Task Force and Human Resources Department, we are happy to share with you the current plan for returning to campus as we approach the Fall 2020 semester. Please read the below information carefully and in its entirety. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

Returning to Campus

Beginning August 10, Vice Presidents will work with their respective staff for a phased and limited return to campus in accordance with New Jersey’s regulations as well as CDC guidelines. A small number of employees will be welcomed to return. HR policies will be updated to allow continued remote working, flexible work hour scheduling, and alternating working from home/office.

Staff members who have been designated to continue to work from home will continue to do so until further notice. 

If you belong to a high-risk group identified by the CDC, you should speak with your supervisor and the Human Resources Department in regards to seeking reasonable accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact your direct supervisor.

Required Trainings

All faculty and staff will be required to complete online training prior to their return to campus. These training sessions describe the symptoms of COVID-19 and describe the safety protocols that will reduce the spread of the virus. The trainings will be provided through the SafeColleges platform and will cover the following topics: 

- Coronavirus Awareness

- Managing Stress and Anxiety

- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workspace

- CDC Guidelines for Making & Using Cloth Face Coverings

- CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing

- COVID-19 Policies & Procedures for Employees

You will be receiving an email on Friday, August 7 from Bloomfield College (safecolleges.com) with the subject line “SafeColleges online training” with further instructions and access to these training sessions. If you do not receive this email, you can log on directly to the training site, https://bloomfield-nj.safecolleges.com. Your username is your Bloomfield College email address. Average training time is 10 minutes per course. All employees are required to complete all of the training sessions prior to returning to campus.

Symptom Tracking

To provide a safe environment on campus, each day prior to coming to campus, every member of the College community will complete a daily questionnaire through the LiveSafe app. LiveSafe will confidentially ask each employee about symptoms and potential exposure. After answering a few questions, the app will indicate if you are approved to come to campus or if you are to remain at home. Human Resources will follow up with any employee who is asked to remain at home. Employees are expected to comply with this daily requirement and are expected to adhere to the honor code in providing truthful and honest answers.

Each employee will receive further information on the LiveSafe app on Friday, August 7 from susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu. If you have any questions regarding the use of the app, please contact the Human Resources Department.

COVID-19 Related Illness & Sick Time

If you cannot come to work due to illness, you are able to use your earned paid sick time.

If you have tested positive for COVID, please contact Human Resources to review the various leave options that can be taken to make sure you continue to be compensated while you are recovering. Please refer to the HR portal page for more information.

On June 25, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that all individuals traveling to New Jersey from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within those states. This said, any College employee who chooses to travel to a state listed on the Travel Advisory is required to quarantine at home upon returning to New Jersey for 14-days prior to returning to work. These employees will be required to use their own vacation, personal time, and/or accrued leave time for all missed work days while under quarantine. If any employee does not have any accrued leave time to cover the quarantine period, those days will be considered unpaid leave. If a state is added to the Travel Advisory list after the time of leaving the state of New Jersey, employees may be paid in accordance with any available paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act, New Jersey Paid Sick Leave, or other applicable law.

On-Campus Requirements

Each employee will be provided a Welcome Back Kit on their desks or in their department building when they return to campus. These kits will include two (2) reusable cloth face coverings, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, and a touchless entry tool. 

Face coverings will be required at all times, both inside and outside buildings. If you have a documented medical condition that prevents you from adhering to this requirement, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Employees will be responsible for intermittent cleaning of their workspaces throughout the day. Please be on the lookout for a communication regarding cleaning practices to be sent on Monday, August 10 for further information.

Employees should practice social distancing (6 feet) when in the presence of others on College grounds and in College buildings.

Hands should be washed often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds. If not available, hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol at a minimum may be used; 70% is recommended. Note that a number of hand sanitizer stands will be positioned throughout the campus.

The College community should practice proper hygiene practices when coughing and sneezing. Cover your mouth with tissue or use the inside of your elbow, even if you are wearing a mask.

Supervisors and managers need to be cognizant of the need to monitor space for social distancing and all personal safety procedures. If any issues arise related to social distancing or cleaning services, supervisors should contact Physical Plant immediately. If any issues arise regarding adherence to new policies and procedures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, supervisors should contact Human Resources immediately.

Attendance and contact information must be kept for all employees in the office daily as well as any students and/or visitors that enter workspaces for tracking purposes. 

Employees who do not comply with these COVID-19 requirements are subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

It is our intention that, working together, we can be successful in ensuring a healthy and safe campus environment for all. Thank you for your continued support in following through with what is needed to meet the challenges currently before us.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 6, 2020

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe. As we traverse these unprecedented times, I have felt such great pride as we have stood strong and remained nimble to best meet the challenges put before us. We have been in a new reality since the spring, and it has changed the higher education landscape in ways that we may need to continue to embrace for some time.

Unfortunately, the state of New Jersey remains in Stage 2 of the Governor’s Restart Standards which mandates very limited in-person learning and working. Based on this, in consultation with the COVID-19 Contingency Planning Task Force and the President’s Council, we have made the decision to begin the fall semester online with the allowed exception of certain clinical, laboratory and other hands-on learning experiences that require specialized equipment. This decision, at this time, allows us to be best prepared for the start of the semester.

The College will remain fully prepared to move to face-to-face instruction if and when conditions change and Governor Murphy’s office communicates a shift to Stage 3. As you may recall, a transition to Stage 3 depends on a reduction in infection rates in New Jersey and other factors considered by the Governor and the New Jersey Department of Health. A move to Stage 3 will allow colleges and universities to hold face-to-face instruction in a limited capacity. This is where we had all hoped to be at this date, yet regrettably, our state has not yet reached this long-awaited milestone.

As you might imagine, nothing would give me more pleasure than to welcome everyone back to campus--students, faculty and staff--and to engage with you in person. You all are greatly missed! Yet, the current worldwide health crisis continues to loom well into the summer, and we must be vigilant in doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of all the members of our Bloomfield College Family.

Within this plan, it is our aim to continue to hold a number of virtual engagements and some in-person activities for students during the fall, and you will learn more about them in the coming weeks.The more you participate, the more we will all grow as members of the resilient community that we are. What’s more, for those students who plan to reside on campus, I feel heartened to tell you that there are no changes to your on-campus living status and you are welcome to move forward with your housing plans.

For our highly dedicated and hard-working employees, please know that you will be receiving a detailed “return to work” email from the Contingency Planning Task Force soon outlining important information, and additional employee communications from Human Resources.

As we continue to stay connected virtually, remember that Bloomfield College is open! We are here to help and support you, so please check your Bloomfield.edu emails regularly.

So, Bears, let’s stay strong together, stay safe, and let’s continue to thrive in our educational mission and our personal and professional academic pursuits.

Warm regards,

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
July 29, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

In this week's email related to Bloomfield College's Restart Plan, we want to make you aware of important travel advisory and related quarantine information. All campus members who will be involved in hybrid or in-person classes, or otherwise will access the physical campus, need to plan ahead to ensure they are complying with COVID-related travel advisories.

In accordance, Bloomfield College requires all students and employees entering New Jersey from outside of the United States, or from the domestic states that are listed under the New Jersey Travel Advisory (currently 36 states), to quarantine for a 14-day period prior to arriving and engaging in-person on campus. It is important to note that this list is updated regularly and can change at any time. Anyone who travels from states that get added to the travel advisory list and those who travel from states that are removed from the list are required to quarantine.

It is everyone's responsibility to continue to review the states included in the travel advisory, make plans accordingly and commit to not interacting with others on campus until quarantining conditions have been met.

CDC conditions for quarantine include:

  • Staying at home
  • Not having visitors
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household
  • Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
  • Not sharing personal items such as towels and utensils

Further, New Jersey guidance suggests that individuals in quarantine should only leave the place of self-quarantine to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. All must adhere to quarantine guidelines.

Students have been advised that if they plan to live off campus in fall 2020 and originate from one of these locations, they are expected to quarantine in their personal off-campus living arrangements before engaging on campus and to be responsible for following through with the above stated conditions.

Students have also been advised that if they plan to live on campus in fall 2020 and originate from one of the states listed on the travel advisory, they have two choices to fulfill their quarantine:

  1. Students may choose to quarantine in New Jersey for the duration of the quarantine period if their accommodations permit them to adhere to the quarantine conditions required as outlined above. Students cannot split their quarantine period between off-campus and on-campus to meet full adherence to the intent of quarantine guidance.
  2. Students who plan to live on campus in fall 2020 who do not have family/friends housing arrangements in New Jersey to appropriately quarantine will be accommodated on campus. Quarantine on-campus housing will be available on August 13. Students should consider their arrival date, accounting for a 14-day required quarantine period before engaging with the community. Move-in dates will be approved based on these timelines on a case-by-case basis for engagement on campus. Prior to move-in date, all approved students are required to confirm financial settlement from Student Accounts Receivable in the Student Financial Services Office. Students must also meet all health compliance mandates before the move-in date.

Please be aware that students have been advised they must notify the College of their quarantine plans by August 6. Qualifying students will be assigned to a quarantine on-campus location. We will accommodate as many students as possible in their fall assignment, however we may require quarantine in temporary locations to align with quarantine standards and expectations. All approved students will be required to schedule a COVID-19 Test at a local health care center within 48 hours of arrival to campus. Students may also opt to complete the test prior to the date of arrival.

On-campus quarantined students are expected to maintain social distance from other students/members of the campus community in accordance with New Jersey quarantine guidelines. These students will be permitted to leave their residence hall to pick up meals or for medical appointments only. They must wear face coverings when inside any building (when outside personal room) and outside when social distancing is not possible, and adhere to all other quarantine conditions outlined above.

The College cares deeply about student safety and potential financial hardship. Therefore, students will not be charged for the additional 2-weeks of quarantine housing on campus. Additionally, Gourmet Dining Services will provide grab and go brunch and dinner free of charge to these students during the 14-day quarantine period.

The College completely understands that the designated quarantine period is inconvenient; however, these essential steps are necessary to promote and maintain a safe and healthy environment for the entire community. We appreciate everyone's support and compliance with this mandate.

If you have further questions please contact the contingencytaskforce@bloomfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

July 23, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We hope you are safe and well. As promised, we are reaching out with a weekly email to keep you apprised of the implementation details associated with Bloomfield College’s Restart Plan.

In this week’s email, we want to share information about the communications sent earlier this week to students from the Registrar’s Office regarding classroom and instruction plans, so you will be in a good position to respond to any questions that are sent directly to you from students. That information follows:

To comply with guidelines from the Office of the Secretary for Higher Education and the NJ Governor’s Office, we plan to offer course options that allow for in-person instruction as much as possible. However, social distancing expectations in classrooms require 6 feet distancing, limiting our classroom capacities. As a result, we plan to offer many courses in hybrid format – which provides the option for limited on campus, face-to-face instruction combined with some online instruction. Finally, all Bloomfield College community members will be required to wear cloth face coverings while on campus to comply with NJ safety guidelines. All will be provided with a Welcome Back Kit that includes a number of reusable cloth face masks (4 for students, 2 for faculty and staff), hand sanitizer, a digital thermometer, a touchless entry tool and a copy of the CDC guidelines. Information about how the kits will be distributed will be available shortly.

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, the College will offer the following formats for Fall 2020:

- In-person – Face-to-Face

- Online – Synchronous and Asynchronous

- Synchronous: Online education in real-time with all students and the instructor working together virtually at the same time on the same day. These courses will be listed as online but will still have a day and time listed on the schedule.

- Asynchronous: Online education without live, real-time instruction. This is a traditional online class where students complete assignments on their own time. These courses will be listed as online and will have no time or day associated with them on the schedule.

- Hybrid – Some in-person instruction combined with online instruction

- Traditional Hybrid: All students in the class meet together for face-to-face instruction combined with online learning. This will only be possible for very small classes.

- Flex/Alternating Hybrid: In these courses, because of limitations on classroom capacities on campus, face-to-face instruction will occur in small groups and students will alternate between in-person sessions and online sessions. For example, if a class capacity is 24 students but room capacity is 8 students, students will be placed into one of three groups (A, B, C). The groups will alternate coming to campus for face-to-face instruction and online sessions so that students will generally be on campus once every three class meetings. Faculty will divide students into groups in Blackboard.

For Fall 2020, it will be helpful for students to review their schedule details in Student Planning. Classes will be described differently based on modality.

- Fully online asynchronous courses will be listed as online WITHOUT a time and day in Student Planning.

- Fully online synchronous courses will be listed as online WITH days and times in Student Planning.

- Flex/Alternating Hybrid and Face-to-Face will be listed as regular sections with room assignments with days and times in Student Planning.

- For Flex/Alternating Hybrid, instructors will inform students which group they

are assigned to and on what dates they should attend face-to-face versus virtual meetings.

- For fully Face-to-Face, if the course is small enough to fit into the room assigned, then groups may not be necessary and students will be informed they can attend every class meeting time and day.

Please recognize that as we go through the planning process for fall, we continue to make adjustments to room assignments and the teaching modalities for courses. So, we encourage students to review their schedules periodically for updates and to contact their academic advisor if they have any questions. The Registrar’s Office will notify students via email when the fall schedule is finalized.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to work through the planning process for fall. Please reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

July 17, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am looking forward to welcoming you safely back to campus. The Contingency Planning Task Force continues to meet and is working tirelessly on our comprehensive restart plan. This email is long but filled with important information about the plan!

What a long four months this has been, filled with uncertainty. We understand that this is all uncharted territory for you. This email may not answer all your questions so moving forward, expect regular emails from myself and the Task Force. We pledge to remain in constant contact. Your safety, health, and wellbeing remain our top priorities. We are confident that we have met the standards mandated by the State of New Jersey for all New Jersey colleges and universities to safely kick off the semester.

General Safeguarding

The College has established the following guidelines and procedures - consistent with the CDC and Governor Murphy’s executive orders - to help ensure that all students, employees and visitors are safe and remain healthy. Examples of guidelines are included below:

  • Practicing social distancing (6 feet) and wearing face coverings when in the presence of others on all College grounds both indoors and outdoors.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds. If not available, hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol at a minimum may be used; 70% is recommended.
  • Practicing proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing. Cover your mouth with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow, even if you are wearing a mask.

Return to Work

Prior to a return to campus, Bloomfield College will provide training to employees that will describe the symptoms of COVID-19 and describe the safety protocols that will reduce the spread of the virus. We will utilize a platform, SafeColleges, and require employees take the following online courses before their return to campus:

  • Coronavirus Awareness
  • CDC Guidelines for Making and Using Cloth Face Coverings
  • CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting your Workspace
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety

The College’s Vice Presidents have carefully considered individual department plans to phase in a return of employees over time in order to carefully monitor and coordinate fulfilling student needs while mitigating risks to the college community. Dependent upon department and job description, employees will be assigned to continue to work remotely, staggered scheduling, or alternating days.

Employees have been identified as having responsibilities that allow them to continue to effectively work remotely will continue to do so until further notice. Please contact your supervisor or Human Resources for further information.

These staff members are subject to the College’s telecommute policy which can be found under the Human Resources portal page. Anyone in a high-risk group identified by the CDC, should speak with their supervisor and the Human Resources Department in regard to seeking reasonable accommodations.

The College has suspended all non-essential domestic and international travel for the fall semester, and will reassess this policy for the spring semester no later than December. Area Vice Presidents will determine essential vs. nonessential travel based on the needs of their respective divisions with full consideration given to CDC, Department of State, and New Jersey State guidance.

Cleaning and Sanitation

The College will provide disinfectants, paper towels, and disposable gloves throughout the workspace and classrooms for employee and student use in wiping down surfaces. The disinfectant will be alcohol-based wipes or sprays that are EPA approved, as recommended by the CDC.

The College will be providing employees with a Welcome Back Kit. This kit will include two (2) reusable cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, a digital thermometer, touchless entry tool and a copy of the CDC guidelines.

The College will communicate detailed information about cleaning protocols and proper cleaning techniques throughout the semester. But, to start:

Physical Plant has increased and will continue to operate at increased levels of routine cleaning. The College has also partnered with an outside certified cleaning company for assistance with the disinfecting of high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. The certified cleaning company specializes in disinfection and the staff is trained on the proper use of PPE, chemical use, and cleaning techniques. The company’s certified disinfection specialists adhere to disinfecting protocols that are approved by their in-house health care team and CDC Disease Specialists.

Maintaining Your Health

We are partnering with our local health care providers to make testing available to the entire college community.

The College will promote extensive screening and self-monitoring for students and employees. Every day, before coming to Bloomfield College, you are to take your temperature with the thermometer provided within your Welcome Back Kit. If your temperature is over 100.4 F, you will be advised to not come to the College.

In addition to screening and recommendation for testing, contact tracing is an effective disease control strategy that involves identifying individuals and their contacts. The College has engaged the Bloomfield Department of Health on appropriate guidance for screening, testing, and contact tracing. Should someone test positive, any information will be transferred to the Bloomfield Department of Health who will take full responsibility to conduct the COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. The Bloomfield Department of Health will initiate investigations as quickly as possible and maintain full communication with the College to assure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

The College will communicate detailed information in the coming weeks.

Classes and Instruction

Our plan is to offer as many in-person classes as possible. However, because guidelines required by the State of New Jersey mandate social distancing in classrooms, we have limited classroom capacity to offer most of our classes in person only without some online components.

Hybrid courses are a combination of both in-person and online sessions. We will have a limited number of traditional hybrid courses due to classroom capacity. As a result, many of our classes will be held in flex or alternating hybrid where students in the class will be assigned to different groups that meet only on certain days while the rest of the class participates at the same time virtually. Right now, we are working through the details of how online and different types of hybrid courses will be indicated on student schedules.

Spaces around Campus: Including Workspaces, Classrooms, Computer Labs, and the Library

The use of Plexiglas shields, tables, or other barriers to ensure minimum distances in the workplace, as recommended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, are in the process of being installed in student-facing areas. Each departmental director has identified areas in need of Plexiglas barriers and partitions, and areas for signage to maintain social distancing. Due to supply chain and constraints surrounding the installation process, these barriers will be installed in order of high-traffic areas first and followed by individual offices. All Plexiglas barriers will be installed as soon as possible. Additionally, floor decals will be used within classroom settings to ensure seating remains six-feet apart.

Capacity in all waiting areas in administrative buildings will be reduced by 50% with all social distancing measures enforced.

The CDC recommends routine HVAC maintenance. Although it is never the first line of prevention, general ventilation adjustments indoors around campus have been made and all air filters have been replaced. Additionally:

-Workstations, classrooms, residence halls, and common areas have been set-up to ensure proper distancing.

  • Class scheduling software has been used by the Registrar’s Office to set classroom capacities at 20-25% to accommodate 6 feet of distance.
  • The Library will encourage use of online book materials rather than hardcopy, and provide curbside pickup and drop off.
  • Gloves will be required in all open lab areas.
  • Computer labs will be professionally cleaned daily, including desk areas, workstations and screen, keyboards, mice, multimedia controls, etc.

Student Services

The College will assure that essential student services are available and accessible.

Other student support offices will open during the month of August prior to the first day of the semester. These offices will include Center for Student Success, Center for Leadership, and Engagement, Health and Wellness Center.

The Center for Student Success encompasses essential academic support services for students. The services will be provided both in person and virtually to meet the demanding needs of the student population for the Fall 2020 semester. These services include but are not limited to student-facing services in the advising, coaching, tutoring, and writing areas. Every effort is being made to rearrange tutoring and group spaces to allow for social distancing. Students will be required to make appointments and wear a mask. In addition to the in-person support, remote services will include virtual tutoring, coaching, writing consultations, career counseling and live chat for quick questions.

Dining Halls

In accordance with the current Executive Order which prohibits indoor dining, the College’s current plan is to provide a grab-and-go dining program with a delivery option for students who are quarantined or in self-isolation. Gourmet Dining Services has created an extensive plan to assure the safety of cafeteria staff, students, and employees.

All food service employees will participate in ServSafe COVID-19 safety training. Additionally, supplier and delivery protocols have been developed to ensure products arrive to campus safely.

Study Abroad

Bloomfield College has suspended all study abroad experiences, and faculty-led courses abroad for 2020-21 and will create a Global Education Task Force to review and consider all aspects of, and opportunities for, global education at the College.

Athletics

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) will not participate in intercollegiate competition during the Fall 2020 season due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nevertheless, the College will continue to honor the athletic scholarships that have been offered to our student-athletes.

State Restart and Guidelines

Our plan, along with every New Jersey institution’s plan, is based on the belief that our great state will remain on course to reach Stage 3 of its reopening plan by the time you are expected on campus. Stage 3 allows for colleges and universities in our state to open and welcome you inside our classrooms and facilities.

If the state remains in Stage 2 or must return to Stage 2 at some point during  the semester, we will move all instruction virtual with the exception of certain laboratory and clinical experiences. Specific accommodations for Veteran students and international students will comply with current federal regulations and guidelines.

How You Can Help

As stated above, the community is expected to follow and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the restart plan, such as practicing social distancing, washing your hands, wearing your face mask and self-monitoring. We’ve also implemented aggressive cleaning protocols and modified facilities, spacing plans, and directional signage in all areas of the campus.

Being a part of a campus means you are part of a community, a family. The health and safety of the entire Bloomfield College community is our priority and a shared responsibility of all members of the community. 

That’s All for Now

As we approach the fall semester and remain in accordance with the restart standards for the state of New Jersey, we will let you know if anything changes.

In the meantime, please join me and the Task Force for Virtual Q&A Town Hall for employees on Monday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. Login details will be sent on Monday. We encourage you to participate.

We are in this together. Should you have any questions or concerns, the Task is here to assist you every step of the way.

Thank you and talk soon!

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College

June 16, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Bloomfield College cannot wait to welcome you all, safely, back to campus. This is the first of many emails you will receive from the Bloomfield College Contingency Planning Task Force. 

We will summarize our work, but first, here are some key points we do not want to get lost within this email.

Key Points

  • The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020.
  • Fall semester courses will be scheduled with social distancing measures and delivered via enhanced online and hybrid format.
  • The Task Force has developed guidelines and extra precautions to keep the Bloomfield College campus safe for our entire community.

In addition to the key points we shared at the start of the email, the following was also decided:

  • Social distancing, as defined by public health officials and College guidelines, is required on campus.
  • Implementation of cleaning protocols and facilities modifications are underway, including spacing plans and social distancing directional signage around campus.
  • The College will equip all students, faculty and staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Employee work plans will be developed by area in accordance with Human Resource guidelines including expectations for justifying concerns about returning to work when possible and when expected. 
  • The creation of a professional development plan for full-time and adjunct faculty to prepare for enhanced hybrid and online course delivery is a priority and information will be forthcoming.

As we work toward coming back to campus safely in the fall, our number one priority remains the health and safety of the Bloomfield College community. We are carefully examining every part of the Bloomfield College experience to provide our students and employees the best and safest possible mix of on-campus and high-quality virtual learning.

Be sure to visit our fall planning webpage here for regularly updated information and resources. We will be back in touch soon.

Sincerely,

The Bloomfield College Contingency Planning Task Force

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