Communication

Student Communication

January 4, 2022 - Important Spring 2022 Semester Update

Dear Bloomfield College Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we approach the start of the spring 2022 semester, the COVID Contingency Task Force has examined the prevalence of the Omicron variant and its transmission rates among vaccinated individuals. In doing so, we have made the following recommendations that have been approved by the President's Council:

- Most classes for Spring 2022 will begin remotely on Thursday, January 13, 2022 through Friday, January 28, 2022, with an in-person start date currently planned for Monday, January 31, 2022. Reported cases and the prevalence of COVID-19 in local populations will be monitored and the in-person start date may be changed. A small number of classes (such as lab and studio experiences, clinical experience) will have an in-person component during this time, which may include hybrid delivery (a mix of in-person and virtual class meeting sessions).

- Students should pay close attention to course announcements in Blackboard regarding any changes in class meeting format. Most in-person courses will meet online synchronously during their scheduled meeting days and times. Students will be contacted by their individual faculty regarding whether their course will remain virtual or is one that is moving to at least a partial in-person format. Faculty will continue holding virtual office hours, and communicate with students through email, Blackboard, Google Meet or other platforms.

- Students who have technology needs in order to engage in remote learning, such as the need to borrow a laptop, should submit their request in advance of the start of classes (preferably by Friday, January 7) through the Spring 2022 Student Technology Request Form. Note that there is a charge placed on your student account for laptop loaners that is removed after you return the equipment to the IT Help Desk or purchase the equipment to keep. The laptop loaner charge does not affect your ability to register for classes. Additional technology information may be found under the Information Technology Portal, or you may email questions to helpdesk@bloomfield.edu or call 973-748-9000, ext. 1224.

- Residential students may proceed with their move-in plans scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022. All existing residential living protocols and vaccination requirements that were in place during the fall semester remain in effect, as do the vaccination requirements of student-athletes and nursing majors.Please click here for more vaccination information.

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

- The library will remain open on weekdays and evenings. Refer to the library website for hours of operation.

- The majority of previously planned in-person events will be held virtually or will be rescheduled until further notification.

- Employees may individually request approval to work remotely through their area supervisors.

- All College offices and spaces in use will undergo daily cleaning and sanitation using EPA-registered disinfectants with special attention given to high touch areas, as recommended by the CDC.

- Masks continue to be required indoors on campus (with the exception of while eating and drinking), regardless of vaccination status.

- When visiting campus, the LiveSafe app daily health screening survey must continue to be completed in advance of arrival on campus.

- In compliance with the federal vaccination mandate for employers with more than 100 employees, the College will be developing plans for a vaccination or testing requirement. More information about this will be provided as details become available.

We recognize that remote instruction, even for the short-term, is not ideal for everyone, yet the health and safety of our campus community remains paramount in our planning for the spring semester. To help meet these goals, we continue to encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, and medically able to be vaccinated, to do so. And, if you are eligible for a booster shot, please do the same.

Updates for the spring semester are posted on the COVID-19 planning webpage. You may also email questions directly to the Contingency Planning Task Force.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, and please stay well.

Contingency Planning Task Force

December 15, 2021 - Planning for the Spring 2022 Semester

Dear Campus Community,

We sincerely hope this finals week is going smoothly for everyone, especially for our hard-working students.

Below is an update on COVID information that will prepare us for the spring 2022 semester.

- COVID cases among students, faculty and staff have remained quite low all semester. In fact, there have been many weeks this fall where there have been no positive reported cases. This is due to everyone's adherence to the health and safety protocols put into place to protect our community. Thank you!

- We continue to closely monitor COVID cases on campus, locally and regionally and are following local, state and federal recommendations. The federal government's proposed January 4 vaccine requirement for employers with more than 100 employees continues to be challenged in the courts and is currently suspended.

- As we examine trends, including transmission of the new Omicron variant, it is clear that the best protection against severe cases of COVID and its transmission is vaccination. We encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, and medically able to be vaccinated, to do so. And, if you are eligible for a booster shot, please do the same. Your vaccination will help keep our community as a whole healthy and safe.

For spring 2022, we will continue to require vaccination for residential students, student-athletes and nursing majors. These student populations must provide proof of either a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination (which is considered full vaccination) or at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination against COVID-19 by Monday, January 3, 2022 or prior to moving into a campus residence facility. All others must be fully vaccinated within three or four weeks after Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Students who do not complete the full vaccination process will be removed from the residence halls. Note: Students who have shown proof of full vaccination prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester are exempt from showing proof for the spring semester.

- Requests for vaccination exemptions must be submitted by students no later than Tuesday, December 21, 2021 to Health Services. Please note that submitting a request for an exemption does not guarantee that the exemption will be approved. Any questions regarding the exemption process should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

- Individuals with an approved vaccination exemption may be required to comply with additional testing and other preventive requirements. Approved unvaccinated residential students, for example, are required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of move-in; and all approved unvaccinated students must show proof of a negative PCR test on a weekly basis. We will provide additional information as individual exemptions are approved.

Updates for the spring semester are posted on the COVID-19 planning webpage. You may also email questions directly to the Contingency Planning Task Force.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping keep everyone safe. We wish everyone a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

Warmly,

Contingency Planning Task Force

November 1, 2021 - COVID-19 Protocol Reminders

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

This is a reminder for all students, faculty and staff about the COVID-19 protocols that are in place to protect the health and safety of all our campus members.

In accordance with NJ requirements and CDC guidelines:

Masks are required for all individuals, including visitors to the College, in all indoor spaces on campus except when eating or drinking regardless of vaccination status.

 

Everyone's consideration of one another, and compliance, as we work to keep everyone safe at the College is greatly appreciated.

Please be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

All members of the campus 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. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

Additional reminders:

Be mindful of health status confidentiality. Do not ask individuals whether they are vaccinated or further add to speculation if you hear that someone may have been exposed to or has COVID-19. Instead, redirect all commentators to contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu when concern is related to students and human_resources@bloomfield.edu when related to employees. The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here. Even when indoor conditions allow for social distancing (e.g., when faculty, staff or students are giving presentations in meetings or in classroom settings), a mask must be worn at all times.
October 29, 2021 - Last Day! Survey Window on COVID-19 Impact on Students Closes Today

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

If you have not yet participated, today is the last day to participate in aCOVID-19-related survey by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).

Your participation is very easy. Simply complete OSHE's online anonymous survey designed to gather statewide data on the impact of the pandemic. Specifically, the survey will gather information on how postsecondary students throughout the state of New Jersey are transitioning back to in-person instruction, managing their mental and physical health, and navigating financial challenges.

We encourage your participation so that the effects of the pandemic become fully understood by those in leadership positions who make decisions related to NJ higher education. Participation is voluntary and will not impact your standing at Bloomfield College.

Please complete the anonymous survey here no later than October 29, 2021 when the opportunity to submit your survey responses will close. By submitting your responses, you are consenting to participation and certifying that you are 18 years of age or older.

Should you encounter any issues accessing the questionnaire or have any questions, please contact research@oshe.nj.gov.

Thank you in advance!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 22, 2021 - Reminder: Please Complete Survey on COVID-19 Impact on Students

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

If you have not yet participated, please help in supporting a COVID-19-related survey by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).

Your participation is very easy. Simply complete OSHE's online anonymous survey designed to gather statewide data on the impact of the pandemic. Specifically, the survey will gather information on how postsecondary students throughout the state of New Jersey are transitioning back to in-person instruction, managing their mental and physical health, and navigating financial challenges.

We encourage your participation so that the effects of the pandemic become fully understood by those in leadership positions who make decisions related to NJ higher education. Participation is voluntary and will not impact your standing at Bloomfield College.

Please complete the anonymous survey here no later than October 29, 2021 when the opportunity to submit your survey responses will close. By submitting your responses, you are consenting to participation and certifying that you are 18 years of age or older.

Should you encounter any issues accessing the questionnaire or have any questions, please contact research@oshe.nj.gov.

Thank you in advance!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

October 18, 2021 - Important Survey on COVID-19 Impact on Students

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

Your help is requested in supporting a COVID-19-related survey by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).

Your participation is very easy. Simply complete OSHE's online anonymous survey designed to gather statewide data on the impact of the pandemic. Specifically, the survey will gather information on how postsecondary students throughout the state of New Jersey are transitioning back to in-person instruction, managing their mental and physical health, and navigating financial challenges.

We encourage your participation so that the effects of the pandemic become fully understood by those in leadership positions who make decisions related to NJ higher education. Participation is voluntary and will not impact your standing at Bloomfield College.

Please complete the anonymous survey here no later than October 29, 2021 when the opportunity to submit your survey responses will close. By submitting your responses, you are consenting to participation and certifying that you are 18 years of age or older.

Should you encounter any issues accessing the questionnaire or have any questions, please contact research@oshe.nj.gov.

Thank you in advance!

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 28, 2021 - COVID Testing Dates Moved to Wednesdays

Dear Campus Community,

Please be advised that the day of the week for on-campus COVID-19 testing has been changed from every other Monday to every other Wednesday.

Therefore, please note that this week, COVID-19 testing will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 1-3 p.m. in the Nurse's Office, Talbott Hall, Room P202.

We hope everyone is having a good semester.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 15, 2021 - COVID Task Force Fall 2021 Semester Reminders

Dear Bloomfield College Students,

We hope you are having a wonderful start to the Fall 2021 Semester at Bloomfield College. Below are a number of important reminders:

Healthy and Safety

- All individuals (per CDC recommendations) are required to wear masks indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.

- The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Students 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.

- To view reported cases, visit the Reported Cases webpage.

Contact Tracing

- Students identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with someone suspected of or who has tested positive for COVID-19 are notified directly by the Office of Student Affairs.

Vaccination Confidentiality

- Be mindful of health status confidentiality. Do not ask individuals whether they are vaccinated or further add to speculation if you hear that someone may have been exposed to or has COVID-19. Instead, redirect all commentators to contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu when concern is related to students and human_resources@bloomfield.edu when related to employees.

Testing

- Mandatory testing is required and is being conducted for all unvaccinated students.

- Free Testing (PCR test) is available to all campus members through Diligent Urgent Care every other Monday from 12-3 p.m. in Westminster Hall, Room 110.

Residence Life Visiting

- Dorm-to-dorm visiting in the residence halls is on hold until further notice.

Be sure to visit our Planning for Fall 2021 Semester webpage here for regularly updated information and resources.

Be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 24, 2021 - ROOM CORRECTION:COVID Testing is in Westminster Hall Room 110

All COVID Testing takes place in Westminster Hall Room 110. The below email (originally sent yesterday) has been updated with the correct room assignment for COVID Testing.

August 23, 2021 - COVID Vaccinations and Testing Update

Dear College Community,

Bloomfield College has partnered with Clara Maass Hospital and Diligent Health Care to provide free COVID-19 vaccination and testing onsite at Bloomfield College for students, faculty and staff as per the schedule below:

COVID Vaccinations

Dates: Fri., August 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Talbott Hall Lobby

Who: Any Student, Staff or Faculty

By: Clara Maass Hospital

Preregistration via an online form is required by this evening, Mon., Aug. 23, for the vaccine by Clara Maass. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMMC_BC_Vaccine.

COVID Testing

Dates: Wed., August 25-Sat., August 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Move In)

Where: Westminster Hall 110

Additional Dates: Every other Monday, September 13-December 13, 12-3 p.m.

Where: Westminster Hall Room 110

Who: Any Student, Staff or Faculty

By: Diligent Health Care

Please be reminded that resident students and athletes are required to be vaccinated. To apply for an exemption, review the College Exemption Policy. Note that mandatory testing is required for all unvaccinated students who are approved for an exemption. Vaccination for employees and commuter students is optional, but highly recommended.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the Bloomfield College community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

Please be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 13, 2021 - Fall 2021 Semester Update

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Bloomfield College is excited to welcome you all, safely, back to campus. The start of the Fall 2021 Semester will begin on Monday, August 30, 2021. Below is a summary of key points and updates.

In Person Classes

- Fall semester courses will be scheduled in-person with some online and hybrid courses available.

Healthy and Safety

- All individuals (per CDC recommendations) will be required to wear masks indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.

- The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is still required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here.

- The College will continue with enhanced cleaning protocols of all offices and facilities.

- The College has updated the COVID-19 response protocol. 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.

- Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email a susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

Vaccination and Testing

- Resident students and athletes are required to be vaccinated although they may qualify for an exemption per the College Exemption Policy. Vaccination is optional but highly recommended for employees and commuter students.

- Testing will be available for ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES through Diligent Urgent Care. Starting September 13, the company will be on campus every other Monday from 12- 3:00 p.m. in Westminster Hall, Room 110.

- Mandatory testing is required for all unvaccinated students. A communication will be forthcoming to that group.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

Welcome Back Kits

- Last year Bloomfield College provided students, faculty and staff with a Welcome Back Kit containing two reusable cloth face masks, digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, touchless door opener and a copy of the CDC's COVID-19 safety guidelines.

- Welcome Back Kits will be available for new resident students during check-in.

- During the first week of the semester Ask Me Booths will distribute kits to new commuter students.

- Additional kits will be distributed to returning students at the Ask Me Booths while supplies last.

- Welcome Back Kits will be available for new employees at the HR Office.

We hope everyone has a wonderful start to the fall semester. We also wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for your diligence in following the protocols that help keep us all healthy and safe, including washing hands frequently and wearing face coverings.

Be sure to visit our Planning for Fall 2021 Semester webpage here for regularly updated information and resources.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 4, 2021 - Indoor Mask Requirement

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

In accordance with recently updated CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, the College will require all individuals to wear masks indoors on campus, regardless of vaccinationstatus, beginning Thursday, August 5.

All individuals are mandated to wear masks indoors, including the classroom, but are exempt from mask-wearing outdoors, in living areas, private spaces or when eating in dining halls.

The College will continue in-person teaching and extracurricular activities. Social distancing precautions will not be mandated at this time.

Over the past year and a half, Bloomfield College has put in place many safety protocols and procedures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The College will continue to be guided by federal, state and local authorities, and will make modifications to protocols as circumstances change and requirements are updated.

As we near the start of the Fall 2021 semester, Bloomfield continues to evaluate ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the College community so that we are able to provide an enriching and safe on-campus experience for all.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back on campus for a healthy and safe Fall 2021 semester.

Stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

July 20, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Required of all Residential Students and Athletes this Fall

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

This Fall 2021 vaccination requirement message pertains ONLY to residential students and athletes.

Over the past year and a half, Bloomfield College has put in place many safety protocols and procedures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The College has been guided by federal, state, and local authorities, and made modifications to protocols as circumstances have changed and requirements have been updated. As we near the start of the Fall 2021 semester, Bloomfield continues to evaluate ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the College community so that we are able to provide an enriching and safe on-campus experience for all.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

VACCINATION REQUIRED OF ALL RESIDENT STUDENTS AND ATHLETES

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College is requiring all students who will be residing in a Bloomfield College residence hall, and all athletes, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless the student has been granted an exemption from the vaccination requirement (see below). All other students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Resident students and athletes may be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs. In accordance with the College's Exemption Policy for required immunizations, resident students requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical reasons must provide a statement signed by a physician explaining why the student cannot be vaccinated at this time. Resident students and athletes seeking a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement must provide a written statement, signed by the student, explaining how the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student's religious beliefs.

Requests for exemptions must be submitted by Friday, August 13, 2021 to Health Services. Please note that submitting a request for an exemption does not guarantee that the exemption will be approved. Any questions regarding the exemption process should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.

PROOF OF VACCINATION TIMELINE

Resident students and athletes must provide proof of at least one vaccination (Moderna or Pfizer) against COVID-19 by Friday, August 20, 2021 or prior to moving into a campus residence facility. Students who are taking the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination are considered fully vaccinated. All others must be fully vaccinated within three or four weeks after August 20. Students who do not complete the full vaccination process will be removed from the residence halls.

Individuals with an approved exemption may be required to comply with additional testing and other preventive requirements. We will provide additional information as individual exemptions are approved.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon!

Sheila Wooten

Assistant Dean for Student Life/Athletic Director

June 16, 2021 - Update on Return to On-campus Work

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

As the Contingency Planning Task Force shared in late May, the College will be returning to on-campus work effective Tuesday, July 6.

Please know that the current temporary telecommunications policy will remain in effect until a new remote work policy is announced. In advance of this announcement, individuals should consult with their supervisors to discuss on-campus work expectations and any exception requests. Exception requests continue to be required to be submitted in writing.

As we recently communicated, masks and social distancing are no longer required indoors or outdoors on campus. However, if you are not vaccinated, per CDC guidelines, we highly recommend that you continue to wear a mask. The Waitwhile app is also no longer required for entering buildings, yet may be used for scheduling purposes by certain offices. The plexiglass partitions in most areas of the College will remain in place for the time being.

On June 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed legislation ending the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, certain Executive Orders remain in place for 30 days from this announcement. This includes health monitoring. Please be reminded that until July 6th, the daily LiveSafe app health screening survey requirement is still in effect for all College community members - faculty, staff and students. The online survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus.

During this transition period of returning to on-campus work, student support services such as those provided through the Center for Student Success; Wellness Center; Center for Student Leadership and Engagement; and the Residential Education and Housing Program will continue to be available both in person and online.

Further details about the fall semester, which will include mainly on-campus classes with some hybrid and online offerings, will follow shortly.

Best wishes to all,

Contingency Planning Task Force

May 27, 2021 - Return to On-campus Work and Governor's Announcement

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

The Contingency Planning Task Force is thrilled to inform the campus community that Bloomfield College will be returning to on-campus work effective Tuesday, July 6.

In addition, masks and social distancing are no longer required, effective May 28.

This announcement comes following Governor Murphy's executive order this week that includes lifting the mask mandate both indoors and outdoors, effective May 28, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) confirming with Bloomfield College that the executive order includes higher education. The Governor's announcement also lifts the six-foot social distancing requirement - including in classrooms and residence halls. On Friday, June 4, the general indoor gathering limits will also be removed.

Please note, for employees and students, the requirement to complete the daily LiveSafe app health screening survey prior to visiting campus remains in effect until further notice.

The return of our classrooms to regular capacities is a very welcome turning point in the course of changing health and safety protocols. Further details of the return to campus work will follow shortly, as will details about the fall semester that will include mainly on-campus classes with some hybrid and online offerings.

You may review the full announcement from the Governor's office here.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend in honor of our nation's veterans.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

May 6, 2021 - REMINDER - Vaccination Survey - Please Participate

Dear College Community:


The Contingency Planning Task Force is conducting a survey to gather information on employee and student perceptions of being vaccinated for COVID-19. This information will help the Task Force consider recommendations to fully reopen the College for employees and students in the near future.

Please use the following link to access the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T67DKZB

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, however, what you share about your perceptions of COVID-19 vaccination will help the institution make important decisions in the coming weeks and months.

The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete. Read each question carefully. Please note that your identity will remain protected and confidential.

Please feel free to contact Vice President Patrick Lamy at patrick_lamy@bloomfield.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the survey.


Thank You!

Contingency Planning Task Force

Faculty/Staff Communication

January 4, 2022 - Important Spring 2022 Semester Update

Dear Bloomfield College Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we approach the start of the spring 2022 semester, the COVID Contingency Task Force has examined the prevalence of the Omicron variant and its transmission rates among vaccinated individuals. In doing so, we have made the following recommendations that have been approved by the President's Council:

- Most classes for Spring 2022 will begin remotely on Thursday, January 13, 2022 through Friday, January 28, 2022, with an in-person start date currently planned for Monday, January 31, 2022. Reported cases and the prevalence of COVID-19 in local populations will be monitored and the in-person start date may be changed. A small number of classes (such as lab and studio experiences, clinical experience) will have an in-person component during this time, which may include hybrid delivery (a mix of in-person and virtual class meeting sessions).

- Students should pay close attention to course announcements in Blackboard regarding any changes in class meeting format. Most in-person courses will meet online synchronously during their scheduled meeting days and times. Students will be contacted by their individual faculty regarding whether their course will remain virtual or is one that is moving to at least a partial in-person format. Faculty will continue holding virtual office hours, and communicate with students through email, Blackboard, Google Meet or other platforms.

- Students who have technology needs in order to engage in remote learning, such as the need to borrow a laptop, should submit their request in advance of the start of classes (preferably by Friday, January 7) through the Spring 2022 Student Technology Request Form. Note that there is a charge placed on your student account for laptop loaners that is removed after you return the equipment to the IT Help Desk or purchase the equipment to keep. The laptop loaner charge does not affect your ability to register for classes. Additional technology information may be found under the Information Technology Portal, or you may email questions to helpdesk@bloomfield.edu or call 973-748-9000, ext. 1224.

- Residential students may proceed with their move-in plans scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022. All existing residential living protocols and vaccination requirements that were in place during the fall semester remain in effect, as do the vaccination requirements of student-athletes and nursing majors.Please click here for more vaccination information.

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

- The library will remain open on weekdays and evenings. Refer to the library website for hours of operation.

- The majority of previously planned in-person events will be held virtually or will be rescheduled until further notification.

- Employees may individually request approval to work remotely through their area supervisors.

- All College offices and spaces in use will undergo daily cleaning and sanitation using EPA-registered disinfectants with special attention given to high touch areas, as recommended by the CDC.

- Masks continue to be required indoors on campus (with the exception of while eating and drinking), regardless of vaccination status.

- When visiting campus, the LiveSafe app daily health screening survey must continue to be completed in advance of arrival on campus.

- In compliance with the federal vaccination mandate for employers with more than 100 employees, the College will be developing plans for a vaccination or testing requirement. More information about this will be provided as details become available.

We recognize that remote instruction, even for the short-term, is not ideal for everyone, yet the health and safety of our campus community remains paramount in our planning for the spring semester. To help meet these goals, we continue to encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, and medically able to be vaccinated, to do so. And, if you are eligible for a booster shot, please do the same.

Updates for the spring semester are posted on the COVID-19 planning webpage. You may also email questions directly to the Contingency Planning Task Force.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, and please stay well.

Contingency Planning Task Force

December 15, 2021 - Planning for the Spring 2022 Semester

Dear Campus Community,

We sincerely hope this finals week is going smoothly for everyone, especially for our hard-working students.

Below is an update on COVID information that will prepare us for the spring 2022 semester.

- COVID cases among students, faculty and staff have remained quite low all semester. In fact, there have been many weeks this fall where there have been no positive reported cases. This is due to everyone's adherence to the health and safety protocols put into place to protect our community. Thank you!

- We continue to closely monitor COVID cases on campus, locally and regionally and are following local, state and federal recommendations. The federal government's proposed January 4 vaccine requirement for employers with more than 100 employees continues to be challenged in the courts and is currently suspended.

- As we examine trends, including transmission of the new Omicron variant, it is clear that the best protection against severe cases of COVID and its transmission is vaccination. We encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, and medically able to be vaccinated, to do so. And, if you are eligible for a booster shot, please do the same. Your vaccination will help keep our community as a whole healthy and safe.

For spring 2022, we will continue to require vaccination for residential students, student-athletes and nursing majors. These student populations must provide proof of either a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination (which is considered full vaccination) or at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination against COVID-19 by Monday, January 3, 2022 or prior to moving into a campus residence facility. All others must be fully vaccinated within three or four weeks after Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Students who do not complete the full vaccination process will be removed from the residence halls. Note: Students who have shown proof of full vaccination prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester are exempt from showing proof for the spring semester.

- Requests for vaccination exemptions must be submitted by students no later than Tuesday, December 21, 2021 to Health Services. Please note that submitting a request for an exemption does not guarantee that the exemption will be approved. Any questions regarding the exemption process should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

- Individuals with an approved vaccination exemption may be required to comply with additional testing and other preventive requirements. Approved unvaccinated residential students, for example, are required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of move-in; and all approved unvaccinated students must show proof of a negative PCR test on a weekly basis. We will provide additional information as individual exemptions are approved.

Updates for the spring semester are posted on the COVID-19 planning webpage. You may also email questions directly to the Contingency Planning Task Force.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping keep everyone safe. We wish everyone a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

Warmly,

Contingency Planning Task Force

November 1, 2021 - COVID-19 Protocol Reminder

Dear Members of the Bloomfield College Community,

This is a reminder for all students, faculty and staff about the COVID-19 protocols that are in place to protect the health and safety of all our campus members.

In accordance with NJ requirements and CDC guidelines:

Masks are required for all individuals, including visitors to the College, in all indoor spaces on campus except when eating or drinking regardless of vaccination status.

 

Everyone's consideration of one another, and compliance, as we work to keep everyone safe at the College is greatly appreciated.

Please be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

All members of the campus 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. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

Additional reminders:

Be mindful of health status confidentiality. Do not ask individuals whether they are vaccinated or further add to speculation if you hear that someone may have been exposed to or has COVID-19. Instead, redirect all commentators to contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu when concern is related to students and human_resources@bloomfield.edu when related to employees. The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here. Even when indoor conditions allow for social distancing (e.g., when faculty, staff or students are giving presentations in meetings or in classroom settings), a mask must be worn at all times.
September 28, 2021 - COVID Testing Dates Moved to Wednesdays

Dear Campus Community,

Please be advised that the day of the week for on-campus COVID-19 testing has been changed from every other Monday to every other Wednesday.

Therefore, please note that this week, COVID-19 testing will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 1-3 p.m. in the Nurse's Office, Talbott Hall, Room P202.

We hope everyone is having a good semester.

Please stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

September 15, 2021 - COVID Task Force Fall 2021 Semester Reminders

Dear Bloomfield College Faculty and Staff,

We hope you are having a wonderful start to the Fall 2021 Semester at Bloomfield College. Below are a number of important reminders:

Healthy and Safety

- All individuals (per CDC recommendations) are required to wear masks indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.

- The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Members of the College community – faculty, staff and students – 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. 

- Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email at susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

- To view reported cases, visit the Reported Cases webpage.

Contact Tracing

- The Registrar will notify faculty when a student in their in-person, hybrid or online course tests positive for COVID-19. If a student informs you that they or a classmate has COVID, immediately refer them to Student Affairs. Unless faculty are notified from the Registrar's Office that a student will be missing class (or from the Office of Students with Disabilities that a specific accommodation is being requested), faculty should not accept direct notification from students regarding their COVID status as an excused absence or basis for providing accommodations in accordance with their grading and attendance policies stated in course syllabi. 

- Employees identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with someone suspected of or who has tested positive for COVID-19 are notified directly by the Office of Human Resources.

Vaccination Confidentiality

Be mindful of health status confidentiality. Do not ask individuals, students or colleagues, whether they are vaccinated or further add to speculation if you hear that someone may have been exposed to or has COVID-19. Instead, redirect all commentators to contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu when concern is related to students and human_resources@bloomfield.edu when related to employees.

Testing

- Free Testing (PCR test) is available for all campus members through Diligent Urgent Care every other Monday from 12-3 p.m. in Westminster Hall, Room 110. (Mandatory testing is being conducted for all unvaccinated students.)

 

Be sure to visit our Planning for Fall 2021 Semester webpage here for regularly updated information and resources.

Be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 24, 2021 - ROOM CORRECTION:COVID Testing is in Westminster Hall Room 110

All COVID Testing takes place in Westminster Hall Room 110. The below email (originally sent yesterday) has been updated with the correct room assignment for COVID Testing.

August 23, 2021 - COVID Vaccinations and Testing Update

Dear College Community,

Bloomfield College has partnered with Clara Maass Hospital and Diligent Health Care to provide free COVID-19 vaccination and testing onsite at Bloomfield College for students, faculty and staff as per the schedule below:

COVID Vaccinations

Dates: Fri., August 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Talbott Hall Lobby

Who: Any Student, Staff or Faculty

By: Clara Maass Hospital

Preregistration via an online form is required by this evening, Mon., Aug. 23, for the vaccine by Clara Maass. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMMC_BC_Vaccine.

COVID Testing

Dates: Wed., August 25-Sat., August 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Move In)

Where: Westminster Hall 110

Additional Dates: Every other Monday, September 13-December 13, 12-3 p.m.

Where: Westminster Hall Room 110

Who: Any Student, Staff or Faculty

By: Diligent Health Care

Please be reminded that resident students and athletes are required to be vaccinated. To apply for an exemption, review the College Exemption Policy. Note that mandatory testing is required for all unvaccinated students who are approved for an exemption. Vaccination for employees and commuter students is optional, but highly recommended.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the Bloomfield College community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

Please be well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 13, 2021 - Fall 2021 Semester Update

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

Bloomfield College is excited to welcome you all, safely, back to campus. The start of the Fall 2021 Semester will begin on Monday, August 30, 2021. Below is a summary of key points and updates.

In Person Classes

- Fall semester courses will be scheduled in-person with some online and hybrid courses available.

Healthy and Safety

- All individuals (per CDC recommendations) will be required to wear masks indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.

- The daily LiveSafe app health screening survey is still required to be completed before coming onto campus. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device here.

- The College will continue with enhanced cleaning protocols of all offices and facilities.

- The College has updated the COVID-19 response protocol. 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.

- Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or via email a susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.

Vaccination and Testing

- Resident students and athletes are required to be vaccinated although they may qualify for an exemption per the College Exemption Policy. Vaccination is optional but highly recommended for employees and commuter students.

- Testing will be available for ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES through Diligent Urgent Care. Starting September 13, the company will be on campus every other Monday from 12- 3:00 p.m. in Westminster Hall, Room 110.

- Mandatory testing is required for all unvaccinated students. A communication will be forthcoming to that group.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

Welcome Back Kits

- Last year Bloomfield College provided students, faculty and staff with a Welcome Back Kit containing two reusable cloth face masks, digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, touchless door opener and a copy of the CDC's COVID-19 safety guidelines.

- Welcome Back Kits will be available for new resident students during check-in.

- During the first week of the semester Ask Me Booths will distribute kits to new commuter students.

- Additional kits will be distributed to returning students at the Ask Me Booths while supplies last.

- Welcome Back Kits will be available for new employees at the HR Office.

We hope everyone has a wonderful start to the fall semester. We also wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for your diligence in following the protocols that help keep us all healthy and safe, including washing hands frequently and wearing face coverings.

Be sure to visit our Planning for Fall 2021 Semester webpage here for regularly updated information and resources.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

August 4, 2021 - Indoor Mask Requirement

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

In accordance with recently updated CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, the College will require all individuals to wear masks indoors on campus, regardless of vaccinationstatus, beginning Thursday, August 5.

All individuals are mandated to wear masks indoors, including the classroom, but are exempt from mask-wearing outdoors, in living areas, private spaces or when eating in dining halls.

The College will continue in-person teaching and extracurricular activities. Social distancing precautions will not be mandated at this time.

Over the past year and a half, Bloomfield College has put in place many safety protocols and procedures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The College will continue to be guided by federal, state and local authorities, and will make modifications to protocols as circumstances change and requirements are updated.

As we near the start of the Fall 2021 semester, Bloomfield continues to evaluate ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the College community so that we are able to provide an enriching and safe on-campus experience for all.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back on campus for a healthy and safe Fall 2021 semester.

Stay well,

Contingency Planning Task Force

July 20, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Required of all Residential Students and Athletes this Fall

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

This Fall 2021 vaccination requirement message pertains ONLY to residential students and athletes.

Over the past year and a half, Bloomfield College has put in place many safety protocols and procedures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The College has been guided by federal, state, and local authorities, and made modifications to protocols as circumstances have changed and requirements have been updated. As we near the start of the Fall 2021 semester, Bloomfield continues to evaluate ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the College community so that we are able to provide an enriching and safe on-campus experience for all.

Getting vaccinated is an optimal way in which we can help to keep the community healthy and safe and protect the more vulnerable amongst us. Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness.

VACCINATION REQUIRED OF ALL RESIDENT STUDENTS AND ATHLETES

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College is requiring all students who will be residing in a Bloomfield College residence hall, and all athletes, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless the student has been granted an exemption from the vaccination requirement (see below). All other students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Resident students and athletes may be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs. In accordance with the College's Exemption Policy for required immunizations, resident students requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical reasons must provide a statement signed by a physician explaining why the student cannot be vaccinated at this time. Resident students and athletes seeking a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement must provide a written statement, signed by the student, explaining how the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student's religious beliefs.

Requests for exemptions must be submitted by Friday, August 13, 2021 to Health Services. Please note that submitting a request for an exemption does not guarantee that the exemption will be approved. Any questions regarding the exemption process should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.

PROOF OF VACCINATION TIMELINE

Resident students and athletes must provide proof of at least one vaccination (Moderna or Pfizer) against COVID-19 by Friday, August 20, 2021 or prior to moving into a campus residence facility. Students who are taking the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination are considered fully vaccinated. All others must be fully vaccinated within three or four weeks after August 20. Students who do not complete the full vaccination process will be removed from the residence halls.

Individuals with an approved exemption may be required to comply with additional testing and other preventive requirements. We will provide additional information as individual exemptions are approved.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact saffairs@bloomfield.edu.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon!

Sheila Wooten

Assistant Dean for Student Life/Athletic Director

June 16, 2021 - Update on Return to On-campus Work

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

As the Contingency Planning Task Force shared in late May, the College will be returning to on-campus work effective Tuesday, July 6.

Please know that the current temporary telecommunications policy will remain in effect until a new remote work policy is announced. In advance of this announcement, individuals should consult with their supervisors to discuss on-campus work expectations and any exception requests. Exception requests continue to be required to be submitted in writing.

As we recently communicated, masks and social distancing are no longer required indoors or outdoors on campus. However, if you are not vaccinated, per CDC guidelines, we highly recommend that you continue to wear a mask. The Waitwhile app is also no longer required for entering buildings, yet may be used for scheduling purposes by certain offices. The plexiglass partitions in most areas of the College will remain in place for the time being.

On June 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed legislation ending the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, certain Executive Orders remain in place for 30 days from this announcement. This includes health monitoring. Please be reminded that until July 6th, the daily LiveSafe app health screening survey requirement is still in effect for all College community members - faculty, staff and students. The online survey is required to be completed before coming onto campus.

During this transition period of returning to on-campus work, student support services such as those provided through the Center for Student Success; Wellness Center; Center for Student Leadership and Engagement; and the Residential Education and Housing Program will continue to be available both in person and online.

Further details about the fall semester, which will include mainly on-campus classes with some hybrid and online offerings, will follow shortly.

Best wishes to all,

Contingency Planning Task Force

May 27, 2021 - Return to On-campus Work and Governor's Announcement

Dear Bloomfield College Community,

The Contingency Planning Task Force is thrilled to inform the campus community that Bloomfield College will be returning to on-campus work effective Tuesday, July 6.

In addition, masks and social distancing are no longer required, effective May 28.

This announcement comes following Governor Murphy's executive order this week that includes lifting the mask mandate both indoors and outdoors, effective May 28, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) confirming with Bloomfield College that the executive order includes higher education. The Governor's announcement also lifts the six-foot social distancing requirement - including in classrooms and residence halls. On Friday, June 4, the general indoor gathering limits will also be removed.

Please note, for employees and students, the requirement to complete the daily LiveSafe app health screening survey prior to visiting campus remains in effect until further notice.

The return of our classrooms to regular capacities is a very welcome turning point in the course of changing health and safety protocols. Further details of the return to campus work will follow shortly, as will details about the fall semester that will include mainly on-campus classes with some hybrid and online offerings.

You may review the full announcement from the Governor's office here.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend in honor of our nation's veterans.

Sincerely,

Contingency Planning Task Force

May 6, 2021 - REMINDER - Vaccination Survey - Please Participate

Dear College Community:


The Contingency Planning Task Force is conducting a survey to gather information on employee and student perceptions of being vaccinated for COVID-19. This information will help the Task Force consider recommendations to fully reopen the College for employees and students in the near future.

Please use the following link to access the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T67DKZB

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, however, what you share about your perceptions of COVID-19 vaccination will help the institution make important decisions in the coming weeks and months.

The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete. Read each question carefully. Please note that your identity will remain protected and confidential.

Please feel free to contact Vice President Patrick Lamy at patrick_lamy@bloomfield.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the survey.


Thank You!

Contingency Planning Task Force

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