With COVID-19 vaccination rates rising and infections declining, Bergen Community College will return to an open campus environment July 6, 2021 while maintaining certain health and safety protocols as part of a revised reopening plan. To view the complete plan, visit here. For specific questions related to College operations, please view the FAQ below.

As the College enters a “new normal,” it encourages students, faculty and staff to vaccinate, practice good hygiene and remain home when ill. Welcome back, Bergen!

Students
Faculty
All Employees
Community
Students

Is campus open?

Yes, as of July 6, 2021, all locations are open for classes, activities and the use of facilities/resources.

 

What on-campus services and resources are available?

As of July 6, 2021, all of them! This includes the Sidney Silverman Library, the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, food services, the bookstore and every on-campus resource that was available before the pandemic began.

  

Are face masks required on campus?

Wearing a face mask remains optional for the fully vaccinated, but strongly recommended for the unvaccinated.

 

Must I complete anything before I visit campus?

No, but it’s recommended that you take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Is a COVID-19 vaccine required to attend class?

While the College will not require a COVID-19 vaccine, it strongly recommends students take advantage of them for their own personal safety. Student-athletes, however, must receive a vaccine in order to participate in intercollegiate competition.

 

What if I’m vaccinated, but others aren’t?

Research has shown those who are vaccinated remain as essentially no risk of serious illness from COVID-19 - regardless of the vaccination status of others.

 

Will the College offer COVID-19 vaccinations on campus?

Yes, in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the College will offer periodic vaccination events on campus. Students who register for fall classes and upload proof of their vaccination via their portal account ::instructions coming soon!:: by Aug. 26 will be entered into a lottery to receive a $1,000 tuition credit sponsored by the Bergen Community College Foundation!

 

Wait, I can possibly earn a $1,000 tuition credit if I register for classes and get vaccinated?

Yes! Through the Bergen VIP (Vaccine Incentive Program) initiative students who register for fall classes and upload proof of their vaccination via their portal account by Aug. 26 will be entered into a lottery to receive a $1,000 tuition credit sponsored by the Bergen Community College Foundation! Visit here ::instructions coming soon!:: for details.

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, you may consider taking the Centers for Disease Control symptom checker if you feel ill. Please do not come to campus if you feel ill; consult your healthcare professional for additional assistance.

 

Is my classroom clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe learning environment for students. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-rated air filters.

 

What happens to my class if one of my classmates falls ill with COVID-19?

Unfortunately, this remains a reality during the pandemic - your peers may get sick. If a classmate tests positive for COVID-19, vaccinated individuals will be permitted to continue attending class and avoid quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals will follow quarantine and isolation details outlined in Appendix A of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and contact College Nurse Dania Huie-Pasigan at dhuie-pasigan@bergen.edu.

     

Is there an athletics season?

Yes, the College will sponsor a fall 2021 season.

 

Is the study abroad program taking place this semester?

The study abroad program remains suspended.

 

Is New Jersey Transit still servicing the main campus?

Yes, New Jersey Transit buses remain operational. For schedules, visit here.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for students’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the winter/spring semesters?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the winter and spring semesters and beyond. 

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

Faculty

Is campus open?

Yes, as of July 6, 2021, all locations are open for classes, activities and the use of facilities/resources.

 

What on-campus services and resources are available?

As of July 6, 2021, all of them! This includes the Sidney Silverman Library, the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, food services, the bookstore and every on-campus resource that was available before the pandemic began.

  

Are face masks required on campus?

Wearing a face mask remains optional for the fully vaccinated, but strongly recommended for the unvaccinated.

 

Must I complete anything before I visit campus?

No, but it’s recommended that you take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Is a COVID-19 vaccine required to work at Bergen?

While the College will not require a COVID-19 vaccine, it strongly recommends faculty take advantage of them for their own personal safety.

 

What if I’m vaccinated, but others aren’t?

Research has shown those who are vaccinated remain as essentially no risk of serious illness from COVID-19 - regardless of the vaccination status of others.

 

Will the College offer COVID-19 vaccinations on campus?

Yes, in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the College will offer periodic vaccination events on campus. 

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, you may consider taking the Centers for Disease Control symptom checker if you feel ill. Please do not come to campus if you feel ill; consult your healthcare professional for additional assistance.

 

Is my classroom clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe learning environment for faculty. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-rated air filters.

 

What happens to my class if one of my students falls ill with COVID-19?

Unfortunately, this remains a reality during the pandemic - your students may get sick. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, vaccinated individuals will be permitted to continue attending class and avoid quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals will follow quarantine and isolation details outlined in Appendix A of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and contact College Nurse Dania Huie-Pasigan at dhuie-pasigan@bergen.edu.

 

Will the College permit travel this semester?

Yes, the College will sponsor travel this semester.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for faculty members’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the winter/spring semesters?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the winter and spring semesters and beyond. 

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

All Employees

Is campus open?

Yes, as of July 6, 2021, all locations are open for classes, activities and the use of facilities/resources.

 

What on-campus services and resources are available?

As of July 6, 2021, all of them! This includes the Sidney Silverman Library, the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, food services, the bookstore and every on-campus resource that was available before the pandemic began.

  

Are face masks required on campus?

Wearing a face mask remains optional for the fully vaccinated, but strongly recommended for the unvaccinated.

 

Must I complete anything before I visit campus?

No, but it’s recommended that you take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Is a COVID-19 vaccine required to work at Bergen?

While the College will not require a COVID-19 vaccine, it strongly recommends employees take advantage of them for their own personal safety.

 

What if I’m vaccinated, but others aren’t?

Research has shown those who are vaccinated remain as essentially no risk of serious illness from COVID-19 - regardless of the vaccination status of others.

 

Will the College offer COVID-19 vaccinations on campus?

Yes, in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the College will offer periodic vaccination events on campus. 

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, you may consider taking the Centers for Disease Control symptom checker if you feel ill. Please do not come to campus if you feel ill; consult your healthcare professional for additional assistance.

 

Is my office clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe environment. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-rated air filters.

 

What happens to my office if one of my coworkers falls ill with COVID-19?

Unfortunately, this remains a reality during the pandemic - your coworkers may get sick. If a coworker tests positive for COVID-19, vaccinated individuals will be permitted to continue attending class and avoid quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals will follow quarantine and isolation details outlined in Appendix B of the reopening plan available here.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and contact College Nurse Dania Huie-Pasigan at dhuie-pasigan@bergen.edu.

 

Will the College permit travel this semester?

Yes, the College will sponsor travel this semester.

 

Is the intercampus shuttle running this semester?

No, the Paramus-Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands shuttle will not run this semester.

 

Is the Child Development Center open this semester?

Yes, the Child Development Center remains available for faculty members’ children. For more information, visit here.

 

Will the College update the plan in advance of the winter/spring semesters?

Yes, the College will make updates to the plan based on guidance from health and government agencies. Additionally, the College will convene various subcommittee taskforce groups to review protocols for the winter and spring semesters and beyond. 

 

How will the College make sure the reopening plan is followed?

The College has appointed a reopening coordinator, Dr. Larry Hlavenka, who will monitor real-time compliance of the plan. This individual will also have the authority to make adjustments and subsequently update the plan in order to deliver best practices for the institution. The coordinator will also establish mechanisms for students to make inquiries, suggestions and comments.

Community

Is campus open?

Yes, as of July 6, 2021, all locations are open for classes, activities and the use of facilities/resources.

 

What on-campus services and resources are available?

As of July 6, 2021, all of them! This includes the Sidney Silverman Library, the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, food services, the bookstore and every on-campus resource that was available before the pandemic began.

  

Are face masks required on campus?

Wearing a face mask remains optional for the fully vaccinated, but strongly recommended for the unvaccinated.

 

Must I complete anything before I visit campus?

No, but it’s recommended that you take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

What if I’m vaccinated, but others aren’t?

Research has shown those who are vaccinated remain as essentially no risk of serious illness from COVID-19 - regardless of the vaccination status of others.

 

Will the College screen me for COVID-19?

While the College will not screen you for COVID-19, you may consider taking the Centers for Disease Control symptom checker if you feel ill. Please do not come to campus if you feel ill; consult your healthcare professional for additional assistance.

 

Are the facilities clean?

The College has taken great care to ensure a safe environment. Among its work, the College has conducted - and will continue to conduct - cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, common areas, high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces at least once daily. The College has also taken significant steps to improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air via rooftop HVAC units and installing MERV-rated air filters.