Please be advised: All students taking in-person classes, and all faculty and staff, must be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022. Please see the COVID-19 Policies page for more information, or to update your vaccine status.

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BCC Covid-19 Policies

Effective August 18, 2021, Masks are required in all indoor spaces at BCC. This applies to any vaccination status.

In addition, all students taking in person classes must be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022. All faculty and staff are also required to be fully vaccinated.

If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the COVID-19 vaccine policy, click here.

Contact Us

Questions or concerns?

Email: covidreporting@berkshirecc.edu 

COVID-19 Policies

Below, please find a list of relevant COVID-19 Policies. Just click on one of the blue boxes and scroll underneath this grid to see the information contained in each box.

 

Masks

 

Update, 8/18/2021

Effective August 18, 2021, Masks are required in all indoor spaces at BCC.

This applies to any vaccination status.


Original Content, 8/20/2020:

To keep in compliance with COVID-19 Order No. 31: Face Coverings are mandatory, except in cases where an individual requests an accommodation.

Individuals are urged to wear their own face covering.

Disposable masks are available at the entrances if necessary. Specific campus or lab experience mask protocols must be adhered to, if applicable. Students attending clinicals or co-ops must also adhere to site specific protocols. 

The fit of face coverings should be as follows:

  • Fit securely and comfortably against the side of the face;
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops;
  • Allow for breathing without restriction; and
  • Be able to laundered and machine dried without damage or change of shape.

BCC On-Campus Mask Guidelines

BCC's Return to Campus Committee has assembled the following guidelines to answer questions about mask use on campus. (PDF downloads)

Masks should cover your chin Masks should cover your nose Masks should not be worn around the nex Close-fitting mask covering nose, mouth and chin
 
NO - Your chin needs to be covered 
 
NO - The mask must cover the nose to be effective
 
NO - Do not wear the mask on your chin
 
YES - The mask is a close fit, covering the nose, mouth and chin.


Additional information:
 
Students will be held to the BCC Student Conduct Code procedures for any violations. 

Masks must be worn from the time you exit to vehicle to the time you return to your vehicle.

  • Masks must be worn entering and exiting buildings
  • Masks must be worn while in a class, lab, or common area
  • Masks can be removed if you are in an open space and socially distanced more than 6 feet.
  • Mask breaks are encouraged.
    • Mask breaks shall be outside in a well-ventilated area.
    • You may remove your mask as long as you are AT LEAST 6 feet from others
    • Best practice for a mask break is 5 to 10 minutes
    • Masks are suggested to be reapplied after break time is finished.

Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Those who cannot breathe safely;
  • Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so;
  • Those communicating with people who rely upon lip-reading;
  • Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe; and
  • Those who are exercising outdoors and are able to keep physical distance from others.

Social Distancing

Update, 6/4/2021:

Berkshire Community College Social suggests* SOCIAL DISTANCING while on campus.

Social distancing is recommended to be no less than 6 feet from each other.

This should be maintained in all areas of the campus.

Signs will be provided as reminders and area markings will be used to demonstrate where and what 6 feet distancing looks like.

Berkshire Community College recommends social distancing between people who are not from your family household indoors and outdoors.




* As of 6/4/2021, social distancing is suggested but no longer mandatory

Handwashing

Berkshire Community College Policies and Best Practices

HANDWASHING

Berkshire Community College requires handwashing as a safety measure to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Berkshire Community College believes proper hygiene protocols like hand washing are a key component to virus spread prevention.

Additional information:

Per CDC website:

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It's especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

   

Campus Access

Update: August, 2021

Access to the BCC campus is currently open.

Visitors are encouraged to maintain social distance; mask use is mandatory indoors.

Testing

TESTING PROTOCOLS

Berkshire Community College recognizes the need for contact tracing and testing for any individual who may be infected or exposed to an infected COVID-19 person.  
Resources

Berkshire Community College advocates for handwashing, social distancing, and the use of masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Testing is a key component.  There are many resources available to staff and students who would like access to testing.
  1. If you are feeling sick, you may contact your primary care physician and request a test 
  2. If you have been exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive, you may contact your primary to request a test. 
  3. If you are contacted by the Community Nurse as part of a contact tracing exercise, you may request a test 
  4. If you have been in a large crowd without a mask or social distancing you may contact your primary and request a test 
  5. The Community Health Nurse can be reached at Kayla Donnelly-Winters, kwinters@cityofpittsfield.org 
  6. If you do not have a primary care doctor to request a test you may call the Berkshire Medical Center Covid-19 help line.  A Covid-19 nurse will help direct your call.   
    1. The number is 855-262-5465 
    2. It is open from 8am to 4:30pm, seven days a week 
  7. The Covid Kiosk at Berkshire Health Systems link is https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/coronavirus
Testing Protocols and Policies
  1. If a student or staff member is diagnosed positive for COVID-19: 
    1. The student or staff member will be assisted by their local health department coordinator and community health nurse.   
      1. If reporting on the weekend, the State Health Department would be notified, then local health department, then the local community nurse.   
      2. Local entities will coordinate with Pittsfield Health Department and Community Nurse as Berkshire Community College is located in Pittsfield. 
    2. The Health Department and/or the Community Nurse will assist in contact tracing.   
    3. The college security department will be a resource for contact tracing based on but not limited to: 
      1. What location on campus were visited by the individual being tested, 
      2. Who was in the location at the same time as the person, and after.   
        1. This includes classrooms and common areas. 
    4. Cleaning protocols will be reviewed per these locations and times. 
      1. A log will be reviewed based on what was cleaned and at what time. 
      2. This will help to determine rate and scope of exposure. 
    5. Those exposed and in contact with person will receive testing via the local health department. 
      1. BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION KIOSK CALL 855-BMC-LINK, OR 855-262-5465 
    6. If testing is ordered you may return to work/school if you receive two (2) negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours; documentation required  
  2. Those who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient, not identified by contact tracing
    1. Will be encouraged to call BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION KIOSK CALL 855-BMC-LINK, OR 855-262-5465. 
      1. The Kiosk will ask about your exposure. 
      2. They can order a test based on your concerns, any comorbidities, and your exposure.  
      3. Or contact your primary physician and request a test. 
    2. If testing is ordered you may return to work/school if you receive two (2) negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours; documentation required  
  3. If you believe you are exposed but do not receive a test you must:
    1. Self-quarantine for 14 days or 
    2. Contact your primary physician for testing 
    3. If testing is ordered you may return to work/school if you receive two (2) negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours; documentation required 
  4. Notification
    1. Staff: 
      1. Patients have HIPAA rights regarding their medical information. 
      2. Berkshire Community College encourages employees to contact the Human Resource Department regarding their COVID-19 status. 
      3. The Human Resource Department will notify the appropriate departments with no disclosure of the employee. 
      4. Once the College is notified of a positive case the following protocols will be enacted: 
        1. The area will be locked off for 24 hours. 
        2. A deep clean will occur with non-exposed staff members. 
        3. The area will be deemed sanitized and available for use.  
        4.  This process will be recorded in a log to track areas of exposure. 
    2. Students: 
        1. Students have HIPAA and FERPA rights regarding their medical information. 
        2. Berkshire Community College encourages Students to contact the Dean of Students or Berkshire Community College Human Resource Department regarding their COVID-19 status. 
        3. The Dean of Students will notify the Human Resource Department who will notify the appropriate departments with no disclosure of the student’s name. 
        4. Once the College is notified of a positive case the following protocols will be enacted: 
          1. The area will be locked off for 24 hours. 
          2. A deep clean will occur with non-exposed staff members. 
          3. The area will be deemed sanitized and available for use.  
          4. This process will be recorded in a log to track areas of exposure. 
    3. Demographic information: 
      1. Testing will be in conjunction with local health department. 
      2. Berkshire Community College will provide demographics such as: 
        1.     name,  
        2.     date of birth,  
        3.     full address,  
        4.     gender,  
        5.     race,  
        6.     ethnicity,  
        7.     primary language,  
        8.     occupation and  
        9. disability status 
  5. NON-SYMPTOMATIC Testing protocols for Berkshire Community College: 
    1. Berkshire Community College will partner with the Local Board of Health and Berkshire Health Systems to offer testing once every thirty days on campus.   
      1. “The CDC's interim guidance to colleges on testing recommends testing of symptomatic students and employees and those who have known or suspected contact with an infected individual. The CDC does not recommend testing upon students' re-entry to campus, which many universities are doing, saying it is "unknown if entry testing in IHEs provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive measures." 

        The agency makes no recommendation in regard to broad surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and staff over the course of a term, though it notes institutions may consider this strategy in areas with moderate to substantial community transmission "to identify outbreaks and inform control measures." 
      2. Community Number Benchmarks: 
        1. White less than 5 cases for entire community over the past 14 days 
        2. Green less than 4 cases per daily average per 100,000 population 
        3. Yellow between 4-8 cases per daily average per 100,000 population 
        4. Red 8 or more cases per daily average per 100,000 population 
    2. Stages
      1. Stage 1:  On-site testing will not be applicable based on low community numbers, less than 5 cases per community.   
      2. Stage 2:  A person on campus is positive for Covid-19.  That would trigger a reaction of tracing, isolation of area, and testing by Health Department.  Depending on need and exposure, guided by Health Department and State, testing on site could/may occur. 
        1. Stage 2A:  Community numbers increase to a benchmark that causes a community change color to yellow per DHE map coding or Health Department deemed necessary.  Testing could/may be initiated on campus OR campus could revert to Phase II. 
  6. Benchmark Testing: 
    1. Berkshire Community College will partner with the Local Board of Health and an established vendor to offer testing once every thirty days on campus.   
      1. The testing day will be determined by the heaviest concentration on campus based on staff and students class schedules.  
      2. That day, for example, is the first Monday of each month.  Berkshire Community College will then test a random sample of 20% of the daily census. 

        For example:   
        • 100 staff and students are on campus on the first Monday of each month.  15 individuals will be tested.   
        • The percentage will be determined by the ratio of staff to student. 
        • Tests will be conducted on a volunteer basis.   
        • A notice will go out 24 hours before the determined sample day to request volunteers for testing. 
        • It will be a first come first serve based on receipt of email to testingcv19@berkshirecc.edu.  
      3. Testing will be provided by a service partnership with a local vendor. 
        1. County Ambulance will conduct a baseline testing the second week of the fall semester. 
        2. A nurse or physician will be on sight to administer the testing.   
      4. The cost per test will be absorbed by the College via Cares Act funds.
  7. What happens if a student/staff member becomes ill while on campus and suspects COVID-19? 
    1. If a student or staff member becomes ill while on campus and suspects COVID-19 that student or staff member will be assisted by the security department.  Patient will be isolated in a separate area. 
      1. The student or staff member will be encouraged to call their primary physician and/or BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS CORONAVISUS INFORMATION KIOSK CALL 855-BMC-LINK, OR 855-262-5465. 
      2. The individual will leave the campus immediately.   
        1. If no mode of transportation is available the patient will wait in the isolated area until a ride is available.   
        2. If a ride is not available the college will work to provide a safe way home for the individual. 
    2. If it is determined the patient is COVID-19 positive the steps outlined above will be triggered. 
  8. TESTING SITES IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS: (https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/coronavirus)

Site Name

Address

City

Phone Number

Drive Through

 Accepts MassHealth

            Tests Children

Fairview Hospital

10 Maple Ave, Gt Barrington, MA 01230

Great Barrington

855-262-5465

Yes

Yes

Yes

MedExpress Urgent Care Hadley

424 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

Hadley

413-253-0483

No

Yes

Yes

CVS Holyoke - Minute Clinic

250 Whiting Farms Rd, Holyoke, MA, 01040

Holyoke

 

Yes

Yes

No

Holyoke Medical Center

575 Beech St, Holyoke, MA, 01040

Holyoke

413-534-2500

No

Yes

Yes

Cooley Dickinson Drive Thru Testing

30 Locust St, Northampton, MA 01060

Northampton

617-724-7000

Yes

Yes

No

CVS Northampton - Minute Clinic

366 King St, Northampton, MA 01060

Northampton

 

Yes

Yes

No

Berkshire Medical Center

725 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Pittsfield

413-447-2000

Yes

Yes

Yes

CVS Pittsfield - Minute Clinic

107 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Pittsfield

 

Yes

Yes

No

MedExpress Urgent Care Pittsfield

999 Dalton Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Pittsfield

413-448-6231

Yes

Yes

Yes

CVS Southwick - Minute Clinic

215 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077

Southwick

 

Yes

Yes

No

Baystate Brightwood Health Center

380 Plainfield St, Springfield, MA 01107

Springfield

413-795-8378

Yes

Yes

Yes

Baystate Medical Center

759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01199

Springfield

413-795-8378

No

Yes

Yes

Baystate Springfield Carew St. Testing Center

298 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104

Springfield

413-795-8378

Yes

Yes

Yes

Baystate Springfield High St. Testing Center

140 High St, Springfield, MA 01105

Springfield

413-795-8378

Yes

Yes

Yes

CVS Springfield - Minute Clinic

770 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119

Springfield

 

Yes

Yes

No

Family Care Medical Center

1515 Allen St, Springfield, MA 01118

Springfield

413-783-9114

Yes

Yes

No

MedExpress Urgent Care Springfield Boston Rd

1312 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA 01119

Springfield

413-782-0784

No

Yes

Yes

MedExpress Urgent Care Springfield Cooley St

430 Cooley St, Springfield, MA 01128

Springfield

413-782-0320

No

Yes

Yes

AFC Urgent Care West Springfield

18 Union St, West Springfield, MA 01089

West Springfield Town

413-207-9289

Yes

Yes

No

CVS West Springfield - Minute Clinic

928 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA 01089

West Springfield Town

 

Yes

Yes

No

Baystate Noble Hospital

115 W Silver St, Westfield, MA 01085

Westfield

413-795-8378

No

Yes

Yes

Baystate Union St. Testing Center

57 Union St, Westfield, MA 01085

Westfield

413-795-8378

Yes

Yes

Yes

MedExpress Urgent Care Westfield

311 East Main St, Westfield, MA 01085

Westfield

413-562-0482

No

Yes

Yes

         

Berkshire Community College policies and procedures of self-monitoring, wellness check, mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing, disinfecting, duration on campus, and sanitizing are key components in preventing the spread of the virus.

Self-monitoring requires staff and students to check their temperature, assess any symptoms they may have, and cross check those with a great degree of adherence to safety first.  If you are unsure of your wellness, stay home.

Wellness check requires staff and students to continually assess how they are feeling throughout the day.  If they begin to develop symptoms they need to err on the side of caution and go home.  They should leave campus immediately.

Mask wearing helps to prevent the spread of the virus.  The campus has a mask wearing policy and procedure.  You must wear a mask on campus at all time unless you are able to adequately social distance.

Hand-washing is key to preventing the spread of Covid-19.  Soap and water kill the virus.  Make sure to use soap and wash your hands at least for 20 seconds. 

Social distancing is another key prevention for the spread of the virus.  Individuals must be at LEAST six feet apart in each direction from one another.  

Disinfecting all hard surfaces, desktops, door knobs, hand rails, hand handles, and all high traffic touch points must be disinfected and wash on a regular basis.  ‘Regular’ means after every high use incident, change in occupant, and time in area.  Also, a deep clean will occur as needed.

Duration on campus is limited and will be kept to a minimum.  We do not anticipate students staying more than four hours at a time in any given day. This limited access of time will help to control any spread or exposure to the virus.

Sanitizing with a solution of 60% alcohol or higher is the accepted practice at Berkshire Community College.

Travel Restriction

COVID-19 Travel Order

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.

  • Upon re-entering Massachusetts, travelers must fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form.
  • Failure to comply and fill out this form may result in a $500 fine
  • You must quarantine for 14 days unless you are traveling from a low risk state
  • Or, you can produce a negative Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours PRIOR to your arrival in MA.

Low risk states are:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Maine
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont

Individuals traveling to Massachusetts on August 01, 2020 and after must quarantine for 14 days UNLESS they are:

  • Traveling from a low risk state
  • Within the 72-hour testing rule
  • Transitory travel
  • Persons commuting to school or work
  • Patients seeking or receiving medical treatment
  • Military personnel
  • Workers providing critical infrastructure services

For more information visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

revised 9/12/2020

Self-monitoring and Wellness




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What happens if I am sick?

Stay Home – Stay Safe!

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

How to Self-quarantine and Self-isolate

If you are not sick but are:

  • a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or
  • recently returned from any travel outside Massachusetts,

please take these steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Self-quarantine:

Separate yourself from others in case you get sick

  1. Stay at home and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  2. Do your best to stay at least 6 feet away from other people in the house.
  3. Do not leave your house to go to school, work or run errands.
  4. Do not have any visitors to your house during this time.
  5. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  6. Do not share eating or drinking utensils with anybody.
  7. Monitor your health every day.
  8. If you need to seek routine medical care call ahead to your doctor and tell them you are under COVID-19 quarantine.
  9. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares to get to your appointment.

Monitor your health every day:

Perform health checks every morning and every night, or anytime you feel like you might have a fever

  • Take your temperature
  • Be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell them your symptoms and that you are being monitored for COVID-19.

How to determine your last day of exposure:

Your last day of exposure is:

  • The last time you were within 6 ft of someone confirmed to have COVID-19, or
  • The day you arrived home after travel

If you do not show signs of COVID-19 for 14 days after the last time you were exposed, your self-quarantine period is finished.

If you:

  • get sick during self-quarantine, or
  • are sick and a healthcare provider tests you for COVID-19, or
  • are told by a healthcare provider that you have COVID-19,

take these steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Self-isolation:

Separate yourself from others to keep your germs from spreading

  1. If you get sick with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other signs of respiratory illness, call your healthcare provider and tell them if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  2. If you need see your healthcare provider, do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares to get to your appointment.
  3. Stay at home and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  4. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people in the house.
  5. Do not leave your house to go to school, work or run errands.
  6. Do not have any visitors to your house during this time.
  7. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  8. Do not share eating or drinking utensils with anybody.
    1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    2. Clean surfaces that you touch every day with a household disinfectant.
    3. Make a list of everyone you have been close to (within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes), since you first got sick. Those people have been exposed to COVID-19 and should be asked to self-quarantine. 
If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell them your symptoms and that you have, or may have, COVID-19. How long do you need to isolate?  For most people who have relatively mild illness, you will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 7 days. You can resume public activities once you have:
  • gone for three days without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol), and
  • experienced improvement in your other symptoms (for example, your cough has gotten much better)

More information about how to self-isolate is available on the CDC website. If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, you can call your Local Board of Health or the Department of Public Health’s On-call Epidemiologists at 617-983-6800.

 

*Section provided by local health department

Cleaning Protocols

ESTABLISHED CLEANING PROTOCOLS:

Berkshire Community College is dedicated to ensure proper cleaning and sanitizing protocols.  BCC will provide regular santization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, and restrooms throughout the campus.

  • Cleaning/sanitizing of electronics and personal space is the responsibility of each employee.
  • All food and drinks will be removed at the end of the work day. No food trash will be left in work space.
  • Daily routine sanitization schedules are:
    • Classrooms/Labs: at least once a day
    • Bathrooms: Three times a day
    • Common spaces: Twice a day
    • High touch point areas and horizontal surfaces: Dedicated maintainer, throughout the day
  • Between classes, if faculty deems it necessary, they can call/email facilities and maintenance staff will apply sanitizer spray.


CLEANING AND SANITIZING:

  • Cleaning/sanitizing protocols will be place and maintained
  • All HVAC equipment will operate under strict 100% outside fresh air intake, 100% exhaust of stale indoor air and exhaust fans will run during operational hours
  • Installed MERV 13 filters to provide maximum safety and prevention of airborne pathogens.
  • Periodic check of air filters will be performed
  • Physical and digital signage reminding people of frequent and effective hand washing will be commonly visible at specific use areas like bathrooms across campus.
    • Sanitizing will be available for classrooms/labs upon request.
    • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies  will  be  provided  to  all  employees  by submitting  a  request  to  their supervisor.
  • Sanitizing spray bottles will be located inside each bathroom.
  • Hot water and microbial soap will be available in all restrooms.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available across campus.
    • Small bottles of hand sanitizers will be acquired from the facilities office by submitting a request to their supervisor.

Glossary

Frequently Asked Questions

  • VACCINE REQUIREMENT STUDENT FAQ

    MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE VACCINE REQUIREMENT
    STUDENT FAQ | As of November 2, 2021 BCC

    Do I have to be vaccinated to take classes in the spring 2022 semester?

    If you register for courses with any on-campus component or if you plan on coming to campus in the spring – including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services – you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

    If you do not expect to be on campus for any reason, you are not required to be fully vaccinated or to provide written proof of an official record of full vaccination status unless it is required by your program or activity (ex. athletics, healthcare program, clinical placement).

    If, after the start of the semester, you would like to come to campus to access college services and facilities, you will be required to provide written proof of your official record of vaccination status before coming to campus.

    What’s the deadline for providing proof of my vaccination status?

    The deadline to provide proof of vaccination status is January 3rd, 2022. All students utilizing any on campus components will be required to be fully vaccinated by this date. 

    How do I provide my written proof of an official record of full vaccination?

    It is important for the college to collect dates related to your vaccination status as well as an image of your official documentation. We ask that you use this link to complete the form and attach official documentation of your vaccination status. This is information will be stored in the college’s official academic records and will be available to you as well if needed at a later time.

    Please note that the attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

    If I received an exemption and/or reasonable accommodation related to certain COVID-19 vaccination requirements in the Fall of 2021 do I now need to request a reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Student Vaccination Policy?

    Yes, any vaccine requirements and or exclusions for Fall 2021 were based on specific sub-groups of students in certain programs or activities.

    Will my vaccination record be treated confidentially?

    Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other student records.

    Can I still register for in-person classes if I have not yet been fully vaccinated?

    BCC students are able to register at this time but are reminded of the fully vaccinated requirement date of January 3rd, 2022 for any student utilizing any on campus components.   

    If I am a high school student who is taking a College course on the College’s Campus either face to face or hybrid, am I required to be fully vaccinated?

    Yes, the Student Vaccination Policy applies to you.

    If I am a high school student taking a College course taught to my class at my high school am I required to be fully vaccinated?

    If you are a high school student taking college classes at your high school and do not come to campus for class, you must follow any vaccine policies set by your school and are not subject to the college’s vaccination policy. If however you are accessing the college campus for any reason, including meeting with college staff or accessing the college’s library, you must show proof of full vaccination status.

    What alternatives are available to me if I am unvaccinated?

    Students who are unvaccinated may take courses with no on-campus component and access services remotely. Students may also request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if the student is eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.

    In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

    If I am unable to be fully vaccinated, how do I apply for a reasonable accommodation?

    Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy.

    Reasonable accommodation requests should be submitted to the Dean of Students Office by completing this link or by delivering the printed form to the Student Engagement Center, located in the Susan B. Anthony Building, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call our office with any questions you may have 413-236-1602.

    Please note that the individualized interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. If you are seeking a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request and necessary documentation as soon as possible and without delay so we can complete the review process before the vaccination deadline.  

    If I register for in-person classes and do not submit proof of vaccination by January 2022 what will happen?

    You will not be allowed to attend class or access campus without submitting written proof of an official record of full vaccination and unless you have an approved reasonable accommodation you may be administratively withdrawn or, if possible, transferred into a class with no in-person component.

    What is the definition of “fully vaccinated”

    The community colleges are following the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

    If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

    Please pay close attention to the type of vaccine that you receive and its timing schedule to ensure you are fully vaccinated in time to register for, and attend classes, if you seek to enroll in face-to-face and/or hybrid courses or to access campus for any reason.

    If I already had COVID, do I need to be vaccinated?

    Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated. 

    How do I get vaccinated?

    Please use this link to learn about vaccination information and ways to become vaccinated today. Additional resources for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine include:

    Vaxfinder
    COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Program
    Additional Vaccine Resources

     

  • VACCINE  REQUIREMENT EMPLOYEE FAQ - Last updated 11/19/2021 

    MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE VACCINE REQUIREMENT
    EMPLOYEE FAQ  |  As of November 19, 2021

     

    Do I have to be vaccinated if I am employed by Berkshire Community College?

    Yes. All full and part-time employees including faculty and staff, contract and/or hourly employees, interns, and volunteers regardless of whether work assignments are online or in-person as well as to those consultants, vendors or business/governmental invitees that have a regular presence on campus and/or routinely interact with students and/or employees, as determined by the College are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

    Certain other individuals, including consultants, vendors, and other business/governmental invitees may be required to be vaccinated. Please view the full employee vaccination policy for detail.

    What’s the deadline for providing proof of my vaccination status?

    All employees must submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status no later than January 3, 2021.

    How do I provide my written proof of an official record of full vaccination?

    Head to www.berkshirecc.edu/covid to complete the Vaccine Status Confirmation form. You will need a digital copy (a photo, for instance) of your official vaccination card.

    Please note that the attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

    If I received an exemption and/or reasonable accommodation related to certain COVID-19 vaccination requirements in the Fall of 2021 (e.g., clinical sites) do I now need to request a reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Employee Vaccination Policy?

    Yes, any vaccine requirements and or exclusions for Fall 2021 must be requested again for Spring 2021.

    Will my vaccination record be treated confidentially?

    Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other employee records and will be stored with the employee’s medical records.

    What alternatives are available to me if I am unvaccinated?

    For employees who have determined that they will not get vaccinated, the College has provided an extended notice period for those employees who submit a letter of resignation by January 3, 2022 that will enable them to remain employed through February 3, 2022.

    Employees who are unable to be vaccinated may request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.

    In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, employees may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

    If I am unable to be fully vaccinated, how do I apply for a reasonable accommodation?

    Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy.

    Reasonable accommodation requests should be submitted to the Human Resources (HR) Office through the form found at www.berkshirecc.edu/covid. Complete the Employee Reasonable Accommodation form and sign this document – which is then submitted to HR for review.

    Please note that the individualized interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the employee’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. If you are seeking a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request and necessary documentation as soon as possible and without delay if you want your request to be considered in time by the January 3, 2022 deadline.

    If I fail to provide proof that I have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, what will happen?

    Employees who fail to submit verification of full vaccination by the January 3, 2022 deadline are not permitted to work either on campus or through telework or to be on campus for any purpose absent an approved reasonable accommodation.

    As applicable, employees will be placed on leave without pay for no more than 14 calendar days pending submission of the required verification or receipt and approval of an appropriately documented reasonable accommodation.

    If an employee has a reasonable accommodation request pending and/or has received an initial or subsequent dose of a vaccine but has not yet reached full vaccination status, the College will allow employees to use any accrued personal, vacation and/or compensatory time for the above period. Further, a College may extend the above period to enable an employee to reach full vaccination status if the employee has satisfactorily demonstrated that they have started the vaccination process.

    Continued failure to submit required vaccination verification, absent an approved reasonable accommodation, shall be cause for discipline up to and including termination consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or employee handbook.

    If I am not vaccinated and my employment is terminated, am I eligible to collect unemployment benefits?

    The Commonwealth’s Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), not the College, makes determinations regarding unemployment benefits.  According to DUA’s website such determinations are made on a case by case basis but that employees should not expect to be able to collect unemployment if they are terminated for refusing the vaccine.

    What is the definition of “fully vaccinated”?

    The community colleges are following the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

    If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

    Employees should take immediate steps to schedule their vaccinations if they have not already done so and pay close attention to the type of vaccine that they receive and its timing schedule to ensure they are fully vaccinated by the January 3, 2022 deadline.

    If I already had COVID, do I need to be vaccinated?

    Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated. 

    How do I get vaccinated?

    Head to www.berkshirecc.edu/covid to find local resources on where you can get vaccinated in and around the Berkshires.

    Additional resources for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine include:

    Vaxfinder
    COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Program
    Additional Vaccine Resources

     

  • Updated 10/18/2021

    Massachusetts Community Colleges COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Updated as of October 18, 2021

    Are COVID-19 vaccines required at the community colleges?

    Effective January 2022, Massachusetts Community College students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. The Colleges will be providing information to employees about the verification process following impact bargaining with applicable unions. If they have not already done so, the colleges will be providing information to students as to how to submit verification in the upcoming weeks.

    Why are vaccines being required at the community colleges?

    With the number of new cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth in unvaccinated populations, the increased access and availability of vaccines in the Commonwealth, the Food & Drug Administration’s full and pending approval of available vaccines, and consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and highly effective at preventing infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death, the Massachusetts Community College Presidents determined that COVID-19 vaccines should be required.

    What are the vaccine requirements for students?

    Students who are only taking online courses, whether full or part-time, credit or non-credit, and who will not access campus for any reason, such as instruction, advising, and/or other purposes are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All other students whether full or part-time, credit or non-credit, are required to be fully vaccinated, including:

    • Students with any on-campus component to their schedule;
    • Students who seek to access any on-campus services; and
    • Students who are required by program or activity to be vaccinated as a condition of participation (e.g. athletics, clinical placements).

    What is the definition of fully vaccinated?

    The community colleges use the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

    Any changes in the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, including but not limited to booster shots, will be incorporated by reference into the community colleges’ requirement.

    Where can vaccines be obtained?

    Many of the community colleges are hosting vaccine clinics on their campuses so check their websites for dates and times. Additional resources for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine include:

    Vaxfinder COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Program Additional Vaccine Resources

    What alternatives are available to students who are unable to be fully vaccinated?

    Students who are unable to be fully vaccinated may take online courses and utilize services remotely. Students may also request a reasonable accommodation and the College will engage in an interactive process consistent with applicable laws and college policy to determine if eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue burden or direct threat to health or safety. In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, Students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

    The colleges will be communicating the process for requesting a reasonable accommodation related to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement in the coming weeks.

    Is the vaccine required for those who have already recovered from COVID-19?

    Yes. According to the CDC, full vaccination is recommended for those who have had COVID-19 because research has not yet shown how long COVID-19 protects those from getting COVID-19 again and vaccination helps protect those who have already had COVID-19.

  • Updates from 9/21/2021

    Question 1 – I was in close proximity with someone who was a primary contact of a Covid positive person:

    • You are not considered a primary contact unless you are directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid. That means that you were personally with that individual within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.
    • You do not need to quarantine.

    Question 2 – I was exposed to someone who is COVID positive:

    If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated: you are not required to quarantine following an exposure.  However, you should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If you experience symptoms, isolate yourself from others, seek testing, and contact your healthcare provider.

    • Were you within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of the positive person?
      • If no, you are not considered a primary contact as long as you were not within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer
      • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated: you must quarantine following an exposure.
    • If 10 days after your exposure you have no symptoms, you can end quarantine.
    • You can end your quarantine after 7 days if you get tested and are negative for the virus. Testing should occur on or after the 5th day from exposure.

    Question 3 – I tested positive for Covid:

    • What was the date of the test?
    • Were you symptomatic? If so, when did symptoms begin?
      • You must quarantine 10 days from the positive Covid test or,
      • You must quarantine 10 days from the onset of symptoms
    • You may return to campus after 10 days of quarantine as long as you do not feel ill
    • You do not need to be retested as the virus may show up in your system for 90 days after exposure (you will not test negative)

    The general rule is:

    If you do not feel well for any reason, stay off campus.

    Covid Vaccination:

    • If you received both doses of the vaccine for Covid and the series was completed over one week ago, you no longer have to quarantine for an exposure unless you become symptomatic.

    References:

 

Important Contact Information

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 413-499-4660
BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SECURITY 413-236-1010
PITTSFIELD HEALTH DEPARTMENT 413-499-9411
BERKSHIRE MEDICAL CENTER 413-447-2000
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE 855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465)
United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  
MA COVID RESOURCE PAGE  

New Hire Policy

COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:
Candidates for employment should be aware that all Berkshire Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January, 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

 

Student Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy of the Massachusetts Community College System for STUDENTS

INTRODUCTION

In order to provide and maintain a learning and working environment that safeguards the health and well-being of the college community, during 2021 all Massachusetts Community College members, including students, faculty and staff, have been strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

With the number of new cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth in unvaccinated populations, the increased access and availability of vaccines in the Commonwealth, the Food & Drug Administration’s full and pending approval of available vaccines, and consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) that the COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and highly effective, the Massachusetts Community College Presidents determined that COVID-19 vaccines should be required.  Thus, in September 2021, the Presidents announced that by January 2022, all Massachusetts Community College members, including students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. 

SCOPE

The student vaccination policy applies to all full and part-time students who access campus for any reason, including taking credit or non-credit course(s) taught by the College through its employees with some face-to-face component regardless of location of course (ex. clinical site).  Students taking courses offered through off-site locations who will not access campus for any reason are only subject to the vaccine requirements of those off-site entities absent a separate agreement.

The student vaccination policy also applies to students who are required by program or activity to be vaccinated as a condition of participation (e.g. athletics, healthcare programs, clinical placements) even if they do not access campus.

The student vaccination policy does not apply to those students who are only taking online courses, whether full or part-time, credit or non-credit, and who will not access campus for any reason, including for instruction, advising, activities, clubs, and/or other purposes.

The student vaccination policy does not apply to employees who are covered under separate employee vaccination requirements; however, employees enrolled in a course at a community college must also follow the student vaccination policy and students who work at a community college (except for work study students) must also follow the employee vaccination policy.

This policy is intended to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and is based on applicable guidance from federal and state public health agencies.

COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

Verification

Verification of full vaccination status is required for students, as defined above in Scope.  This policy relies on the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status which currently provides in its guidance that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.” [1]

This policy shall incorporate by reference any changes in the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, including but not limited to, booster shots.

Violations of the student vaccination policy, including but not limited to fraudulent verification, or unauthorized campus access, may subject students to interim measures and/or discipline consistent with the College’s Student Code of Conduct.

Students who are unable to submit verification of full vaccination status for any reason and seek a reasonable accommodation should direct their request to the Dean of Student’s Office (or other designated office) through a designated email address, website link, and/or other electronic platform established by the College for this purpose or by submission of the documents to such office.  Students who attend more than one Community College shall provide their request for reasonable accommodation to each College.  Students must follow their College’s instructions regarding reasonable accommodation requests, including submission of necessary documentation.

Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests to be exempt from the vaccine requirement for religious or medical reasons, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and the Board of Higher Education Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Massachusetts Community Colleges.  The College will engage in an interactive process to determine if the Student is eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship for the College and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.   

The individualized interactive process is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the Student’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. Thus, Students seeking to have a reasonable accommodation approved in order to comply with this policy should submit their reasonable accommodation request and provide necessary documentation as soon as possible and without delay in order to allow adequate time for the individualized interactive process to occur in compliance with this policy.  Following the effective date of this policy, students should not expect that they will be allowed to attend classes or be permitted on campus while a request for an accommodation is pending.

In the event a reasonable accommodation request is approved, Students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel, for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

 

[1] This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines) and some vaccines used for U.S. participants in COVID-19 vaccine trials (such as Novavax). This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (such as AstraZeneca/Oxford). More information is available at Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

 

Employee Vaccination Policy

Vaccine Information

The Presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced on September 20, 2021 that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth’s 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022. This includes Berkshire Community College.

Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination. All employees will be required to be vaccinated. 

Vaccination Locations

Looking for a vaccine in Berkshire County, check out the locations here.

Vaccine Information

The staff of the Jonathan Edwards Library have created a one-page Lib Guide with facts and information about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid-19 Lib Guide

Looking for a vaccine in Berkshire County, check out the locations here.

Further Reading:
Other COVID-19 Campus Policies

Expand each section below to explore BCC's Covid-19 policies.

  • Reopening Campus  
  • Student Pledge

    Berkshire Community College Student Pledge

    BCC's goal is to foster a safe and healthy environment for everyone, all students will be asked to agree to a safety pledge at the conclusion of a required COVID-19 awareness training.

    Our COVID-19 awareness training materials are in the buttons above. Your signature to this pledges acknowledges your commitment to COVID-19 prevention and receipt of our policies and procedures.

    The COVID-19 pandemic can impact individuals of any ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or ability status.  Yet, some individuals have responded to the pandemic based on bias and stereotypes resulting in racial discrimination and discriminatory acts towards those whom have come in contact with the virus.  BCC reaffirms its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly during this pandemic.

    Type your name to sign the student pledge

     
  • Committee Rosters

    In mid-March, staff and faculty members from all across BCC rapidly adjusted their own schedules and formed the Continuation of Operations Committee and the Academic Student Affairs Committee to expertly re-imagine how we all teach, learn and work together. Building on their efforts, our Return to Campus Committee has come together to safely and effectively coordinate ongoing work across the campus, and far beyond.

    Berkshire Community College is profoundly grateful for all of the staff and faculty on the committees that have guided and informed our decision-making. Their selfless efforts have been a welcome source of knowledge, clarity and purpose for us all.

     BCC COOP-ASA Committee

    The Continuation of Operations Committee and the Academic Student Affairs Committee have lead the College's efforts regarding class schedules, course formats, remote learning, faculty professional development, and the myriad other crucial aspects of delivering a high quality education to our students.

    BCC gratefully recognizes,

    • Adam Klepetar
    • Andrea Robare
    • Celia Norcross
    • Ellen Shanahan
    • Frank Schikor
    • Gina Foley
    • Jonah Sykes
    • Laura Saldarini
    • Lauren Goodman
    • Laurie Gordy
    • Lori Moon
    • Richard Felver

    BCC Return to Campus Committee

    The Return to Campus Committee has taken the lead on practical concerns around returning to campus, determining needs and policies for campus access, mask use, cleaning and sanitizing, and many more often overlooked aspects of our shared lives.

    BCC gratefully recognizes,

    • Adam Emerson
    • Jeff Dupuis
    • Kim Brookman
    • Laura Saldarini
    • Frank Schickor
    • Chiristina Wynn
    • Arlen Rauschkolb
    • Melissa Loiodice
    • Ellis Richardson
    • Cara Borelli
    • Joshua Costa
    • Mitchell Saviski
    • Shami Qazi
    • Andrea Wadsworth
    • Alicia Ginsberg

     

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

This dashboard serves to inform the College community of the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus. The College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) in our response to any exposures. Contact tracing is conducted and close contacts will be notified. If you are not contacted, you are not considered to be at risk from an incident.

Date updated: 9/22/2021. Updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

7 Day Data

2

Students: Total Positive results reported

vs. 2 in prior 7 days

0

Faculty/Staff: Total Positive results reported

vs. 0 in prior 7 days

2

Total Positive Results Reported

vs. 2 in prior 7 days

Last Updated: November 22, 2021 - 12:35 p.m.