What's New for 2021?
Are there any changes to the campus check-in process for spring 2021?
No. Employees who plan to work or visit campus must still submit the daily check-in form. However, a new health pledge will be required for the spring 2021 semester.
Check In Now
What's new about the health pledge?
The College is asking all employees to re-confirm their commitment to upholding the community standards as defined in the Bard health pledge by signing a new health pledge for the spring 2021 semester. In addition, all employees must consent to mandatory surveillance testing beginning on February 1, 2021.
Submit Your Health Pledge
Are there any changes to COVID testing for winter–spring 2021?
Yes. There will be mandatory surveillance testing for all employees who return to campus for in-person work.
- Consent for testing is already part of the existing health pledge. The difference this semester is that surveillance testing will be mandatory.
- Tests are the same high-accuracy tests from MIT’s Broad Institute that were administered last semester.
- Starting in January, testing will be available a few days each week for selected employees.
- The testing pool will be made up of a small selection of employees who worked on campus the week prior.
- There will no longer be a sign up form for testing. Employees selected for testing in a particular week can choose to show up for any of the scheduled days or times. No appointment is necessary.
- Employees who are working fully remote will not be included in the testing pool.
Before you return to campus
All employees must complete the following steps before returning to campus.
For more information please contact:
or call 845-752-4931.
The following training will provide you with information about campus policies and procedures related to COVID-19.
This guide contains expectations, policies, procedures, and resources for employees pertaining to safe staffing practices of campus.
Download the Guide
Bard asks that all employees express their commitment to keeping the Bard community healthy by submitting this health pledge and consent to COVID testing.
Sign and Submit
Once you have completed steps 1–3 and Bard has allowed employees to return, you must complete this check-in form each day you intend to visit or work on campus.
Daily Check-In Form
COVID-19 Employee Resources
COVID-19 Local Testing Sites
CVS-Red Hook (Drive-up)
7568 North Broadway Red Hook, NY 12571
Webpage to book an appointment: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
CareMount Rhinebeck Urgent Care
6734 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Webpage to schedule an appointment: https://www.caremountmedical.com/directory/locations/show/rhinebeck-campus/
Rite Aid Kingston (Drive-Thru)
351 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Webpage to schedule an appointment: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing
HealthAlliance of Westchester Medical Center (Drive-thru or Walk-up)
27 Grand Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Webpage to schedule an appointment: https://www.hahv.org/news/coronavirus-update-1404
CVS Health COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing site-By Appointment Only
1301 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Webpage to schedule an appointment: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
Emergency One Urgent Care-Kingston
40 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Webpage to schedule an appointment: http://eonekingston.com/covid-19-resource-page/
Albany Med EmUrgentCare-Ulster
2976 Route 9W, Saugerties, NY 12477
Webpage to schedule an appointment: https://www.amc.edu/EmUrgentCare/covid-19-antibody-testing.cfm
Emergency One Urgent Care-Hyde Park
4274 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Webpage to schedule an appointment: http://eonekingston.com/covid-19-resource-page/
Rapid Testing Locations:
Pulse-MD Urgent Care-Does Rapid Testing.
696 Dutchess Turnpike, Arlington, NY 12603
900 NY-376, Suite H, Wappingers Falls, NY
New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing as testing sites are subject to change.
- If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.
- If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to determine if you will or will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.
- Under the Empire plans members are covered for COVID testing, both regular and rapid, however you must exhibit symptoms in order to be covered under medical benefits.
- The link below will provide information on free testing sites within NYS: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
COVID-19 Testing (what to expect when getting tested on campus)
COVID-19: Vaccine Eligibility
Phase 1B eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded to include anyone over the age of 65. If you meet this criteria or other criteria (such as in-person teaching faculty) we recommend that you first establish vaccine eligibility here. This website, will generate a list of nearby vaccination sites once eligibility is confirmed. We have also created a step-by-step guide for navigating it.
Some have been able to get appointments this week, while others are scheduled for 6 weeks from now, and still others have not been able to complete a registration at all. We are referring questions to Dutchess County Department of Health and will share updates as they become available. For now, our best advice is: keep trying. Below are the websites for vaccination sites close to Bard. Through persistent refreshing of the websites, some members of our community have successfully registered for vaccines at some of these locations. Please keep in mind that these websites are being updated and changing hour-by-hour as the State releases new guidance, and are also experiencing a very high level of traffic, which may result in an error message when you first try to access them.
Vaccination sites are not dependent on your residential address. For example, if you live in Dutchess County, nothing prohibits you from registering to get vaccinated at a site not in Dutchess. Please consult your local and nearby departments of health for vaccination sites that are convenient to you, and be aware that there also may be differences in the way individual sites manage their operations and appointment scheduling. Checking multiple vaccination sites may give you better options for getting vaccinated.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center - Poughkeepsie: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500140
Mid Hudson Regional Hospital - Poughkeepsie: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500094
Northern Dutchess Hospital - Rhinebeck: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=5050010
St.Luke’s Cornwall Hospital – Newburgh: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500050
HealthAlliance Hospital – Kingston: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500033
The governor announced that demand for the vaccine outpaces supply, and it may take 14 weeks for everyone in Phase 1B to get vaccinated. That was before Phase 1B was expanded to include everyone over the age of 65. Such estimates depend on a complex set of variables, and are likely to fluctuate as eligibility expands further.
Lastly, please be assured that the vaccine is free of charge. All costs are covered by state and local governments.
Employee Travel Policy
The College has invested extraordinary effort and resources in designing and implementing plans to bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus. All community members must do their part to uphold these efforts by refraining from nonessential travel. Please adhere to the guidelines outlined below.
BARD COLLEGE TRAVEL POLICY
- All nonessential work travel is prohibited for faculty and staff.
- The prohibition on nonessential travel should be extended to the personal lives of everyone in the Bard community: students, faculty, and staff. Examples of essential travel include medical treatment and family emergencies.
- All New York State–mandated regulations continue to apply to any out-of-state travel, even for essential travel.
- If you travel during the semester for any reason, you may be ineligible to work on campus for a number of days, as determined by the State regulations in force at that time.
- Failure to report out of state travel can lead to barring return to or removal from campus.
Federal, State, and Local Coronavirus Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Information for People at Higher Risk and Special Populations
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
- Travel Guidance and Resources
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Website
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- World Health Organization
- Columbia County Resources
- Dutchess County Responds
- Greene County Resources
- Orange County Resources
- Putnam County Resources
- Ulster County Resources
Call or TEXT HELPLINE: (845) 485-9700. Speak to a mental health professional any time of day or night.
CALL Toll Free: 877-485-9700
WALK IN @ The Stabilization Center
230 North Road-Poughkeepsie
New York Project Hope
Emotional Support Helpline 1-844-863-9314 or visit nyprojecthope.org
New York has a free, confidential helpline as part of the FEMA response to COVID-19
Medical and Telehealth Coverage
Bard College, in partnership with Empire, is waiving the copay cost for the COVID-19 test to members on the PPO High plan, PPO Low plan, and the EPO HSA. Medical serology (antibody) testing is covere. Members should contact their primary care physician or LiveHealth online to discuss their need for testing and to locate a testing site, or refer to this website.
Members have access to LiveHealth Online, a national telehealth provider that provides patients with 24/7 access to a network of board-certified doctors, pediatricians, and licensed therapists that can treat many emergency conditions, including providing behavioral health services via a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Secure and private chats are available. Prescriptions can be sent by your provider to a pharmacy if needed. Copays are temporarily waived. Sign up at: livehealthonline.com.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests
COVID-19 Employee Wellness Resources
Employee Assistance Plan & Wellness Resources
ComPsych Guidance offers resources to assist our faculty and staff as we all navigate the unique challenges related to COVID-19. In particular, ComPsych is providing resources to support employees and leaders in reducing the risk of illness, and tending to the needs of loved ones while remaining focused and productive with work responsibilities. Some COVID-19 specific topics can be found here.
You can log into or create your account online by visiting the Guidance Resources page. For first time users, please enter Organization Web ID COM589 where prompted. Log on today to connect directly with a Guidance Consultant or to browse articles, podcasts, webinars and other helpful tools. 24/7 Support, Resources & Information is available. All services are confidential; Bard covers the entire cost of this service.
You can also call Guidance Resources at 800-272-7255 (TDD 800.697.0353). This toll-free number gives you direct, 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultantSM, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources. ComPsych offers 3 free sessions per individual/per topic for employees and for any same household family members. ComPsych can also provide a recommendation for a professional in your geographic area (working with your health insurance provider if applicable and/or at an additional fee) should additional sessions be requested.
The CDC recognizes how stressful this time may be for many, and has resources available to help you cope with the stress in a healthy way to help you, the people you care about, and your surrounding community stronger.
The Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus brings you stories, tips, and tools for these uncertain times in our global community. Greater Good’s mission is to share scientific research that can help promote a happier, more compassionate society.
The iChill App shares with you a set of wellness skills called the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®. Science tells us that when we exercise our resiliency muscle by practicing wellness skills, our wellbeing expands. We have learned what we pay attention to grows.
Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world. Need to boost your happiness during the pandemic or any crisis? Join the 10 DAYS OF HAPPINESS Program. Get Free online coaching program for challenging times.
Have a few minutes to squeeze in some quick wellness practices? Try the Action for Happiness APP.
To contact ComPsych to schedule an appointment with a professional concact
Your toll-free number gives you direct, 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultantSM, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources.
You can also access 24/7 support on-line by visiting ComPsych's website: guidanceresources.com.
1) First time users will need to register to create an on-line account
2) Enter COM589 (Organizational Web ID)
3) Enter "Bard" followed by a single space as the Company name
4) Bard College will then appear in the drop down
5) Proceed with answering the questions to establish your on-line account
Log on today to connect directly with a Guidance Consultant or to browse articles, podcasts, videos, and other helpful tools. 24/7 support, resources, and information are available @ guidanceresources.com.
Some coronavirus-specific resources include:
Coronavirus Webinar: Coping with Uncertainty and the benefits of taking A Relaxing Break.
Faculty and Staff Third-Party Visitors
Students requesting campus visitors must contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office.
- Effective October 20, 2020 there will be tighter restrictions regarding access to campus and campus grounds until further notice. Third-Party Visitor Requests will only be approved in exceptional cases. Please do not fill out this form unless this request is made in good faith and is urgent or essential to the welfare of our community
- For the health and safety of our campus community, Supervisors must request permission and receive approval for any non-Bard, third-party visitor to campus at this time.
- This is not required for visitors going into private residences.
- Once approval is received, the authorized visitor will be sent an email from the COVID Check-In Coordinator with a link to the health screening form which must be completed by them prior to their arrival on campus.
- Students should NOT use this form, but contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Equal Opportunity EmployerBard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.