Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Brazosport College continues to move strategically forward toward the goal of returning to normal on-campus operations in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Brazoria County Health Department.

What you need to know:

We care about the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Brazosport College continues to take certain measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective, May 17, 2021, face mask or facial coverings are not required on the Brazosport College campus. Anyone who would like to continue wearing a mask is welcome to do so.
  • We have created the Student Toolkit with resources for student success.
  • We are offering a variety of course formats.
  • In collaboration with our custodial vendor, MBM, advanced cleaning protocols are being conducted throughout the College on a daily basis, and sanitization stations are all across campus.

Updates & Resources

  • For Students
  • For Employees
  • Prevention
  • Resources

Student & Public Updates

Updated: January 20, 2022

COVID-19 CONTACT/EXPOSURE REPORT FORM

For individuals needing to self-identify as affected by COVID-19 or notify Brazosport College of COVID-19 incidents involving students, faculty, or staff, please visit https://brazosport.edu/coronavirus/report/. The COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Report Form is available in English and Spanish.

The COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Form should be completed if you have been exposed to someone or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 HOME TEST KITS

Free COVID-19 test are now available for order through the government at https://special.usps.com/testkits  and www.covidtests.gov . A total of 4 tests can be ordered.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting severely sick. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vac

Please note, for the Pfizer vaccine, recipients must be 5 years of age or older. For the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, recipients must be 18 years of age or older.

Requirements for the booster are as follows:

  • For individuals who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 years and older and who were vaccinated six or more months ago.
  • For individuals who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 12 years and older and who were vaccinated five or more months ago. Teens 12-17 may only get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster.
  • For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose, no matter which vaccine they originally received. The CDC recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Click here for additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND INFORMATION

We care about the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Brazosport College continues to take certain measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you be mindful of the following:

  • In accordance with Governor Abbott’s most recent executive order, face masks/face coverings are not required. However, based on the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), everyone (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) is encouraged to wear a mask when inside a campus building.
  • Faculty, staff, and students should perform a daily health self-screening before entering any building on the Brazosport College campus. The Omicron variant can present with similar symptoms as the common cold, so it is vitally important that you please stay home if you are sick.
  • We encourage you to be mindful of your personal interactions in order to protect yourself and others as well as help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Pursuant to the new CDC guidelines, an individual who is diagnosed with COVID may return to campus 5 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms, as long as the individual continues to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days thereafter.
  • According to CDC guidelines, if an individual has close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with a person who is positive and:

(1)

  • Has received their COVID-19 BoosterOR 
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the last 2 months

Then, the individual should wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5, if possible. If symptoms develop, please get tested and stay home.

(2)

  • Is unvaccinated OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 6 months ago and are NOT boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine over 2 months ago

Then, the individual should stay home for 5 days, then continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If the individual is unable to quarantine, they should wear a mask for 10 days. If possible, they should test on day 5.

  • Quarantines of non-infected students will not be mandated*; however, any student should monitor for symptoms and stay home if ill.  (*Children at the Children’s Center may be subject to mandatory quarantine because they are below the age of vaccination and may not be able to wear a mask.)  
  • We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, state, and local health departments. We are prepared to make changes to operations if necessary, so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates.

Please continue following the CDC guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 Coronavirus, which includes, but not limited to, thorough hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask, and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.


PAST UPDATES

To review past updates, please visit the BC Alert Page.

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Updated: January 20, 2022

COVID-19 CONTACT/EXPOSURE REPORT FORM

For individuals needing to self-identify as affected by COVID-19 or notify Brazosport College of COVID-19 incidents involving students, faculty, or staff, please visit https://brazosport.edu/coronavirus/report/. The COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Report Form is available in English and Spanish.

The COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Form should be completed if you have been exposed to someone or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 HOME TEST KITS

Free COVID-19 test are now available for order through the government at https://special.usps.com/testkits  and www.covidtests.gov . A total of 4 tests can be ordered.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting severely sick. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vac

Please note, for the Pfizer vaccine, recipients must be 5 years of age or older. For the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, recipients must be 18 years of age or older.

Requirements for the booster are as follows:

  • For individuals who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 years and older and who were vaccinated six or more months ago.
  • For individuals who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 12 years and older and who were vaccinated five or more months ago. Teens 12-17 may only get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster.
  • For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose, no matter which vaccine they originally received. The CDC recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Click here for additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND INFORMATION

We care about the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Brazosport College continues to take certain measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you be mindful of the following:

  • In accordance with Governor Abbott’s most recent executive order, face masks/face coverings are not required. However, based on the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), everyone (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) is encouraged to wear a mask when inside a campus building.
  • Faculty, staff, and students should perform a daily health self-screening before entering any building on the Brazosport College campus. The Omicron variant can present with similar symptoms as the common cold, so it is vitally important that you please stay home if you are sick.
  • We encourage you to be mindful of your personal interactions in order to protect yourself and others as well as help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Pursuant to the new CDC guidelines, an individual who is diagnosed with COVID may return to campus 5 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms, as long as the individual continues to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days thereafter.
  • According to CDC guidelines, if an individual has close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with a person who is positive and:

(1)

  • Has received their COVID-19 BoosterOR 
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the last 2 months

Then, the individual should wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5, if possible. If symptoms develop, please get tested and stay home.

(2)

  • Is unvaccinated OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 6 months ago and are NOT boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine over 2 months ago

Then, the individual should stay home for 5 days, then continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If the individual is unable to quarantine, they should wear a mask for 10 days. If possible, they should test on day 5.

  • Quarantines of non-infected students will not be mandated*; however, any student should monitor for symptoms and stay home if ill.  (*Children at the Children’s Center may be subject to mandatory quarantine because they are below the age of vaccination and may not be able to wear a mask.)  
  • We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, state, and local health departments. We are prepared to make changes to operations if necessary, so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates.

Please continue following the CDC guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 Coronavirus, which includes, but not limited to, thorough hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask, and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.


PAST UPDATES

To review past updates, please visit the BC Alert Page.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

For the most up to date information, please visit one of the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services

Brazoria County Health Department

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask


Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Visit the Center for Disease Control's new web page to learn How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask. Wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.

Making a decision about selecting a mask can be confusing. This new web site provides tips on how to choose your masks.

Visit www.cdc.gov to learn more.

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Information and Resources


The United States Department of Education has created a website providing guidance for schools and school personnel to plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.ed.gov/coronavirus to learn more.

Screening for COVID-19


Community Health Network (CHN) has taken all necessary steps to ensure that they are responding to the needs of our community by expanding their testing capabilities.  

While CHN is providing COVID 19 testing, patients must undergo a screening process according to CDC guidelines. Individuals wishing to be screened may call the CHN health center. CHN has outlined a detailed process for our community to help you stay informed on how you can be tested if you meet the screening requirements. 

Learn more in our FAQ section under "How can I be screened for COVID-19?"

Food Resources


Brazoria County Dream Center

792 S. Hwy 288-B
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0280


Brazosport Cares Food Pantry

916 N. Gulf Blvd.
Freeport, TX 77542

979-239-1225


The Food Basket

1 Wesley Dr
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0024
www.interfaithfoodbank.com

Unemployment Benefits


Texas Workforce Commission

If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for benefits either online at any time or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Mondays through Fridays.

Visit their website at twc.texas.gov.

Medical Services


Community Health Network

Medical and Behavioral Health Virtual Visits

Call 281-824-1480 to setup an appointment.

COVID Questions


COVID-19 Call Center for Brazoria County Residents

For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Center.

(979) 864-2167

Monday - Friday: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Saturday: 9 A.M. - 2 P.M.


DSHS Call Center

Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.

1-877-570-9779

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Have other questions or concerns? Contact us at basicneeds@brazosport.edu