Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED OCTOBER 20, 2020

Brazosport College is closely tracking the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are committed to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We are continuously monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Brazoria County Health Department.

What you need to know:

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18, Brazosport College must ensure every person entering campus meets minimum health standards. We are accomplishing this by requiring a COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire be completed before students, employees, and visitors arrive on campus.

Additionally, face masks or facial coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors (ages ten and up) anytime on campus.

You can learn more about these requirements by visiting the COVID-19 Health Screening Information Page

For the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Brazosport College is adjusting its approach:

Updates & Resources

  • For Students
  • For Employees
  • Prevention
  • Resources

Student & Public Updates

Updated: October 20, 2020

ON-CAMPUS ACCESS TO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Fall 2020 classes are in full swing, and our focus shifts to ensuring our students have a successful semester as well as preparing for spring registration. Accessibility to campus-wide services for students who are on campus is critically important.

Recognizing this, we have adjusted staffing plans to provide this accessibility to services. The goal is to have both on-campus and virtual access to college-wide services and to deliver these services in a safe manner.

While on-campus staffing will still be limited, many offices which provide support services to students will be open such as, but not limited to, Admission & Registration, Bookstore, Business Office, Campus Safety, Cashier’s Office, Children’s Center, Counseling & Testing, Facility Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Library & Learning Services, Information Technology, School & College Partnership, Tommy’s Catering and Workforce Development.

As we have learned with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remain flexible keeping in mind that we will have to continue to adjust in order to best serve our college community. Opening offices with limited staffing is the next step in what we hope is eventually a full return to normal operations.

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS AVAILABLE IN GATOR HALL

As the current supply of available hotspots has been depleted, students taking courses in any format or those having trouble with internet access, are able to use Gator Hall located in the center of BC Central. Gator Hall is available to students to access the college internet Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Students should bring their own laptop, and will be required to wear a mask/facial covering and adhere to social distancing requirements while on campus. Because the room has been arranged for social distancing, it is limited to thirty (30) students at a time. Disinfecting wipes and cleaning supplies are available.

IT HELPDESK

The IT Helpdesk is available for in-person and remote assistance. In-person hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and online support is available Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On campus location: BC Main Campus, K-100

By Phone: 979.230.3266
By Email: helpdesk@brazosport.edu
By Chat: Live chat with the Help Desk

ONLINE COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

Brazosport College adjusted its health screening process as employees, students, and visitors come to campus. 

The COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire can be accessed in English or Spanish by visiting www.brazosport.edu/screening. This questionnaire has been designed to be quick and simple to fill out, and can be easily accessed through all internet browsers, smartphones, and tablets.  

You will need to fill out the questionnaire each day you intend on coming to the Brazosport College campus.

Once completed, you will be shown either a green check mark with “APPROVED FOR ENTRY” if you have passed, or a red exclamation mark with “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” if you failed, as well as your name, and the date you completed the questionnaire.

If you arrive on campus without completing the Health Screening questionnaire, you can complete it using your smartphone.

If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, computer stations are available at Human Resources located in the C-Wing lobby as well as in the Library located in the center of campus. Other computer locations may be listed in future updates.

Brazosport College has increased focus on safety monitoring to promote safety protocols of social distancing, wearing a face covering or mask, practicing good hygiene, etc.

Once on campus, have either the confirmation email or confirmation screen of your completed questionnaire available as you may be asked at random to show proof of completing the self-screening tool. Audits within the health screening system will also be conducted to ensure self-screenings are being completed. 

Upon arrival to campus, you will be able to access all parking lots and enter campus through most entrances.

To provide clarification, face masks or facial coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors (ages 10 and up) any time on campus. 

The exceptions are: if you are walking, running, or biking on the trails; if you are in your vehicle; if you are alone in your office with the door closed; if you are a welding student actively welding and wearing a welding face shield; and, if you are an instructor lecturing students, you may wear a face shield instead of a face mask in addition to maintaining 6ft. of distance.

Otherwise, all individuals, students, faculty, staff, grounds keepers and contractors are to wear a face covering/mask.

Anyone that does not pass the COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire should not come to campus. Everyone that passes should be prepared to show the confirmation email.

These procedures are subject to change, so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates before heading to campus.

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 www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/report/.

Please note, the COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Report Form is separate and apart from the Health Screening Questionnaire. 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.


PAST UPDATES

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

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Updated: October 20, 2020

ON-CAMPUS ACCESS TO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Fall 2020 classes are in full swing, and our focus shifts to ensuring our students have a successful semester as well as preparing for spring registration. Accessibility to campus-wide services for students who are on campus is critically important.

Recognizing this, we have adjusted staffing plans to provide this accessibility to services. The goal is to have both on-campus and virtual access to college-wide services and to deliver these services in a safe manner.

While on-campus staffing will still be limited, many offices which provide support services to students will be open such as, but not limited to, Admission & Registration, Bookstore, Business Office, Campus Safety, Cashier’s Office, Children’s Center, Counseling & Testing, Facility Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Library & Learning Services, Information Technology, School & College Partnership, Tommy’s Catering and Workforce Development.

As we have learned with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remain flexible keeping in mind that we will have to continue to adjust in order to best serve our college community. Opening offices with limited staffing is the next step in what we hope is eventually a full return to normal operations.

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS AVAILABLE IN GATOR HALL

As the current supply of available hotspots has been depleted, students taking courses in any format or those having trouble with internet access, are able to use Gator Hall located in the center of BC Central. Gator Hall is available to students to access the college internet Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Students should bring their own laptop, and will be required to wear a mask/facial covering and adhere to social distancing requirements while on campus. Because the room has been arranged for social distancing, it is limited to thirty (30) students at a time. Disinfecting wipes and cleaning supplies are available.

IT HELPDESK

The IT Helpdesk is available for in-person and remote assistance. In-person hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and online support is available Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On campus location: BC Main Campus, K-100

By Phone: 979.230.3266
By Email: helpdesk@brazosport.edu
By Chat: Live chat with the Help Desk

ONLINE COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

Brazosport College adjusted its health screening process as employees, students, and visitors come to campus. 

The COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire can be accessed in English or Spanish by visiting www.brazosport.edu/screening. This questionnaire has been designed to be quick and simple to fill out, and can be easily accessed through all internet browsers, smartphones, and tablets.  

You will need to fill out the questionnaire each day you intend on coming to the Brazosport College campus.

Once completed, you will be shown either a green check mark with “APPROVED FOR ENTRY” if you have passed, or a red exclamation mark with “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” if you failed, as well as your name, and the date you completed the questionnaire.

If you arrive on campus without completing the Health Screening questionnaire, you can complete it using your smartphone.

If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, computer stations are available at Human Resources located in the C-Wing lobby as well as in the Library located in the center of campus. Other computer locations may be listed in future updates.

Brazosport College has increased focus on safety monitoring to promote safety protocols of social distancing, wearing a face covering or mask, practicing good hygiene, etc.

Once on campus, have either the confirmation email or confirmation screen of your completed questionnaire available as you may be asked at random to show proof of completing the self-screening tool. Audits within the health screening system will also be conducted to ensure self-screenings are being completed. 

Upon arrival to campus, you will be able to access all parking lots and enter campus through most entrances.

To provide clarification, face masks or facial coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors (ages 10 and up) any time on campus. 

The exceptions are: if you are walking, running, or biking on the trails; if you are in your vehicle; if you are alone in your office with the door closed; if you are a welding student actively welding and wearing a welding face shield; and, if you are an instructor lecturing students, you may wear a face shield instead of a face mask in addition to maintaining 6ft. of distance.

Otherwise, all individuals, students, faculty, staff, grounds keepers and contractors are to wear a face covering/mask.

Anyone that does not pass the COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire should not come to campus. Everyone that passes should be prepared to show the confirmation email.

These procedures are subject to change, so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates before heading to campus.

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 www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/report/.

Please note, the COVID-19 Contact/Exposure Report Form is separate and apart from the Health Screening Questionnaire. 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.


PAST UPDATES

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

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone should:

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.
  • 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.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor your health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020
SOURCES: CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS

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?"

Internet Access


AT&T Reduced Cost Internet Service for SNAP Recipients

The Access program from AT&T provides a low-cost option for home Internet access to low-income households in the 21 states where we offer wireline home Internet services.

Visit their website at att.com.
Phone: 855-220-5211


Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers affordable internet services at home for eligible households. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, new Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.

Visit their website at www.internetessentials.com/covid19.


Service Providers offering Assistance

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