Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 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:

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:

  • All summer classes are currently being delivered online with the exception of certain courses and programs that require hands-on instruction.
  • Brazosport College plans to resume in-person campus operations in three distinct phases this summer.
  • Face masks or facial coverings and temperature screenings are expected before entering campus facilities. (See our COVID-19 FAQ page for additional information).
  • The Bill and Julia May Children’s Center at Brazosport College opened for the children of essential workers on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • All events and activities on campus are canceled until further notice.

Registration and Fall 2020 Information

Updates & Resources

  • For Students
  • For Employees
  • Prevention
  • Resources

Student & Public Updates

Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2020

RE-OPENING OF SELECT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE OFFICES

Starting Monday, August 17, 2020, select Brazosport College offices including Admissions & Registrar, Cashier’s Office, Counseling & Testing, Financial Aid, and IT Helpdesk will be open in their regular office locations to assist students who come to campus for in-person assistance registering for classes.

These offices are scheduled to be open on:

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Health screening should be completed via the COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire (www.brazosport.edu/screening) and masks are required at all times on campus.

ON CAMPUS ONE STOP REGISTRATION

In addition to the opening of select offices, we are continuing to host  One Stop Registration times at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.  These sessions provide an opportunity to get individual assistance with all college enrollment needs at one time and in one place. College staff will be available to assist with application, advising and counseling, enrollment, financial aid, payment options, and student services opportunities. 

These events have been a huge success and we want to say thank you to everyone participating. 

The next on campus registration assistance events are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 21, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What should I do before I get there? Complete an application. (If questions arise, applications may be completed on site).

Should I bring anything? Picture ID, proof of address and copies of transcripts if you have them.

Disability accommodations needed? Bring paperwork regarding disability.

Financial Aid questions? Specialist will be on site to answer questions and check financial aid status. 

Ready to pay? Cashier’s Office representative will be on site to assist with setting up payment plan, paying online or through other payment options.

Enter the campus on West Gator Drive (Entrance A nearest the railroad tracks). There you’ll receive specific written directions. After you park, stay in your car until directed to come into the Dow Academic Center. Health screening will be completed and masks are required at all times on campus.

REMOTE REGISTRATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT 

If students have questions about their fall BC courses, want to make a change, or want to talk to someone they may email ecounselor@brazosport.edu. E-counselor services are available from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays.

The $40 online course fee will not be charged for Summer II and Fall classes, but please note that all other course fees still apply.

If you need assistance paying for classes, contact BC’s Financial Aid Department by email at finaid@brazosport.edu.

Dual Credit students needing registration assistance can email dualcredit@brazosport.edu or call 979.230.3633 to speak with a dual credit counselor. More information can be found at on the dual credit page.

MyBC access issues? You will need your 6 digit PIN to reset your password at password.brazosport.edu or helpdesk@brazosport.edu or 979.230.3266

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE BOOKSTORE SET TO RE-OPEN

The Brazosport College Bookstore will be opening for foot traffic starting August 17, 2020.  The hours for both curbside service and inside service are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday's from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

To promote social distancing, a limited capacity of 15 customers at a time are allowed inside the store, so we appreciate your patience during this time.  All customers will be required to wear face masks and provide confirmation of completing the daily COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire.  If there are any questions, contact the Brazosport College Bookstore at 979-230-3410.

REMINDER OF NEW COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

As a reminder, Brazosport College adjusted its health screening process as employees, students, and visitors come to campus. Instead of a drive-up health screening at the C-Wing, you are required to complete an online COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire before arriving on 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 will have an 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 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.

GATOR HALL

Beginning August 24, 2020, Gator Hall will be available for students Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. to access the college internet.  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 will be available.


PAST UPDATES

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

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2020

RE-OPENING OF SELECT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE OFFICES

Starting Monday, August 17, 2020, select Brazosport College offices including Admissions & Registrar, Cashier’s Office, Counseling & Testing, Financial Aid, and IT Helpdesk will be open in their regular office locations to assist students who come to campus for in-person assistance registering for classes.

These offices are scheduled to be open on:

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Health screening should be completed via the COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire (www.brazosport.edu/screening) and masks are required at all times on campus.

ON CAMPUS ONE STOP REGISTRATION

In addition to the opening of select offices, we are continuing to host  One Stop Registration times at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.  These sessions provide an opportunity to get individual assistance with all college enrollment needs at one time and in one place. College staff will be available to assist with application, advising and counseling, enrollment, financial aid, payment options, and student services opportunities. 

These events have been a huge success and we want to say thank you to everyone participating. 

The next on campus registration assistance events are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 21, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What should I do before I get there? Complete an application. (If questions arise, applications may be completed on site).

Should I bring anything? Picture ID, proof of address and copies of transcripts if you have them.

Disability accommodations needed? Bring paperwork regarding disability.

Financial Aid questions? Specialist will be on site to answer questions and check financial aid status. 

Ready to pay? Cashier’s Office representative will be on site to assist with setting up payment plan, paying online or through other payment options.

Enter the campus on West Gator Drive (Entrance A nearest the railroad tracks). There you’ll receive specific written directions. After you park, stay in your car until directed to come into the Dow Academic Center. Health screening will be completed and masks are required at all times on campus.

REMOTE REGISTRATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT 

If students have questions about their fall BC courses, want to make a change, or want to talk to someone they may email ecounselor@brazosport.edu. E-counselor services are available from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays.

The $40 online course fee will not be charged for Summer II and Fall classes, but please note that all other course fees still apply.

If you need assistance paying for classes, contact BC’s Financial Aid Department by email at finaid@brazosport.edu.

Dual Credit students needing registration assistance can email dualcredit@brazosport.edu or call 979.230.3633 to speak with a dual credit counselor. More information can be found at on the dual credit page.

MyBC access issues? You will need your 6 digit PIN to reset your password at password.brazosport.edu or helpdesk@brazosport.edu or 979.230.3266

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE BOOKSTORE SET TO RE-OPEN

The Brazosport College Bookstore will be opening for foot traffic starting August 17, 2020.  The hours for both curbside service and inside service are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday's from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

To promote social distancing, a limited capacity of 15 customers at a time are allowed inside the store, so we appreciate your patience during this time.  All customers will be required to wear face masks and provide confirmation of completing the daily COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire.  If there are any questions, contact the Brazosport College Bookstore at 979-230-3410.

FALL 2020 VIRTUAL CONVOCATION WEEK

The Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation Week brochure is now available.

All Convocation Week Workshop Sessions will be held via Zoom. Upon deciding which session(s) you are interested in attending, please complete the following JotForm to receive a meeting invitation via Outlook which will include the link to the Zoom Meeting(s), as well as the link for the survey. 

Click here to sign up for Convocation Workshops.

As the Fall 2020 Convocation will be held virtually, the EDC will be distributing Convocation Information Packets to all employees. The Convocation Workshop sign up form will also have Information on how to receive the Convocation Information Packet. If you are interested in receiving the Information Packet, please indicate your preference for delivery when prompted.  Your choices are: drive-thru pickup at Campus, Campus Mail, or US Mail.

If you plan to enter a building when you come to campus to pick up either your Convocation Information Packet or Art Supplies, you will need to complete the online Health Screening questionnaire. This form will not be necessary if you remain in your vehicle for drive-thru pickup.

Please contact the EDC with any questions. 

REMINDER OF NEW COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

As a reminder, Brazosport College adjusted its health screening process as employees, students, and visitors come to campus. Instead of a drive-up health screening at the C-Wing, you are required to complete an online COVID-19 Health Screening questionnaire before arriving on 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 will have an 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 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.

GATOR HALL

Beginning August 24, 2020, Gator Hall will be available for students Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. to access the college internet.  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 will be available.


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

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