Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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: November 11, 2021

Good afternoon! Please review today’s update below.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has provided Brazosport College with additional emergency funds to provide financial assistance to those students who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance is a one-time, non-traditional financial aid grant which will be provided to all eligible currently enrolled BC students (full-time, part-time, dual-credit, and Community Education) who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including but not limited to expenses such as food, housing, tuition and fees, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and transportation).

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance will be provided in up to two installments for students enrolled in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, one installment per semester.

The following criteria need to be met to be eligible to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance:

  • Be a Brazosport College student in good standing enrolled in the Fall 2021
  • Meet all eligibility requirements as determined by the Financial Aid Office
  • Meet all other criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education in the American Rescue Plan 2021

To apply, students need to complete a short, simple application only once on the Brazosport College website. Click here to Complete the Application.

Applications will be reviewed, and assistance will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will be notified of a decision within 1-2 weeks after they submit their application.

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/vaccine/.

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 a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also 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.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND INFORMATION REGARDING FALL 2021

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. Our focus is on having a successful and safe fall semester. 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), due to the Delta variant, 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. Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Please maintain social distancing when possible. 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.
  • An individual who is diagnosed with COVID may return to campus 10 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.
  • 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 is:
  • unvaccinated, he or she should quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure; or
  • vaccinated, he or she should monitor their health, get tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. 
  • 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.
  • As a reminder, items and issues related to COVID-19 are addressed by the College’s Executive Council.  All lines of reporting have resumed to pre-COVID format through your direct chain of command. All COVID-19 questions or concerns should be directed to Marshall Campbell, Vice President, Human Resources and Chair of the Executive Council.  

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.


PAST UPDATES

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

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Updated: November 11, 2021

Good afternoon! Please review today’s update below.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has provided Brazosport College with additional emergency funds to provide financial assistance to those students who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance is a one-time, non-traditional financial aid grant which will be provided to all eligible currently enrolled BC students (full-time, part-time, dual-credit, and Community Education) who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including but not limited to expenses such as food, housing, tuition and fees, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and transportation).

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance will be provided in up to two installments for students enrolled in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, one installment per semester.

The following criteria need to be met to be eligible to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance:

  • Be a Brazosport College student in good standing enrolled in the Fall 2021
  • Meet all eligibility requirements as determined by the Financial Aid Office
  • Meet all other criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education in the American Rescue Plan 2021

To apply, students need to complete a short, simple application only once on the Brazosport College website. Click here to Complete the Application.

Applications will be reviewed, and assistance will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will be notified of a decision within 1-2 weeks after they submit their application.

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/vaccine/.

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 a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also 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.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND INFORMATION REGARDING FALL 2021

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. Our focus is on having a successful and safe fall semester. 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), due to the Delta variant, 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. Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Please maintain social distancing when possible. 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.
  • An individual who is diagnosed with COVID may return to campus 10 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.
  • 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 is:
  • unvaccinated, he or she should quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure; or
  • vaccinated, he or she should monitor their health, get tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. 
  • 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.
  • As a reminder, items and issues related to COVID-19 are addressed by the College’s Executive Council.  All lines of reporting have resumed to pre-COVID format through your direct chain of command. All COVID-19 questions or concerns should be directed to Marshall Campbell, Vice President, Human Resources and Chair of the Executive Council.  

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.


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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.

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?"

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