Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED JUNE 3, 2021

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: June 3, 2021

BRAZORIA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Per the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of Monday, March 29, 2021, anyone over 16 years of age is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.  The COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection for our students, staff, faculty and community and helps give us the best chance of getting “back to normal” sooner. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/.

Please note, for the Pfizer vaccine, recipients must be 12 years of age or older. For the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, recipients must be 18 years of age or older.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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.

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding the wearing of masks recently changed. Additionally, Governor Abbott issued a new executive order on May 18, 2021.  As a result of these changes, you are no longer required to wear a mask on the Brazosport College campus. If you wish to continue to wear a mask, please do so.  
  • Effective June 1, 2021, daily online health screenings are no longer required; however, individuals should perform a self-health check prior to coming to campus and stay home if sick.
  • We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and our state and local health departments,  so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates before heading to campus.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/.

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

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/

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: June 3, 2021

BRAZORIA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Per the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of Monday, March 29, 2021, anyone over 16 years of age is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.  The COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection for our students, staff, faculty and community and helps give us the best chance of getting “back to normal” sooner. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/.

Please note, for the Pfizer vaccine, recipients must be 12 years of age or older. For the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, recipients must be 18 years of age or older.

CURRENT BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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.

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding the wearing of masks recently changed. Additionally, Governor Abbott issued a new executive order on May 18, 2021.  As a result of these changes, you are no longer required to wear a mask on the Brazosport College campus. If you wish to continue to wear a mask, please do so.  
  • Effective June 1, 2021, daily online health screenings are no longer required; however, individuals should perform a self-health check prior to coming to campus and stay home if sick.
  • We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and our state and local health departments,  so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates before heading to campus.
  • Please note that the department and division personnel plans effective June 1, 2021 are still in place with a full return to normal operations planned for August 23, 2021.    
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found at www.brazosport.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/.

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

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/

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?"

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