Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2021

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: January 22, 2021

REMINDER: ONLINE COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

Brazosport College health screening process is online for all employees, students, and visitors who come to campus. You will need to fill out the questionnaire each day you intend on coming to the Brazosport College 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.   

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. 

Brazosport College has increased focus on safety monitoring to promote safety protocols of social distancing, wearing a face mask/covering, 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.  

Upon arrival to campus, you will be able to access all parking lots and enter campus through most entrances. To provide clarification, face masks/coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors (ages 10 and up) any time on campus.  To clarify, face shields are not considered face masks/coverings. If an individual chooses to wear a face shield, the individual must also wear a face mask/covering which fully covers the mouth and nose except as allowed in the following exceptions. 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 mask/covering.

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.

With the rise in positive COVID-19 cases across the country, medical experts are reinforcing the importance of use of masks and social distancing.  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 the wearing of face masks or face coverings.

SPRING II REGISTRATION

Registration for Spring II 8-week courses is currently open through March 5, 2021.  Classes will begin March 15, 2021.  For more information on enrolling in Spring II courses, visit www.brazosport.edu/choose

If students have questions about their spring 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.

SPRING 2021 TOOLKIT: STUDENT RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS

The Spring 2021 Toolkit is a great resource for students to get information about academic support services, virtual events, food and emergency assistance, assistance with technology, getting connected online or in person and many other available resources. Visit www.brazosport.edu/toolkit to access these resources.

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK HEALTH CENTER

The Brazosport College CHN Health Center is now open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Mondays and 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for BC faculty, staff and students.  The CHN Health Center is located in the B Wing of BC Central and can only be accessed from the courtyard near Tommy’s Grill and the BC Bookstore.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (281) 824-1480 or by visiting www.mychn.org. A pre-registration form is available at https://portal.mychn.org/enroll/request_enroll.php. The Brazosport College CHN Health Center is an outpatient healthcare facility that provides a variety of services, including adult medicine, chronic care management, behavioral health and women’s health, among other services.  COVID-19 testing is also available.  CHN accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP. Uninsured individuals may be eligible for discounted self-pay services based on their family size and household income. CHN strives to provide the highest value of care and therefore offers substantial benefits for people who are uninsured and self-pay.

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: January 22, 2021

JANUARY 2021 BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

The Brazosport College Board of Regents held its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Member Robert Perryman discussed the Brazosport College Foundation Fund Development report.  The 2021 Brazosport College Foundation Gator Classic, presented by Freeport LNG, is scheduled for April 22-23, 2021. The Blue Jacket Social, chaired by Courtney Birdsong, will be held on Thursday, April 22, followed by the golf tournament, chaired by Jay Gibson, on Friday, April 23, 2021. The Clarion Guest Artist Spring 2021 Series has been set. The series will host two concerts in March and May 2021. The planning committees for all events continue to monitor the federal, state, and local guidelines in determining the safest manner to host events.

Board of Regents Chair Carolyn Johnson noted that the Board Workshop will be held February 5-6, 2021. Professional Development workshop sessions will take place on Friday afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. A Special Board Meeting will be held remotely on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Shannon Willems, AB Bernstein, provided information on the performance and allocation of the College endowment funds. The Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, Dr. Shelley Diviney, presented an overview of the Brazosport College Accountability Report.

During the President’s report, Dr. Millicent Valek discussed current state and nationwide college enrollment trends, as well as an overview of the Spring II semester. Dr. Valek noted that the first round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding was fully distributed and that a second round of funding is expected.  Dr. Valek also provided a legislative update including a highlight of the priorities of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the work of the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) initiative.  

During New Business, the Board accepted the engagement letter and appointed the firm KM&L, LLC as auditor for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021.  The Board also approved the employment of Ms. Lisa Templer as Vice President, Financial Services & CFO, and Ms. Jennifer Finney as Director, Small Business Development Center.  The Board accepted the financial report for December 2020.

The next Board of Regents meeting will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

REMINDER: ONLINE COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

Brazosport College health screening process is online for all employees, students, and visitors who come to campus. You will need to fill out the questionnaire each day you intend on coming to the Brazosport College 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.   

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. 

Brazosport College has increased focus on safety monitoring to promote safety protocols of social distancing, wearing a face mask/covering, 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.  

Upon arrival to campus, you will be able to access all parking lots and enter campus through most entrances. To provide clarification, face masks/coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors (ages 10 and up) any time on campus.  To clarify, face shields are not considered face masks/coverings. If an individual chooses to wear a face shield, the individual must also wear a face mask/covering which fully covers the mouth and nose except as allowed in the following exceptions. 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 mask/covering.

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.

With the rise in positive COVID-19 cases across the country, medical experts are reinforcing the importance of use of masks and social distancing.  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 the wearing of face masks or face coverings.

SPRING II REGISTRATION

Registration for Spring II 8-week courses is currently open through March 5, 2021.  Classes will begin March 15, 2021.  For more information on enrolling in Spring II courses, visit www.brazosport.edu/choose

If students have questions about their spring 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.

SPRING 2021 TOOLKIT: STUDENT RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS

The Spring 2021 Toolkit is a great resource for students to get information about academic support services, virtual events, food and emergency assistance, assistance with technology, getting connected online or in person and many other available resources. Visit www.brazosport.edu/toolkit to access these resources.

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK HEALTH CENTER

The Brazosport College CHN Health Center is now open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Mondays and 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for BC faculty, staff and students.  The CHN Health Center is located in the B Wing of BC Central and can only be accessed from the courtyard near Tommy’s Grill and the BC Bookstore.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (281) 824-1480 or by visiting www.mychn.org. A pre-registration form is available at https://portal.mychn.org/enroll/request_enroll.php. The Brazosport College CHN Health Center is an outpatient healthcare facility that provides a variety of services, including adult medicine, chronic care management, behavioral health and women’s health, among other services.  COVID-19 testing is also available.  CHN accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP. Uninsured individuals may be eligible for discounted self-pay services based on their family size and household income. CHN strives to provide the highest value of care and therefore offers substantial benefits for people who are uninsured and self-pay.

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?"

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