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Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 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:

Brazoria County has issued a Stay Safe at Home Order

Brazoria County’s temporary Stay Safe at Home Order, effective March 26, 6:00 P.M. through April 3, 11:59 P.M., states non-essential businesses such as gyms, hair salons, and theaters, must close.

It does allow individuals to leave their residences to access grocery stores and restaurants that offer take-out.

To learn more about what this means, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or visit www.brazoriacountytx.gov.

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

  • At present, there are no cases at Brazosport College.
  • May Commencement has been postponed.
  • Grad Fest has been postponed.
  • We will begin online courses Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Almost all courses will be conducted fully online.
  • A very small number of classes cannot be taught online and will be put on hold until we can safely hold these classes while practicing social distancing.
  • We are asking many of our employees to work remotely.
  • The Bill & Julia May Children’s Center will be closed through April 10.
  • All events and activities on campus through April 30 are canceled.
  • Students that are scheduled to take a test in the Assessment Center will be notified with rescheduled dates.

Updates & Resources

  • For Students
  • For Employees
  • Prevention
  • Resources

Student & Public Updates

Tue Mar 24, 2020 at 03:00 PM

We hope your first week online is going well! Thank you again for being patient and making the best of this unprecedented time. Please review today’s updates.

At this time all College facilities are closed. This closure includes our grounds and facilities. We cannot manage and oversee all of the grounds while we are closed during the COVID 19 shutdown and are looking forward to when we’re able to reopen campus. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Grad Fest has been postponed to a later date that is yet to be determined.


The following tests are currently postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date that is yet to be determined. Thank you for your patience during this time.

  • ACCUPLACER-TSI
  • High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET)
  • TEAS
  • Credit by Exam

Please monitor our testing websites for updates about ACCUPLACER- TSI at brazosport.edu/tsi and for High School Equivalency Test updates at brazosprort.edu/hseq.

Credit by Exams will not be available until we return to campus.


Now is the time to get your schedule ready for next semester! Priority registration for May Minimester, Summer (I, II, 11-week), and Fall starts April 6th. Check the registration schedule below or check your myBC account to see when your registration starts!

Priority Registration Groups

Registration Start

Veterans, Honors, & Dual Credit StudentsApril 6, 8 a.m.
45 or more credits completed at BCApril 13, 8 a.m.
30 or more credits completed at BCApril 20, 8 a.m.
15 or more credits completed at BCApril 27, 8 a.m.
Open Registration begins for all BC studentsMay 4, 8 a.m.

During altered operations, registration will only be online and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


If you still have unanswered questions, please check out our COVID-19 FAQ page. If you cannot find the answers you’re looking for online, you can ask us a question at the bottom of the FAQ page, and someone from the College will get back with you as soon as possible.


PAST UPDATES

MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students: March 23

MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students: March 20

MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students: March 19

MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students: March 16

MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 Update, No Classes March 16-20

MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 March 12 Update

MARCH 11, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 March 11 Update

MARCH 2, 2020 UPDATE: Coronavirus Update

FEBRUARY 3, 2020 UPDATE: A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Fri Mar 27, 2020 at 01:58 PM

We’ve made it through our first full week online! Please review today’s update on myHR timesheets and weekend access to campus. If you still have unanswered questions, please check out our COVID-19 FAQ page. If you cannot find the answers you’re looking for online, you can ask us a question at the bottom of the FAQ page, and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

myHR TIMESHEETS

The MyHR website (myhr.brazosport.edu) is open to remote users for timesheet entry if the user is connected to their desktop or using the College’s VPN. This change is temporary to help with timecard entries for part-time and student workers during this period of alternative operations due to the COVID-19 virus.

Please note: Other than timesheet entry, the normal menu options have been removed from the MyHR website. In order to minimize cybersecurity risks, the College will currently use MyHR as only a timecard system.

To download the VPN on to your computer visit https://vpn.brazosport.edu.

The VPN software will work Windows and Mac computers. It will NOT work on phones. If you need assistance, you can download the instructions on how to install and configure the VPN. Additionally, I.T.’s Helpdesk will be available starting Monday morning, March 30, to provide assistance to part-time and student workers. The Helpdesk’s telephone number is 979-230-3266.

Please review the instructions for part-time and student workers who normally enter their time via the MyHR system. (It does not apply to employees who enter their time through other systems; e.g., at CBIT). You will be able to enter your hours on your timecard from any location and any internet connection.

It is the responsibility of the part-time employee or student worker to enter their time during this period of alternative operations/ campus closure.

As was stated previously, part-time employees and student workers will be paid for a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. Hours cannot exceed the 19 hour weekly limit unless the employee actually physically worked more than 19 hours.

Please make sure a comment is made on every entry during the period of alternative operations based on the attached instructions. On the rare occasion that a supervisor must make the entry on behalf of their employee, they should review and follow the supervisor instructions.

All time entries for March 2020 hours should be entered no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at midnight. HR will make the timecards available to supervisors for review starting Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Then, supervisor edits will be made (if needed) and the supervisors will submit the timecards.

COLLEGE CLOSED ON WEEKENDS

During altered operations, the campus will be closed every weekend (all day Saturday and Sunday) to all BC personnel other than Campus Safety, Facilities (including MBM), and Information Technology. All other campus personnel, who must access campus facilities to perform job functions that cannot be done remotely, and has proper VP approval, may do so Monday through Friday in adherence to the new building and campus access guidelines provided earlier this week. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Take steps to protect yourself


Clean 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

Take steps to protect others


Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • 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.
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

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.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

SOURCE: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

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.


FCC Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge

The Keep Americans Connected Pledge reads as follows:

Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, companies are being asked to pledge for the next 60 days to:

(1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;

(2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and

(3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Download the full press release.


Service Providers offering Assistance

AT&T COVID-19 response:

  • Offers open hot-spots
  • Unlimited data to existing customers
  • $10/month plans to low income families

Verizon COVID-19 response:

  • Following the FCC Pledge

Sprint COVID-19 response:

  • Follows FCC Pledge
  • Provides unlimited data to existing customers
  • Starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge

T-Mobile COVID-19 response:

  • Follows FCC Pledge
  • Provides unlimited data to existing customers

*Please review company websites for details.

Food Resources


Brazoria County Dream Center

792 S. Hwy 288-B
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0280

Drive-Thru Food Pickup 
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 2:00-4:30 PM
Tuesday: 2:00-6:00 PM


Fit 4 Families Food Markets - Drive-Thru Method

March 19, 3 pm - 5 pm
Wild Peach Elementary
3311 County Road 353, Brazoria, TX 77422

March 20, 10 am - 12 pm
Damon Elementary
1211 Mulcahy St County Rd 26, Damon, TX 77430

March 27, 10 am - 12 pm
Holiday Lakes City Hall
195 N Texas Ave, Angleton, TX 77515


Brazosport Cares Food Pantry

916 N. Gulf Blvd.
Freeport, TX 77542

979-239-1225

Drive-Thru Food Pickup
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00-11:30 AM

Friday, March 20, 3:30 pm
First Baptist Church Brazoria
101 E. San, Brazoria, TX 77422
Drive thru distribution model for Farmer's Market


The Food Basket

1 Wesley Dr
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0024
www.interfaithfoodbank.com

Pantry Open:
Tuesday and Saturday: 8AM – 10AM

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