Aug. 11: COVID-19 Update for Students

Aug. 11: COVID-19 Update for Students

Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 12:00 AM

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.  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.

Each day you complete the self-screening to come to campus, you will be asked to provide:

  • Name
  • Email address (Preferable your Brazosport College email address)
  • Phone Number
  • Brazosport College ID Number or Date of Birth
  • College Affiliation (Such as student, employee or visitor)

Based on guidance from health authorities, the questions you will be asked are:

  • In the past 24 hours, have you experienced:
    • Fever (Equal to or greater than 100.4F)
    • Chills
    • Repeated Shaking with Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Sore Throat
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Diarrhea
  •  In the past 14 days:
    • Have you had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19

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 notify Brazosport College of COVID-19 incidents involving students, faculty, or staff, or to self-identify as affected by COVID-19 please visit brazosport.edu/coronavirus/report.

ONE STOP ON CAMPUS ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE

If you are needing assistance registering for fall classes, we are hosting on campus registration assistance in the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.  This is 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. 

On campus registration assistance is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 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.

FINANCIAL AID VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION

Our goal is to make the financial aid process easy. These information sessions will provide an overview of the financial aid process and allow for your questions to be answered in real-time.

Topics include:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Required Paperwork

The next sessions is scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Families can reserve their spot and receive password information at https://bit.ly/BCvirtualfinaid.

REGISTER FOR FALL 2020 COURSES

After careful consideration, and with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Brazosport College will be offering a variety of course formats for Fall 2020.

Fall courses will be delivered in one of the following formats:

  1. Face-to-Face: Traditional on-campus courses with social distancing and other safety precautions in place.
  2. Blended: Courses with both on-campus and online instruction.
  3. Scheduled Live Online: Online courses with scheduled live interaction with instructors. Student will log-in at their designated class time.
  4. Online: Online courses without scheduled live interaction with instructors.

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

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.

GATOR MART DRIVE-THRU DISTRIBUTION TIME

All BC students who are currently enrolled or who have been enrolled in the past year are eligible for food from Gator Mart. The Gator Mart drive-thru food distribution is on Wednesdays from 3 – 5 p.m.

  • Please bring your student ID card and Houston Food Bank card (if available).
  • Distribution will take place in the overhang area of the Sadler Health Sciences Building.
  • To protect the safety of all food recipients and staff, the following guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Houston Food Bank will be followed:
    • Drive under the Sadler Health Sciences Building overhang and stop next to a table placed in that area.
    • Pre-packed boxes and bags of groceries will be on the table.
    • Exit your car, open your trunk, and load the groceries into your trunk. Be careful not to touch the table; just touch the boxes and bags of groceries. If you accidentally touch the table, alert one of the staff and they will clean the table after you leave.
    • All staff and food recipients will maintain a six-foot distance at all times.

We are eager to serve you. Please contact us directly for further information: