Aug 25: COVID-19 Update for Employees

Aug 25: COVID-19 Update for Employees

Tue Aug 25, 2020 at 12:00 AM

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT & ADD/DROP COURSE DEADLINE REVISION

Due to the College closure as a result of the potential impact to our area from Hurricane Laura, the drop for non-payment as well as the add/drop course deadline for the Fall 2020 Semester has been moved to September 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.   

CAMPUS CLOSURE DUE TO HURRICANE LAURA

Brazosport College will close Tuesday, August 25th at 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, August 27th.  With this closure, all evening college classes scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th, including online, face to face or in a hybrid/blended format are cancelled. 

We will continue to monitor the hurricane and reevaluate the status of reopening campus. We will continue to post updates on the Brazosport College website, and all BC social media accounts. 

We encourage everyone to take precautions and use this time to prepare for the potential heavy winds and rain that may impact our area.

INFORMATION ON WORK TIME AND TIMESHEETS DURING THE EMERGENCY CLOSURE FOR HURRICANE LAURA

As previously announced, Brazosport College will be closed Tuesday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, August 27 due to Hurricane Laura. The College’s Board of Regents and Dr. Valek have approved that the College will pay full-time, part-time, and student employees for the hours they were scheduled to work but for the Hurricane Laura emergency closure.  Non-exempt employees (employees who submit timesheets) should submit their timesheets showing their scheduled hours during the closure period with the comment: “scheduled hours/hurricane.”

Additionally, this closure happens at a time when many employees are working remotely.  When the College is closed due to an emergency, non-exempt employees should not continue to work remotely during the emergency closure unless they have permission from their supervisor to do so.  Those non-exempt employees who work during the emergency closure with the approval of their supervisor (e.g., Campus Safety, Facilities, and I.T.) should submit a timesheet designating these work hours as additional straight time hours actually worked due to the emergency. 

Please contact Marshall Campbell at marshall.campbell@brazosport.edu or Amber Amason at amber.amason@brazosport.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

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 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.  

Please note, the questionnaire has changed slightly.  Instructions are provided below as well at the top of the online Health Screening questionnaire.

Instructions for completing the Health Screening questionnaire:

Answer all of the questions by either leaving them in the "YES" position if you are experience the noted symptom or moving the slider left to the "NO" position if you are not experiencing the noted symptom, depending on whether the option applies to you.

  • If you are using a phone, we recommend you tap or swipe each option.
  • If you are using a computer, we recommend clicking each slider to make your selections.

Make sure to double-check your responses to ensure you are providing the most accurate information.

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.

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 self-identify as affected by COVID-19 or notify Brazosport College of COVID-19 incidents involving students, faculty, or staff, please visit 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.