COVID-19 Update for Students: May 6

COVID-19 Update for Students: May 6

Fri May 8, 2020 at 01:03 PM

RESTARTING COURSES TO COMPLETE THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER

Beginning Monday, May 18, the College will complete the Spring semester for students whose hands-on Spring courses were placed on hold. In preparation to safely bring students back to campus, the College has hired a safety consultant to lead our Infection Control Strike Force team.

All students will be notified, individually, ahead of the May 18 start date regarding the updated safety protocols and plans specific to their courses. Those not adhering to the safety protocols will not be allowed access to classrooms/labs.

The College plans to implement the following safety protocols for all students, faculty, and staff when returning to campus on May 18:

  • Face Coverings

All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering, as appropriate. (See BC COVID-19 FAQ’s for additional information). Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

  • Daily Health Screenings

Before entering campus, all students, staff, & faculty will be required to participate in health screenings that will include temperature checks.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Brazosport College will provide gloves when using shared equipment like microscopes and hand tools. Additionally, cleaning materials will be provided and easily accessible to disinfect shared items before and after use.

  • Reconfigure Classrooms/Lab Spaces

The Infection Control Strike Force Team is currently going through each space to reconfigure class set-ups and review entry/exit to building to eliminate hazards when possible or engineer around them when they can’t be eliminated. Additionally, the team is reconfiguring some common areas such as removing benches in hallways, turning off drinking fountains, and putting up signage promoting social distancing.

  • Faculty Training Sessions

The Infection Control Strike Force Team is preparing training sessions for returning faculty and staff, that will take place Wednesday to Friday, May 13-15.

All hands-on courses will follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and will follow state and local directives.

Remaining in Altered Operations

Although we are restarting courses, the college will remain in altered operations. Limited services may be available on campus. All services are available through our remote operations including student services and academic supports. Many BC staff and faculty, where possible, will continue to work remotely.

SUMMER AND MAY MINIMESTER COURSE FEES

All May minimester and summer classes will be delivered online with the exception of certain courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online. The $40 online course fee will be waived for all summer and May minimester courses, but please note that all regular course fees and tuition still apply.

MAY MINIMESTER AND SUMMER TEXTBOOK SALES

Please know that the safety of our students and our staff are our priority.  The bookstore has been thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant.  Any textbooks being brought into the store are being wiped down with disinfectant.  All curbside pickups will be conducted with gloves and masks being worn by bookstore employees.  At no time will there be a reason for a student to exit their vehicle. The dates and options to purchase books for the May minimester and Summer sessions students are:

  1. Student’s receiving Financial Aid for Summer I can purchase textbooks beginning May 20 - June 16.
  2. Students can purchase their textbooks and supplies on our website using a credit/debit card or their Financial Aid. These orders are currently being shipped at no cost to the student.
  3. Purchased access codes can be scanned and emailed to the student for faster delivery.
  4. If for some reason a student is unable to place their order online they can call the bookstore and we can process their order over the phone.
  5. The bookstore can provide curbside pickup for students who would like to pick up books they have already purchased either online or over the phone. A time will be arranged with the student when their order is ready for pick up. These items will be bagged and taken out to the car at the arranged time.

For any questions call 979-230-3410 or email brazosport@texasbook.com.