Apr. 1: Employee COVID-19 Update

Apr. 1: Employee COVID-19 Update

Apr. 1: Employee COVID-19 Update

Thu Apr 1, 2021 at 11:00 PM

BRAZORIA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Per the Texas Department of State Health Services, beginning Monday, March 29, 2021, anyone over 16 years of age is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.  Local COVID-19 vaccine appointment information can be found on the Brazoria County Health Department website.

In addition, UTMB Health Angleton is offering the COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to all current Brazosport College employees, including full-time and part-time employees, as well as those who work for Tommy’s Catering, Texas Book Company and MBM.  

Please note, for the Pfizer vaccine, recipients must be 16 years of age or older. For the Moderna vaccine, recipients must be 18 years of age or older.

If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine being offered by UTMB Health Angleton to Brazosport College employees, please visit https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19/vaccine/waitlist to check for an available appointment or sign-up to be placed on a waitlist.

2020-2021 DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD

The Distinguished Student Committee is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Distinguished Students! Faculty and staff receive a list of eligible students and submit their nominations. The committee reviews the nominations, makes a decision, and forwards the names of the recommended students to Dr. Valek for approval.

The 2020-2021 Distinguished Student Award recipients are:

  • Brianna W. Bartos
  • Lilly O. Davis
  • Michael W. De Leon
  • Angela S. Elder
  • Bernadette M. Fernandez
  • Katie V. Foster
  • Sydney A. Horak
  • Pristine K. Hysten
  • Laken A. Plaster
  • Jennifer S. Savoy
  • Audrey R. Young

Thank you, faculty and staff, for your contributions to the success of the 2020-2021 Distinguished Students! Thank you, members of the Distinguished Student Committee, for your work on this committee.

REGISTER FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2021 COURSES

As we look forward to the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters, after careful consideration and following updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Brazosport College will continue to move strategically forward toward the goal of returning to normal on-campus operations with more face-to-face offerings, in addition to online and hybrid courses.

Summer and 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. 

Summer and Fall 2021 Priority Registration Groups

Registration
Begins Online

Veterans, Honors, Dual Credit, and Students with 45 or more credits completed at BC

April 5, 8 a.m.

15 or more credits completed at BC

April 6, 8 a.m.

Open Registration begins for all BC students

April 7, 8 a.m.


If students have questions about their upcoming 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 and Fall 2021 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 https://password.brazosport.edu/  or helpdesk@brazosport.edu or 979.230.3266.

REGISTER IN-PERSON WITH ONE-STOP REGISTRATION

Brazosport College will offer on-campus registration assistance at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.  These sessions provide an opportunity to get individual assistance with all college enrollment needs. College staff will be available to assist with application, advising and counseling, enrollment, financial aid, payment options, IT and student services opportunities. 

Upcoming One-Stop Registration at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College are scheduled for:

One-Stop Registration Dates

In-Person Registration Hours

Monday, April 26

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 29

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, April 30

9 a.m. – 12 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 available to assist with any questions you may have.  We also recommend checking out the financial aid website for more information. 

Ready to pay? Cashier’s Office representative will be on-site to assist with setting up a 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.  Complete the online Health Screening Questionnaire at www.brazosport.edu/screening, and masks are required at all times on campus. 

Outside of the scheduled One-Stop Registrations, many offices are available during normal operating hours providing support services to students such as, Admission & Registration, Bookstore, Business Office, Campus Safety, Cashier’s Office, Children’s Center, Counseling & Testing, Facility Services, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Human Resources, Library & Learning Services, Information Technology, School & College Partnership, Tommy’s Catering and Workforce Development.

ENROLL IN A PAYMENT PLAN FOR ONLY $30 ($5 down payment + $25 enrollment fee)

No-interest payment plans break down your tuition balance into affordable monthly payments, making your dreams more possible than ever before. Registration for Summer and Fall 2021 class opens next week!

To learn more about payment plans, visit mybc.brazosport.edu

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE 2021 VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT

We are excited to announce that Brazosport College will hold a virtual commencement celebration for over 550 students on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The virtual commencement ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. with a pre-show countdown celebration at 9:50 a.m. 

The virtual ceremony will be held on the College’s website www.brazosport.edu/commencement.

Please visit https://brazosport.edu/commencement/ for more information regarding 2021 Commencement.

Members of the 2021 class, their friends, families and BC Gators everywhere are invited to watch online and offer their congratulations during the ceremony by using #bcgators21 on Twitter and Instagram.

In addition, a graduation celebration parade will be held on the Brazosport College campus on Friday, May 7th. Details will be provided at a later date.

Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek, college administration, faculty and staff are excited to celebrate this milestone with all our 2021 graduates.

GRAD FEST

Grad Fest for 2021 graduates will be held on April 5th and 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Dow Academic Center.  At Grad Fest, candidates for 2021 graduation will have the opportunity to pick up their cap and gown, have their photo taken to be used for the virtual ceremony, and learn about joining the Former Students Association.

Please visit https://brazosport.edu/commencement/ for more information regarding 2021 Commencement.

BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK HEALTH CENTER

The Brazosport College CHN Health Center is open from 1:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for BC faculty, staff and students with behavioral health and medical providers available for face-to-face services.  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.  Virtual care is also available by visiting https://mychn.org/services/virtual-care/.  All 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.  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.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (CCSSE)

This spring, Brazosport College will continue its participation in a national survey focused on teaching, learning, and retention in community colleges, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The project is part of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the past, the survey was administered to students in randomly selected classes using a paper survey. This year the survey will be administered online to all credit students, 18 years and older. 

The student survey is now closed. The faculty survey runs from March 15, 2021 to April 2, 2021. Please look for more information coming soon to your email inbox.

Brazosport College is intent on being a leader in higher education, and this survey can assist us in improving course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals. To learn more about CCSSE visit www.ccsse.org, or contact Leslie Cummings, Assistant Research Analyst, Institutional Research, at leslie.cummings@brazosport.edu.

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.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER GA-34

On March 2, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 effective March 10, 2021. The Executive Order allows for institutions of higher education and public schools to establish minimum standard health and safety protocols. At this time, all current Brazosport College COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a face mask/covering, completing a daily health screening when on campus, and social distancing, will remain in effect until further notice. The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty is our top priority as we work together to have a successful, safe finish to the Spring semester. We are appreciative of the commitment and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students, and we thank you for your continued support.

ONLINE COVID-19 DAILY 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. 

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.

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.

For reference, the CDC defines “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.  

These procedures are subject to change, so it's vital that you check your Brazosport College email for updates before heading to campus.

Medical experts continue to reinforce the importance of the 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.

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.