COVID19 Update for Students: April 24

COVID19 Update for Students: April 24

Fri Apr 24, 2020 at 01:52 PM

ALTERED OPERATIONS AND FUTURE TIMELINES

The College remains in altered operations for the remainder of the spring semester under Governor Abbott’s executive orders issued on March 31, 2020 and April 17, 2020. We understand everyone is anxious for answers and what our next steps are.

As of now, the College can provide the following updates that are subject to change based on daily and weekly national, state, and local orders:

  • The College is working on a plan to re-start Spring 2020 face-to-face instruction in mid-May for limited CTE trades courses, using social distancing and other safety measures; 
  • Most courses will remain online throughout the summer; and
  • As much staff work as possible that can be performed remotely will continue to be done so for the time being.  

College administration closely monitors all national, state, and local orders, and as more details are produced from government officials, the College will be able to move forward with a more definitive re-opening process. Please continue to check email updates and the college website for details.  We appreciate everyone’s patience during these unprecedented times.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PASSWORD RESET INFO

We know many employees are being asked to update their passwords and have had some difficulty updating them remotely. Please use the following steps provided by I.T. when updating your password remotely.

If your password has expired:

  1. If you registered in advance for the password reset program then login to password.brazosport.edu and reset your password.
  2. If you did not register in advance for the password reset program then login to webmail.brazosport.edu and login with your old password. It will prompt you to change it when you login.
  3. If you still need help, please call the IT Helpdesk at 979-230-3266 for assistance resetting your password.

If your password has not expired:

  1. Sign up now for password reset. If you do this in advance and you don’t want to wait until the day your password expires you can go ahead and change it after enrolling.
  2. Login to Webmail and in the upper right hand corner click on the  then select “Change password”. This will let you change your password at any time.

If you are working remotely and you have just changed your password:

  1. If VPN is connected, disconnect from VPN.
  2. Update password in VPN with your new password
  3. Lock your computer using Ctrl+Alt+Delete, select lock and then log back in with your new password.

If you still need help, please call the IT Helpdesk at 979-230-3266 for assistance resetting your password.

TEXTBOOK RENTAL RETURNS AND BUYBACKS

Rental books are due back to the BC Bookstore by Tuesday, May 5, but the bookstore has extended the deadline for an additional week. The bookstore is providing two options to return books this year:

  1. The bookstore will be emailing students a prepaid shipping option to allow books to be returned remotely.
  2. If students are unable to mail in their books, the bookstore will allow for book drop-offs in the circle drive in front of BC Central from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 5 – 8. This is also the time to bring any books to sell back to the bookstore. The bookstore will not be handling cash during buybacks, and students will have two options to receive funds:
    1. There will be a form available to fill out to directly mail a check to the student. The form is also available to print out from the bookstore’s website.
    2. Students can choose to receive a gift certificate that can be redeemed for future textbooks, supplies, or merchandise. Or when the bookstore reopens, the gift certificate can be exchanged for cash.

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.

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

MAY MINIMESTER AND SUMMER TEXTBOOK SALES

Please know that the safety of our students and staff is the bookstore’s top priority.  The bookstore has been thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant, and 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 are:

  1. Student’s receiving Financial Aid for Summer I can use their funds in the bookstore 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.

USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is also advised that the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. To review different templates and methods of how to make masks at home, download the CDC’s DIY Face Covering Instructions.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

2019-2020 DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD

The Distinguished Student Committee is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Distinguished Student Award recipients are:

  • Angela C. Anderson
  • Macy K. Miller
  • Mary Catherine B. Betito
  • Edward K. Muery
  • Elianna M. Cardenas
  • Melenie B. Niemeyer
  • Caitlyn E. Freshour
  • Andrew E. Outcalt
  • Aurora B. Goodrum
  • Nicole A. Pittser
  • Gloria G. Hernandez
  • Yashira Reyes-Rodriguez
  • Faith B. Meuth

 

Thank you, faculty and staff, for your contributions to the success of the 2019-2020 Distinguished Students! Thank you, members of the Distinguished Student Committee, for your work on this committee.

USE OF BC-ANNOUNCE DURING ALTERED OPERATIONS

As the College functions under altered operations and continues to follow the Governor’s stay at home order closing schools at least until May 4, we will be limiting the messaging going out via BC-Announce. This is an effort to ensure that top-level messaging related to COVID-19 and altered operations is not getting lost in your inboxes. Please send any messaging you would like considered for BC-Announce, except for I.T. announcements related to either cybersecurity threats or systems operations, to kyle.smith@brazosport.edu. We will try to get everyone’s messaging out to campus but cannot guarantee it will always be sent as a BC-Announce. We hope to return to normal operations soon and appreciate your understanding.