Sept. 29: COVID-19 Update for Employees

Sept. 29: COVID-19 Update for Employees

Tue Sep 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM

GATOR MART DRIVE-THRU DISTRIBUTION TIME

All BC students who are currently enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester are eligible for food from Gator Mart. The Gator Mart drive-thru food distribution times are scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  

  • Please bring your student ID card and Houston Food Bank card (if available).  NOTE: A student is only allowed to pick-up food on Wednesday or Thursday, not both days.
  • 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:

SEPTEMBER 2020 BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

The Brazosport College Board of Regents held its regular meeting on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Member Robert Perryman discussed the Brazosport Foundation Fund Development report. The 2019-2020 Brazosport College Foundation Gator Classic presented by Freeport LNG has been postponed until April 22 and 23, 2021.  The Clarion Guest Artists Series has been postponed for Fall 2020, but artists are lined up for a Spring 2021 Concert Series and sponsorship opportunities will be announced in the months ahead. The Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series has been scheduled for a Spring 2021 Series and a membership drive is underway. 

During the President’s report, Dr. Millicent Valek updated the Board on current departments at Brazosport College that are now open on campus with rotational staff schedules for students that need assistance, including Admissions and Registration, the Bookstore, Business Office, Campus Safety, Cashier’s Office, Children’s Center, Counseling and Testing, Facilities Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Library and Learning Services, IT, School and College Partnerships, Tommy’s Catering, and the Workforce Development Office. Dr. Valek reported to the Board that, in light of the current water supply issue in Lake Jackson, the College had been designated as a Point of Delivery for the distribution of water through Monday, September 28th and that the College also posted warning signs throughout BC Central regarding the use of water.  Dr. Valek noted that the College presented the winner of Strive2Drive a new car.  Dr. Valek also reported that Brazosport College was a successful applicant for a Title V grant and will be receiving $2.9 million over the next five years to help develop an instructional design component for faculty and set-up a transfer center in the Student Services office.

During new business, the Board authorized the Issuance, Sale and Delivery of Brazosport College District Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2020 in One or More Series.  Dave Gordon, Senior Managing Director at Estrada Hinajosa & Co., discussed the order.  The Board also voted to adopt a 2021 No New Revenue Tax Rate of $.297866, which is a tax decrease of 0.77% as compared to last year’s tax rate. The Board reaffirmed the current Tax Abatement Guidelines and Criteria, Application and Agreement.

Also during New Business, the Board approved the request to transfer the cell phone and instrumentation labs capital projects from the FY 2020 capital budget to the FY 2021.  The Board also approved the request to contract with Texas Communications for the purchase and installation of campus safety dispatch console equipment.  The Board pre-approved that the College pay its full-time employees and part-time employees who are scheduled to work but cannot due to any future emergency closure in FY21 that is less than one week in duration, unless any of that work time is scheduled to be made up.

The Board accepted the August 2020 Financial Report, which was presented by David Marshall, Financial Services & CFO

The next Board of Regents regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020.

ON CAMPUS ACCESS TO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Fall 2020 classes are in full swing, and our focus shifts to ensuring our students have a successful semester as well as preparing for spring registration. Accessibility to campus-wide services for students who are on campus is critically important. Recognizing this, we have adjusted staffing plans to provide this accessibility to services. The goal is to have both on-campus and virtual access to college-wide services and to deliver these services in a safe manner. While on-campus staffing will still be limited, many offices which provide support services to students will be open such as, but not limited to, Admission & Registration, Bookstore, Business Office, Campus Safety, Cashier’s Office, Children’s Center, Counseling & Testing, Facility Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Library & Learning Services, Information Technology, School & College Partnership, Tommy’s Catering and Workforce Development.

As we have learned with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remain flexible keeping in mind that we will have to continue to adjust in order to best serve our college community.  Opening offices with limited staffing is the next step in what we hope is eventually a full return to normal operations.

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS AVAILABLE IN GATOR HALL

As the current supply of available hotspots has been depleted, students taking courses in any format or those having trouble with internet access, are able to use Gator Hall located in the center of BC Central.  Gator Hall is available to students to access the college internet Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 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 are available.

IT HELPDESK

The IT Helpdesk is available for in-person and remote assistance. In-person hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and online support is available Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On campus location: BC Main Campus, K-100

By Phone: 979.230.3266
By Email: helpdesk@brazosport.edu
By Chat: Live chat with the Help Desk

ONLINE COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS

Brazosport College adjusted its health screening process as employees, students, and visitors come to 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.

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 has 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 6 ft. 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 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.