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Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020

Brazosport College is closely tracking the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are committed to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We are continuously monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Brazoria County Health Department.

What you need to know:

Brazoria County has extended the Stay Safe at Home Order through April 30, 2020. 

To learn more about what this means, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or visit www.brazoriacountytx.gov.

For the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Brazosport College is adjusting its spring schedule and approach:

  • May Commencement has been postponed.
  • Grad Fest has been postponed.
  • Almost all courses are being conducted fully online.
  • A very small number of classes cannot be taught online and will be put on hold until we can safely hold these classes while practicing social distancing.
  • We are asking many of our employees to work remotely.
  • The Bill & Julia May Children’s Center will remain closed until Monday, May 4.
  • All events and activities on campus through April 30 are canceled.
  • Students that are scheduled to take a test in the Assessment Center will be notified with rescheduled dates.

Updates & Resources

  • For Students
  • For Employees
  • Prevention
  • Resources

Student & Public Updates

Wed Apr 8, 2020 at 04:33 PM

TIMESHEET SUBMISSIONS AND PAY DURING ALTERED OPERATIONS

The following information applies to part-time staff and student assistants through this spring semester:

Part-time staff – These employees will be paid a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. If assigned hours worked exceed 19 hours per week, they will be paid for all hours worked.

Student Assistants – Student Assistants will also be paid for a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. If assigned hours worked exceed 19 hours per week, they will be paid for all hours worked.

Part-time staff and student assistants who normally use the Empower MyHR timesheet process and their supervisors should review the instructions for part-time and student workers (This does NOT apply to employees who enter their time through other systems; e.g., through Report Time or the CBIT system).

It is the responsibility of the part-time employee or student worker to enter their time during this period of alternative operations/campus closure. 

As was stated previously, part-time employees and student workers will be paid for a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. Hours cannot exceed the 19 hour weekly limit unless the employee actually physically worked more than 19 hours. Report actual hours worked as ‘Regular Hours’ and report hours available to work as ‘Other’.

Please make sure a comment is made on every entry during the period of alternative operations based on the attached instructions. On the rare occasion that a supervisor must make the entry on behalf of their employee, they should review the MyHR timesheet instructions reference above for the employees and also review and follow the supervisor instructions.

All time entries for April 2020 hours should be entered no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020 at midnight. HR will make the timecards available to supervisors for review starting Friday, May 1, 2020. Then, supervisor edits will be made (if needed) and the supervisors will submit the timecards.

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MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students

MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students

MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Students

MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 Update, No Classes March 16-20

MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 March 12 Update

MARCH 11, 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 March 11 Update

MARCH 2, 2020 UPDATE: Coronavirus Update

FEBRUARY 3, 2020 UPDATE: A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus

Employee & Student Worker Updates

Wed Apr 8, 2020 at 04:33 PM

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.

VACATION TIME DURING ALTERED OPERATIONS

We know that our summer vacations aren’t going to look like a typical summer, but we encourage everyone to still plan some time off or ‘stay-cations’ to use your accrued vacation time before the end of the fiscal year. During altered operations the College is still open, and normal vacation and sick time processes still apply during this time. As a reminder, employees can only roll over up to 120 hours, so please review your time and work with your supervisor on arranging time off.

TIMESHEET SUBMISSIONS AND PAY DURING ALTERED OPERATIONS

The purpose of this update is to address questions about the reporting of time and the submittal of timesheets that you may have:

Full-time staff – if you normally submit time via Report Time, you will continue to do so.  Please see Connie Barker’s email to you, dated March 24, 2020.  That email addressed that you are to report actual hours worked as ‘Regular Hours’ and report hours available to work as ‘Other’.  Additionally, scheduled sick leave and/or vacation taken should be reported as usual.

The following information applies to part-time staff and student assistants through this spring semester:

Part-time staff – These employees will be paid a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. If assigned hours worked exceed 19 hours per week, they will be paid for all hours worked.

Student Assistants – Student Assistants will also be paid for a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. If assigned hours worked exceed 19 hours per week, they will be paid for all hours worked.

Part-time staff and student assistants who normally use the Empower MyHR timesheet process and their supervisors should review the instructions for part-time and student workers (This does NOT apply to employees who enter their time through other systems; e.g., through Report Time or the CBIT system).

It is the responsibility of the part-time employee or student worker to enter their time during this period of alternative operations/campus closure. 

As was stated previously, part-time employees and student workers will be paid for a minimum of 19 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the March pay cycle (pay date March 20) and is available for work. Hours cannot exceed the 19 hour weekly limit unless the employee actually physically worked more than 19 hours. Report actual hours worked as ‘Regular Hours’ and report hours available to work as ‘Other’.

Please make sure a comment is made on every entry during the period of alternative operations based on the attached instructions. On the rare occasion that a supervisor must make the entry on behalf of their employee, they should review the MyHR timesheet instructions reference above for the employees and also review and follow the supervisor instructions.

All time entries for April 2020 hours should be entered no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020 at midnight. HR will make the timecards available to supervisors for review starting Friday, May 1, 2020. Then, supervisor edits will be made (if needed) and the supervisors will submit the timecards.

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MARCH 31, 2020 UPDATE: COVID19 Update for Employees

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Take steps to protect yourself


Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others


Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

SOURCE: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Information and Resources


The United States Department of Education has created a website providing guidance for schools and school personnel to plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.ed.gov/coronavirus to learn more.

Screening for COVID-19


Community Health Network (CHN) has taken all necessary steps to ensure that they are responding to the needs of our community by expanding their testing capabilities.  

While CHN is providing COVID 19 testing, patients must undergo a screening process according to CDC guidelines. Individuals wishing to be screened may call the CHN health center. CHN has outlined a detailed process for our community to help you stay informed on how you can be tested if you meet the screening requirements. 

Learn more in our FAQ section under "How can I be screened for COVID-19?"

Internet Access


AT&T Reduced Cost Internet Service for SNAP Recipients

The Access program from AT&T provides a low-cost option for home Internet access to low-income households in the 21 states where we offer wireline home Internet services.

Visit their website at att.com.
Phone: 855-220-5211


Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers affordable internet services at home for eligible households. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, new Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.

Visit their website at www.internetessentials.com/covid19.


FCC Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge

The Keep Americans Connected Pledge reads as follows:

Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, companies are being asked to pledge for the next 60 days to:

(1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;

(2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and

(3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Download the full press release.


Service Providers offering Assistance

AT&T COVID-19 response:

  • Offers open hot-spots
  • Unlimited data to existing customers
  • $10/month plans to low income families

Verizon COVID-19 response:

  • Following the FCC Pledge

Sprint COVID-19 response:

  • Follows FCC Pledge
  • Provides unlimited data to existing customers
  • Starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge

T-Mobile COVID-19 response:

  • Follows FCC Pledge
  • Provides unlimited data to existing customers

*Please review company websites for details.

Food Resources


Brazoria County Dream Center

792 S. Hwy 288-B
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0280

Drive-Thru Food Pickup 
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 2:00-4:30 PM
Tuesday: 2:00-6:00 PM


Fit 4 Families Food Markets - Drive-Thru Method

March 19, 3 pm - 5 pm
Wild Peach Elementary
3311 County Road 353, Brazoria, TX 77422

March 20, 10 am - 12 pm
Damon Elementary
1211 Mulcahy St County Rd 26, Damon, TX 77430

March 27, 10 am - 12 pm
Holiday Lakes City Hall
195 N Texas Ave, Angleton, TX 77515


Brazosport Cares Food Pantry

916 N. Gulf Blvd.
Freeport, TX 77542

979-239-1225

Drive-Thru Food Pickup
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00-11:30 AM

Friday, March 20, 3:30 pm
First Baptist Church Brazoria
101 E. San, Brazoria, TX 77422
Drive thru distribution model for Farmer's Market


The Food Basket

1 Wesley Dr
Clute, TX 77531

979-388-0024
www.interfaithfoodbank.com

Pantry Open:
Tuesday and Saturday: 8AM – 10AM

Unemployment Benefits


Texas Workforce Commission

If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for benefits either online at any time or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Mondays through Fridays.

Visit their website at twc.texas.gov.

Medical Services


Community Health Network

Medical and Behavioral Health Virtual Visits

Call 281-824-1480 to setup an appointment.

COVID Questions


COVID-19 Call Center for Brazoria County Residents

For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Center.

(979) 864-2167

Monday - Friday: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Saturday: 9 A.M. - 2 P.M.


DSHS Call Center

Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.

1-877-570-9779

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Have other questions or concerns? Contact us at basicneeds@brazosport.edu