COVID19 Update: An Update from Dr. Valek, President of Brazosport College

COVID19 Update: An Update from Dr. Valek, President of Brazosport College

Mon Apr 27, 2020 at 05:00 PM

Brazosport College Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Over the last several weeks our country, state, counties and cities have adapted to frequently changing conditions to help slow the curve and protect us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazosport College quickly followed suit, altering operations as we moved instruction and college functions to a remote, online format. Now, as we near the end of the spring semester and look towards the summer and fall semesters, it is time to begin focusing on the next steps to provide quality instruction and ongoing services, all while we continue to mitigate COVID-19 in the safest way possible.

Before addressing the next steps, I want to first thank our students, faculty, and staff for your flexibility, creativity, and determination in making this semester a success. I want all of our faculty and staff to know how impressed I have been watching each and every one of you adapt to ensure our students succeed. And to our students, I am proud of all you’ve accomplished this semester and how you have continued to remain focused on your future and completing out the semester. I know this has been a difficult time for many of you and you should be proud of your strength and courage during these unprecedented times.

Following state and local orders, and the College’s continued concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, the following decisions have been made for all May minimester and summer classes (including credit and continuing education courses).

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. These courses will be delivered face-to-face following strict CDC guidelines. Examples include welding, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and other applied technology areas.

Registration for summer and fall semesters will continue online through May. However, prior to the beginning of the first summer session there may be limited in person admissions, financial aid, and registration services available on campus on an as needed basis. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online. 

Continuing through at least July 31, employees where possible will continue to work remotely. For anyone who must come to campus and/or work from campus, the College will allow flexible schedules and/or shifts, as approved by the immediate supervisor and the vice president responsible for that area of the College.

Beginning on Monday, May 18, we will begin reopening the campus to students whose Spring CTE and trades courses were placed on hold and are needing to complete their semester. We are actively working to assess classrooms to make them safe before allowing students back on campus. The hands-on courses will follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and will follow state and local directives.

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.

We are looking forward to August, and our fall semester, when we hope to return to normal operations, but we know the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and plans are subject to change based on daily and weekly national, state, and local orders. We will continue to reassess strategies and dates throughout the summer and adjust when necessary.

As we begin the careful process of reopening campus and moving closer to normal operations, I want to reiterate how proud I am of the BC family and our combined efforts to support our students and each other.

Best Regards,

Dr. Millicent M. Valek
Brazosport College