March 25, 2020 – Letter sent to Meridian families
Dear Meridian Technology Center family:
Today the state Board of Education voted that Oklahoma students not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Meridian will implement a continuous learning plan that allows students to complete the school year at home. This will affect the way in which Meridian helps our students complete their graduation requirements and finish the programs they are counting on for licensure/certification. State education and health officials believe this move will help our state fight the spread of COVID-19.
We are sharing this information with you so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. The health of our Meridian family is our greatest priority. This means that all extracurricular activities and special events are canceled or postponed as well. Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff and our community.
We do have good news: Meridian is developing a plan to ensure your student will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with family support. Because we are unable to safely gather together, curriculum will primarily be delivered and communicated to you from their instructor. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. The team at Meridian is spending the next several days planning for this effort, and we appreciate all they are doing to be innovative during this time.
For students, it likely will be sad and disappointing to learn that school as they know it will not resume this year. For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated in a special way.
At Meridian, our commitment to the strong relationships we have built with our business and industry partners will continue. We are here for you. Please let us know how we can help you. We are also working to develop remote delivery of the many personal and professional short courses and trainings we offer.
We have posted numerous resources on our website, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. You can find these details and more by visiting meridiantech.edu/info.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. Meridian is a community that comes together in challenging times, and we know this experience will be no different. As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.
Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support of Meridian Technology Center.
Dr. Douglas Major
March 17, 2020 – Letter sent to Meridian families
Dear Meridian families:
Yesterday, the state Board of Education voted to close all Oklahoma schools, effective immediately, until at least April 6 in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This includes Meridian Technology Center. Additionally, there will be no school activities during this time.
Short-term classes have also been canceled.
While state officials mandated schools to close for two weeks following spring break, they also encouraged administrators to prepare for the possibility of longer-term closures, if it becomes necessary. At least 35 other states across the country also have made the decision to close schools statewide in the interest of public health.
At this time, schools have been instructed by the state Department of Education not to provide online, home-based or distance learning for students.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it continues to evolve by the hour. We want to assure you that Meridian is doing everything possible to ensure the needs of students and employees will be met during this unique time. We will be closed for classes, but – as a district – we will continue to serve our community, while abiding by the healthy best practices that have been recommended by the CDC.
We encourage you to comply with what health officials have recommended as well. If you can, please stay home and enjoy family time. If you must go out, please practice social distancing, allowing at least six feet between you and other individuals. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your medical professional or the county health department. You also can learn more about how to prevent the illness by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
Communication will be key during the next two weeks. You also can get the latest information by visiting meridiantech.edu/info.
For Meridian, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff and community. We want you to be safe, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding.
Dr. Douglas Major
March 16, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the city of Stillwater’s recent declaration, the Meridian campus will be closed this week. We will continue to monitor information from the CDC and city and state leaders and will make a decision regarding the week of March 23 later this week.
March 12, 2020
Meridian Technology Center continues to closely monitor news regarding COVID-19 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities.
Meridian serves 10 partner school districts, and we are continuously communicating with them. Currently we have no plans to extend spring break or cancel classes.
Please check back at this web page for updates. If something changes, we will communicate with families through social media and our notification system, which may include emails, text or calls.
March 9, 2020
At Meridian Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recent discussion regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. Health officials recommend local communities and schools take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 that we take to prevent the spread of other diseases, like colds or the flu:
Updated information on the coronavirus can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Please remember that if students are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping students home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with the OSDH to notify staff and parents/guardians within our community.
Thank you for your support of Meridian.
Dr. Douglas Major