COVID-19 Information

March 11, 2022

Meridian Family,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Meridian has been following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has developed a new COVID-19 Community Levels tool to help organizations and communities decide what steps to take based on the latest data.

Meridian serves students from five counties. As of today, each of those counties is in the green, with low COVID-19 levels. With that, we are making some changes on campus starting Monday, March 21.

Protocols

  • We will continue to make masks and hand sanitizing stations available at our entrances for those who would like to use them. Each level in the CDC Community Level tool provides masking recommendations. At this time, we encourage you to wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
  • Some of our programs, including those that provide health care or cosmetology services, may require specific protocols based on their industry standards. When that is the case, instructors will share those guidelines directly with their students.
  • We will open our Skywalk snack bar area so that students may enjoy their breaks in a common space.
  • Buses will continue to drop students off at the doors closest to their program.

Notifications

Meridian will no longer notify students and their guardians each time there is a positive case on campus. We will, however, continue to send a notification to those we believe may be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Our team will continue to regularly monitor community levels through the CDC’s map. We encourage you to be diligent in the effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We depend on a strong partnership with you to be able to continue offering Meridian’s hands-on education in person.

Sincerely,

Dr. Douglas Major
Superintendent/CEO


Spring 2022

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the spring semester. Please know that while we cannot predict what the semester may hold, we will do our best to adapt as needed while keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. We have a team that meets regularly and closely monitors local, state and national COVID-19 related information. In light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Meridian Technology Center district, the following details have been developed. These are our plans as of today.

Our goal is to continue offering our hands-on education in person. We depend on a strong partnership with you to accomplish this. We are all in this together and are grateful for your support.

Precautions

Meridian has implemented the following practices to limit exposure to COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Encouraging the wearing of masks (especially on buses)
  • Encouraging at least 3 feet of social distancing if masked and six if unmasked
  • Modified bus drop-off/pick-up locations
  • Modified break schedules in the Skywalk
  • Discouraging students from gathering in common areas
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitation practices

Masks

Students, staff and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Masks are provided at our entrances, or you may wear your own. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please protect yourself and others by staying home.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Guidance

During the pandemic, Meridian has followed guidance from the CDC and the Oklahoma State Department of Health to make decisions in regard to safety protocols.

ISOLATE
In accordance with Meridian’s policy on Contagious/Communicable Diseases, students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate.

QUARANTINE
Students who are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to quarantine.

To read more information related to the CDC graphics below that Meridian is following and to click any of the links to check whether you are fully vaccinated, please visit the CDC page where this information is provided. Please note this also includes information on how to wear a well-fitted mask: CDC information. CDC graphics updated January 20, 2022.

 

 

Note:  Students in full-time career training programs who isolate or quarantine will be provided the opportunity for virtual learning.

Notification

Meridian will notify students and their guardians anytime there is a positive case on campus. In addition, we will notify students and their guardians if we believe a student had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.