A Message concerning COVID-19 Virus from our Superintendent/CEO for Metro Technology Centers, Bob Parrish

COVID-19

On March 6, 2020, the first Oklahoma case of the COVID-19 was confirmed in Tulsa County. There is no higher priority to us than the safety of our students, staff and stakeholders. We are monitoring communication from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local county/state health agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation. According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

Metro Technology Centers is National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant and stands prepared to respond quickly to protect the safety of our staff and students. Metro Tech has developed plans in the event a case is reported on any of our campuses. This includes steps to address preventive measures and the potential for large-scale absenteeism. Any cancellations of school will be communicated via email, websites, social media, and phone system and through the local media. 

In the meantime, there are necessary steps we can take at work, at school and at home to reduce the risk of contracting a communicable illness.

  • Frequently and effectively washing your hands: This means washing them with soap and water for a period of 20 seconds, the equivalency of singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Covering your mouth to cough or sneeze, preferably with your elbow: This helps prevent the spread of the virus through the air.
  • Avoid touching your face: This is especially true if you have coughed or sneezed into your hand, or if time has elapsed since you last washed your hands.

We want you to feel confident when arriving on our campuses. As a result, we have enhanced some of our cleaning procedures in the interest of stakeholder’s health and safety.  Metro Tech is taking the following prevention steps:

  • Custodial staff members are disinfecting classrooms and taking extra care to sanitize common areas such as doorknobs, handrails, solid surfaces, countertops, etc. Bus drivers are also cleaning and sanitizing buses and other district vehicles after every route.
  • Staff is stressing to students the importance of washing their hands for an appropriate length of time to limit the spread of germs.
  • Students and staff are being encouraged to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are widely available in classrooms, break rooms and in common areas such as front offices.
  • District administrators are continually monitoring student and staff absenteeism patterns, particularly if absences appear due to respiratory illnesses.

SPRING BREAK TRAVEL:  We are following the State Department of Education’s recommendations that individuals returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country as identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should self-quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to school. This applies to all students, teachers, and other school or district staff.  To see the complete recommendations click on Spring Break Travel

Additionally, here are links to helpful websites and information about COVID-19 and the response by national and state healthcare authorities.

COVID-19 Prevention & Treatment (CDC)
State Department of Health COVID-19 Summary
Oklahoma County Health Department COVID-19 Resources

Thank you for your patience and trust in our school district. We are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence at the forefront of everything we do. We look forward to seeing you on our Metro Tech campuses.

Respectfully,

Bob Parrish