MNTC Health Updates Related to COVID-19
- Update: April 2, 2020
- Update: March 17, 6 p.m.
- Update: March 13, 2:30 p.m.
- Update: March 13, 9:50 a.m.
- Update: March 3
Let me begin by saying how much we miss seeing you on campus and hope you are all staying well. We are concerned for your health and well-being, as well as that of your families. For this reason, we have made the decision to move to a distance-learning model beginning April 6, continuing until the end of the 2019-20 school year. This is in alignment with last week’s Oklahoma State Board of Education decision that Oklahoma students not return to the classroom for the remainder of the school year to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.
Although none of us has experienced a pandemic before, the MNTC family is working to make the best of this situation. We would like to thank everyone for your support as we navigate the next few weeks. There will be challenges and adjustments along the way.
Our instructors are currently working on distance-learning plans for each career program to ensure meaningful educational opportunities through the end of the semester. Below, you will find information to help answer some questions you may have about distance learning.
If you have additional questions or need help, please contact your teacher via email or other means that the teacher has provided to you. At the bottom of this email you will also find contact information for administrators who are working closely with our instructors to find ways to help you accomplish your goals for the semester. We ask for your patience and understanding as we travel this new territory with you.
Our teachers have been focused on finding ways for students to stay engaged, maintain their knowledge and build their skills. Beginning next week, teachers will reach out to students to provide enrichment opportunities specific to their program. Please check your email regularly for information and updates.
It is important for students to participate to the extent possible. To stop learning now would likely mean a regression in skills that would have to be relearned. By participating in distance learning, students will continue to learn and grow academically and will be better prepared for next year.
What if I choose not to participate in distance learning?
If you are supposed to graduate from your program this year, there is a possibility you may not be considered a program completer. Your grade will be the same as it was on March 13, 2020, however, there may be additional coursework required to sit for your certification exam. You will need to speak with your teacher to determine if this impacts you.
What about student grades? Can I still improve my grade?
As of March 13, 2020 grades have been frozen, but you can work to improve your grade through April 24, 2020. You can do this by completing make-up work, redoing assignments, and doing extra credit work as assigned by your instructor.
What if I don’t have internet access or a device?
Let your teacher know so that other learning opportunities can be made available to you.
Resources for low cost/no cost internet:
Families in need of low-cost internet can click here for Cox low-cost internet (or call 855-222-3252) or can click here for ATT low-cost internet. In addition to these resources, Cox is offering two free months of internet access and installation for those who qualify. To learn more, click here.
Will we have graduation?
The health and safety of our students is our top priority. Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s graduation ceremony. We are so proud of our students and will explore ways to celebrate their accomplishments at a later date.
What if I left things in the classroom that I need to pick up?
We understand many students have items at school that will need to be retrieved. Students will have an opportunity to gather their belongings when it is safe to do so, no earlier than May 2020. If there is an item that is urgently needed, please contact the program director in your area to discuss options for retrieving the item. Program director contact information is provided below.
Please continue to follow CDC, local and state guidelines using social distancing and hygiene protocols to ensure your health and safety as well as that of your loved ones, friends, and neighbors. We wish you and your family the very best.
Brian Ruttman, Superintendent
Moore Norman Technology Center
MNTC Long-term Program Administrators
For the fastest response, please contact program administrators via email. Phone calls will be returned on Wednesdays.
Wendy Perry [email]
Office phone (405) 801-5401
Program Director, Health Careers
Terry Williamson [email]
Office phone (405) 801-5301
Program Director, Technical Careers
Robyn Castleberry [email]
Office Phone (405) 801-5501
Program Director, Business & Information Technology Careers
Cole Atkinson [email]
Office Phone (405) 801-5282
Program Director, STEM
Terri Helvey [email]
Executive Director, Instruction
Dear Moore Norman Technology Center students and families:
On March 16, 2020 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. Today the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education put forth guidelines that align with the state school board decision. This means that all Moore Norman Technology Center classes, events, and conferences are cancelled until our campuses reopen and classes resume on April 6. However, this closure could be extended if health officials deem it necessary.
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.
Oklahoma schools are not expected to be required to make-up the missed days. 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 know this uncertainty can cause anxiety and worry, but we want to assure you that Moore Norman is doing everything possible to meet the needs of students and employees during this unique time. Our campuses will be closed, 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. 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 few weeks. It is our hope that accurate and up-to-date correspondence will ease concerns, as well as help you make well-informed decisions for your family. As a district, we will be sending correspondence to you through some or all of the following methods: phone, email, and on our website at mntc.edu.
For MNTC, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff and community. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.
March 13, 2020 — Moore Norman Technology Center’s Franklin Road Campus in Norman and South Penn Campus in south Oklahoma City will be closed starting at 4 p.m. today and will remain closed through March 22. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume and offices are scheduled to reopen at 7:30 a.m. March 23.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the health of students, visitors and staff during the rapidly-changing situation related to the COVID-19 virus. Only custodial and maintenance staff will be allowed on-site during that time at both campuses to conduct a deep sanitization and cleaning of all surfaces, offices, classrooms, school buses and buildings.
Additionally, some MNTC-hosted events, conferences and meetings, including the annual Summer Youth Academy for youth ages 9-to-14, have been cancelled. District-sponsored out-of-state travel has been suspended through the end of the school year. Visit mntc.edu/COVID-19 for a complete and updated list of spring 2020 cancellations.
These decisions were made to follow the guidelines provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the CDC’s recommendations to implement social distancing and to avoid large gatherings to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
Superintendent Brian Ruttman said, “Our executive team has carefully weighed the risks associated with these decisions and determined that the health and safety of our staff and students must always be our top priority.”
To learn more about MNTC visit mntc.edu or call 405-801-5000 during regular business hours.
Both campuses of MNTC will close today at 4 p.m. MNTC will remain closed through March 22, 2020. Only essential personnel will be present during that time to conduct a deep cleaning of all surfaces, offices, classrooms, and buildings at the Franklin Road and South Penn campuses. At this time, MNTC campuses are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 23
Any additional campus closures will be communicated through the normal channels: by phone, email, at mntc.edu, local TV stations, and through official MNTC social media platforms.
The flu season this year has been complicated by a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that MNTC is monitoring the situation, and the information provided by local and state health officials, and the Office of Emergency Management.
We want to provide you with some basic but important facts:
- There are no cases reported at MNTC, nor in Cleveland County.
- Oklahoma is able to test for COVID-19.
- If you believe you may have the novel coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider in advance of your visit and inform them of your recent travels and respiratory symptoms.
While we are still learning about this dynamic and evolving situation, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other illnesses like colds or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
We have a shared responsibility in protecting our students, visitors, staff and community from the spread of COVID-19. Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States may be found on the CDC website.
Brian Ruttman, MNTC Superintendent/CEO
- May 2020 Graduation
- National Technical Honor Society Banquet
- HOSA Competitions
- Summer Youth Academy
- Some MNTC Wellness activities through May.
MNTC-sponsored events that involve 100 or more attendees on our campuses will be canceled.
Conferencing will not accept any new reservations through the end of the school year.
Franklin Road Campus outside meetings: Outside meetings or conferences already booked for 100 or more people at Franklin Road will be canceled.
Outside meetings or conferences already booked for 100 or more people at South Penn Campus will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.