COVID-19 AWARENESS & UPDATES

Daytime Classes To Go Virtual

Due to an increase in the number of staff and students under quarantine, and in an effort to minimize exposure, Central Tech made the decision to switch to virtual learning through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Drumright Classes & Instructors:
Virtual Learning 11/10/20-11/27/20

  • Advanced Health Careers – Fisher | Heilmann
  • Automotive – Little
  • Biomedical – Metz
  • Business & Information Technology – Frank
  • Construction Trades – D. Baugus
  • Cosmetology – Frick
  • Drafting – J. Baugus
  • Diesel – E. Elliott
  • DPIC – Hoggatt 
  • Electrical – Allen 
  • ElectroMechanical Systems – Estrada 
  • Facilities Maintenance – Sheets 
  • Graphic Design – Gregor 
  • Health Careers – Brien 
  • Interactive Multimedia – Alcala  
  • Medical Assisting – Silkwood 
  • NSA – Gaunt | Ford
  • Pipeline Technology – Barnes 
  • Powersports – Bradshaw 
  • Pre-Engineering – Applegate | Hawkins 
  • Welding – T. Elliott 

Sapulpa Classes & Instructors:
Virtual Learning 11/11/20-11/27/20

  • Business & Information Technology – Brownfield
  • Criminal Justice – Dunn
  • Health Careers – Bird 
  • HVAC – Nevins 
  • Medical Assisting – Brown 
  • Medical Front Office – Estrada
  • NSA – Babcock
  • Practical Nursing – T. Baugus | Moates
  • Welding – Vandever 

Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

COVID-19 Operating Process

October 9, 2020

TEMPERATURE CHECKS:

  • All persons entering a Central Tech building or getting on a Central Tech bus must have their temperature checked.
  • Persons with a temperature of greater than 100.4F will be denied entry.

MASKS:

  • All persons entering a Central Tech building must wear a mask, if you do not have a mask one will be provided.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear the CT mask provided.
  • Gators are allowed.

POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST:

  • Persons who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for a minimum of 10-days from the onset of symptoms.
  • They may return to school after 10-days only if they have been fever free for at least 24hrs.
  • They have had a marked improvement of all symptoms, e.g., decrease in body aches, cough, nausea, vomiting, etc.

CLOSE CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST:

  • Persons who are in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for a minimum of 14-days.
  • Close contact is defined as being closer than 6′ for 15-minutes or more at one time (not collectively).
  • A negative COVID-19 test does not negate a quarantine.
  • A positive test will move a 14-day quarantine to a 10-day isolation.
  • If you live in the same house as a positive case and cannot separate from the positive person, your 14-day quarantine will begin on the last day of the positive person’s 10-day isolation. This means the quarantine could last a total of 24-days.
  • Students and staff may return to school at the completion of their quarantine provided they have not developed or experienced a fever during the last 24hrs of their quarantine.
  • Only persons who are considered primary close contacts will be quarantined, secondary contacts will not be quarantined unless the primary contact is showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • The Oklahoma Department of Health does not recommend that persons who have been quarantined as a close contact get a COVID-19 test unless they become symptomatic.

ABSENCES:

  • Students who are in quarantine or isolation will be counted as quarantine present provided they check into class via Zoom on a daily basis.
  • We will ask for permission from parents of students and from adults to release contact information to the health department to help with contact tracing.

RETURN TO LEARN

July 31, 2020 for Fall 2020

Decisions based on CDC, OSDH, and local Health Department guidance. Practices may change as additional information and guidance becomes available.  

Dear Student/Parents:

Welcome to Central Tech! We hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer break. We are looking forward to having you as our student for the 2020-2021 school year.

Central Tech will begin school THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 in a traditional, in-person format. Your instructor will be calling you during the first week of August. They will introduce themselves and answer any questions or concerns you might have.

It is important for you to be here the first day of class to secure your spot. We want to give those students waiting to enroll an opportunity to attend if space is available.

Unfortunately, Central Tech will not host a Parent Night/ Student Orientation Night this year.

DRUMRIGHT HOURS

  • Morning classes 8:25 am to 11:15 am
  • Afternoon classes 12:45 pm to 3:35 pm

DRUMRIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGE AND STATUS QUESTIONS

  • High school students, call Pam Whittenburg at 918-352-2551, ext. 214
  • Adult students, call Chet Cundiff, 918-352-2551, ext. 283

DRUMRIGHT ENTRANCES

  • The student entrance (south doors) to the school will open at 8:00 am and 12:20 pm.

SAPULPA HOURS

  • Morning classes 8:25 am to 11:15 am
  • Afternoon classes 12:25 pm to 3:15 pm

SAPULPA SCHEDULE CHANGE AND STATUS QUESTIONS

  • High school and adult students, call Tera Van Cleave at 918-224-9300, ext. 108

In our effort to offer a safe environment the following procedures have been implemented:

  • All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a face covering while in the building or on the school bus when social distancing is not possible.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon entrance to a Central Tech building or on the school bus.
  • Please review, sign and return the COVID-19 Information Form to your instructor.

Central Tech provides bus transportation (updated 8/14/20) for high school students from their partner high school to Central Tech and returning to their partner high school. Do not drive your own vehicle to Central Tech or ride with someone else unless you have written permission from your high school principal.

Our administrative team is closely monitoring federal, state and local guidelines related to COVID-19. Current plans are subject to change. If the decision must be made to move from traditional instruction to a different format, we will communicate changes to you through our instructors, phone messaging system and website. Thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this atypical school year.

Our staff will be waiting to greet you the first day of class. When you arrive on campus, we will direct you to your program. We hope this will be an exciting year!

Will there be a Parent Night/Student Orientation, as in past years?

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Central Tech will not be hosting a Parent Night this year. However, if you have any questions about the upcoming school year or need additional information, not found in the FAQs please call us. 

Will FACIAL COVERINGS be required for faculty, staff, and students?

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Yes, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to have a facial covering upon entering any Central Tech building. Facial coverings are to remain on while in a building. If you are unable to wear a facial covering due to medical reasons, medical documentation must be provided prior to entering the campus buildings. Bus riders will be required to wear a face covering while on the bus. We are encouraging students to provide their own facial covering; however, facial coverings will be available.  

Will TEMPERATURES be taken before entering the buildings?

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Temperatures will be taken for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors upon entrance to a Central Tech building. Bus riders will have their temperatures taken as they board the bus. Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter a building or board a bus.   

Will there be SOCIAL DISTANCING in the classroom and/or program areas? Buses?

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When possible, students will be required to use social distancing of six feet or more. However, this will not always be an option for students, therefore, facial coverings will be required while on a Central Tech campus and on all Central Tech buses.  

What DISINFECTING PRACTICES occur on campus, to ensure student safety?

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Classrooms will be disinfected at noon and each evening. Continued cleaning of high touch areas will occur throughout the school day. Classrooms and/or shop/lab areas will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, and disinfecting wipes.   

What DISINFECTING PRACTICES occur on buses, to ensure student safety?

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Buses will be disinfected twice each day, with disinfecting spray. This will occur after the morning routes have run and again in the evening after the afternoon routes.  

What if I am not comfortable sending my high school son/daughter to attend Central Tech in person?

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We completely understand the anxiety of sending your child to Central Tech during the COVID-19 crisis. As in the past, we always encourage parents to do what he/she thinks is best for their child. Central Tech has implemented safety measures to help in protecting all students while on campus. At this time Central Tech will not be offering a 100% distance learning option for our students. If you and/or your child find it in the best interest to not attend Central Tech this school year due to the COVID-19 crisis, please contact the campus in which your child is attending.  

What should I do if I am considered high risk for Covid-19?

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We encourage families and students to discuss if this is the best time to enroll in Central Tech. Although we would love to have everyone on campus, we realize this may not be a feasible option for everyone. High school and adult students please contact the Central Tech campus you are enrolled to discuss options.    

What is traditional learning, blended learning, and distance learning?

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  • TRADITIONAL LEARNING: In-person teacher led instruction with students present in the classroom. 
  • BLENDED LEARNING: Blended is a mixture of traditional learning and distance learning. Instructor lead instruction is provided either from the classroom or through video interaction. Some students will be working remotely (off-site), and some students will be present in the class with the instructor. Students working from a remote site will be required to check-in and work during their normal class time.  Attendance will be taken for students working in the classroom and remotely.  
  • DISTANCE LEARNING: All students will be working remotely; curriculum is available in an online format to students. Students are expected to meet established deadlines for assignments, and attendance will be taken.   

Will there be a distance learning option for Central Tech students?

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If a student must be gone for an extended amount of time or if a program or entire school is closed due to COVID-19, there will be a distance learning option available. The delivery method for distance learning will vary from program to program. While in person, students will practice with the distance learning platform to ease transition if and when a student has to move to distance learning. There will not be a 100% distance learning only option available. 

What will determine if Central Tech goes to blended learning or distance learning?

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Central Tech administration will determine if a program will go to a blended learning model or a distance learning model based on CDC, OSDH, and local Health Department guidance.   

What is the plan if you must move to a blended or distance learning model of instruction?

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Teachers will communicate with students and/or parents if their class must move to blended or distance learning. Central Tech will also utilize our phone messaging system to send out phone calls in the event a Central Tech campus must close due to COVID-19. Additionally, we will post information on our website.

What if a student doesn’t have internet connection, computer, etc. to do blended or distance learning?

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Students will need to communicate their technology needs with their instructor. Central Tech is committed to providing the necessary technology for students to be successful in a blended or distance learning situation.  

How will attendance be taken if we go to a blended learning or distance learning?

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Attendance policies, as outlined in the student handbook, will be followed. Attendance will be taken daily. Students will be expected to attend classes, regardless of the method of delivery.  

If a student must quarantine for 14 days, how will that affect attendance, grades?

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Students in quarantine who are not ill, will have attendance taken and assignments to complete. If students are ill and unable to participate, students will be marked as absent. Medical documentation from a medical doctor will be required upon a student’s return to Central Tech for the specific day(s) the student was unable to participate, for those days to be excused. Assignments that are not completed and turned in within the allotted timeframe, as determined by the instructor, will result in a zero (0). Students should expect to continue their education by participating in a blended or distance learning format. 

If my son or daughter tests positive for COVID-19, who should I contact?

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As soon as a student receives a positive test result for COVID-19, please notify Central Tech immediately.  

If my son or daughter becomes ill at a Central Tech campus, what should I expect?

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If a student becomes ill (fever, nausea, etc.), the student will be isolated in a designated room. Adult students will be allowed to leave campus immediately. High school students that drive will be allowed to drive home with parent permission. If a student is a bus rider, we will contact the parent/guardian to pick the student up as soon as possible. Students must be fever and symptom free, without medication, for 24 hours before being allowed to return to Central Tech. 

Will field trips be allowed at Central Tech?

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Until further notice there will be no field trips.  

Will students be allowed to drive to Central Tech?

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High School students, depending on the school district in which he/she attends, may or may not be allowed to drive. High school students should speak with their high school principal to determine if driving to Central Tech is allowed. Central Tech will honor the policy and procedures of the local high school.   

Will students have breaks on campus?

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  • Drumright Campus: Yes, students will be allowed breaks. The break schedule will be modified to reduce the number of students on break at the same time.  
  • Sapulpa Campus: Yes, students will be allowed breaks. Students will be allowed to go to the vending machines to purchase items and directly back to class after the purchase. There will be no congregating allowed in the break area.    

Central Tech June 1, 2020 Re-Open Guidelines

In accordance with the State of Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, and direction from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education, Central Tech is eligible to move to the next phase of re-opening. In order to comply with these directives and ensure the safest environment for our staff and those we serve, the following procedures will be in effect June 1.

  • On-site work resumes for all full-time employees. 
  • Everyone entering a Central Tech facility will be required to complete a daily health screening consisting of a short questionnaire and a temperature check. This information will be logged and retained for contact tracing purposes if necessary. Please utilize QR posters outside the building to shorten line waits.
  • In order to ensure all building occupants are screened, access to all Central Tech facilities by outside patrons will be limited to one entrance per building.
  • Everyone entering a Central Tech facility will be required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while moving about the facility or in close proximity to others inside or outside the facility. This includes during instruction. Patrons that do not have a mask will be provided with one at check in. 
  • Staff members in direct contact with patrons are required to wear masks during these interactions.
  • Students and staff members who must share equipment may be required to utilize additional personal protective equipment.  
  • CDC guidelines regarding social distancing will be observed while on Central Tech property. 
  • Group size will be limited to the number of people that can practice social distancing protocol in a given area.

We appreciate your cooperation in regard to these standards.


May 14, 2020 (updated June 6, 2020; July 15, 2020)

CARES ACT HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT (HEERF):

Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Central Tech received $71,269 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Currently, Central Tech has disbursed $71,269 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission.

Central Tech estimates 116 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, and 113 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Method for distributing funds: The institution disbursed funding based on program hours and the amount of time the student had to participate in distance education. A lump sum has been set aside for students to apply due to additional hardships.

Central Tech provided a CARES Act Eligibility Application, CARES Act Grant for Post-Secondary Adult Students, and CARES Act Higher Ed Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant form to the students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 


May 8, 2020

REOPENING PROCEDURES:

In accordance with the State of Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, and direction from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education, Central Tech facilities are tentatively scheduled to reopen for our external stakeholders on May 18. In order to comply with these directives and ensure the safest environment for our staff and those we serve; the following procedures will be in place until further notice.

  • Everyone entering a Central Tech facility will have to complete a health screening process. This will consist of a short questionnaire and a temperature check. 
  • Everyone entering a Central Tech facility will be required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while inside the facility or in close proximity to others outside the facilities. Patrons that do not have a mask will be provided with one at check-in. Students and staff members who must share equipment may be required to utilize additional personal protective equipment.
  • CDC guidelines regarding social distancing will be observed while on Central Tech property.
  • Groups of more than ten individuals will be prohibited.
  • Common areas, such as break rooms, will be closed.

The health of all of our stakeholders depends on adherence to these procedures.  We respectfully ask for your help in keeping everyone safe.


April 16, 2020

The board of education voted to modify the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The last day of school is now Friday, May 8, 2020 as approved by the board during the Tuesday board meeting.


SPRING 2020 STUDENT & PARENT FAQS

A number of questions are being asked. The FAQ list attempts to address the more common questions. In the days ahead, we will add to this list as new topics arise, and we receive additional information.

When will we return to class? 

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Both of Central Tech’s campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, as mandated by the State Department of Education. Distance learning will be utilized for the remainder of the school year. Instructors are contacting students to discuss plans and how this will look for each program. If you have not made contact with your instructor, please contact the Drumright campus (918-352-2551) or Sapulpa campus (918-224-9300) on April 6, 2020.

I don’t have a computer or access to the Internet. What do I do?

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Our instructors are working to prepare to deliver content remotely starting April 6 and are contacting each student in their program. If you have not heard from your instructor, it could be because we don’t have current contact information for you. Please reach out to your instructor by email if you have not heard from them already or call the Drumright campus (918-352-2551) or Sapulpa campus (918-224-9300) on April 6, 2020. We want to make sure you have the resources you need to start the week strong! 

How will attendance be tracked?

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Instructors will be making contact with students a minimum of twice a week, to check on their progress, answer questions, discuss assignments, etc.

Can I come to campus to pick up my personal belongings?

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At this time we are planning for arrangements to pick-up personal belongings, in late April or early May. Timing will depend on CDC guidelines. Instructors will communicate with students as more details become available. If you have personal items (i.e. driver’s license, cell phone, wallet, etc.) that needs to be picked up immediately, please communicate with your instructor(s) or call the Drumright campus (918-352-2551) or Sapulpa campus (918-224-9300) on or after April 6, 2020.

I take part in on-the-job training. What is the status of OJT? Clinicals?

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Students will not be allowed to do OJT or complete clinical hours until further notice. Clinicals for our health students were discontinued on March 13, 2020. If a student is currently participating in OJT, the instructor from the program will be contacting you as soon as possible and terminate the OJT contract.

If student is in a paid OJT experience, the OJT contract will be terminated. It will be between the employer and employee if there is a continuation of employment, not relative to any school requirement.

Will we have to make up hours/days?

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Some students may have to make up hours and/or days in order to earn a specific certification in his/her program area. We are hoping to be able to do this during the summer, if certain restrictions have been lifted. Central Tech will continue to follow all national, state, and local requirements as well as CDC guideline pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructors will be in communication with students as more information becomes available.  

Are we able to work ahead on our curriculum?

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Program instructors will be in communication with students regarding curriculum, after April 6, 2020. This will be determined on a case by case basis between the instructor and student.

If I am in the cosmetology program, what are we going to do for practical hours to get ready for state board test?

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The State Board of Cosmetology voted to approve 30% online/virtual hours. You will still be required to be in class for the remainder of their hours. We hope to do this during the summer, if certain restrictions have been lifted. Central Tech will continue to follow all national, state, and local requirements as well as CDC guideline pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mrs. Frick will be in communication with students as more information becomes available. Others options, such as having students return in the fall, are also being considered. Your instructor will keep you updated throughout this process.

How will distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic affect my grade?

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Grades will not be impacted negatively during this pandemic. Starting on April 6, 2020 until the end of the semester, assignments provided can only improve the grade from the previous nine weeks grade (issued on March 13, 2020 – 3rd Quarter Grade). 

If my son/daughter applied to tech for the 2020-2021 school year, will they still be interviewed? When will they receive notification he/she has been accepted into a program?

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Yes, high school students will still be interviewed by our High School Recruiters, Pam Whittenburg at the Drumright campus (pam.whittenburg@centraltech.edu) and Tera VanCleave (tera.vancleave@centraltech.edu) at the Sapulpa campus. Both will be contacting students and/or parents to schedule an online ZOOM meeting/interview. Notification for acceptance into a Central Tech program will be sent to high school students and/or parents in May.

I am an adult and want to apply to attend tech in fall 2020.

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Adults may apply online or contact the adult recruiters.

I am on financial aid. How does distance education affect my aid?

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Students have three choices. If you have questions about your financial aid, please contact Angie.Piotrowski@centraltech.edu.

  1. Students may choose to continue with enrollment, and we will make note of their agreement to continue with distance learning.
  2. You can choose to take an approved leave of absence.
  3. Students may choose to withdraw from the program.

I am planning to take an AP exam. How have things changed?

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All AP exams have been modified to be 45 minutes long and will be taken online at home. Students or parents can visit www.cb.org/tech to share their request for technology needs. Instructors are contacting students regarding their specific AP exams. Students taking AP Biology need to contact Brad Hawkins (brad.hawkins@centraltech.edu). AP Calculus students need to contact Randal Allison (randal.allison@centraltech.edu). Our counselor and AP Exam Coordinator, Kacee Poteet (kacee.poteet@centraltech.edu) is also available to answer questions. 

How do I contact the counselors at Central Tech?

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Our counselors, Kacee Poteet (kacee.poteet@centraltech.edu) on the Drumright campus and Tera VanCleave (tera.vancleave@centraltech.edu) on the Sapulpa campus, are available after April 6 to answer any questions you may have regarding mental health, college scholarships & applications, National Technical Honor Society, etc.

Will we have an NTHS ceremony?

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Unfortunately, this school year Central Tech will not have a ceremony, per CDC guidelines. Eligible students will still be inducted and acknowledged for their accomplishments this year.

I’m scheduled to take a TEAS test during this time. When can I reschedule?

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At this we are not rescheduling the TEAS test. Central Tech will continue to follow all national, state, and local requirements as well as CDC guideline pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once restrictions have been lifted you will be contacted by someone at Central Tech to reschedule your test.

I enrolled in a short-term course. Is that class still being held? Will I get a refund?

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All short-term courses, except for online CDA, between March 23 and April 30 have been canceled. If you enrolled in one of our short-term courses scheduled through April 30, we will be contacting you to coordinate a refund.

March 26, 2020

We understand communication is key during these unprecedented times. As we make decisions, we will post them here.

With the adoption of the Continuous Learning Plan, Central Tech will begin alternative delivery instruction on April 6.

Instructors will notify students individually by April 6 with the online learning environment for that class. Each class will establish a plan that works best for their curriculum.

We are developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) report for staff and one for students. Look for it here next week.  

Job Fairs scheduled for April 3 and April 17 have been canceled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time as we continue to make decisions and move forward.


March 19, 2020

STAFF PHONE CALL:

As you know, Central Tech is closed until at least April 6, 2020. In addition to suspending classes and events, only Central Tech personnel contacted by their supervisor will report to campus after Spring Break on March 23, 2020, in order to limit exposure.

If you are not contacted, please continue to follow CDC guidelines. Communication will be key during the next two weeks.

Return here for official postings and updates related to Central Tech as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as decisions regarding this matter are made.

STUDENT PHONE CALL:

As you know, Central Tech is closed until at least April 6, 2020.

In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to notify staff, students and parents/guardians within our community.

Return here for official postings and updates related to Central Tech as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience, and understanding as decisions regarding this matter are made.


March 18, 2020

In order to carry out the emergency orders of Governor Stitt surrounding the coronavirus state of emergency, Central Technology Center is closed until at least April 6, 2020.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to protect our campus community, all classes, in-person training, and on campus events will be suspended effective immediately until April 6, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to job fairs, recruitment events, tours, student programs, conferences, and social events at all Central Tech locations.

In addition to suspending training and events, only Central Tech required personnel will report to campus after Spring Break on March 23, 2020, in order to limit exposure.

“We encourage you to comply with what health officials have recommended,” said Ron Dyer, Superintendent at Central Tech. “The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.”

There are no confirmed cases on any of our campuses at this time; however, as local, state, national and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, Central Tech is proactively taking steps that will help to protect the community. 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.

In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to notify staff, students and parents/guardians within our community.

Communication will be key during the next two weeks. Return here for official postings and updates related to Central Tech as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience, and understanding as decisions regarding this matter are made.


March 18, 2020

CLINICAL SITE UPDATE:

Central Tech administrators were informed the individual who allegedly tested positive for the coronavirus and mentioned in our March 13th post – in fact tested negative for COVID-19. 


March 13, 2020

Today, one of Central Tech’s clinical sites announced a patient tested positive for COVID-19. Central Tech had one student utilizing that site who received notification not to return to clinicals. The student went to school and spoke with the instructor where she was immediately sent home and instructed to follow the CDC guidelines.

As a safety precaution Central Tech has temporarily suspended all clinical training in health care settings for students until further notice.

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 at Central Tech. In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school, we will work with OSDH to notify staff, parents, and students.

You can continue to find official updates here.


March 12, 2020

At Central Tech the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recent discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (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 should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other diseases, 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. 
  • Avoid sharing food.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC offers additional tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses and updated information on COVID-19.

Please remember that if children 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 children home when they are sick is critical to prevention. 

In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with OSDH to notify staff and parents/guardians within our community through phone calls, the district website, and the district’s social media pages.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact LaDonna.Gear@centraltech.edu, 918.352.2551 in Drumright or Kim.Howard@centraltech.edu, 918.224.9300 in Sapulpa.

New Travel Restrictions

  • Effective March 12, 2020, all school sponsored out-of-state travel is prohibited until further notice.
  • There are no current restrictions on in-state school related travel.
  • For those of you traveling over spring break and for personal reason, we hope you will familiarize with the protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We will continue to provide updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we make decision regarding this matter.