COVID-19 AWARENESS & UPDATES

CARES ACT HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT (HEERF)

May 14, 2020

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 $64,000 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 110 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 105 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 and CARES Act Higher Ed Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant form to the students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 

REOPENING PROCEDURES:

May 8, 2020

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.

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.

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.


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 the coronavirus.

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.