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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

March 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Autry Tech Locations Remain Closed, Training Continues

 

In response to the most recent CDC guidelines for social distancing, Autry Technology Center locations will remain closed and training will continue in online learning environments for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

 

In-person training and on campus events will continue to be suspended through the end of the school year. This includes, but is not limited to meetings, events, tours, student programs, conferences and social events at all Autry Tech locations.

 

“We understand this recommendation is in the best interest of everyone’s health, which is our greatest priority as a district,” said Brady McCullough, Autry Technology Center CEO/Superintendent. “Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff and our community.”

 

As The Workforce Capital, Autry Tech’s most valuable asset is hands-on training, and although this delivery method is currently unavailable, our goal is to provide online learning environments in such a manner that will continue to provide a productive and prepared workforce for employers.

 

Training opportunities and other digital tools will continue to be delivered to full-time students in an online format beginning April 6, 2020.  As instructors continue to prepare the next week for this transition, they will communicate with students and share details as soon as they are available.

 

Autry Tech is continuously evaluating and developing online learning environments for short-term courses and training provided by the BIS Team. Individuals and companies will be contacted directly if an online learning option is available for training, classes or meetings.

 

In addition to suspending onsite training and events, only Autry Tech required personnel will continue to report to campus through the remainder of the school year, in order to limit exposure.  To maintain operations without interruption, Autry Tech employees will be working remotely.

 

This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. At Autry Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, updates will be made on the district website – autrytech.edu – and social media pages. Numerous resources are also available, including community updates, frequently asked questions, small business resources to assist our community partners and CDC recommendations.

 

Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact the Autry Technology Center at 580-242-2750 or visit: autrytech.edu/coronavirus.

 


 

March 23, 2020, 11:35 a.m.

Oklahoma Department of Labor Licenses- From Governor Stitt’s Executive Order

Pursuant to Amended Executive Order 2020-07 “All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board or Commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect.  All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.”

 

As the Amended Executive Order was issued on March 17, and is effective until April 16, any occupational license that would otherwise expire during this emergency shall not expire until May 1.

ODOL license applications and renewals will still be accepted and applications may be completed online at www.ok.gov/odol. Payments and accompanying documents relating to ODOL licensure should be mailed directly to the respective program at Oklahoma Department of Labor, 3017 N. Stiles Ave., #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

 

If you have any questions please contact the ODOL at (405)521-6018, toll-free 1-(888)269-5353, by fax at (405)521-6018 or email at odol.licensing@labor.ok.gov

 


 

March 18, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Worker Registry- From Governor Stitt’s Executive Order

 

7. All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.

 

All certifications for long term care aides; home health aides; medication aides; developmentally direct care aides; residential care aides and adult day care aides which expire during this emergency order shall be extended so long as this order is in effect.  These extensions during this order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.

 

For more information, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

 


 

March 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Autry Technology Center Updates

 

In order to carry out the emergency orders of Governor Stitt surrounding the coronavirus state of emergency, the Autry Technology Center Board of Education authorized the closure of training programs until at least April 6, 2020, during an emergency meeting held on March 18, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.

 

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

 

Autry Tech is currently evaluating online learning environments. Individuals will be contacted personally if an online learning option is available for training, classes or meetings.

 

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

 

“The closure is an opportunity to better understand the impact of COVID-19 in Oklahoma while giving our students and staff a period of time to be protected from further community spread of the virus,” said Brady McCullough, CEO/Superintendent at Autry Technology Center. “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, Autry Technology Center is proactively taking steps that will help to protect the community. We are closely monitoring the current safety levels with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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.

 

At Autry Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.We will continue to provide updates on our website – autrytech.edu – and via email as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as decisions regarding this matter are made.

 

Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact the Autry Technology Center at 580-242-2750 or visit: autrytech.edu/coronavirus

 


March 17, 2020

Executive Department Amended Executive Order 2020-07

 

For more information, please visit www.sos.ok.gov.

 


 

March 12, 2020, 4 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Autry Tech Prevention and Preparedness

 

As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation regarding the increased spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus, a global pandemic due to the broad spread of the virus to more than 100 countries.

 

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, Autry Technology Center is proactively taking steps that will help to protect the community. We are closely monitoring the current safety levels with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Preventive Measures

We encourage our students, staff and visitors to be mindful of key preventive measures. Health officials recommend local communities and schools take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 that 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.

 

Travel and Exposure

With Spring Break taking place next week and other travel occurring, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Department of Education have partnered together to provide specific guidance related to Spring Break travel. This advice is useful for Spring Break as well as other travel that may involve students, their families and employees.

 

If travel is necessary, please familiarize yourself with the protocols from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. Individuals returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country, as identified by the CDC, should self-quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to Autry Tech. Cruises may also require a quarantine upon return to the U.S. It is important that you stay aware of where you are in relation to COVID-19 hot spots. This applies to all students, teachers and district staff. Although being in a self-quarantine status is disruptive, it is imperative to do so in order to protect all who work and learn at Autry Tech.

 

If you’re returning from a Level 2 or 3 country, please review the following:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).

 

As of now, these guidelines only apply to International Level 2 and 3 travel. However, we are closely monitoring the situation as it is rapidly evolving and are considering out-of-state travel guidelines.

 

Absences

Students under quarantine will not be counted absent as long as they either show proof of travel to a Level 2 or 3 country and/or provide a doctor’s note.

 

Please remember that if students or district employees are sick, they should not be on campus. Individuals need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to Autry Tech after any illness. Keeping individuals home when they are sick is critical to prevention.

 

For students affected by quarantines or the virus – we will work with families and students to set up remote learning arrangements to avoid disruption to education as much as possible.

 

Resources

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms:

  • First, call your primary physician.
  • Then contact the help lines below

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.

 

At Autry Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. We will continue to provide updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as decisions regarding this matter are made. The situation is being monitored and employees, students and parents/guardians will be notified via email as soon as any decisions occur.

 

Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact the Autry Technology Center at 580-242-2750 or visit: autrytech.edu/coronavirus