Safety is at the heart of Metro Tech’s plan for students and customers
Metro Tech updates flexible learning plan accordingly
OKLAHOMA CITY – In a special meeting the Metro Tech Board of Education approved the district’s Return to Campus Plan on July 29. The plan will be revised as needed to reflect safety protocols required by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OKC-County Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health. The flexible learning formats for students incorporate safety recommendations.
Superintendent/CEO Aaron Collins spoke to the board, “Safety is the utmost concern for our faculty, staff, students and customers. Metro Tech has a great emergency response team with experts following the CDC, Oklahoma CDC, Oklahoma State Department of Education, as well as CareerTech. Daily cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms and work spaces will be strictly adhered to.” He continued, “Temperature checks, the use of face coverings and social distancing will be expected of all people entering the campuses.”
“Right now, we are looking at Format 1 of the plan which includes face-to-face, and remote online learning supervised by our teachers. Adult Students will return August 10th and our high school students will begin in a flex schedule based on their home high school schedule. All of this will depend on the color code the OklaSDE releases each Friday. We have other learning formats to deploy if the state enters another color,” Collins assured the board members.
“It is very clear, we are using the plan and keeping students safe, keeping customers safe, keeping everyone safe as we do this.” He said.
To help students feel prepared, Collins said a portion of the CARES Act funds helped purchase 1,100 computers and provide internet access.
The board discussed bus transportation provided for students. Ms. Sarah McKinney, vice president of the Metro Tech Board of Education asked, “Will additional personnel be required for the temperature testing or do the bus drivers perform that?” Collins answered, “The bus drivers realize the need for this, and are ready. We are prepared to add assistance and additional support, just in case.”
Board member Ms. Miriam Campos expressed concerns about students who need resources or help with financial needs during these unprecedented times. Collins said “Yes, we are in contact with the Metro Tech Foundation, we have a great relationship with The Lynn Institute and the NEOKC Farmers Market. Thank you for those reminders, we are in difficult times and situations. Not only do we need to be empathetic, but we need to ready to support our community in any way we can.”
Metro Technology Centers has four campuses offering short-term, career and customized business training. Campuses are located in South Oklahoma City, Northeast Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Airport and Downtown Oklahoma City.