May 29, 2020
PHASE III begins June 1, 2020 (Re-Evaluated for July 1):
With the June 1 Phase 3 reopening for the state, we have been working to prepare additional guidance related to the COVID-19 situation. June 1 allows a return to the workplace for staff members, as well as some additional guidance to our workplace requirements. These efforts are required to assist if we needed to provide any contact tracing should a positive COVID case be identified, so we appreciate your diligence in ensuring these protocols are followed.
Starting Monday, as we return more people to our campus, we will be using a health questionnaire survey and temperature monitoring to ensure those on campus can meet the requirements to be on campus. Many of our areas already have thermometers in place, and they are also available at the front desks in the main and BIS buildings.
To access the Health Questionnaire, you can locate it on the PTC Website. Thank you for your efforts to provide a safe environment for PTC and our patrons!
- Campus will be open to the public during phase III.
- On-site work resumes for all full-time and permanent part-time employees. Employees unable to report for “on-site” work will be expected to use leave, (sick, personal business, or vacation) unless sick with COVID-19 or taking care of a family member with COVID-19. In those cases, please contact Human Resources for information on leave benefits available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- PTC is providing branded, hand-washable fabric masks to all employees.
- CDC Guidelines for social distancing will be observed while on PTC property.
- Group size will be limited to the number of people that can practice social distancing protocol within a given area.
- Everyone entering a Pioneer Technology Center 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. Daily Health Check
- Testing center open by appointment only.
- Critical BIS classes continue with precautionary measures, social distancing protocol and observance of CDC guidelines.
- Congregating in break rooms, lounge areas and common spaces is strongly discouraged; however, coffee makers, soda machines, ice makers, microwaves, and refrigerators will be available for use. Single-use food service gloves and/or sanitizing wipes will be available in those areas to use when accessing this shared equipment.
Access to Campus
Where to enter the building:
Main Building, North Entrance, West Entrance & BIS Building
What to expect when you visit PTC: (This is to ensure the safety of those on campus and to comply with potential contact tracing requirements.)
1. Temperature Check: Temperature reading must be UNDER 100º and should be visually confirmed by the administrator or designee.
2. Answer Screening Questions:
a. Had a fever in the last 24 hours? If “yes” campus access will not be granted.
b. Do you have a cough? If “yes” campus access will not be granted.
c. Do you have shortness of breath? If “yes” campus access will not be granted.
d. Have you had close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? If “yes” campus access will not be granted.
3. Visitors who develop symptoms during an onsite visit should leave campus immediately.
Symptoms include, but are not limited to, an elevated temperature above 99.9, cough, shortness of breath or any cold / flu-like symptoms. If you must leave, you should contact your healthcare provider or the COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-528-0063.
4. If you, or someone in your household, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, do not visit PTC unless you have received prior approval from PTC to do so. If this applies to you, Contact Full-Time Programs at (580)718-4280 or Business and Industry Services at (580)718-4222 for guidance.
Face Mask Check: All visitors on site are required to bring and wear appropriate face coverings in the event that 6 feet distance is not available.
Additional PPE: Students and staff members that must share equipment may be required to utilize additional personal protective equipment.
After successful screening:
• ALWAYS follow Social Distancing practices:
a. The number of people in the room should be determined by the size of the room and capacity to maintain at minimum a 6 ft distance per person.
b. Maintain 6 ft distancing from all individuals.
• Visitors shall refrain from gathering in small spaces.
• Work supplies should not be shared (work desks, phones, computers, pens/pencils,
etc.) without proper disinfecting measures taken between use.
- If you become uncomfortable with the distance between you and another person, it is appropriate to say, “We need to keep a social distance” and move to a safe six-foot distance.
Please know that guidance regarding guidelines may change as we learn more about the virus and how it spreads.
We appreciate your cooperation in regard to these standards. Should you have questions, concerns or need clarification please call 580-762-8336 or email email@example.com.
May 15, 2020
We are nearing the end of Phase I of the Oklahoma COVID-19 reopening plan, and PTC will be entering Phase II on Monday, May 18. Full-time program students who have been completing the school year via distance learning will be ending the school year on May 15th. Full-time Program completers and continuing students will have access to their final grades by May 18th.
PTC’s reopening mitigation plan was developed based on CDC suggested guidelines for reopening public places as well as with guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technology Education. Throughout Phase II, the PTC facility will remain closed to the public; however, staff will be onsite Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. PTC’s COVID-19 Phased Reopening Mitigation Plan can be accessed via the PTC website:
PTC would like to thank you for your support during this situation. We will continue to remain focused on the health and welfare of our students, employees and stakeholders as we resume programs and services.
April 2, 2020
In response to the current situation in our state related to COVID-19 and the most recent CDC guidelines for social distancing, Pioneer Technology Center campus will remain closed; however, training will continue in online learning environments for the remainder of the current school year.
We believe this difficult decision is the right one to protect our students, staff and community, which is our greatest concern as a district. One of Pioneer Technology Center’s primary functions is hands-on training, and although this delivery method is currently unavailable, our goal is to provide online instructional environments that will continue to provide a skilled and prepared workforce.
Beginning April 6, 2020, learning opportunities and other digital tools will continue to be delivered to full-time students in an online format. As instructors continue to prepare for this transition, they will communicate with students and share details as soon as they are available.
Pioneer Tech Business and Industry Services Team is continuously evaluating and developing online learning environments for short-term courses and training to provide. PTC BIS Team members will make direct contact to individuals and companies if an online learning option is available for training, classes or meetings.
In an effort to limit exposure, onsite training and events will be suspended. Only Pioneer Tech required personnel will continue to report to campus through the remainder of the school year. Other Pioneer Tech employees will be working remotely to maintain operations without interruption.
This is an unprecedented situation, requiring an extraordinary response. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are Pioneer Technology Center’s top priorities. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, updates will be made on the district website 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.
Traci Thorpe, Superintendent/CEO
March 25, 2020
Pioneer Technology Center Community:
Today, the state Board of Education approved the recommendation that Oklahoma students not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Each school district will implement a learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. Pioneer Technology Center is developing a plan to ensure our students will continue to have opportunities to learn. Details of the plan will be shared with students and parents in the coming days. Being responsive to community needs, business and industry partners are also important to Pioneer Tech. For this reason, we are currently working to ensure we are available and focused on meeting their individual needs. Through all of these changes, we will remain consistent in our mission of Enhancing Lives and Securing Futures.
Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support of Pioneer Technology Center.
Traci Thorpe, Superintendent/CEO
March 16, 2020
Pioneer Technology Center has been keeping a close watch on the quickly changing environment of the COVID-19 response. As you may be aware, Governor Stitt instituted a state of emergency and the State Board of Education approved a closure of all school districts across the state of Oklahoma until April 6th. This closure, out of an abundance of caution, is an effort to ensure student, staff, client and community safety.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, all daytime and evening classes are cancelled, and Pioneer Technology Center campus will be closed through April 5th. Please follow CDC guidance to keep you and your family safe and keep a watchful eye on PTC's social media sites and webpage for updates and guidance.
March 12, 2020
Pioneer Technology Center continues to closely monitor news regarding COVID-19 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities.
Pioneer Tech serves 5 partner school districts, and we are continuously communicating with them. Currently we have no plans to extend Spring Break or cancel classes.
With the recent discussion regarding the new coronavirus (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 situation and taking guidance from the OSDH and the CDC
We encourage our students, clients, staff and families 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:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
• 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.
Updated information on the coronavirus can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Please remember that if students 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 students home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with the OSDH to notify staff and parents/guardians within our community.
Please check back at this web page for updates. If something changes, we will communicate through social media and our notification system, which may include emails, text or calls.
The PTC staff will continue to use extra diligence in disinfecting frequently touch objects in public space while providing alcohol-based, hand sanitizing stations to everyone who visits our campus.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with updates and other information as it becomes available. We are following the guidance of the OSHD, CDC, WHO, and other federal and state resources. Keep in mind that all advice provided in this memo is subject to daily emerging issues tied to COVID-19.
Thank you for your support of Pioneer Tech.