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Letter to Students, Parents, Business Partners, and Community - March 27; 1:15 p.m.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency has significantly impacted all of our lives. Wes Watkins Technology Center is committed to the safety of our students and staff during this trying time. We are following executive orders and CDC guidance. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing all of us to drastically alter our normal activities. We understand this change is in the best interest of everyone’s health. Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff, and our community. We realize this is a significant transition for our students, instructors, and business partners. For students, it likely will be sad and disappointing to receive confirmation that school, as they know it, will not resume this year.

For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated in special and unique ways. This is an unfair situation, but please be assured that it does not diminish their achievements.

I have updated information below addressed to: high school students and parents; adult students; and to business partners, clients, and community partners.

To High School Students and Parents
Yesterday, we learned that our partner schools and their students will not return to their classrooms for the remainder of the current school year. The State Board of Education voted to close K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the school year and resume the school year on April 6 with remote learning. Our partner schools are currently working to implement continuous learning plans that will allow their K-12 students to complete the school year at home. State education and health officials believe this move will help our state fight the spread of COVID-19. The action by the State Board of Education does impact how we teach WWTC’s high school students. We are moving forward to implement a continuous learning plan for each of our programs. Each career tech program has unique challenges ahead. WWTC instructors and staff are working to meet this challenge. We will send more details to their students in the coming week.

To Adult Students
WWTC’s Fulltime programs serving adult students are not affected by the State Board of Education action. However, these programs are impacted by executive orders, changing regulations, accreditation/licensing standards, CDC guidance, and other issues. Working groups specific to adult programs and adult students have been preparing plans on best ways to proceed. Financial aid, clinical requirements, and other issues have been a major focus this past week. Each career tech program has unique challenges ahead. WWTC instructors and staff are working to meet this challenge. We will send more details to you in the coming week.

To our Business Owners, Clients, and Community Partners
WWTC Business and Industry staff are available to assist our clients, business, and community partners during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. While we must comply with executive orders and CDC guidelines, we can provide many of our BIS services. We can provide you online safety training, staff development, planning and development tools, and other resources. Please contact Bert Robison at 405-452-5500 for assistance.

This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. We will strive to take care of WWTC’s students, though. This is a staff that sticks together in challenging times, and we know this experience will be no different. As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.

Please feel free to contact me or Vic Woods, Deputy Superintendent, if you have questions or concerns. Our mobile contact numbers are:
Wade Walling, 405-668-0701
Vic Woods, 405-519-6077

Wade Walling,
WWTC Superintendent

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 3/23/2020 9:30 a.m.

With the safety of students and staff in mind, WWTC campus will be closed through April 5, 2020. Until further notice, all full-time programs, Business and Industry training, Adult Career Development and on-campus events are suspended. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment events, tours, student programs, conferences, and social events at all locations. WWTC is currently evaluating online learning environments. Individuals will be contacted personally if and online learning option is available for training, classes, or meetings. In addition to suspending training and events, and until further notice, only WWTC personnel needed for essential services will report to campus. In case of emergency, contact us at 405-452-5500.

Wade Walling,
WWTC Superintendent

 

Coronavirus Student Closure Announcement 3/17/20

With the safety of students and staff in mind, WWTC campus will be closed through April 5, 2020, for all non-online classes. This includes full-time programs, Business and Industry training, and Adult Career Development. Though classes will be suspended, some essential services will still be operational such as business services, payroll, accounts payable, telephone operator, and maintenance.

During this announced closure, WWTC will also explore possible ways of conducting courses to include distance learning, internet, email, etc., in the event mandatory closures are extended. We are researching implications for Adult Health programs through accrediting bodies as well as Federal, State, and Tribal financial aid implications for all adult students. We will share more information when known on those matters. Stay safe and stay tuned for updates.

Wade Walling,
WWTC Superintendent

 

Coronavirus Student Closure Announcement

With the safety of students and staff in mind, WWTC campus will be closed through April 5, 2020, for all non-online classes. This includes full-time programs, Business and Industry training, and Adult Career Development. Though classes will be suspended, some essential services will still be operational such as business services, payroll, accounts payable, telephone operator, and maintenance.

During this announced closure, WWTC will also explore possible ways of conducting courses to include distance learning, internet, email, etc., in the event mandatory closures are extended. We are researching implications for Adult Health programs through accrediting bodies as well as Federal, State, and Tribal financial aid implications for all adult students. We will share more information when known on those matters. Stay safe and stay tuned for updates.

Wade Walling,
WWTC Superintendent

 

Coronavirus: Preparation Tips and Resources

As we approach Spring Break, remember that you can help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus by taking simple steps to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

WWTC is dedicated to the safety of our students and is listening to the guidance from the Oklahoma Health Department on how to appropriately address the concerns on the spread of the Coronavirus. If communication is necessary regarding WWTC activities, students and staff will be contacted via School Messenger. We will also post information on our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information, please visit: Oklahoma State Department of Health novel coronavirus website: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/COVID19 or call: Coronavirus Call Center: 877-215-8336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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