We Can’t Wait to See You!
Our team has been thoughtfully and diligently working on Meridian’s back-to-school plan. We are grateful for the input you recently provided that helped shape the plan. We know this is a difficult time for families and students as they make decisions about the upcoming school year. As you are aware things are changing daily, and we appreciate your continued support and flexibility.
Because of the technical learning environment we provide, we understand how important the student on-campus experience is. We know that for students to be able to achieve their career objective, access to hands-on equipment and technology are key. These were strong factors in our decision-making.
We plan to start school August 12 in person on campus five days a week. Meridian has an Emergency Response Team that is closely monitoring federal, state and local guidelines that may require the need to adapt. We are also working closely with the 10 area schools that partner with us to send their students to Meridian.
In compliance with the city of Stillwater’s face covering ordinance requiring coverings in public spaces and educational institutions, students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms, hallways and while on the bus when social distancing is not possible.
Several additional safety precautions are being implemented:
- Providing masks or neck gaiters for all students
- Social distancing when possible
- Closed common areas
- Hand sanitizing stations throughout campus
- Cleaning supplies provided in each classroom
- Backpack sprayers to help disinfect classrooms, bathrooms and common areas
- The continued work of our custodial team in cleaning classrooms and high-traffic, high-touch areas
- Modified entry points with students entering doors closest to their program
- Pre-packaged food/beverages available in program areas to limit student traffic
Should the need arise, we are ready to transition to a blended or fully online format.
Blended Learning – Students will be on campus two days per week and online/distance learning three days per week. Students would attend consecutive days (Monday and Tuesday OR Thursday and Friday) to provide a day in between for program areas to be cleaned and disinfected.
Temporary Distance Learning – Students will be prepared for distance learning early in the school year to be ready in case we need to move to an all-online format for a temporary time.
We believe the work of our team meets student instructional needs and strikes a balance between the health concerns posed by COVID-19. We will be using our communications call, text and email system to share important information. To ensure your information is current or make changes, please contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.377.3333.
This is our plan as of today. This plan is subject to change. Please know that while we cannot predict what the semester may hold, we will do our best to adapt as needed while keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. We depend on a strong partnership with you to accomplish this. We are all in this together and are grateful for your support.
This is going to be a great year!