Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and staff, the Meridian campus will be closed this Friday, January 14. This will be a complete campus closure. For students in Meridian’s adult-only programs who participate in clinical facilities, those may continue. Please note we are also closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17.
Because the COVID-19 numbers in our state and on the Meridian campus continue to rise daily, our hope is that the long weekend will give students and their families an opportunity to rest and recover. Our team has been meeting daily to monitor cases as well as review guidance from the CDC and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. We are in constant communication with our 10 partner schools, a number of which have made the decision to close for several days or transitioned to temporary virtual learning.
Because of the technical learning environment Meridian provides, 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.
Our students and staff are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations from the CDC, which includes wearing a mask when unable to social distance around others. We are seeing students with mild symptoms attend class at Meridian and later test positive. If your student has any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask they protect themselves and others by staying home and getting tested. For additional information, please reference Meridian’s COVID-19 information page. If a student is still in isolation or quarantine when we return to campus Tuesday, please keep them home and notify us.
For planning purposes, we will need to make the day up later in the school year. At this time we have designated February 21 as the make-up day.
We appreciate your help in ensuring that our students can continue to learn in person – it takes all of us working together. We look forward to seeing students back on campus Tuesday, January 18.
Dr. Douglas Major