COVID-19 Information

Spring 2022

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the spring semester. 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 have a team that meets regularly and closely monitors local, state and national COVID-19 related information. In light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Meridian Technology Center district, the following details have been developed. These are our plans as of today.

Our goal is to continue offering our hands-on education in person. We depend on a strong partnership with you to accomplish this. We are all in this together and are grateful for your support.

Precautions

Meridian has implemented the following practices to limit exposure to COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Encouraging the wearing of masks (especially on buses)
  • Encouraging at least 3 feet of social distancing if masked and six if unmasked
  • Modified bus drop-off/pick-up locations
  • Modified break schedules in the Skywalk
  • Discouraging students from gathering in common areas
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitation practices

Masks

Students, staff and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Masks are provided at our entrances, or you may wear your own. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please protect yourself and others by staying home.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Guidance

Updated January 10, 2022

During the pandemic, Meridian has followed guidance from the CDC and the Oklahoma State Department of Health to make decisions in regard to safety protocols.

ISOLATE
In accordance with Meridian’s policy on Contagious/Communicable Diseases, students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate.

QUARANTINE
Students who are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to quarantine.

To read more information related to the CDC graphics below that Meridian is following and to click any of the links to check whether you are fully vaccinated, please visit the CDC page where this information is provided. Please note this also includes information on how to wear a well-fitted mask: CDC information.

 

 

Note:  Students in full-time career training programs who isolate or quarantine will be provided the opportunity for virtual learning.

Notification

Meridian will notify students and their guardians anytime there is a positive case on campus. In addition, we will notify students and their guardians if we believe a student had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.