In an effort to ensure we are making the best decisions for the health and safety of our students, staff and communities, and in accordance to a mandate from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Kiamichi Technology Centers will invoke an operational shutdown in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Beginning March 19, at 5:00 p.m. through April 3, our campuses will be completely shut down. During this time, staff, students and stakeholders will not be permitted on any campus. The only exception: Essential staff will report to their respective campuses on April 2 and 3, to clean and prepare for facilities to open on April 6th.
In an attempt to mitigate group gatherings, all classes, meetings, trainings and travel are cancelled. This includes on-and-off campus events, all short-term courses, business trainings and facility usage. The State Department of Education mandate does not allow any instructional related activities to occur during the closure.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it continues to evolve by the hour. We know this uncertainty can cause anxiety and worry, but we want to assure you that Kiamichi Tech is doing everything possible to ensure the needs of students and employees will be met during this unique time.
We encourage you to comply with what health officials have recommended as well. If you can, please stay home and enjoy family time. If you must go out, please practice social distancing, allowing at least six feet between you and other individuals. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your medical professional or the county health department. You also can learn more about how to prevent the illness by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
Communication will be key during the next two weeks. It is our hope that accurate and up-to-date correspondence will combat fear and panic, as well as help you make well-informed decisions for your family. You also can get the latest information by visiting ktc.edu/coronavirus and following our social media accounts. Students and staff will also receive updates using School Messenger, our emergency mass communication platform.
For Kiamichi Tech, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff and community. We are considering and planning for multiple scenarios beyond the current mandated closure. We will remain in close communication with state officials and ODTCE, and follow their recommendations as the situation progresses.
Thank you for your patience and trust as we navigate through this together.
Stay safe and stay informed!