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Frequently Asked Questions
Jeff Pruitt
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

WHAT IS MEEKER PUBLIC SCHOOLS DOING TO UNDERSTAND COVID-19?
The health and safety of our students and staff are the top priority at Meeker Public Schools. District administration is working closely with state and local health officials to stay informed of all current information regarding the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are no known cases in Lincoln County, we are monitoring status updates by the local health department. 

 

HOW DOES CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SPREAD?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. More specifically, COVID -19 can spread among people that are in close contact (within 6 feet) of one another or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY FROM GETTING THIS VIRUS?
There are basic steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are as follows: 

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick; put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet or more). 

Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue and immediately throw away the tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow.

Stay home if you are sick. 

 

WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF THERE IS A CASE OF COVID-19 IN MY CHILD’S SCHOOL?
Yes, Meeker Public Schools will notify parents as soon as we are officially notified of any confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or campus staff member through our automated notification system.

IS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CLEANING THE BUILDINGS FOR COVID-19?
Yes, Meeker Public Schools began deep cleaning and disinfecting all school sites on Friday, March 6, 2020. School buses have been added to the cleaning schedule. All door knobs, lockers and flat tabletop services have been disinfected and will be maintained on a cleaning schedule.

MPS has Victory disinfectant spray units that utilize the proper chemicals to disinfect larger areas. The chemicals for disinfecting all spaces were specified to kill COVID-19.
 

WHEN MPS CLOSES SCHOOL UNTIL APRIL 6th, DO WE HAVE TO MAKE THE TIME UP?
This decision will ultimately be made by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The state leadership will determine the time to be made up and how that will occur. At this time, there has not been any decisions made regarding the extension of the school year.

 

WHEN SCHOOL IS CLOSED, WILL WE CONTINUE TO HAVE ACTIVITIES?
No, if MPS is closed due to the potential spread of COVID-19, all activities will be cancelled during this time period. This was also addressed at the State Department of Education meeting on Monday, March 16. All practices, rehearsals and contests will be cancelled as well. The purpose of a full closure (quarantine) is to stop the spread of infection through social distancing. 

 ARE THERE LOCATIONS FOR STUDENTS TO GET FOOD?

District administration is working on a plan to meet the needs of students needing meal service. The details of meal service will be posted to the website when the plans are finalized.

 

                   
DOES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP DELIVER OR SERVE FOOD?
No, MPS is grateful for those wanting to assist and volunteer. Given that the CDC is recommending that everyone practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of infection, we will be utilizing our current food nutrition staff to cover this service.

 

WILL SUPPORT EMPLOYEES BE PAID DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE.
It is our intention to pay support staff their April checks. As we move further into the month of April, we will have more guidance from state and federal governments regarding school closures. 

Support employees are encouraged to be proactive and stay in contact with their supervisors for all additional information regarding work expectations.

WHAT IF I TRAVELED OVER SPRING BREAK?
If you have traveled over the break, find the latest information concerning travel from the CDC. This will help connect you with health information/recommendations regarding travel to and from those locations.

Those in our MPS Family who have traveled by air or on a cruise ship, the CDC has recommended that you voluntarily quarantine you and your family members for a period of 14 days.

 

INFORMATION SEEMS TO CHANGE SO QUICKLY, HOW CAN I BEST STAY INFORMED?

Follow MPS on our social media platforms: Facebook 

Check the school website for the latest additions.

Add Oklahoma State Department of Health (OKSH) and The Center for Disease Control (CDC) to your favorites on your computer or phone.


Hopefully this will help answers some of your immediate questions. This is a fluid situation and information changes daily. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

 

 

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Jeff Pruitt

Superintendent