March 30th, 2020 | 12:00PM

Pontotoc Technology Center Community:

These are uncertain times as we navigate evolving current events. Rest assured, PTC’s primary focus is the safety and well-being of our staff, students, and anyone who might visit the PTC campus. First and foremost, we want you and your family to remain safe and healthy. PTC is currently considering how to move forward as quickly and safely as possible.

Here’s where we stand today:

Current Full-Time Program Classes
Our Director of Instruction/Student Services is working closely with instructors to develop plans that will allow students continued learning opportunities. Part of this process includes a student survey to evaluate technology capabilities and identify potential needs. We expect to communicate with students directly prior to April 6th. PTC Counselor, Renee Johns, is available for students who may be struggling or have questions/concerns. Contact her at rjohns@pontotoctech.edu or call 580-310-2264.

PTC Testing Center
The PTC Testing Center is currently closed. We are consulting with other testing centers and our partners to evaluate possible procedures (including screening and testing center setup) that may allow us to safely open the Testing Center. The scope of services we will be able to provide while maintaining safety is also under evaluation.

Prospective Full-Time Program Students
www.pontotoctech.edu/newstudents is where we will communicate with High School and/or Adult students who have been accepted for the 2020/2021 school year. As you know, current events change each day and we’re unsure when things like signing day and our summer up orientation will occur (or how), but this site is where we will let you know as we know more. We will also post on social media when we update this page. If you don’t follow us on Facebook or Twitter, now’s a good time to start! We are @PontotocTech.

Business and Industry Services
For now, our campus remains closed to on-site classes/training, however our coordinators and staff remain engaged and ready to help our industry, small business, and employer/employee partners. Let us be a resource for you. We can help by researching and finding solutions. If you’d like to discuss future plans for training, consultation, or need another partner for brainstorming ideas about remote working and how to navigate these new waters, you can find our contact information here (email is likely the quickest way to schedule an appointment): https://www.pontotoctech.edu/bis/bis

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

As always, please stay safe and thank you for your support!

March 24th, 2020 | 10:00AM

Pontotoc Technology Center Community:

State officials announced they will recommend to the state Board of Education that Oklahoma students not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. They will instead recommend a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. It is important to note that this decision is not final until the state Board of Education meets on Wednesday, March 25 and votes to approve the recommendation.

This recommendation would impact components of Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers.  PTC is developing a plan to ensure our students will continue to have opportunities to learn. Details of the plan will be shared with students in the coming days.

Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support of Pontotoc Technology Center.

Thank you.

David Lassiter,
Superintendent

March 16th, 2020 | 9:50AM

To help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Pontotoc Technology Center will join schools across our district and the state of Oklahoma and close effective immediately through Monday, April 6th. 

This closure affects:
1. All in-person instruction and events for high school students at our campus. 
2. All BIS short-term Classes are postponed (this includes all facility use by outside groups).
3. Adult full-time students, your instructors will reach out to you to continue instruction online.

Classes are tentatively set to resume on Monday April 6th. However, as we continue to monitor and assess this situation, we will reevaluate the status of school closures as we get closer to our tentative return date.

We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many of our families and students. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of our students, teachers, staff members, families, and community through this time.  

As we have noted previously, this is a dynamic situation with frequent changes and updates. Our core priorities during this unprecedented health crisis include the safety of our PTC students, staff, and community as well as maintaining learning momentum to the greatest extent possible, given the circumstances.

We will send frequent updates via email, text messages, our website, and social media channels.  PTC employees need to be flexible and available to work when requested during this extended closure. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities as necessary. 

We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this challenge together. 

Thank you.

David Lassiter,
Superintendent

March 13, 2020

Considering current events, I’d like to share Pontotoc Technology Center’s plan and position on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The State Department of Education, and the State Department of Health continue to issue updates on how schools should handle questions as Oklahoma becomes more affected. PTC will follow the recommended guidelines for all students and staff traveling on Spring Break:

If you or anyone in your household travels by air over Spring Break you must contact the Superintendent directly prior to returning to PTC. You may contact David Lassiter at 580-310-2225. Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation, air travel considerations and decisions will be made on a case by case basis based on area of travel and where those flights may have originated/connected. You may also be subject to the requirements below even for domestic air travel.

Individuals returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country as identified by the CDC should self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. If you’re returning from a Level 2 or 3 country, please review the following:

- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with the superintendent before returning to work. Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).

Please refer frequently to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time.

Staff under self-quarantine should expect to use any available annual leave and/or sick leave hours to cover their absence if class is in session.

Coronavirus preparedness measures you and your family can take immediately - whether you’re traveling or not:

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, frequently.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60% alcohol or above) when handwashing is unavailable.
- Clean electronic and computer surfaces with SaniGuard Surface Spray. 
- Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow if tissues are unavailable. 
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid large crowds or travel to impacted areas. 

Thank you.

David Lassiter,
Superintendent
Pontotoc Technology Center
(580) 310-2225
dlassiter@pontotoctech.edu