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Gordon Cooper to have school March 13

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Gordon Copper Technology Center released a statement Thursday, March 12 declaring that while classes will resume Friday, March 13, students who wish to stay home due to health concerns involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be excused.

According to Communications and Marketing Coordinator Matt Stephens, GCTC is deep cleaning their public facilities and taking necessary precautions to prevent the contraction or the spread of COVID-19.

Stephens said the school has suspended out-of-state travel for students and staff, suspended clinical learning until things improve and upon their return from Spring Break, students and staff will be required to go through some sort of screening process to make sure those who have traveled to high risk places take necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Stephens said GCTC will continue to monitor the situation and update the community as new information is released.

Stephens full statement is as follows:

"Gordon Cooper Technology Center’s top priority is the safety and success of students.We, like many other schools, are taking precautions to safeguard our students, staff and visitors from illness.

We are currently sanitizing and deep cleaning all public areas of the campus.

We encourage anyone who is sick in anyway or thinks they may be sick to avoid coming on campus.

We are suspending all out-of-state travel indefinitely for students and staff.

We are also indefinitely suspending clinical-learning opportunities until the situation improves.

We will have school on Friday, March 13, 2020, but students or parents who wish to maintain their social distance will be excused on that day.

We will reevaluate the situation during next week’s Spring Break.

When students and staff return from Spring Break, we will implement some form of screening to make sure individuals that have traveled to high-risk areas are self-quarantining for a safe amount of time.

Gordon Cooper will continue to monitor and comply with the latest information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), and the Pottawatomie County Health Department (PCHD).

Visit gctech.edu for the latest updates."