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Coronavirus Information for OKC Families

At MetroFamily, our purpose has always been to help local families find fun ways to connect and grow together. With concerns about the coronavirus increasing, we have created this space for Oklahoma families to find important resources all in one location, including potential closings in the OKC metro area and valuable information about how to keep your family safe. We’ve also included some fun ideas for families that decide that staying home is the right choice for them. And we’re focused on the fact that it’s a time for all of us to come together … read our editor’s note about how we can exhibit the Oklahoma Standard during tumultuous times.

(Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated March 27, 2020. If you have any additional information you think should be added here including event cancellations, school updates or other news our community should be aware, please email tips@metrofamilymagazine.com.) 

 

 

  • Insighful messages from local moms about a variety of topics families are currently facing
  • Tips to alleviate children’s anxiety about COVID-19 from Stacey Johnson, a local family counselor.
  • Kid-friendly video explaining viruses and the new coronavirus, or a parent guide from PBS Kids
  • Family-focused ways to de-stress, courtesy PBS Kids
  • New to working at home with kids? Two local moms, ReRe Lunsford and Erin Engelke, offer their tips to juggle work and kids at home.
  • According to a news release from OKDHS, officials are encouraging parents who can to keep their children at home to fully achieve proper social distancing while also allowing for space for children of first responders and health care workers. If you need help finding child care, call the Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association at 800-438-0008.
  • Food and meal resources during COVID-19 closures
  • Local restuarants offering take-out, curbside pickup and/or delivery services.
  • Wide Open School, a free online resource created by Common Sense to support families and educators during remote learning, offers resources from publishers, nonprofits and educatio companies. Find guidance on daily schedules, emotional well-being and a variety of academic and life skills.
  • Rainbow Fleet offers info, referrals as schools close due to COVID-19. The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is offering daily, weekday childcare to parents who work in Essential Critical Infrastructure who are required to report to work and do not have access to other care. To learn more, call 405-224-0655 or email rjackson@ymcaokc.org.
  • CarryOutOK.com is a local dining guide for restuarants throughout Oklahoma offering to-go options. You’ll find hours, services and temporary carry out menus.
  • OETA has created Learning At Home cirriculum-based programming for students. Episodes and series shown on OETA WORLD directly correlate to lessons and resources made available through PBS LearningMedia.
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program has implemented an online application for new and existing clients in order to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Effective March 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., per an executive order made by Gov. Stitt, all businesses not identified as being within the critical infrastructure sector as defined by the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security and located in a county with a confirmed case of COVID-19 as identified by the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health shall close. Businesses should remain closed until April 16, 2020.**

Affected schools: These local schools and universities have either closed or adopted online instruction.

  • Oklahoma public schools, closed through the 2019-2020 school year. Districts planning to utilize distance learning options.
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater & Tulsa campuses closed through through Friday, April 3. In-person classes will be held online beginning Monday, March 23.
  • University of Oklahoma, campus closed through Friday, April 3. In-person classes will be held online beginning Monday, March 23.
  • Oklahoma City University, move to online learning post-Spring Break
  • University of Central Oklahoma – canceled classes for one additional week after Spring Break and events through April 12. Transitions to alternative instructional delivery methods March 28.
  • Mid-America Christian University, all on-campus classes move to an online learning environment for a two-week period following Spring Break
  • Metro Technology Centers, classes canceled until March 23
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, classes will not meet in person after Spring Break. Campus events canceled or postponed through May 9.

 

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, usually the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Not only will that reduce the spread of viruses but also protect your household from additional contagions.

 

 

 

 

 

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