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Safety Protocols Outlined for Safety 2021

May 19, 2021

We take safety and health seriously and continue monitoring guidance from public health officials as the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine progresses across the country. As a result, our Safety 2021 Professional Development Conference and Exposition will be held Sept. 13-15 in Austin, TX, as a hybrid experience that features online and in-person components. Our goal is to offer you the highest quality educational resources in accessible formats to meet your evolving needs during the pandemic and beyond.

ASSP is prioritizing the safety and health of all Safety 2021 attendees, incorporating safeguards that include mandatory face coverings at the Austin Convention Center and main conference hotel, but this may change. Read our press release and stay informed of the current safety and health protocols by visiting our conference web page. Registration is now open.

At this time, additional on-site safeguards involve contactless registration, physical distancing, designated entrances and exits, one-direction aisles, seating limits in meeting rooms and frequent cleaning of common areas. ASSP will also promote healthy habits such as consistent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer.

All in-person ASSP education courses and events are currently being delivered virtually to protect the safety and health of all involved. In addition, all meetings of the Board of Directors, Society councils and committees, and regional operating committees are being held virtually through Aug. 31. We will provide updates as developments occur.

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Chapter Guidance

As separate entities, ASSP chapters and their leaders must exercise good judgment in making decisions, and we strongly recommend they follow Society-wide guidance. Doing so will enable ASSP to achieve a safe and healthy operating environment across the entire organization. We understand the frustrations and disappointments caused by this extended pandemic, but we know a unified approach to protecting the safety and health of our members will lead to a quicker return to in-person meetings and larger gatherings.

We thank all of our members and volunteer leaders for their dedication to safe practices and adherence to Society recommendations, which currently call for virtual meetings through Aug. 31. We encourage you to contact your chapter directly with questions about local ASSP activities. In cases where the Society’s recommendations for in-person meetings are not followed, we ask that chapter leaders communicate safety protocols to all attendees.

Physical Distancing and Hand Washing

While face coverings are still required for entrance into many establishments, physical distancing and hand washing remain the key measures to slowing the spread of COVID-19 while vaccinations are gradually administered. Please maintain at least six feet of space between you and others, and wash your hands frequently.

We Will Keep You Informed

As we continue evaluate the latest credible information in our rapidly changing environment, we will promptly communicate important decisions. We appreciate your flexibility and support during these extraordinary times.

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Healthy Habits Make Everyday Sense

Healthy Habits Make Everyday Sense

Following these everyday guidelines from the World Health Organization will safeguard your health and that of other attendees at any public event.

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly clean your hands using soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in-between hand washings and after touching common surfaces such as doorknobs, railings and tables.

Practice good respiratory hygiene

When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your bent elbow. Dispose of used tissues immediately. If you inadvertently cough or sneeze into your hands, wash your hands right away. Don’t share food, utensils, cups or anything else that might contain germs.

Maintain social distancing

Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This helps prevent exposure to illness.

Avoid touching your face

Hands touch many common surfaces and can easily transfer a virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. That is a typical way people get sick.

Stay home when feeling ill

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical care early. It is best to call your healthcare provider in advance so they can direct you to the proper healthcare facility.

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