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.
Safety 2021 FAQs Read full statement
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.
COVID-19: A Look Ahead for 2021
In this two-part webinar, ASSP President Deb Roy provides expert insight on the current state of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deb shares insight on vaccination administration and policies, state protocols and emerging virus variants, as well as herd immunity and effective public health measures.
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*Please note: The information shared in this session is based on information available as of Feb. 23, 2021. Please refer to the latest guidance from your local or state public health and government authorities.