NCASA Postpones 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership due to COVID-19 State of Emergency
NC Association of School Administrators Press Release
NCASA has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership that was scheduled March 25-27 at the Wilmington Convention Center. The decision came in response to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's state of emergency declaration.
Cooper announced Tuesday, Mar. 10 that he was declaring a state of emergency in response to the recent coronavirus outbreak. North Carolina officials have confirmed 7 people are currently being treated for the COVID-19 virus in the state.
As part of the emergency declaration, Cooper and the state Department of Health and Human Services outlined steps being taken to identify and treat the virus for those who have been recently tested and confirmed. Mandy Cohen, state Health and Human Services Secretary, further highlighted the need for citizens to avoid large populations of people, like sporting events, concerts or business conferences, in order to help curtail the spread of COVID-19.
In response to the emergency declaration, many school districts throughout the state are setting travel restrictions on their employees that prohibit them from attending events, like the recent Biogen conference in Boston, MA. That Biogen conference has been directly related to the growing presence of COVID-19 in the state.
This guidance, and the inability of our exhibitors and participants to attend, has led NCASA leadership to decide to postpone the conference as a measure to protect participant safety. NCASA cares about the health and safety of all our education professionals throughout the state, whihc is why we felt it necessary to hold this event at a more appropriate time.
NCASA leadership is currently working to move the event to later in the year, once the COVID-19 virus has gone into remission, due to climate and other factors. Decisions regarding how NCASA will handle current conference registration is pending our ability to reschedule the event.
Once that has been determined, NCASA will inform all our conference participants and vendors of the changes the new conference plans. In the meantime, we ask those who have already made hotel reservations to cancel them in order to avoid being charged for the hotel rooms. Please know, the health of all our members and their families is our chief concern right now, and we appreciate your patience as we determine the next steps for our 2020 conference.