Council of Administrators of Special Education

CASE is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and who command respect at all times. Special Education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education.

 

 

 

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September 10, 2021

COVID Protocols

While we are excited to gather our community in Little Rock, Arkansas this November for our in-person convention, the safety of our attendees is our top priority. The staff and leadership of CASE continue to monitor guidance by the CDC and best practices laid out by the meetings industry to help mitigate any concerns around attending.

Given the current state of the pandemic and our desire to keep everyone as safe as possible, CASE has made the decision to require all participants in the 2021 in-person conference to be fully vaccinated--including attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and sponsors. This decision puts us in the best position to safely gather as conditions continue to evolve. We are also working together with CEC Headquarters as they will be requiring the same for their convention in January and using the same platform.

Registered conference attendees will receive information on how to verify their vaccination status using a free, simple, secure, and HIPAA-compliant third-party vendor. Accommodations requested at least three weeks in advance may be offered on a case-by-case basis for those unable to be vaccinated due to disability. CASE respects everyone’s decision to make health choices that best represent your personal considerations and to deal with those consequences.

In addition to the vaccine requirement, we are considering additional safety measures as part of our onsite mitigation plan. Conclusive decisions on these will be made closer to the conference date in November. These considerations include possible mask mandates, social distancing, color-coded systems to show personal social distance comfort, etc. We continue to monitor and evaluate the outlook for in-person events and will share updates as they are available. We will post more information about what you can expect onsite as we get closer to our event dates.

While we understand that a vaccine requirement does not guarantee safety, it is part of the layered mitigation plan for protecting our community and getting us one step closer to the end goal of being free from COVID. We are hopeful that the Delta variant will subside this fall and that gatherings with friends and colleagues safely can be something we return to.

We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock. If you have questions, please direct them to [email protected]

Respectfully,

Phyllis Wolfram, CASE Executive Director

Erin Maguire, CASE President