Dear Career-Technical Education Community,
On March 9, 2020, Governor DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak; and on March 12, 2020 ordered schools to close for three weeks. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in the U.S. and Ohio, raising numerous issues and questions. The Governor has made it clear to limit large gatherings regardless of their sponsorship or purpose. In light of these circumstances, stakeholders, including the career-technical professional associations, government officials, and agency staff, deemed it necessary and important to cancel the 2020 BPA State Leadership and the 2020 DECA Career Development Conferences earlier this week. Formal contingency plans for Ohio DECA and Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association conferences are being developed and will be communicated shortly.
The Ohio Department of Education, Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, Ohio DECA, Ohio FFA Association, Ohio FCCLA, and SkillsUSA Ohio remain committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that all in-person career-technical student organization competitions and events are canceled through April 13, 2020. The decision to cancel events was not made lightly. The Office of Career-Technical Education continues to collaborate with stakeholders to discuss possible competitive alternatives, financial resolutions, and next steps. Over the next few weeks, agency staff will be evaluating contingency plans for all state events taking place after April 13 with a modified approach.
Please share this message with teachers and staff.
We recognize this is not an ideal situation, but the number one concern is and remains doing what is best for students. We also echo the advice of Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health in asking all Ohioans to engage in and promote the practice of everyday preventive actions.
Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of Ohio students.
Office of Career-Technical Education