A Note About COVID-19 and the APSAC Colloquium

March 23, 2020

March 23 Update: 

 

APSAC is working with local health officials and The Sheraton Hotel, our venue, and expect to have additional information the first week of April. 

 

March 16: 

 

APSAC has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As an organization dedicated to bringing data- and evidence-based practices to serve at-risk children and families, we are closely monitoring the best information and recommendations from public health officials in New Orleans, nationally and internationally.  

 

APSAC’s first and foremost goal is to keep you, our future Colloquium attendees, safe.

 

Although the situation is fast-changing, at this time, we are continuing plans for the Colloquium scheduled for June 7 – 11 in New Orleans. While we hope that the threat will be subsiding by then, we will, if warranted, postpone the Colloquium if the best information indicates that doing so is in the best interests of your health and public health and safety.  

 

Please rest assured that if postponement becomes a necessity, refunds will be swift and easy.

 

In the meantime, we can all do our part to help diminish and slow the novel Coronavirus threat by taking the advice of experts who remind us to do the following:

 

  • Wash and/or sanitize hands often.

  • Maintain 6 feet from other people when in public.

  • Stop shaking hands.

  • Keep our hands away from our faces.

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and promptly dispose of the tissue.

  • TEACH YOUR LITTLE ONES TO DO ALL OF THE ABOVE!

  • Stay home if you don’t feel well.

  • Follow the advice of public health officials in our communities.

 

Some of the best advice we’ve read (and vetted!) can be found here.

 

If it is safe to proceed June 7- 11, we will do so and offer every precaution we can on-site. From greeting you with hand sanitizer instead of a handshake, to ensuring best practices in food service, our team will be on it. Regardless of the outcome, our highest priority is your safety and protecting public health. 

 

We thank you for your continued support, and pledge to continue to identify additional methods to add value to your work with child maltreatment.

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