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A Convention Update from CEC Leadership

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As we settle in for a much-needed Winter Break, on behalf of the CEC Leadership and staff we would like to wish you a restful, healthy and restorative break as we round out 2021.
  
As we prepare for downtime with our families, too, we are very aware of the daily news updates regarding the current wave of the Omicron variant. Like you, we are concerned about what this means for the world, but also for the upcoming CEC Convention in January 2022.
  
As we have communicated over the last year, the CEC Convention will be held with the strongest of COVID mitigation plans possible in place, including the vaccine requirement for all attendees, staff, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers; social distancing considerations in CEC’s meeting spaces; face mask expectations; and heightened sanitization protocols. CEC staff are in talks with the venue staff almost daily about current operations and safety protocols on their part, as well, to ensure we are doing everything we can to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable event at the convention.
  
For those planning to join us next month in person, there are some steps you can take to assist, as well.

  1. Get the COVID vaccine. If you can, get a booster;
  2. Pack your favorite mask for the convention—our sponsor, ClearMask, will also be providing masks for you—for free—if you need one while onsite;
  3. Follow the travel policies as provided by the CDC;
  4. Consider taking a COVID test before you leave home; 
  5. If your travel plans change, please let us know. Our team can assist you if you need to change your registration to be for the virtual event, February 1-4.
  6. If you don’t feel well—don’t travel. 

  
We will continue to monitor the news, guidance from the CDC, and recommendations from the meeting planning world. Our primary goal is that you—the attendees of the 2022 CEC Convention--have a safe space to convene and learn responsibly alongside your peers, after two years of an isolating pandemic. In that spirit, we will provide additional details on our COVID mitigation plan to gather in Orlando safely and as comfortably as possible in the weeks before the convention. In the meantime, if you have questions we have provided several contacts below to assist.
  
Together, we can make this event as safe as possible. Enjoy your Winter Break!
  
Dennis Cavitt, 2021 CEC President
Danielle Kovach, 2022 CEC President
Chad Rummel, Executive Director
 


Questions?
Registration: service@exceptionalchildren.org
Speaker questions: Renee Glasby, convention@exceptionalchildren.org
Preconference Workshops: Jennifer Bullock, jbullock@exceptionalchildren.org 
Hotels: Megan Shea, mshea@exceptionalchildren.org
Accessibility: Judy Harrison, jharrison@exceptionalchildren.org 
COVID: Chad Rummel, crummel@exceptionalchildren.org
 

Posted:  22 December, 2021

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