Dear OHSPRA Member,
The OHSPRA Board is proud of your dedication these last few weeks as our state deals with an unprecedented health crisis. Each of you continues to rise to the occasion, support one another, and put students and families first.
As a Board, we had been closely monitoring the situation in regards to our spring conference, and with the state-wide closure of our schools which will likely continue, have made the decision to cancel the spring conference.
In regards to our annual awards program, judging has been completed and as a board, we will discuss how we may celebrate your great work at a later date. We will keep you posted. Now is the time for us to maintain the focus needed in our districts and organizations to see us through this crisis.
These decisions were not made lightly. We are heartbroken to cancel our spring conference and the learning opportunities it provides to our members as well as the celebration of your work through the awards ceremony, but we know this is the right decision. When we have reached our new normal and our focus can return to things outside of coronavirus, please be assured we will work to determine a path forward for both an “annual” conference and the awards program.
We want to commend The Renaissance Westerville-Polaris for being a wonderful partner through this time. Per the contract, they have allowed us to cancel our event with no financial repercussions.
We also want to thank our sponsors who signed up to provide support for the Spring Conference and it is our intention to work with them for future conferences and events.
Right now, our priority is supporting you — our members — as the coronavirus continues to impact our state and school communities.
A library of coronavirus resources is available online. Please email us if you have something you would like to add.
We are thinking of you all during this challenging time. Stay healthy and be well. Reach out if you need support. Know that we are all in this together.
Additionally, the National School Public Relations Association is offering a free 30-day trial membership as of today. This afternoon, all members of NSPRA chapters who are not yet members of the national association will receive an email invitation to register for the 30-day free membership trial program. You will find even more resources for COVID-19 as well as many other issues at the NSPRA website.
Be well & hang in there as we get through this together.
Ohio School Public Relations Association