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COVID-19 Updates

March 25, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss

On March 17, 2020, Iowa FBLA announced that the in-person state leadership conference would no longer be held in-person due to the proliferation of the COVID-19 virus. Over the last several days, the Iowa FBLA crisis management team and state committee have evaluated options to protect the health and well-being, while continuing to best serve the efforts of Iowa FBLA members, advisers, judges and conference guests. Based on adviser feedback, Iowa FBLA has decided to move to a 100% virtual state leadership conference.

At this time, we are looking for an online objective testing window between May 4 and May 8 and pre-recorded video submissions by April 30. A live online conference will take place on May 9, 2020. Our conference team is quickly modifying our programming from an in-person to a virtual format. Please be on the lookout for additional communication from Dana Lampe, SLC Conference Coordinator, regarding event modifications and changes. Please note, we will provide updated deadlines along with updated conference registration costs. Advisers must log into Blue Panda to update all of their registrants to the new fee types and modified events by April 24, 2020, the conference registration deadline. Instructions will be sent to registered chapter advisers after conference registration closes as to how to manage the online testing and pre-submitted materials for the virtual conference.

One major decision made was to reduce conference registration fees for the virtual conference to $30 for members and $0 for advisers. The $30 will cover the cost of the conference including plaques, online testing materials, shipping costs and judge gifts. Refunds will be processed after receiving payment starting on April 24, 2020. Hotel reservations have been canceled by Iowa FBLA staff and we are currently updating Blue Panda invoices. If a student isn’t able to participate in our virtual conference because of equity issues or concerns, please email Dana Lampe at stateconference@iowafbla.org.

Please share this notice with your members, parents and administration. We will continue to post updates here with the latest information regarding the state leadership conference.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate how to best serve our members and the mission of Iowa FBLA. We look forward to engaging with chapters and members that can participate in this new conference format, and understand if some restrictions or burdens don't allow for participation.

March 17, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss
Iowa FBLA’s State Leadership Conference on March 27-29, 2020 will no longer be held in-person based on the recommendations of the Governor’s Office and the Iowa State Department of Public Health.

The Governor has called for no mass gatherings. We have been working with the hotel and all rooms have been canceled. At this time we are in contact with advisers and determining if other formats would be an option.

We understand the gravity of the situation for all the attendees who utilize Iowa FBLA to accelerate their leadership and career development that rely heavily on FBLA for this programming.

March 15, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss
At 8:07 this evening, Governor Reynolds recommended all public schools to close for four weeks. We understand that this directly impacts Iowa FBLA’s programming for an undetermined amount of time. Our crisis management team and state committee will be meeting over the next few days to assess the current situation and make decisions that make our members and advisers safety and well-being priority number one. Please understand that there are a number of factors involved that are beyond our control and we are making every effort to assess the situation as information becomes available to us.

The earliest an update or announcement will be sent out will be Friday (3/20/2020).

March 15, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss
Advisers, we understand your concerns about the SLC and the COVID-19 virus as it is affecting Iowa. We are meeting with the Iowa FBLA State Crisis Team on Monday and the hotel on Tuesday. At that time we will communicate with you about how we will proceed. We still want students to be able to compete and are looking at all options. Thank you for your patience during this difficult situation.

March 13, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss
Iowa FBLA-Future Business Leaders of America is monitoring all available information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know, our priority and responsibility is the health, safety and well-being of each individual involved in our conference.

As we continue to plan and prepare for a fantastic State Leadership Conference, we are monitoring the situation closely. We are in consultation with public health officials, government officials, hotel and venue partners, and FBLA staff. Based on their recommendations, Iowa FBLA has determined all conference events can continue as scheduled at this time. We will keep you updated as this is an ever changing situation.

Our organization, hotel and meeting venues are following all guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Below are some items Iowa FBLA and our venues are doing to prepare for the state leadership conference:

March 10, 2020 - from State Adviser, Lou Voss
Are you or your chapter planning on attending the 2020 State Leadership Conference in Coralville March 27-29? We want you to know that the State Committee is following the reports of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and doing its part to respond to this emerging public health issue. We will continue to monitor reports and post any updates directly to our SLC website.

FBLA-PBL is diligently working to provide our members and advisers with a safe and outstanding SLC experience. We will have hand sanitizer stations throughout the hotel facility. We remind participants to take every day preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs. Standard recommendations include regular hand washing and covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. If you must cough, please do so in your elbow. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay home.