Covid-19 and Professional Development Programming
NWAIS has resumed limited in-person programming alongside virtual programming for the 2021-22 school year. We are adopting this model for several reasons:
- NWAIS is a relational organization and we understand that professional relationships are best fostered in an in-person context
- Continuing online programming allows NWAIS schools to greater access to professional development, especially for those outside of WA
- Uncertainty remains high as COVID-19 cases rise and variants gain traction
We will be balancing flexibility and adaptability with giving presenters and NWAIS time to plan accordingly. Much of the 2021-22 Professional Development calendar has been planned with the goal of in-person workshops at the forefront. NWAIS is prioritizing in-person workshops when the content of the workshop is rooted in relational learning, and virtual learning when sessions that are more content-based.
In all offerings, dates, times, and formats may be subject to change as pandemic-related policies shift.
In-Person Programming COVID Protocols
Like our member schools and their employees, NWAIS is excited to offer limited in-person programming in the 2021-22 school year. We are closely monitoring state and local guidelines, as well as guidance from the CDC in our planning, with the goal to ensure the safety of our attendees, presenters, and staff. To minimize the risk of COVID, NWAIS has adopted protocols for our in-person programming.
- All workshop and conference attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-approved vaccine.
- Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to recognized exemption must provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.
- In some cases, the workshop or conference venue will not accept a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. In this case, no exemptions will be allowed and all attendees must provide proof of vaccination. This information will be posted on the event website.
- Attendees will be asked to send proof of vaccination to NWAIS within three days of the event.
- All attendees must remain masked while indoors unless they are eating.
- All attendees must maintain appropriate social distancing during the event.
- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and masks will be provided at all events.
Attendees who cannot or will not adhere to these safety measures during an event will be asked to leave the workshop or conference without reimbursement of registration costs.
We are proud to offer a robust calendar of excellent professional development opportunities, both virtual and in-person. If you cannot adhere to our in-person protocols, we ask that you explore our virtual PD offerings and connect with your colleagues virtually, both at our events and using the NWAIS Communities at discover.nwais.org