2020 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference Canceled
Date PostedJuly 21, 2020
The Illinois Association of School Boards on July 21 announced it has canceled its in-person annual conference, scheduled to be held November 20-22 in Chicago, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with emergency and disaster-related government guidance.
IASB has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to determine the status of the conference. Recent data and updates to Governor JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan list several factors that could prompt a region to move back a phase and would prohibit most facilities that reopen to allow no more than 50% capacity.
“Given the circumstances, it is clear that we cannot safely hold an in-person gathering of this size in Chicago this fall,” said IASB Executive Director Thomas Bertrand, Ph.D. “This was a difficult decision to have to make. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy.”
Executives from the Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials, co-hosts of the Joint Annual Conference were also notified. The event brings together over 9,000 attendees, exhibitors, and guests. It is held annually in November at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (co-headquarters), Sheraton Grand Chicago (co-headquarters), and Swissôtel Chicago. This would have been the 88th joint annual meeting with the three organizations and the 72nd annual exhibit of school services and equipment.
Bertrand added: “We know that our school board members look forward to the learning opportunities this Conference offers every year and will miss connecting with and learning from school leaders from across the state.”
“At this time we are focusing on continuing to provide training, services, and support to boards of education during this extraordinary time in public education.”
The Association will continue to host virtual events for its members. Information will be communicated to IASB membership and updated on the events calendar on the IASB website.
The 2021 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference is scheduled to take place on November 19-21, 2021 in Chicago.