14 Mar President’s Message – COVID-19 Related Updates
There are several items we need to discuss at this time of crisis locally and nationally.
1. I need to let you know that the workshop scheduled for Thursday, 19 March 2020, is being postponed until the fall. Once we have determined the exact date, we will move forward with the planning. Dr. Knouse, who was our scheduled workshop leader, has graciously agreed to allow us to postpone and reschedule her for the opening workshop in our series for some time in September or October 2020.
2. The FLAVA spring mini-conference, slated to take place on the campus of Washington and Lee on 18 April 2020, has had to be cancelled. But all is not lost for the presenter or the FLAVA membership. There were to have been twenty-eight inspiring presentations during the brief get-together on this spring Saturday. Although the mini-conference has been cancelled, members will be able to enjoy these presentations at the fall conference in Williamsburg or will be able to view them on line in the foreseeable future. Presenters are being given these options. Conference Coordinator, JoAna Smith, will be handling the logistics for this.
If you have paid or your school has paid your registration fee, be certain that you or your school will soon be receiving a full refund. Look for a message from Kathryn Murphy-Judy, FLAVA Treasurer, within the next few weeks to explain procedures for issuance of these refunds.
3. I hope you realize that the deadline for submitting proposals for the fall conference in Williamsburg is approaching. I am happy to say that the Executive Board has decided unanimously to extend the deadline to midnight on 25 March 2020. These last weeks have been a strain on everyone.
If you have yet to do so, please submit a proposal. Every world language teacher in the state of Virginia has something important to say, and that includes you!
Watch your email and check Facebook and Twitter frequently as we move forward to positive ends through this present crisis. I do see light at the end of the tunnel. Be calm and wise in what you do.
President, Foreign Language Association of Virginia