Dear Innovative Schools Summit Attendees & Presenters,
With the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), we want you to know that the safety and health of 2020 Innovative Schools Summit – Orlando participants is our top priority. Given the actual statistics and CDC recommendations, we are currently planning to proceed with the conference and want to see you there. We’re also taking precautions to make sure the conference is as safe as we can make it.
We are asking our attendees, presenters and staff to avoid handshakes, to wash their hands and to use Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. These are all effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – as well as colds, flu and other illnesses.
Please know that if you are not comfortable attending the Summit now, we totally understand and we will be happy to provide a voucher for one of our other Summits.
AccuTrain is currently working with the Caribe Royale to reduce attendee density in session rooms and we will supply sanitizing wipes. Only a handful of individuals from outside North America have registered to attend, and additional registrations from other counties have been suspended.
We are pleased that the Caribe has taken additional measures to provide for your safety during your stay:
- Purchased 4 new free-standing hand sanitizing units
- Purchased 36 new wall-mounted hand sanitizing stands
- Purchased individual packs of disinfectant wipes for distribution at check-in
- Purchased small hand-sanitizing bottles for guest distribution
- Verified that their public area disinfectant is effective against the coronavirus. This will be used to wipe down all surfaces in the public areas — including door knobs, railings and other high-use surfaces – 2 times per shift.
- Seeking to locate medical-grade face masks for purchase in the gift shop.
Recommended preventative measures that all of us should take – both in Orlando and at home:
- Properly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cough/sneeze into a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue and wash hands or cough/sneeze into flexed elbow and immediately wash hands
- Disinfect surfaces/items touched
- Remain at home or away from others when sick
- Avoid those who are currently ill – especially those with fever and cough
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – sharing recent travel history with your healthcare provider
- Consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, in accordance with good food safety practices.
We have a great lineup of presenters and sessions scheduled for Orlando, and the current forecast is 77 degrees and sunny with perhaps a storm on Thursday. Our staff is looking forward to welcoming you there.
P.S. Below is additional information and resources regarding the novel coronavirus:
The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China has made headlines in the United States. The first reported case in the U.S. was in Washington State and is linked to an individual’s trip to Wuhan, China, the origination of the outbreak. Coronavirus is a type of virus which, as a group, is common across the world. COVID-19 has been termed “novel” because it is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Lower-respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, ranging from mild to severe; coughing (especially when phlegm or pus is expelled), fever, chills, fatigue, and nausea that may progress to severe pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Signs of the virus of people entering into the U.S. are being closely monitored at all points of entry, such as airports and seaports.
For additional information please visit:
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019