Statement Regarding 2020 NSBA Annual Conference and COSA School Law Seminar

The National School Boards Association understands that many persons registered for the NSBA Annual Conference in Chicago on April 4-6 and the COSA School Law Seminar in Chicago on April 2-4, are concerned about traveling and participating in such a large event given the growing outbreak of the coronavirus. There are special concerns by persons who:

  1. Are older adults, are members of special populations such as those who are pregnant, or have underlying health conditions that place them at higher risk of illness due to exposure to the coronavirus, or who are caregivers for such persons;
  2. Are from state and local jurisdictions that have imposed travel restrictions on residents, or school districts and other employers that have imposed travel restrictions on their employees and officials;
  3. Recently have been in areas designated as high risk for the coronavirus or who may have been in contact with such persons;
  4. Have leadership responsibilities in school districts that have closed some or all of their schools as a result of the coronavirus, or are considering doing so; or
  5. As a responsibility of their official school district roles, will be in schools with students and staff upon their return from the NSBA Annual Conference.

Accordingly, anyone meeting any of these conditions is entitled to a full refund of their registration fees for the NSBA Annual Conference and/or COSA School Law Seminar and may cancel their hotel rooms without penalty, provided they make a written request no later than 12 Noon ET on Wednesday, March 11.  Requests must be directed to

NSBA is not suggesting a course of action for attendees with regard to their attendance at the NSBA Annual Conference and/or COSA School Law Seminar.  School boards and individual school board members should make decisions regarding attending based on their personal assessments.

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