As much as we were all looking forward to being together and doing our Union’s business in Hampton next week, the VEA Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 2020 Delegate Assembly. Board members consulted and took a vote during a weekend conference call and, now that Gov. Northam has banned gatherings of over 100 people, that decision is in line with state policy.
Of course, there are things we would have accomplished at convention that still must be done. We’re working on plans for doing so now and will have announcements soon about how we’ll handle elections for VEA’s statewide offices and how we’ll adopt the budget. Please stay tuned.
I’m sorry that such steps have become necessary but our concerns, as always, lie with our students and our educators. Clearly, as the coronavirus continues to spread, appropriate precautions must be taken. In that regard, I hope all of us are adhering to safe practices and doing all we can to prevent the further spread of the virus. See important COVID-19 information and resources below. Share this information widely to let members know we’re looking out for them. We’re all in this together.
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