The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) announced that the MSEA Board of Directors unanimously voted to hold the MSEA Convention virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the annual MSEA Convention is held in Ocean City, MSEA has been discussing how to “balance the safety of delegates, running an effective and engaging meeting, and being responsible stewards of dues dollars” and has decided to go virtual for the event, scheduled on October 16-17. In the press release, MSEA President Cheryl Bost explained that the size of the event would be categorized as “high risk” by Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery and MSEA has “no idea whether the state would allow” the convention to be held in October.
From the press release:
While a virtual convention will be quite different, I am confident that we will still have an engaging, empowering, and exciting event. There will be much more information to come so that all delegates have the information they need to meaningfully participate in the RA. Please continue to hold delegate elections, no delegate appointments are permitted. We are also working on how and when to best conduct workshops this year. Look for more information and updates on that front as well.
This year’s convention will look different. It will be conducted a bit differently. And we will definitely miss being together in person. But what makes the convention so special is the common purpose that motivates us, the collective vision that we craft together, and the fun that we have—and without a doubt, all of those will be on full display this year as well. I’m excited for the convention, and I know that it will be a great one.