Our member survey made it clear that many of you are excited to get together in person for the annual conference, and you want to do so as safely as possible. To that end, and with the guidance of the board of directors, AHCJ will require in-person attendees, staff and all speakers to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required during the registration process.
We realize that some people cannot be vaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption. Members with such an exemption will be required to attest to their exemption during registration. Members with an exemption will also be required to wear a mask when indoors and participating in the conference program.
We also know that some may not yet be ready to travel and join us in person in Austin, so we are also offering a virtual attendance option. While we cannot offer every in-person session to a virtual audience, virtual attendees will be able to stream select sessions live and submit questions in real time to the moderators of those sessions. Virtual attendees will have on-demand access to recordings of select sessions. The virtual platform will also have interactive networking abilities, allowing you to connect with other virtual attendees, and a virtual exhibit area.
Our staff and board have been keeping a close eye on the Delta variant, and we continue to plan the conference with the utmost safety in mind for all attendees. We are working closely with the Austin Hilton on the best way to execute a safe conference, and you can find additional links and information on the conference homepage.
We will update our planning and safety protocols in the weeks and months ahead, utilizing the CDC’s public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people as our guide. Please check the conference page often for the latest conference planning and information. We will also continue to add session, workshop and field trip information to the conference homepage in the weeks to come.
We look forward to safely seeing those who can attend in Austin and to hosting a wonderful annual conference in late October.