Dear Valued Members,
It is with deep regret that CCEA+ must postpone the annual Conference from April to September 2021. Even though we have made tremendous strides to create, prepare and structure a conference with your health as our top priority, San Diego County health officials and the Port District will prevent CCEA+ from hosting the events in April as planned. To further complicate their latest rules, local officials have no guidance from the state on how to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 for professional gatherings.
Therefore, the CCEA+ board, in concert with state and local officials, have decided to move the conference weekend to the fall. The new Conference dates will be September 16 – 19, 2021 in San Diego, CA.
We are now working through the ramifications of this devastating news, and have already taken immediate action to reschedule and contract the new dates at the same venues, including the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel and the USS Midway. We understand the inconvenience this brings to those of you who have already made arrangements to be with us. As a member and a full-time educator traveling to San Diego, I understand that personally. We hope that you can understand the gravity and impact of the situation for our nonprofit organization and our Alt. Ed. community.
As before, ALL conference purchases and Model School Gala reservations will be honored and credited automatically for the new dates, with no further action required by our members and school districts. All deposits for the CCEA+ Model School Gala and the conference will be transferred to the new dates. Existing hotel reservations will be automatically cancelled and can be re-booked at your convenience. We’ll have more detail on the Conference page for you.
We are working hard in the background to bring you the best experience possible this September, with seminars, speakers, break-out sessions, camaraderie and fun overlooking the ocean. We will be able to celebrate our 2020 and 2021 Model Schools and professional awards in person, and can’t wait to see you then. There will still be a virtual component to the Conference for those of you who cannot be with us.
Thank you all in advance for your understanding of this matter. The nature of this pandemic and the dynamics of reopening have been challenging to say the least. We sincerely appreciate your flexibility and patience while we navigate the mandates and changes due to Covid-19 as CCEA+ relies on the support of our members.
We want to thank you for the tremendous support you have shown CCEA+, especially over the last 12 unprecedented months. We continue to strive toward our shared purpose — to advocate for the interests of alternative education, students and staff. I know the Alt. Ed. community is eager to share our best practices and network once more. Until we are able to meet again, we wish all our members a safe reopening of schools.
President, CCEA Plus