Updated May 25, 2022
Hosting conferences and events in a world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has required significant changes, especially regarding attendee safety. As the pandemic continues and we prepare to welcome the charter school community to Washington, D.C., we are cautiously optimistic. Naturally, we want to ensure all attendees have a safe and enjoyable experience. Still, we also acknowledge that we are entering a new and different environment where many things remain unknown.
We have received a small number of inquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement to attend the conference and wanted to take a moment to address the concerns. Our protocols for the conference were put in place several months ago and provided assurances for attendees who would be uncomfortable registering without these requirements in place. Although many things have changed, we believe the protocols remain necessary to prepare for unknown future circumstances, such as a possible resurgence of high infection rates or a return to stricter health guidelines by the CDC or the District of Columbia. In such a case, we would likely be unable to change course quickly enough to hold the conference next month and comply with new guidelines.
We believe the COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements currently in place to attend the 2022 National Charter Schools Conference will ensure we succeed in protecting our community and each other as best we can and will also ensure we are as prepared as we can be if heath guidelines should change. We have developed this policy with much thought and deliberation, and it is not a decision we make lightly. We take the safety of our 2,500+ attendees very seriously and staying safe and healthy is our shared responsibility.
We greatly value the feedback we've received. However, we believe the decision to require the COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test is appropriate for this year's conference. If you cannot join us in Washington D.C. this year, we will miss you, and we are hopeful that you will be able to join us in Austin, TX, for the 2023 conference.
As health guidance evolves and new information becomes available, we will update this page.
State and Local Guidelines
We will follow health and safety recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will post additional details about the health and safety protocols for NCSC22 on this page and email all participants with updates in advance of the event.
During the registration process, you will be asked to confirm that you will uphold safety guidelines and protocols. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions about health and safety measures.
Proof of Vaccination and Negative Covid Test
In order to be admitted to the NCSC22, all participants and speakers will be required to share proof of both vaccination and a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours before the start of the event. We strongly recommend completing these steps at least 24 hours before you join NCSC22.
All participants are required to upload documentation via a secure, third-party portal, or verify documentation on-site. We will be sharing details regarding the portal as the conference draws closer. If you have technical issues, please be prepared to bring proof of vaccination and a photo of your negative COVID test results to check-in.
Your name badge will serve as your entry “ticket” into all NCSC22 events. Only participants who have verified vaccination and negative test results will receive a name badge. No one will be admitted into meeting rooms or exhibit space without a conference name badge.
COVID Safety Protocol FAQs
How do I provide proof of vaccination?
All participants are required to upload documentation via a secure, third-party portal, or verify documentation on-site. We will be sharing details via e-mail regarding the portal as the conference draws closer.
What type of COVID-19 test will you accept?
Participants will be able to upload negative test results from a PCR or rapid antigen (at-home) test to be taken no sooner than 72 hours prior to arrival on site.
What happens if I do not upload my immunization card or test results prior to my arrival?
You will not be allowed to obtain your conference badge or participate in any in-person programming until we have received your proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 test. If you have technical issues, please be prepared to bring proof of vaccination and a photo of your negative COVID test results to check in.
Do participants still have to wear masks in common areas, practice social distancing, and follow other D.C. mandates regarding COVID-19?
It depends! Mask requirements, social distancing expectations and other community safety standards will evolve based on public health conditions and the prevailing requirements put in place by local public health authorities. The National Alliance will share updated guidance as NCSC22 approaches.