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Statement(s) on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)      
Please see the statement(s) below from the Texas FFA Association, Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, and the Texas FFA Foundation regarding this unprecedented COVID-19 situation. More information and details will be shared as it is available.

3.20.2020      

The Texas FFA Association, Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (ATAT), and the Texas FFA Foundation have been continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Our first responsibility remains the health and safety of everyone involved with agricultural education in Texas – including students, advisors, chaperones, stakeholders and staff.

Since the last statement on March 17th, there have been several more restrictions placed on schools, businesses, and communities by local, state, and federal government authorities. This afternoon the Texas FFA Association Board of Directors made the decision to extend the suspension of all Texas FFA Association activities through at least Monday, May 4, 2020 to align with the decision of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to extend the suspension of all UIL activities through that date.

To reiterate, here is what that means:

• All district and area face-to-face meetings should be postponed through at least May 4, 2020.

• No travel for state FFA officers and staff except in approved, necessary instances through at least April 10, 2020 (to be reevaluated at the Texas FFA Board of Directors Meeting).

• Remote work for the Texas FFA Association, ATAT, and Texas FFA Foundation Staff starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for at least two weeks (to be reevaluated at the Texas FFA Board of Directors Meeting).

• Closure of the Ford Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Leadership Center to all visitors beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through at least April 10, 2020 (to be reevaluated at the Texas FFA Board of Directors Meeting).

• Postponement of the Ford Leadership Scholars banquet, originally scheduled for March 29, 2020.

• The Texas FFA Association Board of Directors will meet remotely for their 3rd Quarter Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.

• The Texas FFA Foundation Board of Directors will meet remotely for their 1st Quarter Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

• Postponement of all area and state level career development events.

Texas Team Ag Ed Staff is working quickly to try and address these rapid and fluid changes to the situation. We hope to be able to communicate plans and resources to district and area leaders soon! Current plans remain in place for all other Texas FFA Association events scheduled beyond May 4, 2020, though these activities remain subject to change as the COVID-19 situation develops. Texas Team Ag Ed is monitoring the situation and will make programmatic adjustments as needed. The operations of the associations remain underway, and any changes in operations or programming will be communicated with teachers and stakeholders as quickly as possible.

We continue to encourage all local FFA chapters to follow the directives provided by their local school districts and to focus on proactive measures regarding personal and community health. Please continue to monitor information from the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services for the appropriate next steps.


3.17.2020      
The Texas FFA Association, Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (ATAT), and Texas FFA Foundation have been continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Our first responsibility remains the health and safety of everyone involved with agricultural education in Texas – including students, advisors, chaperones, stakeholders and staff.

Since last Wednesday, there have been a number of developments in regard to the COVID-19 situation across the nation and in the state of Texas. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially classified COVID-19 as a pandemic and on March 15, 2020, the Center for Disease Control released a recommendation to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. In addition there were historic cancellations and postponements of major livestock shows, high school athletic and academic competitions, as well as collegiate and professional sports nationally; all in the attempt to flatten the transmission curve of COVID-19. We know these recent developments have left agricultural science teachers, FFA members, and supporters with many questions regarding upcoming association events, activities, and programs. 

The Texas FFA Association Board of Directors convened via conference call on Monday, March 16, 2020 and made the difficult decision to suspend all Texas FFA Association activities through at least April 10, 2020.

Here is what that means:

• All district and area face-to-face meetings should be postponed (if you have a district or area application submission deadline, check with the respective leadership of that group to determine if it is still in effect).

• No travel for state FFA officers and staff except in approved, necessary instances through April 10, 2020. 

• Remote work for Texas FFA Association, ATAT and Texas FFA Foundation staff beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for at least two weeks. During this period of remote work, EMAIL will be the most effective means to contact/communicate with FFA staff. Please see all staff responsibilities/email addresses at the end of this message.

• Closure of the Ford Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Leadership Center to all visitors beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through at least April 10, 2020.

• Postponement of the Ford Leadership Scholars banquet, scheduled for March 29, 2020.

• The Texas FFA Association Board of Directors will meet remotely for their 3rd Quarter Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.

• The Texas FFA Foundation Board of Directors will meet remotely for their 1st Quarter Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

• Postponement of all area and state level career development events.

We know that last bullet point is going to raise a lot of questions. In a conference call hosted yesterday with our spring Career Development Event providers, the COVID-19 situation has shut down university campuses to staff, students, and large groups through the end of the semester. This means that our spring area and state CDEs will not be able to be held on the date or at the location originally scheduled. Please know that the Texas FFA Association staff and board of directors will consult with the CDE Advisory Committee and are looking at all possible alternative dates, locations, and delivery methods to conducting area and state CDEs. This will be a major topic of discussion at the March 30th Texas FFA Board Meeting, and more information will be provided after that meeting. Additionally, as this situation progresses, it may be necessary to reimagine area degree checks, scholarship checks and area conventions. Know that Team Ag Ed is closely monitoring these options and hope to be able to provide support and guidance to areas should these contingencies be necessary.

Current plans remain in place for all other Texas FFA Association events scheduled beyond April 10, 2020, with the exception of Career Development Events, though these other activities remain subject to change. Team Ag Ed will continue to monitor this situation and make adjustments to deadlines and due dates as needed. Additionally, no accounts will be blocked in the Texas FFA Roster and no late fees will be assessed on delinquent balances at this time. Operations of the Association and staff remain underway. In the event circumstances change, we will make decisions and communicate accordingly.

We continue to encourage all local FFA chapters to follow the directives provided by their local school districts and to focus on proactive measures regarding personal and community health. They should regularly monitor information from the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services for the appropriate next steps. Resilience and grit are two qualities the Texas Agricultural Education family are known for, hold tight, we will make it through this!
 

   
 
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