Dear APCO Member and Valued Supporter:
I write to you today on behalf of the KS APCO Chapter to announce that we have made the very tough decision to cancel the in-person fall conference scheduled for October 2020 in Manhattan.
Since we last spoke, several developments occurred, which resulted in a recommendation from health officials to the KS APCO Board of Officers that we cancel the conference. Following the announcement made by the Riley County Health Department regarding Health Order #13 stating “mass gathering size will be reduced to 50 people and large venues will continue to be closed” it caused KS APCO to take another look at the risk involved with having an in-person conference. Unfortunately like all other organizations (and Americans) we are dealing with unprecedented times and there is no clear answer.
Although none of us can predict what will happen next, the governance of mass gatherings went backwards (mass gatherings of 100 on June 8th and then 50 on June 23rd ). With the increase in positive cases and heightened evidence of community spread it makes sense that over the next few months (or longer) we could be back and forth with the restrictions on mass gatherings. The positive rate in Manhattan has more than doubled in 12 days (74 vs 156). Our decision was further reaffirmed on June 25th when the US Army started placing limits on soldier’s movement within Manhattan/Riley County.
With these new developments occurring over the past two weeks, we decided that the prudent thing to do, is to cancel the fall conference.
For those of you who have already registered to attend KS APCO 2020, you have two options
a) request a refund by emailing Secretary Becky Snook email@example.com
b) allow your registration fee to remain on file for the next conference. We are exploring the possibility of virtual training opportunity and will speak more about that in the coming weeks as we solidify behind the scene technology hurdles.
KS APCO appreciates your dedication and support of the chapter and public safety communications community. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for updates as they become available.
Thank you!Request Refund