8 ways we’re preparing for Leadership Summit
October 4, 2021
Are you ready for your first in-person conference in, like, forever?
ACSA is excited to welcome education leaders from throughout California to join us at the 2021 Leadership Summit, held Nov. 4-6 in San Francisco.
One of ACSA’s priorities is the health and safety of our members, conference attendees and staff supporting Leadership Summit. In partnership with Hilton San Francisco Union Square, ACSA will adhere to all official government and local authority guidance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.
As such, the 2021 ACSA Leadership Summit in-person event will require of all attendees:
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (City of San Francisco mandate for indoor events over 1,000 or indoor events of any size serving food and beverage)
  • Masks when indoors (other than when presenting or eating)
“We have a duty of care — we need to provide as much safety as we possibly can to keep people from getting sick, and we want our attendees, staff, presenters and guests to feel safe when they come to our events,” said ACSA Events and Operations Director Danelle Buckley.
Here are some things we’re thinking about to get ready for ACSA’s premier professional development conference.
1. Packing our vax cards and masks. In compliance with San Francisco’s public health order and out of concern for the safety of guests, ACSA will be performing health and vaccine status checks of all attendees upon arrival. To receive their conference badge, attendees will be required to upload proof of vaccination and matching photo ID to the CLEAR App (available in both Apple and Google Play Stores) and plug in the Summit event code several days prior to arrival. Attendees will also check in for daily health screenings each morning to receive a colored wristband to indicate they have been checked prior to entering the event space. Attendees will also be required to wear masks while indoors unless actively presenting or eating.
2. Preparing for things to look a little different. There will be a few changes and accommodations to enhance safety. Socially distanced seating will be available in presentation rooms and seats will be spread out in the general session room. Food service will look different as well, as there will be no preset tables, no self-service buffets (staff will serve you), and an emphasis on boxed lunches and pre-prepared meals.
3. Adding ticketed events now. We’re considering attending these ticketed events: Women’s Leadership Luncheon (Thursday), Equity Luncheon (Friday), and Awards Dinner (Friday night). With COVID meal service procedures, it’s important to reserve space now. For those already registered, add these events by going to bit.ly/ACSASummit2021 and clicking on “Already registered” near the Register Now button.
4. Planning for sight-seeing. With 369 restaurants and 104 attractions within a third of a mile from the hotel, we’ll have to prioritize what to do in our free time after sessions wrap for the day. The early keynote to close the conference on Saturday also leaves plenty of time to explore. Just make sure to have proof of vaccination, as it is required to enter indoor San Francisco bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms. Attendees may want to get their digital vaccination card at the state’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website, myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
5. Participating in new ways. ACSA has launched a virtual simulcast of Leadership Summit for attendees who wish to access a portion of the content without the need to travel — visit bit.ly/ACSASummit2021 to check out the virtual agenda and register. The 2021 Leadership Summit will also make use of new mobile-friendly tools that will allow in-person attendees to find what room their next session is in, and allow in-person and online attendees to answer live polls and ask questions of presenters.
6. Celebrating ACSA. Join ACSA from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday for a special reception and champagne toast in honor of ACSA’s 50th anniversary. Help us celebrate by sending “old school” photos from region and state events to content@acsa.org.
7. Telling our friends. We’re messaging those valued colleagues, mentors and friends in districts near and far to let them know we’ll be there and want to meet up.
8. Checking out the agenda. Agenda and presenter information has been added to the Leadership Summit website. We’re plotting out our “must-see” sessions, such as “RE-VISION: No Old Ways in New Days” and “So You’re 1:1, Now What?”
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