NEWS & UPDATES:
On March 9, 2020, Governor DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak; and on March 12, 2020 ordered schools to close for three weeks. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to escalate in the U.S. and Ohio, raising numerous issues and questions. The Governor has made it clear to limit large gatherings regardless of their sponsorship or purpose.
The Ohio Department of Education and SkillsUSA Ohio remains committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that the 2020 SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships in its traditional format at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and all off-site contest locations are cancelled. The decision to cancel events was not made lightly. The Office of Career-Technical Education and SkillsUSA Ohio continues to collaborate with stakeholders to discuss possible competitive alternatives, financial resolutions, and next steps. Over the next few weeks, staff will be evaluating contingency plans for all state competitions. You will still need to register competitors by March 23, 2020 in order to be eligible to compete in alternative contest solutions.
We recognize this is not an ideal situation, but the safety and well-being of members, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. We also echo the advice of Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health in asking all Ohioans to engage in and promote the practice of everyday preventive actions.
At this time, we ask for your patience while we develop the details of the contingency plan and alternative contest options. As more information becomes available, we will provide updates through the SkillsUSA Ohio Constant Contact and on this website
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