On March 9, 2020, Governor DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Ohio Department of Education, Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, and Ohio DECA remain committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, the 2020 BPA State Leadership Conference and the 2020 DECA Career Development Conference are cancelled.
ODE has created a website for updated cancellations: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Department-Meeting-Event-Cancellations
In lieu of the scheduled event, ODE staff is meeting with the board, teacher advisory group, and necessary stakeholders to discuss possible competitive alternatives, financial resolutions, and more. "We recognize this is not an ideal situation, but the safety and well-being of members, volunteers, and staff is our top priority."
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health asks all Ohioans to engage in and promote the practice of everyday preventive actions.