Dear Coaches, Students, Parents, and Staff –
You’ve seen this letter, and others like it probably 1000 times the last couple of weeks. We are deeply concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19, and the wave of school closures, tournament cancellations, and event postponements that have resulted. We are particularly sensitive at this time to the disappointment felt by many students who have had most of the remainder of their speech and debate season cancelled. We feel your frustration, and share it acutely.
We want to let you know that we are, at present, continuing to prepare for SWSD2020. We are making our arrangements and eagerly anticipating hosting a fantastic camp for our students. We are, however, carefully monitoring the circumstances, paying close attention to guidance from the CDC, and evaluating the situation at ASU. We will continue to reassess as the situation changes.
If we hold camp as planned, we will continue to take all precautions necessary to protect the health and well being of our students, including having staff dedicated to student life, and full cooperation with the ASU Health Services team. If the situation changes substantially, we may decide to move to online instruction, or we may decide that it is in everybody’s best interest that we cancel this year’s session. Of course, in that event, we will provide full refunds to anyone who has paid us for registration/tuition. If you should wish to cancel your participation, we will also provide full refunds.
We hope things will settle down soon. We hope everybody stays safe and healthy. Please follow the relevant CDC guidance for good health and hygeine, and practice social isolation as much as possible. The more we can do to “flatten the curve”, the better off we all will be (and the likelier that we’ll be able to have camp!)
You are the reason that we choose to run this camp each year. We want to wish you all the very best in this difficult time.
The SWSD Administrative Staff