National Debate Coaches Association National Championship

2020 — Bloomington, IN/US
Subject NDCA Statement on the Coronavirus
Sender Shunta Jordan
Recipients All Registered Schools Public Forum judges
Public Forum judges Lincoln Douglas judges
Lincoln Douglas judges Policy
Sent Sunday 8 March 2020 at 7:43 PM
Text of message

Hi all

We've had some questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will impact large events, including the NDCA National Championship. As of now, everything is still on and we expect it to remain that way — Indiana is not under a travel advisory.

In the meantime, the best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus including COVID-19 is to use the preventative strategies used during cold and flu season, including:

· Washing hands regularly with soap and water and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.

· Properly covering coughs and sneezes.

· Being mindful if you develop any cold and/or flu symptoms including chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, nausea, etc.

In the speech and debate context, we'd also recommend telling your debaters to avoid the end-of-round handshake for the time being — students can communicate their appreciation of their peers and judges verbally or with a friendly wave.

In addition, anyone who elects to wear a mask during rounds may do so without penalty.

The NDCA would like to make it clear that we are not the expert authority on this issue. As such, many of the decisions and plans around quarantines or school closures will be led by the federal government with assistance from state emergency management officials

We are in contact with Indiana University on a daily basis and we will update you as soon as possible with any new developments.

- The NDCA

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