The 2020 National Student Council Conference is where you have the chance to “Rise Up and Lead” with students and advisors from across the country. Taking place July 22–24, this year’s free, virtual conference provides idea sharing, leadership training, and learning opportunities to strengthen your student councils. Visit www.natstucoconference.org for more information!

Please note that if you were previously registered for the in-person event, you must re-register for the virtual event.

The OASC has already mailed this information to students who had originally registered for Nationals, but feel free to share this information with your whole council.

All attendees must register themselves, so please share this link with your students, fellow advisors, parents, and administration!

How many of my council members can register? All may be registered to attend.

You can attend this convention EVEN IF you are not a member of NATSTUCO this year.

Secure your spot soon, registration closes Wednesday, July 15.

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On June 10th we had a meeting with Yukon Superintendent, Dr. Jason Simeroth, Yukon High School Principal, Melissa Barlow, and Yukon STUCO Advisor, Darryl Andrews, on where the district stood regarding our Fall State Convention in light of COVID-19. Dr. Simeroth stated Yukon was not comfortable hosting an in-person State Convention in the Fall or Spring.

As we shift to a virtual platform, please note that while things will look different this year (as a lot of things we face in the Fall will), we plan to bring the same quality content while respecting the limitations of the forums we are doing them in. Content will probably be offered only Saturday/Sunday (November 6th/7th) instead of our traditional Saturday, Sunday and half day Monday. Election process and campaigning will look different this year. Some content will be offered at a view at your convenience while general session content will be reviewed for must haves--content will be slimmed down/combined to respect everyone's time/attention span on a digital forum.

Thank you ahead of time for your patience as we work through these issues in the coming month. We will put finalized information out as it comes.

I know that some of you are waiting for guidance on Fall District Conventions--some of you were able to have Spring District Conventions before the shutdown while others did not due to the shutdown. The sad truth is that I know just about as much as you on what Fall will look like at this juncture. It would be a good idea to touch base with your Principal and Superintendent about where they stand on an in-person convention BEFORE signing any contracts for a convention in the Fall. I would also take into consideration that even if your school district is all in, you may want to survey the schools attending your convention on where they stand on sending delegates. The OASC Board will adhere to guidance from the CDC in the Fall as we make recommendations.

Please note that the OASC has procured a subscription to a 1000 person capacity Zoom Account that any district can use to host a virtual conference. It has a three person host capacity--so three officers can run the meeting/be the only individuals with screen sharing capacity/control muting of the entire audience/kick people out of the meeting/see when virtual hands are raised to unmute/run the chat. District Convention hosts wanting to book the OASC Zoom for a virtual conference can contact me on a first come, first served basis at dreitan@norman.k12.ok.us . I can set up the invitation link for you and assign hosting ability to whomever you decide at the start of the meeting. I can also set up Zoom practice sessions with you and your officers.

For those who didn't have a Spring Convention, next Spring might be best for a virtual conference as well--hosted by the District Advisor for the purpose of elections only for the 2020-2021 school year. District Advisors may want to review their election procedures and adopt the OASC procedures when they come out later this summer for this school year. The good news is that other states have had to deal with this before us and we can take best practices on what works and does not work from them. California realized equity needed to be addressed on speeches--an "order of speeches" does not create equity for those who draw the last speech as kids have tuned out by then. Speeches will likely be posted ahead of the convention instead of live this year so that schools and voting delegates see every speech/candidate before voting.

On the issue of Gold Chapter, the OASC Board will be getting together to review how COVID-19 may have affected points schools can accrue--identifying items that some schools may not have been able to take part in to give points across the board on.

We are all in this weird experiment together. Please note you can always feel free to reach out to me with any of your questions or concerns.