Health and Safety at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference

Your safety and wellbeing during the Teaching Professor Annual Conference is our top priority. While we know this is an emerging story and much will change over the coming weeks as we prepare to meet in Atlanta, we want you to know what the team at Magna Publications and our partners at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis are doing to prepare.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following guidance issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local authorities.

Hotel Precautions

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments. As they prepare for our group, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is reinforcing recommended measures on appropriate hygiene standards. They are continuing to focus on Clean, Sanitize, Disinfect. Working in collaboration with their partners from EcoLab, their team is using EPA approved disinfectant products throughout the building.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has also purchased and placed more hand sanitizers throughout the public space of the hotel.

Conference Precautions and Policy Changes

We encourage a “No Handshake” policy at the conference, which we will provide reminders of with signage throughout the event. Our App has a “Shake & Connect” feature which allows you to exchange contact information with your colleagues simply by placing your cell phones in close proximity.

In addition, as it relates to the most affected global geographies, we are closely monitoring the CDC Travel Advisories and will have no attendees or presenters from countries designated in May as Warning Level 3 without exceptions. We will be monitoring Alert Level 2 and Watch Level 1 and follow CDC recommendations for countries named in these categories.

How Can You Help?

We encourage you to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue–discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.  If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, please do not attend the Conference.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience. We have a fantastic conference program planned and we look forward to providing you with an experience that will feed your passion for teaching with research-based, classroom-tested best practices.