PATH Intl. COVID-19 Bulletin
May 8, 2020
COVID-19-Specific Updates for PATH Intl. Centers, Individual Members, Certified Professionals & Friends .
During this time, when in-person courses are few and far between or cancelled altogether, never fear, PATH Intl. accepts 100% online courses for adult and child CPR and basic first aid certifications—both for initial certification and renewal. There is no need to request a waiver or exception from PATH Intl. in order to complete online courses. Please make sure, as always, to complete your courses through a reputable organization to make sure you get the best training possible.
What's the impact of the pandemic on the 2020 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting?
Many individuals might be curious about the impact of the pandemic on the 2020 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. The truth is, at this point, we're just not sure. The status and the shape of the event are dependent upon many external forces such as new hotel rules around attendee numbers and rooming rules, travel policies, governmental mandates in St. Louis, etc. The team is exploring all options and we thank you for participating in the survey we sent regarding member's positions on attending. Stay tuned! As we piece this puzzle together, the association will apprise members of official decisions. Watch for updates in the PATH Intl. eNews where we will keep you apprised of ongoing developments.

For Centers with Accreditation Due
PATH Intl. is granting one year extensions to premier accredited centers with lapse dates between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The one year extension is in response to financial hardships many centers are facing,and with the uncertainty of travel in the months to come. With this additional time, PATH Intl. and the Accreditation Sub-Committee will work to train new site visitors to support additional visits in fall of 2021 and through 2022. To maintain accreditation during the extension period there will be a discounted accreditation fee Since this new reality continues to evolve and change, PATH Intl. will continue to evaluate the environment in the year to come and communicate updates if changes are warranted.

For Centers Applying for a New Accreditation
New center applications will be accepted during the period of April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Visits for new accreditations will only be conducted if the center can meet all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in place at the time of the scheduled visit and if site visitors can safely travel. Site visitors are volunteers on behalf of PATH Intl., and he uncertainty of travel in the months to come will be considered when scheduling a site visit.
More FREE reopening webinars in the pipeline
We're looking for member content ideas for two new presentation concepts!

Creative programming in the time of social distancing
The COVID-19 pandemic has once again shown just how creative and resourceful PATH Intl. members are. We've loved learning about the clever ways some centers are planning to comply with social distancing rules while resuming services. If you have ideas for creative programming while social distancing as centers reopen, please send them to Kathy Alm for possible inclusion in a new webinar.

Welcoming back your wonderful volunteers
When surveyed, a big concern reported by center staff was attracting volunteers to return to the center once services resume. We're looking for your ideas! Has your center done a bang-up job of recruiting in tough times previously? Has your volunteer coordinator already expressed cool ideas for filling up that calendar once regulations are relaxed? Please share your ideas with your fellow members who might be struggling to come up with their own plan. Send your thoughts to Kaye Marks .
It seems whenever there's a crisis the number of creative scammers grows along with their confidence. PATH Intl. encourages everyone to keep their wits about them as they are approached by strangers with great new ideas for ways to earn funds, receive government funds, etc.

Opportunist robo-callers, fake websites and phishing emails are getting more sophisticated.Please do your due diligence, trust your gut, never be pressured and never hesitate to ask for references and ways to filter out the frauds.
We continue to research and gather information to assist centers in maintaining operations during this challenging time. If you have suggestions or ideas, please email Kathy Alm . We might include those ideas in a future communication.