Each region has had many questions from teachers regarding the POW review process that we have all undertaken. This email, while long, is meant to give some clarification and reassurance.
First of all, these are unique times and we all understand the apprehension and fear of the unknown as we move forward. We want to be transparent about the process and ease any anxiety that this pandemic has caused in relation to your program review.
Your school is now shut down at least until April 27th. We have postponed all remaining FFA activities including State FFA Convention. We totally understand that this is going to result in a number of standards being impossible to meet. This is not a reflection of your performance. This is a reality. We fully expect every POW in the state to reflect that the following standards were not met:
- State FFA Convention
- Parent member banquet
- 10 FFA meetings
It is a good possibility that depending on what your chapter plans were for the remainder of the year that you might also miss the
- CDE standard
- LDE standard
- Leadership activity standard
- Maybe even the Advisory Committee standard.
The point is that we need your POW to reflect the true picture of what you were able to accomplish before the virus shut all of us down. We have asked that any standard that was not met due to school closures and cancelled activities be put on an addendum and signed and added to your POW. This allows us to excuse the fact that this standard was not met while still presenting an accurate picture of what occurred. We understand that no one who takes pride in the job they do wants to mark a "No" for something that was not their fault. But the "integrity" point that we have been emphasizing all year would say that you would be equally offended by alleging you attended an activity that never even happened. Please know that we are all in this together. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, but in this case a "Yes" to an event that did not occur will raise more eyebrows than a "No". If the event happens to be conducted at a later date during this POW year then you will have the opportunity to go back and change your answer.
Look at it like this: A few "No's" let's us know that you were in for a busy Spring.
This is not a trick or a way to cut funds...simply an attempt to be honest, transparent, and truthful about how this virus has affected our ability to conduct our programs.
Breathe, and be honest with your evaluation in all areas. Integrity should be maintained at its highest point. Once it is lost, it can be hard to recover.
Stay well, keep a positive attitude, and I hope to see you soon.
(full disclosure: some content of this email was copied from another region director. See, Integrity!)
Quality, Integrity and you gotta love the kids!!!
Mr. Stacey Beacham
South Region Director – Agriculture Education
2802 Moore Hwy
Tifton, GA 31793