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VRPS E-Update:   Vol 17 No 21
May 20, 2020
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A Message from the President
To our VRPS Members:
As many of you may already know, VRPS has cancelled the Virginia Senior Games for this year.  As our Senior population is the most vulnerable in this crisis , our ability to ensure the safety of our athletes, sponsors, local organizers, and volunteers was our primary concern.
We did, however, want to be sure that we were able to find a pathway for athletes to qualify for the 2021 National Senior Games. The NSGA  was able to provide that pathway for the Virginia Seniors.
I personally wanted to thank Neil Luther and his outstanding staff for all the work they have done.  Henrico County has been an exceptional host of the Games in the past and present and we are eternally grateful for their support.
VRPS Directors, w e will be switching the VRPS Spring Directors Forum (Thursday, May 21st at 1 pm) from a Go to Meeting to Zoom meeting,  which is a little more user friendly. Please use the link emailed to you Monday, the 18th, instead of the Go To Meeting email we sent last week.  This forum is sponsored by Bliss Products and Services and is free but only open to Member Directors.
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
804-365-4693
2020 VRPS Awards Application Final Deadline EXTENDED

Hello Everyone,
The deadline for the Awards submissions will be moved to July 15th, 2020.  We know many agencies have had staff working offsite or on a limited basis and feel this would give everyone a little more time to get their submissions in for all of their great work and people that made 2019 so wonderful.  As always, if you have any questions regarding your submissions, please do not hesitate to contact your Service Area or Specialty Resource Group Committee Representative or the Chair.  We look forward to seeing your submissions!
Leslie Bowery, Chair, Awards and Citations Committee


 
Recognizing Excellence in 2019
 
Don’t forget submissions are now open to nominate the people, projects and moments from 2019 that enhanced your community, your agency and the Parks and Recreation field.  Your Awards and Citations committee is here to help answer any questions that you might have with your submissions so please contact your Service Area Awards Representative or Awards Chair.  We look forward to seeing all of the great work from 2019!
The  2020 Awards Application , recognizing excellence in 2019, is now available:
For details on award categories, review the Eligibility and Selection Criteria .
Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG)
Stay connected with us!
To make sure you don’t miss out on important updates for quarterly meetings, socials and more – join our group SEMRG VRPS <https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEMRGVRPS/> on Facebook. For instructions on how to update your VRPS profile and join our e-Blast list, click here: <https://www.vrps.com/specialty-resource-groups/special-events-and-marketing/>. If you have any questions or suggestions for SEMRG, contact Joy Johnson at joy.johnson@jamescitycountyva.gov
We want to hear from you…
For those interested in SEMRG, please take one minute to complete a survey regarding a potential Virtual Roundtable & Quarterly Meeting. Click here <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWBDKVM> to complete the survey now!
COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Services Tracker
As parks and recreation professionals, many of us are making the difficult staffing impacts and decisions of what services and amenitites we can continue to provide to the public.  The Park Operations Resource Group has created a central spreadsheet to track the service impacts to various communities.  A link to the spreadsheet can be found on the Park Operations Resource Group webpage.  The spreadsheet relies on input provided by everyone, so if you use it for information, please add yours for others to use.
For questions or technical issues, please contact Alister Perkinson at 757-207-0002.
A Message from NRPA
Please find the certification extensions that have been approved by the National Certification Board below.

We will also be granting extensions to individuals who have registered for the Computer-based examinations.
CPRP – Anyone who has an expiration date of 5/29/2020 or earlier will be provided a 90 day extension.
CPSI – Anyone that had a current exam period as of 3/23/2020 has been provided a 90 day extension. Anyone purchasing the CPSI Computer-based examination through 5/29/2020 will have 180 days to complete the examination.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Executives expiring on 9/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Professionals expiring on 9/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Aquatic Facility Operators expiring on 6/30/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 6/30/2020, to 12/31/2020. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in December. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Aquatics Program Manager Elizabeth Gonzales at egonzales@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Playground Safety Inspectors expiring between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board is extending all Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification expiration dates between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020 by 90 days.

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Julie Boland CPRE
VP of Membership and Certification
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn VA
(703) 858-4732

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2021 VRPS Management Conference
 
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Publication Online Archives and Submission Deadlines
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  • June VRPS Parks & Recreation magazine to magazine editor Amy-Jo Hendrix by May 15.
If you would like to place an advertisement, please review the Advertising Pricing and Publication schedule and contact vrps@vrps.com .
To view previous VRPS publications, follow the links below  – you must login to the website and be recognized as a VRPS member to see the archives:
Please take note of the following deadlines in regards to submitting content for the VRPS publications:
Health and Wellness Interest Group
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Are you interested in joining a Health & Wellness interest group?  This group would look to provide educational and networking opportunities for Parks and Recreation professionals who are responsible for health and wellness classes and services, as well as those who desire to improve the health and wellness of their community members through the addition of new programs.   This group would be great for facility managers, programmers, fitness directors, and other parks and recreation professionals who are seeking leadership positions and would like to broaden their knowledge through cross-training.  If this interests you, please email Julie Frederickson at Julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Young Professionals Community
Network Focus: The Young Professional Community (YPC) is designed to inspire and engage members of the recreation profession under the age of 35 (of course all ages are welcome to be involved) to become active members of Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, grow and maintain their professional network, share ideas along with asking questions to the group, and discover the benefits of professional development.
For more information about the YPC, please join the group on Facebook at VRPS Young Professional Community group. If you have any questions or have additional information to share, contact Roberto Ramos at rramos@vbgov.com.
NEW:  Playground Maintenance Instruction Course
PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PLAYGROUND HAZARDS
The National Recreation and Park Association’s Playground Maintenance Course will provide an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices. This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items
Why Attend?
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.
  • Poor maintenance is one of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.
Who Should Attend?
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Recreation Staff
  • University Seniors
  • Anyone Responsible for Playgrounds

Blacksburg, Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
NPSI
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.  Invest in Certification:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA‘s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety
Blacksburg, September 16-18, 2020
Job Opportunities
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  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings