4-H FAQs Related to COVID-19

Updated: June 22, 2020

  1. What types of 4-H programs and activities are currently available for youth participation? 

Virtual Programming led by staff or volunteers

The preferred method of program delivery is “virtual/online.” Most planning efforts should focus on these types of programs for the remainder of the summer. Please review our tips for safe online programming.

Small-Group Programming

In person, physically distant youth programming led by staff or volunteers (this includes continuing our current “no contact/individual” programming. This will apply to groups of 10 or fewer initially, and will increase to larger groups when health guidance permits. Work with your 4-H or PYD Educator to develop plans and seek organizational approval.

 

2. When can 4-H members start meeting in small groups of 10 or fewer? 

We are planning for July, however this will depend on organizational readiness AND public health guidelines.  The Division of Extension has a safety protocol that allows for “small group” 4-H programming. This will apply to groups of 10 or fewer initially, and will increase if health guidance permits.

 

3. As an adult volunteer, will I need permission to lead a small 4-H group of 10 or fewer? 

Yes. Plans will need to be created using the Extension template, with the 4-H Program Educator who will seek organizational approval through their Area Extension Director (AED).

 

4. What counts as 10 or fewer people in one location? 

10 people including adults is a “small group”.  Multiple small groups may meet in a large location where the groups can remain separated and physically distant.

Examples may include:

Multiple spaces in the same venue such as a school, library or community center could be part of a program plan where groups would remain separated and physically distant throughout the event. Plans should include how young people will access the unique spaces without congregating, and logistics around parking, drop-off and pick ups.

A park with several groups of 10, each with separate volunteer/staff with proper cleaning between groups. The groups could rotate between activities, or facilitators of activities could rotate between groups to offer a safer experience. It will be important to ensure the space also allows for physical distancing between other park attendees.

 

5. When can large 4-H groups with over 10 participants begin meeting? 

We are planning to scale up to groups of 50 by the end of the summer, anticipating remaining at maximum 10 through at least July, however this will depend on organizational readiness AND public health guidelines.  The size of groups will increase or decrease depending on the health recommendations at the time.

 

6. What is the status of 4-H overnight camps and travel programs? 

Due to increased risk with prolonged exposure overnight camp and travel programs are cancelled through August.

 

7. Can pre-fair events still take place including Clothing Revue, Foods Revue, Cultural Arts, etc.

Yes, members may participate in pre-fair events sponsored by 4-H with an approved plan that conforms with no-contact for June or an approved small group plan in July. Plans will need to be created using the Extension template, with the 4-H Program Educator who will seek organizational approval through their AED.

 

8. Can 4-H staff and volunteers promote partnership opportunities in newsletters, emails,  social media, etc? 

If the program/project or activity is with an established partner organization, 4-H Program Educators and 4-H Volunteers can promote the experience using this standardized disclaimer:

This is not a 4-H experience.  Due to the health concerns, 4-H members are discouraged from participating in large gatherings of any kind. Members choosing to participate on their own will not be covered by 4-H insurance during their participation in this experience and 4-H assumes no responsibility should participants become sick as a consequence of their participation. 

Please note: 4-H Program Educators and 4-H Volunteers are not able to share any participant information with a partner organization.

 

9. Can 4-H staff and volunteers promote non-partner opportunities in newsletters, emails,  social media, etc?

For all other non-partner opportunities, 4-H Program Educators and 4-H Volunteers should not promote these activities.  This includes not listing the event/activity in a county 4-H newsletter, social media or emailing information about the event/activity using any 4-H email list.

Please note: 4-H Program Educators and 4-H Volunteers are not able to share any participant information with any non-partner entity.

 

10. Can 4-H members and 4-H volunteers wear 4-H apparel at non-4-H events?

Yes. 4-H members and 4-H volunteers can wear shirts with 4-H clovers to non-4-H events.

 

11. Can 4-H members exhibit at the fair?

Due to the health concerns, 4-H members are encouraged to avoid large gatherings of any kind and to attend only events that are following Extension guidelines, including distancing and face coverings. However, 4-H will not prevent young people from exhibiting individually.  Members choosing to participate on their own will not be covered by any 4-H insurance during their participation and 4-H assumes no responsibility should they become sick as a consequence of their participation.

 

12. Can a 4-H Club or 4-H group conduct a program or activity at a local county fair?

Typically No. 4-H programming will not occur during large gatherings or activities.  Activities held during a county fair typically will not meet the Extension requirements listed above, given that fairs are large gatherings. Activities associated with the fair that are not held when the fair is open to the public, and that can meet the required precautions may be considered.

To explore virtual opportunities, please contact your local 4-H Program Educator.

 

13. Is UW-Madison liability coverage provided for non 4-H activities? 

No. UW-Madison risk and liability coverage is only available for approved Extension programs and activities including 4-H.  Participation in an un-sponsored activity is not covered.

 

14. Are 4-H members covered by 4-H accident insurance if they show at the county fair? 

Accident insurance for 4-H members is not required but strongly recommended.  Each county 4-H program that carries member accident insurance should check with their provider to determine what types of programs and activities are covered.

 

15. Can 4-H volunteers and families volunteer at the county fair? 

Due to the health concerns, 4-H staff and volunteers are encouraged to avoid large gatherings of any kind. However, 4-H will not prevent people from volunteering individually.  Volunteers choosing to participate, against 4-H advice, will not be covered by 4-H liability insurance during their participation and 4-H assumes no responsibility should they become sick as a consequence of their participation.

 

16. Can a 4-H Club or 4-H Group participate in a parade in July or August?

Under a current guidance, a parade typically will not meet the Extension requirements listed above, given that parades are large gatherings. There is no guidance available for August and later.

 

17. Can a 4-H Club or 4-H Group operate a food stand or sale?

Program participants should not interact with numerous individuals where social distancing is not possible. Food stands with made-to-order food will not be able to comply with the program planning guidance listed above.

Food sales of pre-packaged items that are contactless may be allowed with approved plans.