California 4-H Youth Development Program
The State 4-H Office and County 4-H staff continue to monitor information regarding COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community. Please check here regularly for updates on statewide 4-H events.
We encourage all 4-H families and volunteers to prioritize their health when making decisions about attending events or traveling.
CDC poster: How to Stop the Spread of Germs
CDC site: When and how to wash your hands
CDC site: Steps to Prevent Illness - includes how to disinfect surfaces
Information about meetings/events/gatherings, based on UC-wide protocols and CDPH guidance. (updated 3/24/2020)
UC guidance has modified some of the CDPH guidance to be more restrictive:
- All UC ANR-hosted meetings, events and gatherings of any size that are scheduled to take place through April 30, 2020 must be conducted via Zoom, postponed or cancelled.
- Leaders and event planners should assess meetings, events amd gatherings that are scheduled for May 1-31, 2020 and plan for the possibility that there may be extension of this directive, requiring additional cancellations.
- UCANR personnel and volunteers need to follow this guidance and cancel or postpone events that meet the above criteria. Communities or venues may have variations and of these limits based on the local situation. Consult the County Public Health for local information.
In addition to guidance and monitoring by the CDC and the CDPH, each County’s Public Health Officer is monitoring this situation and may have additional guidance specific to your community and the local health risks.
- Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled
County 4-H Events
Please check with your county on the status of county events and activities. Each county is following the directive of their county public health agency as well as the state (CDPH) and national (CDC) guidance.
Register to stay informed about events
Unless otherwise noted, scheduled state and national events are still happening.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR EVENTS YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN.
- Registered participants will be notified FIRST about any changes to the event.
- Registering and submitting workshop proposals for future events allows planning to go forward.
Changes to 4-H state and national events (as of 3/30/2020)
March 28-Apr 2 - National 4-H Conference - Rescheduled to Sept. 26 - Oct. 3, 2020
April 3-5 Camping Conference - Postponed pending new date
April 5 - Volunteer training-Backstage Pass Fun with a Purpose - Postponed to Fall 2020
April 13 - Western Heritage Training Workshop - Cancelled
Horse Education Contests will be postponed until May or June.
The 4-H Horse Classic will not require a Qualifying Horse Show to participate. A checklist for county leaders is being developed as guidance on who can participate. Date is still pending.
May 30 - State Field Day is cancelled in person, but some contests will be virtual, with winners announced on May 30. More details to be announced.
April 29-May 10 Spring Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign is postponed until further notice.
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