Updated June 22, 2021: COVID-19 Protocols for Participants in 4-H Experiences

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As of June 22, 2021:

All parents and guardians of New Hampshire 4-H participants
are required to review these guidelines. 

The safety of our youth, families, volunteers, and event participants remains New Hampshire 4-H's overriding priority. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure, all participants in in-person 4-H experiences must adhere to the following guidelines before, during, and after the event. 4-H experiences include club meetings, events, SPINs, farm visits, or any other in-person 4-H activity or program.

Signing into your 4-H Experience: 

Upon signing into the 4-H experience,

  • All participants (youth, parents, volunteers, etc.) MUST answer health questionsIf any answers reflect symptoms, the participant will be asked to leave the program. 
  • All participants must review the below 4-H protocols.

Protocols for 4-H experiences: 

1.  Physical-distancing, face-covering use:

We are not allowed to ask if participants are vaccinated!
This works on the honor system and the trust of our 4-H members, volunteers, and participants. 

Fully Vaccinated: 

  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors.
  • Masks are optional indoors unless required by an external partner, or a local business, etc.

*Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the final shot.

Not fully vaccinated: 

  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors except where physical distancing cannot be maintained +
  • Masks must be worn indoors as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Masks should be worn in, particularly in crowded outdoor settings or during activities involving sustained close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

+ Physical distancing guidelines:

  • 3-ft apart within own cohort
  • 6-ft apart if eating/drinking, even within own cohort
  • 6-ft apart if with other cohorts
  • 6-ft between campers and staff

2. Wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently.

Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available and should be used frequently. Once home, hands, clothes, and tools should be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water.

3. Do not share equipment or supplies.

Participants and instructors are not allowed to share equipment or supplies unless they are thoroughly sanitized between each use (e.g., hot glue guns, animal leads, computers, etc., must be cleaned between each use).

4. Monitor yourself and your family members for symptoms.

If you begin to show flu-like symptoms or become sick during the program, You will be isolated from the rest of the group until a parent/guardian can arrange for you to leave.  It is recommended you contact your healthcare professional. For testing locations and Covid-19 related questions, visit www.nh.gov/covid19, or call 211. 

5. Agreement of Risk.

Even with extensive protocols in place, UNH cannot guarantee there will not be a case of or exposure to COVID-19 in youth programs. Should that occur, health and safety for all participants and staff are the priority. 

Parent and legal guardians, please note:

By allowing your child to participate in a UNH 4-H experience, Upon signing into your 4-H experience, you are acknowledging that you have reviewed this document and understand and agree to its contents and expectations. You also understand that these protocols may change and that UNH reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to fluid COVID-19 conditions. Further, my child(ren) and I will abide by all protocols required by UNH and its youth programs to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure, and I understand that the risk of COVID-19 exposure is possible, and you assume that risk for my child(ren).