Updated March 18, 2021: COVID-19 Protocols for Participants in 4-H Experiences

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No indoor program allowed as of March 18, 2021.

The safety of our youth, families, volunteers, and event participants remain 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.

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Prior to the 4-H Experience

1. Review all COVID-19 safety protocols below.

Overview: To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure, all participants must complete a simple health screening, wear masks, social distance, and practice proper handwashing.

2. Complete the required health screening form.

Prior to the 4-H experience, all participants (youth, parents, volunteers, etc.) MUST complete the online UNH Health Screening Questionnaire before leaving home on the day of the event.

If you are a parent/guardian with a child attending a 4-H experience, please answer the health assessment questions for your child.

Go to Health Screening Questionnaire

When you complete the health screening with no issues, you will get a screen with a green check indicating that you have completed the screening. You are required to show proof of the green check at the point of entry to the event.

We recommend you complete the screening on a mobile device and save a screenshot or photo to present upon arriving at the event/program. Other devices can be used, as long as you have a way to present the green check with the date to event staff. If at any point you answer “yes” to one of the health screening questions, you will not be allowed to participate.

A paper version of the form may also be used.

>>Download the paper form

For multiple-day programs, you must complete the screening form daily.

During the 4-H Experience

1. Present proof of having completed the health screening questionnaire.

ALL participants must show proof of having completed the online health screening form by presenting a photo or screenshot of the green check they received indicating successful completion. Alternatively, you may present the paper version of the questionnaire if it has been completed with no issues. Proof of health screening completion must be presented at the point of entry to the event in order to participate. A temperature check may be administered upon arrival.

2. Ensure you have been recorded on the event attendance sheet.

This will help with contact tracing if needed.

3. Wear a mask.

  • Participants & staff must wear disposable or cloth face coverings, particularly when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • The CDC recommends face coverings have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • Note that the use of face shields is not recommended.
  • UNH will not supply face coverings to participants. Managers should inform families to provide their own face coverings but have some on hand if one is forgotten.
  • Provide this doc from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to your staff and participants:
    Proper Face Covering Use
  • Provide ‘mask breaks’ as needed - only with additional NPIs in place (i.e. distancing, outdoors).
  • Face coverings are not required when: eating, sleeping, swimming, showering, or for ‘active activities.’

4. Maintain social distancing.

  • The density of individuals may not exceed 1 person per 36 sq ft and 6-foot separation.
  • Participants and instructors should be managed in cohort groups (pods/households) of not more than 25 individuals if outdoors. The cohort number includes staff.
  • If there are activities where 6-ft separation cannot be maintained, plan for other risk mitigation strategies (i.e. utilize other NPIs such as face coverings). These activities should be minimal and for a short duration (less than 10-15 minutes).
  • Cohort groups should not intermingle, including staff or volunteers. There can be more than one cohort group in a larger area if space allows for maintaining distance.
  • Outdoor spaces are preferred. For inclement weather, plan for indoor spaces that maintain physical distancing.
  • Carefully consider your space requirements when determining max capacity for all activities and the overall program.
  • Depending on the space and nature of the activity, it may be necessary to use barriers or screens for separation.

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5. 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.

6. 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).

7. Monitor yourself and your family members for symptoms.

If you begin to show flu-like symptoms or become sick during a program, you will be provided a list of testing facilities, recommended to see your doctor, and asked to leave the program. For testing locations, visit www.nh.gov/covid19, or call 603-271-5980.

After the 4-H Experience

1. Report any COVID-19 symptoms or cases.

If you have any of the following symptoms develop, contact your doctor and event staff or your county 4-H office:

  • Fever
  • Respiratory symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath
  • New muscle aches or chills
  • New changes in your sense of taste or smell