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COVID-19 4-H Meeting Guidelines

Effective 4/7/2021, Tulare County has moved into the ORANGE, MODERATE tier.  

Tulare County is currently in the Moderate (orange) Tier assignment on the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  Remote/virtual meetings are encouraged. 

In order to have an in-person Indoor or Outdoor 4-H meeting/event/activity, the 4-H Adult Volunteer must have completed the UC ANR COVID-19 Safety Training Survey for 4-H Adult Volunteers - Tulare County and passed the quiz with 100%.  

When meeting in-person, limit occupancy based upon those provided for UC 4-H Activities and Programs.  Ensure that the facility will allow for physical distancing with 36 square feet per person.  If there is not enough space for 36 square feet per person, the 4-H volunteer/leader must reduce the number of people or identify and use a different facility.

County Tier Status

Indoor

Outdoor

Widespread (purple)

NO indoor in-person meetings, programs or workshops

Maximum 10 persons

Maintain 6ft. distance between participants during activity.

Substantial (red)

Capacity = Area of Room / 36 sq. ft. per person

or maximum 25% of room capacity, whichever is lower.  No more than 100 people.

Maximum 100 people

Maintain 6 ft. distance between participants during activity.

Moderate (orange)

Capacity = Area of Room / 36sq. ft. per person

or maximum 50% of room capacity, whichever is lower. No more than 200 people.

Maximum 200 people

Maintain 6 ft distance between all participants during activity

 *Decisions to allow 4-H in-person meetings are at the discretion of the UCCE County Director with direction from the County Public Health Officer.  Any unauthorized in-person activities will not be covered by UC insurance and may not be included in 4-H record books. Corrective actions will be taken if 4-H volunteers or families host or participate in any unauthorized in- person 4-H activities.

Be sure to do the following for all in-person (Indoor and Outdoor) meetings:

  1. Complete the 4-H Safety Protocol Checklist at least 2 weeks prior to hosting the in-person meeting, event, or activity.
  2. Display the Procedures for 4-H Meetings during COVID-19 poster at all meetings and events (printed copies are available from the 4-H Office, if needed).
  3. Post the Symptom Survey at the meeting so that everyone can see the questions AND have a greeter that will document attendance on the Attendance Log. If someone answers YES to one of the Symptom Survey questions, he/she may NOT stay at the meeting.  The Attendance Log must be kept by the adult volunteer in charge of the meeting, event, or activity for 15 days, after which it must be destroyed.

For ideas and tips on in-person meetings, refer to the Planning Strategies for In-Person Meetings and Strategies to Reduce In-Person Meeting Size There is also an In-Person Meeting Frequently Asked Questions document.

Refer to the 4-H Virtual Toolbox for guidance, resources, and tips on club meetings, virtual projects, and club management. Remember that not all families will be comfortable meeting in-person, therefore alternatives need to be offered, consider having a virtual option for the in-person meeting.

Upcoming Events

Do you have an idea for Virtual 4-H Event during COVID-19?  Submit a Virtual Event Proposal Plan to mederos@ucnar.edu for approval.

Tulare County 4-H 2021 Virtual Favorite Foods Day event will take place via Zoom on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  There is no cost to participate.  Entries are submitted on-line and are due Friday, April 9, 2021.

County Level Fashion Revue Event Options - Fresno County 4-H is hosting an in-person COVID-19 compliant event at the Fresno Fair Grounds on Saturday, April 24, 2021, entries are due April 15th.  Kings County 4-H is hosting a Fashion Revue with on-line questions, photos, and video submissions due Saturday, April 10, 2021.  All county winners (one per category per age division) are eligible to participate in the Virtual State Fashion Revue.  Click on the links above for more information about each event.  

Leader's Council Meeting - Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 6 pm; Contact the 4-H Office for meeting link; click here to download the Minutes from the 2/22/2021 Leaders' Council Meeting.

4-H Staff Contact:

Rochelle Mederos
4-H Community Coordinator
University of California Cooperative Extension
4437-B S. Laspina St., Tulare, CA  93274
559-684-3300
559-685-3319 fax
mederos@ucanr.edu 

Photo of Rochelle Mederos