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The University of California Cooperative Extension for Santa Clara County, including the 4-H Youth Development Program staff is working remotely. We are still here to answer your questions and address needs during this unprecedented situation and will return your email as soon as possible.  

Susan Weaver, 4-H Program Representative,

Evelyn Rumsby, 4-H Community Educator,

Chloe Tuckness, 4-H Student Assistant,

Fe Moncloa, Ph.D., 4-H YDP Advisor,

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 please access the Santa Clara County Public Health website:


Santa Clara County Directive for 4-H Programs

planning for in-person meetings/events/gatherings

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 safety recommendations. We are extremely grateful to our 4-H members, volunteers and 4-H families who are making efforts to keep our 4-H community safe.

Coronavirus Update on 4-H Activities, Updated 3/23/2021            

Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community. We encourage all 4-H families and volunteers to prioritize their health when making decisions about attending events or traveling. Santa Clara County will be entering the Orange Tier of the State’s the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy effective March 24, 2021. Santa Clara County continues to experience COVID-19 transmission, and the danger of COVID-19 to our community has not subsided. The County Health Officer urges all of us to continue exercising caution even as certain restrictions are lifted by the State. Just because the State allows certain activities to resume or adopts certain COVID protocols, that does not mean that those activities are safe. The best practice continues to be to meet remotely when possible.

The entire order of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department may be found here.

The Risk Reduction Order may be found here. As it applies to 4-H gatherings, project meetings and ranch participation, the guidance of the Risk Reduction Order will be followed.

The CA Statewide 4-H Basic Safety Standards for In-person Meetings Include:

  1. Do not or participate in any in-person 4-H activities if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if you or someone you have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19.                          Symptoms include:
  1. Fever or chills
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. Headache
  7. New loss of taste or smell
  8. Sore throat, congestion or runny nose
  9. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  1. Always maintain six feet of distance between people. (36 square feet per participant)
  2. Wear cloth masks or face coverings when you are attending in-person meetings/gatherings
  3. Maintain hygiene practices. Frequently clean and disinfect workspaces and equipment, wash hands often, and use hand sanitizer. (do not share equipment)
  4. Meetings should be conducted remotely whenever possible. In-person activities must follow occupancy limits and other protective measures as noted, based on a county’s tier assignment on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Additional 4-H Guidelines:

  • In person meetings must submit a application and receive 4-H office approval to meet in person and project leaders will be responsible to report contact tracing information after each meeting
  • Any unauthorized in-person activities will not be covered by the UC insurance and may not be included in 4-H record books.
  • In-person meetings may not exceed 16 total participants, for example, two volunteer approved adults and fourteen youth
  • 4-H meetings that are not held remotely are to be held outdoors or in covered areas with ventilation (example would be a garage with open garage door, open windows and doors for cross ventilation)
  • The Ranch participation schedule will be maintained by the ranch manager(s) and allow for proper social distancing and proper handwashing and sanitation measures

Additional Resources:

  1. Symptom Survey
  2. Attendance Log
  3. Procedures for 4-H Meetings during COVID-19
  4. Planning Strategies for In-person Meetings
  5. Strategies to reduce in-person meeting size
  6. Frequently Asked Questions


Some of the applicable Risk Reduction Order restrictions to 4-H meetings and gatherings are included below.

  1. Definitions
  2. For purposes of this Order, a “gathering” is any indoor or outdoor event, assembly, meeting, or convening that brings together people from separate households in a coordinated fashion. The limitations on gatherings set forth in this Order apply to gatherings for any purpose, including for economic, social, religious, cultural, or other purposes such as, by way of example and not limitation, a conference, worship service, performance, or party.   
  3. Limitations on Gatherings.Gathering with individuals from separate households remains strongly discouraged because it carries significant risk of getting COVID-19.  Indoor gatherings are particularly risky, and gatherings should be held outdoors to the greatest extent possible.  Participants in gatherings of any size must adhere to Health Officer directives applicable to gatherings, including restrictions on the size of gatherings, and also the Social Distancing and Face Covering Requirements set forth above in Sections 9&10. 

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Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4-H shares a statement on COVID-19 and its impact on 4-H communities and the response of the 4-H program across the country.

Coping with the stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19

true leader responsibility for others

Visit California 4-H for links to more information regarding COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For relief information, see Covid-19 Assistance.

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