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State 4-H Ambassadors Present the 4-H Youth of the
Month for September!

 

The Washington State 4-H Ambassadors recognize the 4-H Youth of the Month honoree for September, Bailey Anderson of Clallam County! The Ambassadors are proud to highlight 4-H youth monthly throughout the year!


National 4-H Week Is October 2 – 8, 2022!

National 4-H Week is October 2nd through the 8th. The theme, Opportunity4All, is a campaign developed by National 4-H Council. The celebration is intended to highlight the remarkable 4‑H youth in your communities and showcase the incredible experiences that 4‑H offers young people. Join this year’s celebration on social media using #4HWeek, #4H, and #OPP4AL

10 Ways to Celebrate National 4‑H Week

For over 100 years, 4‑H has inspired families, shaped careers, and impacted communities. On October 6 through 12, we will celebrate the impact of 4‑H during National 4‑H Week. Here are some ways you can celebrate 4‑H!

Host a 4‑H Rally

With permission, host a4‑H rally at a school or community center. It’s a great way to bring the community together to celebrate and show the pride of your local 4‑H program

Give Back

Local programs are always looking for resources to continue growing the programs. Help programs like the Flying Squirrels or Green Turtles (not real clubs, by maybe) thrive by making a donation that can help provide supplies to kids in the area.

Wear Your 4‑H Gear

Nothing says 4‑H pride like a 4‑H tee! Dress yourself (or the entire family – pets included!) in 4‑H green and clover gear, available at Shop 4‑H.

Set Up Information Booths

If your local grocery or hardware store allows, set up a table to share information about your local 4‑H program. You can display 4‑H posters, hand out flyers, or showcase the work of local 4‑H’ers.

Shout-Out a 4‑H’er

Kids love 4‑H. They enjoy the time they spend with 4‑H friends, look forward to their next 4‑H meeting, and plan all year to show off what they’ve learned. Recognize the hard work and dedication of 4‑H’ers by shouting out one or an entire club on social media.

Storefront Displays

In some communities, you can ask local businesses to display 4‑H posters. Many may be willing to dedicate their entire storefront to 4‑H signs, memorabilia, and décor for the week.

Become a 4‑H Volunteer

If you are a 4‑H alum, you might be looking for ways to reconnect with 4‑H. Consider giving your time to a local 4‑H club by becoming a volunteer.

Share Your 4‑H Story

Take to social media to share a 4‑H memory, express how 4‑H shaped who you are today, describe what 4‑H means to you, post an old 4‑H photo, or shout-out your 4‑H club. Use and follow the hashtag #InspireKidstoDo, share your story, or read stories similar to yours.

Have a 4‑H Reunion

4‑H alumni often credit 4‑H for the connections they’ve made, remembering the friends they made and those who they may still keep in touch with today. Gather your old 4‑H friends and spend some time together reminiscing on your 4‑H experience or recreate your 4‑H project together!

Send a 4‑H ‘Thank You’

We all have a reason to thank our local 4‑H leaders. Whether you grew up in 4‑H, you have kids in 4‑H, or you’ve witnessed the positive work of 4‑H in your community, send a ‘thank you’ note to your local Extension/4-h office to show your appreciation,


Upcoming Strengthening Families Training for Facilitators Scheduled For October 14-16 in Wenatchee

Jennifer Leach

A Strengthening Families, 10-14 Training has been scheduled for new facilitators working as a team of three. The training information is as follows:

Date: Friday through Sunday, October 14-16. Facilitators must attend all three days of training to be a “certified SFP facilitator”

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Wenatchee, WA at Confluence Technology Center

Cost: FREE as the training is being provided in partnership with WSU Extension Parenting Team and DBHR (Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery

Deadline Date to Register: October 3, 2022. 

For registration and general SFP questions: Contact Ana Maria Diaz Martinez at a.martinez@wsu.edu

Questions about training: Contact Jennifer Leach at jleach@wsu.edu

Questions about facilities or accommodations: Contact Margaret Viebrock at viebrock@wsu.edu

The registration link Is
https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4JgS4V0grRi6kwm

The Athena Forum Training Calendar Link is  https://theathenaforum.org/event-calendar/month/2022-10


New Zoom Series Number Two! – Introduction to Still Life Drawing!

Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month and kick-off the new 4-H year with a FREE Zoom workshop series!  Second in the series is Introduction to Still Life Drawing on Sunday, October 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Pre-register at the link below to receive the zoom workshop link. Introduction to Still Life Drawing will cover drawing static objects (things that do not move such as fruit or flowers). Participants should plan to attend with some items found around the home or in the yard that they want to try drawing. Items such as leaves, flowers, whole fruit, or shells make good still life subjects. Please come to the zoom with paper (drawing paper or white copy paper), pencils, colored pencils, and eraser. It is helpful to also have a shading tool (blending stump or tortillon or even some tissue/toilet paper), kneaded eraser and vinyl eraser if you have them on hand. Sometimes a drawing kit will have all the necessary tools at a reduced price from buying individual pieces. Youth age 11 and younger should attend the zoom with an adult helper.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 9, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://wsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuc-yqrjMpG9biIS02X0P516VUpEuHmlg_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


 

Do you wonder about water pollution? Think fun times speed by too quickly? Curious about the nails on your fingers and toes? Read on, cool cats!

Hispanic Heritage Month STEM activities here!

How are sea animals affected by water pollution? – Natalia, 10, Florida

If you ever visit the beach, take a look at all the animals: crabs scuttling across the sand, seals bobbing on the waves and sea stars tucked into tide pools. Maybe there are even whales spouting on the horizon. Earth’s oceans are home to thousands of creatures. But, as you know, human pollution reaches our waterways and all the animals that live in them.

To learn more, I talked to my friend Erica Crespi, an associate professor in the Washington State University School of Biological Sciences. Crespi studies how animals that live in water respond to all kinds of stresses, including pollution.

Get the full answer here!

Why does time fly when we are having fun? – Isaac, 7, Australia

If you’re having a great time playing at the beach or camping with your family this summer, the day might zip right by. But the long drive to get to your fun destination might seem to take forever.

To understand why time seems to change based on our activities, I asked my friend Alana Anderson, who just earned her Ph.D. at Washington State University. Anderson studies how people, especially babies and little kids, manage their behaviors and emotions.

Get the full answer here!

Why do we have toenails and fingernails? – Chloe, 12, Texas

Maybe you like to paint your toenails beautiful colors or admire the dirt under your fingernails when you come in from playing outside. But you’re right to notice that nails must be more than just decoration.

To learn more, I talked to my friend Edward Johnson, an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at Washington State University. Johnson reminded me that humans are primates, just like gorillas or orangutans. If you look closely at a primate’s hand or foot, you’ll see their nails look a lot like yours. They’re wide and flat at the ends of their fingers and toes.

Get the full answer here!

Know a kid with a science question?
Help them submit it for a chance to be featured in a future Q&A.

Submit a question!


Level 1 Shooting Sports Trainings Are Coming Up!

Ashley Hernandez-Hall

Hello WSU 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers and Families!

We are excited to let you know we have three Level 1 training opportunities coming up for volunteers interested in getting certified as Archery, Rifle, or Shotgun project leaders.

Please sign up via this link below: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29P4dO6sABV5sN0

Here are the training options. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Eligibility for attending includes:

  1. Be a fully enrolled 4-H volunteer in WA
  2. Successful completion of the National 4-H Online Shooting Sports modules. The fee for the online course is $20.00.

Required Range Training Options

Spokane WA

Cost: $45 for one discipline, $60 for two
Date: October 28th-30th, 2022
Disciplines: Archery and Shotgun or rifle (shotgun and rifle occur concurrently, so you need to pick one)
Times: October 28th, all disciplines 5:00pm – 8:00pm classroom training
October 29th, Rifle and Shotgun, 9:00am – 6:00pm (with 1-hour working lunch)
October 30th, Archery, 9:00am – 6:00pm (with 1-hour working lunch)
Location: 222 N. Havana St, Spokane, WA 99202
Notes: Lunch on 10/29 & 10/30 will be provided. Bring your own hearing and eye protection

Silverdale WA

Cost: $0
Date: November 4th & 5th, 2022
Discipline: Archery only
Times: November 4th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm classroom training
November 5th, Archery 9:00am – 6:00pm (with 1-hour working lunch)
Location: 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
Notes: Meals not provided, but training is in the Kitsap Mall which has a variety of options to choose from.

Puyallup WA

Cost: $40
Date: November 18th & 19th, 2022

Discipline: Archery or Rifle only (both disciplines will occur concurrently, so you need to pick one)
Times: November 18th, both disciplines 4:00pm – 7:00pm classroom training
November 19th, Archery & Rifle, 9:00am – 6:00pm (with 1-hour working lunch)
Location: 2606 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371
Notes: Dinner on 11/18 and lunch on 11/19 will be provided. If you are doing rifle, please bring eye protection.

Ashley Hall, Ph.D.
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4-H Assistant Professor
Washington State University
Snohomish County Extension
C: 425-521-0357 (voice and text)
a.hernandez-hall@wsu.edu


“Prepare2Respond” – Mitigating Disease Risk through a Learner Engaged Approach

Paul Kuber

As the 2022 fair season ends, it is time to engage with fair management and their employees and volunteers, encouraging them to participate in “Prepare2Respond”, mitigating the risk of a serious disease outbreak at fairs and expositions.  The summer of 2022 offered a glimpse of the impact that could potentially happen with High Pathogen Avian Influenza (HPAI). WSDA’s immediate call to action by limiting bird movement and asking fairs to keep domestic foul off the grounds helped limit the potential impact.  What happens when diseases first point of discovery is during the event? Are fairs and fair management ready to respond? When a fair is the first point of contact, prior planning and awareness could speed up the response and minimize the effect that the disease has on the fair or exhibition, the spread of the disease, and the impact, if zoonotic, to attendees and participants.

Prepare2Respond is a national offering that has been developed by experts in the field of biosecurity and animal management and has been peer reviewed for accuracy. This free training opportunity aims to:

  • Protect the livestock show and exposition participants, staff and attendees;
  • Public perceptions of the livestock industry; and the
  • Economic stability of communities hosting fairs and expositions

Participants will be offered 3 learner engaged modules:

  • Introductory
    • Audience all who are interested in disease response or an understanding of biosecurity.  Livestock event personnel and first responder’s would be the primary target audience
    • Secondary audience would be anyone who has a need in understanding biosecurity and disease management spread.
  • Livestock event Personnel
    • Primary audience anyone that helps execute the fair – managers, boards, superintendents, veterinarians, livestock and/or animal directors
    • Secondary audience would be exhibitors (youth and adult), volunteers, and anyone interested in career exploration
  • First Responder/Emergency Response
    • Primary audience anyone that helps execute the fair – law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMT
    • Secondary audience would be exhibitors (youth and adult), volunteers, and anyone interested in career exploration

Please share this website with your local fair management and staff including volunteers.  Encourage them to act on this to prepare for disease mitigation through “Prepare2Respond”.

https://prepare2respondprogram.org

For more information, please contact Paul Kuber at pskuber@wsu.edu.

You can also use this QR code for a factsheet on P2R and YQCA.

Paul S. Kuber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
State 4-H Agri-Science Specialist
Northeast Region Livestock and Forage Specialist
Washington State University Extension
222 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
W: 509-477-2185 C: 614-302-1600 pskuber@wsu.edu


First In A New Zoom Series – Make Bread In A Bag!

Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month and kick-off the new 4-H year with a FREE Zoom workshop series!  First in the series is Bread in a Bag – 4-H Clover Rolls on Sunday, October 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  The recipe and supply list will be sent to all who pre-register via Zoom in advance (at least 24 hours) of the workshop.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 2, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://wsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckcuqhrDosG9SLCCZKiT7m81nA85AGCD2V

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


SAVE THE DATE! 4-H Showcase Prior to WSU Football vs, Cal October 1st!

Denise Echelbarger

SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 1st!  Event Time Is Set For 12:30 pm!

A showcase of WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development is taking place in Ensminger Pavilion in Pullman at 12:30 pm. two hours before kickoff of the Homecoming Football Game against the California Golden Bears, The event features Ferdinand’s Ice Cream and 4-H fun for all!

Purchase tickets to the game in the Washington 4-H block HERE

https://www.facebook.com/events/640539957369651/?ref=newsfeed


 

509 Show Circuit Hosts Livestock Judging & Leadership Day

Mark Heitstuman

The 509 Show Circuit is hosting an event open to FFA and 4-H students. Livestock Judging and Leadership Day is scheduled for October 1 in Moscow, Idaho.. Livestock for the event will be provided by the University of Idaho. All are welcome to attend. Awards will include buckles, banners, duffle bags, and cash awards. Lunch will be provided, and kids will receive a t-shirt. Parents can bring kids or schools can come as groups, as this is a Saturday event.

Registration information is included below. If kids or schools need help covering the registration or if there is a financial burden, help is available.

If you have any questions contact

509 Show Circuit Director of Operations Alyx Cory at 509-951-4213. or at alyx@509showcircuit.com


State 4-H Fair Board Positions Are Open

Tom Gwin, State 4-H Fair Manager

The Washington State 4-H Fair Board of Trustees will have several positions open this fall.  The board is accepting applications for appointment to the board.  Adult positions are open in all four districts: northwest, southwest, northeast, and southeast.  In addition, there are two teen positions open on the board of trustees.  The positions will be filled by appointment by the board of trustees upon the recommendation of the board’s executive committee.

The fair board is also accepting recommendations related to the State 4-H Fair.   All recommendations will be reviewed by the board of trustees.

The board applications, recommendation forms, and the trustee guidelines are attached.  Board applications and fair recommendations are due by October 1 to the address on the forms.

Any questions may be referred to the State 4-H Fair Office through the remainder of this year’s fair.  The fair office telephone is 253-770-5410.  Questions can also be submitted via email to st4hfair@wsu.edu.

 Links;

Washington State 4-H Fair Trustee Guidelines

Washington State 4-H Fair Board Adult Application

Washington State 4-H Fair Board Teen Application

Washington State 4-H Fair Recommendation Form


An Invitation to Participate: 4-H Conference of Southern States

Jana Ferris

All volunteers and 4-H professionals are invited to participate in the 2022 Volunteer Conference of Southern States, held October 6-9, 2022 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonville, Georgia. There are both in-person and virtual options for attending and the workshop offerings are amazing! Check out conference details at 4hvcoss.com  Contact Jana Ferris (ferrisj@wsu.edu) with any questions.


Youth Livestock and Poultry Biosecurity Learning Modules Updated

 

Pam Watson, M.Ed., WSU Lewis County Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty

JOANNA CUMMINGS
Livestock and poultry are susceptible to infectious diseases and many of these diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people. A few more well-known zoonotic diseases include ringworm, rabies, and soremouth. The most effective strategy for protecting farm animal health is to prevent or reduce the chances of introducing a disease into a herd or flock.

An online learning experience about livestock biosecurity was developed during a five-year livestock biosecurity grant project, directed by Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Associate Professor Julie Smith. The result was the Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture (HFHA) Biosecurity Learning Module Series. The learning modules are appropriate for students in grades 6 to 12, FFA and 4-H participants, college students studying animal science, and other agriculturally related youth groups.

The link for the learning modules, teaching guide, certificates of completion and more is https://learn.healthyagriculture.org.

The goal of the series is to create a new generation of biosecurity advocates. The first four modules help youth in agriculture discover biosecurity, the preventative measures that protect farm animals from the spread of infectious diseases. The last two prepare youth to communicate what they have learned with others.

Topics for the six modules—plus a hands-on activity—include:

  1. What is animal biosecurity – an introduction to biosecurity concepts.
  2. Routes of infection and means of disease transmission.
  3. Finding sources of disease transmission – students become biosecurity inspectors.
  4. Farm biosecurity management plan – students learn how to develop a biosecurity plan.
  5. Public speaking for biosecurity advocates I – students create a persuasive public presentation.
  6. Public speaking for biosecurity advocates II – students learn how to deliver a persuasive speech.
  7. A “SCRUB Kit” was also developed during the project, with hands on activities that complement the learning modules.

Updated learning modules were released in 2022, incorporating interactive elements and accessibility improvements.

Discovery learning is key to the design of the learning modules’ interactive curriculum. Students are presented with questions or tasks to complete to which they might not know the answers. They are also given supplemental information that introduces biosecurity concepts and helps the students make logical decisions. A printable guide is available for instructors with additional ideas and activities, career suggestions, and sets of homework and quiz bank questions.

There are three paths available for interacting with the biosecurity learning modules:

  1. A self-guided experience for students where the modules are hosted at Wisc-Online through Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges system.
  2. Learn as part of a course – this option is for learners who are assigned one or more modules to complete on their own as a course requirement.
  3. Learn with a leader – club and group leaders guiding learners through any of the modules.


Rabbit Virus and Avian Influenza Updates From the State Veterinarian – WSDA

Pam Watson, M.Ed. – 4-H Faculty, WSU Lewis County Extension

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has provided an update on RHDV2  They have had two detections of the virus this year, both in single premises homes where all the rabbits perished (one in King County and one in Thurston County). The King County whole genomic sequencing indicated that it was the SW strain.  The Thurston county case WGS results are pending. Individual infected sites are quarantined for 60 days.  There are no detections in wild or feral domestic populations at this time in Washington State.

RHDV2 is now considered a stable endemic disease in the Western United States and there is a domestic vaccine now available for conditional use. More information on the virus, biosecurity recommendations, and the vaccine is available at:

https://agr.wa.gov/departments/animals-livestock-and-pets/animal-health/animal-diseases/rabbit-disease

Amber J Itle, VMD MS, Washington State Veterinarian, recommends all exhibitors vaccinate their rabbits.

New WSDA Self-reporting Health Status Survey for Your Flock

The WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture) has a new way for people in surveillance zones to self-report the health status of their flocks. Current active zones are in Jefferson and Snohomish Counties! If you search on their map and you are located in an active surveillance zone, you’ll have the opportunity to report on the health of your birds and request a consultation with a state vet on steps you can take to improve biosecurity in your flock. The searchable map can be found here:

Washington State Avian Influenza Outbreak Map (arcgis.com)

Self-reporting can help the WSDA and the poultry industry in WA State get back to normal earlier than 30 days in the affected zones.  There are just a couple of questions for you to answer on the e-form and it should take you 5 minutes or less to fill out the survey.  Thank you for participating and supporting our avian health efforts in Washington State.

Poultry and Fairs!

Here are The WSDA is providing some new links and information specifically focused on fairs and education.  They have also created some signage to support biosecurity and reporting efforts. For more information, click Fairs | Washington State Department of Agriculture.


Washington State Veterinarian Releases Letter Addressing Avian Influenza and Fairs Recommendations

The WSDA strongly recommends temporarily suspending poultry shows, exhibitions, or swap meets until 30 days after the last detection of HPAI in the state.  Commingling birds from many farms is extremely high-risk for disease transmission and has potential to create a superspreader event.

Read and download the complete letter HERE


AVIAN INFLUENZA UPDATES

Articles and Links

All About Avian Influenza

If you have poultry or know someone who does, please read through this material and use the links as needed. Currently, the surveillance areas are for 10 kilometers/about 6.2 miles and for 30 days from the point of origin, current information at https://agr.wa.gov/departments/animals-livestock-and-pets/avian-health/avian-influenza/bird-flu-2022, you can see when and where there are confirmed cases around the state. This first one is the updated WSDA website it has the daily update and a brand-new interactive quarantine area map. There is also a new map showing all of the positive locations in the U.S.  As of May 17th, at 10 AM there are eight confirmed positive backyard flocks (small flocks), in eight different counties in the State of WA.

Fairs will make their own decisions but remember it is still early for most fairs to make a call on hosting poultry shows at county/community fairs and the surveillance is for 30 days.  At this time, this is not a quarantine other than for the properties that have been depopulated.

Currently, migrations of wild waterfowl are the major mode/vector/fomite that is spreading Avian Influenza. However, attention to bio-security practices should be enhanced so that we (people) and our modes of transportation as well as other animals do not become fomites. There is MUCH more information below and many links to help answer your questions and a link to watch a recorded broadcast via YouTube with our WA State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle from 5/12/22.

Pam Watson, WSU Lewis County Extension 4-H and Poultry


Avian Influenza in Washington State – What all bird owners should know and think about …

 Avian Influenza is in Washington State and since birds use a flyway and don’t stick to the freeways it should be considered everywhere.

Be extra careful during wild bird migration seasons (spring and fall) particularly wild waterfowl, to protect your flock from infectious diseases. Where possible keep birds inside or undercover and check coops, pens, and poultry houses regularly for areas that allow wild birds to perch, nest, or interact with domesticated fowl. Learn more about biosecurity at: bit.ly/DefendtheFlock-Resources (available in several languages).

Please report any unusual or high rates of illness or death in your flocks: WSDA Sick Bird Hotline at 1-800-606-3056.

 For food safety questions, call WSDA Food Safety Program at 1-360-902-1876

Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to report sick or dead wild birds Report Wildlife Observations (arcgis.com)

AVIAN INFLUENZA – HOW POULTRY OWNERS CAN PROTECT THEIR FLOCK

Below is a recording of a 2021 WSDA webinar on highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and steps poultry owners can take to protect their birds from this disease. In this webinar you will learn:

  • What HPAI is and signs to look for in your flock
  • How the global conditions are similar to the 2014/2015 outbreak of HPAI that reached Washington
  • What effective biosecurity means and practical steps you can take to protect your flock
  • Where to find additional resources about biosecurity
  • When and how to report bird health issues, including suspected avian influenza

You can watch the avian influenza webinar on YouTube.

Pam Watson, M.Ed.
WSU Lewis County Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty


May 13, 2022   |   Contact:  State Veterinarian (360) 902-1878

Quick Links to HPAI Information in Washington
Dr. Amber Itle Washington State Veterinarian

Good morning!  With an all hands on deck response effort at WSDA to contain HPAI, I’m having trouble getting these emails out to you all in a timely way.  Please regularly check these resources for up to date information.  You can join our WSDA bird flu Facebook group, watch pre-recorded you tube videos, monitor our bird flu website and check our WSDA new release website for information about detections in new counties, as well as any guidance about shows and fairs. Please distribute widely.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Responses may be delayed, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Washington Bird Flu Updates 2022 | Facebook
WA State Veterinarian Bird Flu Q and A
WSDA News Releases
2022 Washington Bird Flu Detections
2022 Confirmations of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Commercial and Backyard Flocks
2022 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Birds


COVID-19 RESOURCES


4-H COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
UPDATED MARCH 12, 2022

Washington State University has adopted the Governor’s updated mask policy which is effective March 12, 2022.  This policy eliminates the general masking requirement in both indoor and outdoor situations, unless specifically required for a particular location for health reasons (such as clinics).  Also eliminated is the general requirement for social distancing among vaccinated individuals.  WSU has extended the relaxation of the masking and distancing requirements to those employees who have exemptions from the vaccine requirement (for religious or medical reasons) and have approved accommodations at their workplace.

WSU Extension has therefore adopted the following:

Vaccination Requirements Continue

The vaccine mandate for WSU employees and volunteers remains in place. WSU employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption with an accommodation on file to engage in work with WSU Extension.

Masking Policy Changes

WSU Extension has adopted the Governor’s mask policy effective March 12, 2022.  This policy eliminates the general masking requirement in both indoor and outdoor situations, unless specifically required for a particular location such as health care settings and public transportation.  This extends to individuals who have an approved accommodation based on a medical or religious exemption, who no longer are required to wear a mask as a condition of that accommodation.

Social Distancing Changes

WSU Extension applies the relaxation of social distancing requirements to those volunteers who are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption with an accommodation (for religious or medical reasons) on file at their workplace or county office.

PLEASE NOTE – individual offices and locations may continue to require masking and/or distancing at the office level for all office programs in light of local risks and conditions.

 

GOVERNOR INSLEE’S VACCINATION PROCLAMATION

Announcement Revised September 7, 2021

Governor Jay Inslee issued a health and safety proclamation on August 20, 2021, in response to a continued state of emergency that exists in all counties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety proclamation, as ordered by the Governor, includes employees, contractors and volunteers engaged in activities with state agencies and in educational settings. Therefore, WSU (including WSU Extension and the 4-H program) is required to comply with Governor Inslee’s recent vaccination proclamation directives.

With regard to volunteers, below are a series of references, deadlines and explanations that provide further details.

  • The Proclamation (21-14.1) can be found HERE.
  • Deadline: All current WSU Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated or exempted by October 18th. Volunteers who are not fully vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption on file by October 18 will be put on inactive status. They will not be able to engage in any volunteer activities with WSU Extension until proof of full vaccination can be observed or until an exemption request has been reviewed.
  • Proof of vaccination: Contact your local 4-H office for information on how to share proof of your vaccination status..
  • Exemption process: The state-level exemption process (for religious or medical reasons) can be found at https://extension.wsu.edu/volunteer-exemption/https://extension.wsu.edu/volunteer-exemption/

More information on WSU’s Vaccination Policy is available on the web at https://extension.wsu.edu/vaccination-policy/.

Questions regarding WSU’s Vaccination Policy can be directed via e-mail to extension.vaccinepolicy@wsu.edu


A Reminder: COVID-19 Resources Available from WSU Extension
The WSU Extension COVID-19 Updates and Resources page is updated as new information becomes available. The Link to the page is https://extension.wsu.edu/covid-19/


WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCE GUIDE
FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:
Caring for Your Family During COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families has created a
resource for parents during COVID-19. The WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 was developed to help parents and their families navigate the pandemic and the days to follow. The publication is available at
https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/sites/default/files/pubs/FS_0039.pdf


Updated September 27, 2022