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ANNOUNCEMENT! 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.
INTERNET BASICS


How do you teach kids what data is? Show them. In the latest 4-H at Home activity, kids can learn exactly what the internet is with the help of augmented reality to visualize all those bits and bytes.

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GARDENING FUN 101

Learn more about basic gardening and get your hands dirty with this series of six fun gardening projects for kids in grades 3-8.

Brought to you by Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Extension Program, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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HEARTLAND BEES


Native bees are important pollinators that help plants make fruits and seeds, and the American prairie is home to many different kinds of bees. In this series of activities, kids will learn about the importance of native bees for foods we love to eat, and how they do what they do, and how we can help protect them. Brought to you by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Utah State University, and National 4-H Council’s Ag Innovators Experience Native Bee Challenge.

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THE NURTURING POWER OF NATURE

Nature is made up of an almost infinite number of small things that work together every day to make a humongous impact. In this series of activities perfect for Earth Day, kids will get an up-close look at a few of the creatures and natural processes that keep the world going .

Brought to you by Colorado State University Extension.

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Save the Date! 2022 Washington State Junior Horse Show

4-H International Exchange Program Begins Recruitment for Summer 2022 Season  

 

The States’ 4-H International Exchange Program is beginning the new Outbound recruitment season for summer 2022, and they have partnered with seven amazing countries (Argentina, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Norway, Romania, and Taiwan), who are ready to share their homes and culture with our youth! After the lull in 2020 and 2021, with delegates unable to travel due to the pandemic, States’ 4-H is hopeful the summer of 2022 will be a dynamic and immersive experience for all.

A general flyer describing the program with country information can be found by clicking HERE. An information sheet with dates and program cost breakdowns can be found by clicking HERE. Families can apply directly for the Outbound Program from the following link: https://smr.to/p71518 . This link can also be found on the Outbound Program Information and cost PDF documents.

Informative flyers Have been created for each host country. Contact your County Extension 4-H office, or International Exchange Coordinator Sadie Williams at sadie.williams@wsu.edu for more information.

The vaccination policy for States’ Exchange is posted below. This policy is ever changing and fluid, which means it could be updated at any time:

States’ 4-H strongly recommends that all students and chaperones receive vaccinations, but that at this time COVID vaccinations are not required by States’ 4-H. However, this policy could change in the future and either States’ 4-H, airlines, or international partners may require vaccines to travel/participate in the future.

  • Coronavirus health and safety guidelines will continue to evolve throughout the year, and are subject to local, state, and national health policies and restrictions
  • We are having ongoing discussions with international partners to establish COVID-19 policies and procedures that prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our travelers throughout their international exchange. These full guidelines will be shared later this Fall. 
  • States’ 4-H follows travel guidelines and recommendations issued by the Center for Disease control and U.S. Department of State.

States’ 4-H International will also be hosting students through the summer Inbound Program. Information and flyers regarding the Inbound Programs will be shared soon for any families interested in hosting an exchange student.

The States’ 4-H Exchange Page with more information can be found here: States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs (states4hexchange.org)

We hope this will be a very exciting summer where travel will again be a safe and fun experience!