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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Yakima County 4-H COVID-19 Response

Posted by alison.white | March 13, 2020

Last Updated June 17, 2020 

THINKING OF YOU
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. During this difficult time it has been wonderful to see our community come together to support one another. Please continue to encourage one another and show your support for our community with the generosity we know our 4-H families already practice. Stay safe, flatten the curve, and take care of yourself and each other. If you have any questions or concerns, or know of 4-H families struggling with their project, please contact us for support.

As always, our top priorities are (1) health and safety and (2) positive youth development. 4-H is committed to ensuring that any youth that misses an important/required event, activity, or meeting–at the club or county level–due to health-concerns is given opportunities to make-up was what missed and continue their work in 4-H. We have extended deadlines and have removed or modified requirements, and will keep adapting our program as this situation evolves.

PROGRAM GUIDANCE
We are closely following guidance from the Yakima Health District, and are modeling activity-adaptations, postponements, and cancellations on their recommendations for youth and community programs. We are also following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WA State Department of Health (DOH) regarding youth and community programs.

EVENTS
Currently, all 4-H activities (e.g., meetings, events, training, workshops, social events, trips) will take place virtually or via another method of distance-education until Yakima County is in Phase 4 of the Governor’s phased approach plan. Concerns about COVID-19 are evolving rapidly, so the 4-H office and volunteer leadership are working to draft contingency plans for summer and fall events. More details about specific events will be shared as soon as possible.

CLUB MEETINGS

All clubs are asked to either (A) reformat any in-person meetings to occur via video-conference, phone conference, Facebook groups, or email, or (B) postpone or cancel planned club meeting activities. We highly encourage you to not postpone or cancel–please contact the office for support in continuing your club meetings. We recommend Zoom video-conferencing (sign-up for a free account here). It is a great tool, with or without health-concerns, to help groups stay connected. If you need help setting up an account, let us know!

Check out our 4-H From Home page for more ideas on staying connected and continuing project work.

All Yakima 4-H clubs have access to a county-shared Kahoot Premium account now until the end of the school year.  Leaders, teens, and staff can create fun quiz games for clubs to use via Zoom or independently by members. Login at https://create.kahoot.it/ — user name: Yakima4H — password: 4Hrocks (Check out ideas for using Kahoot here and here). You can play games others have created! For example, select Discover on the top menu, then type “4-H” or “horse breeds” into the search bar to see numerous games pop up—we can use them as is or duplicate them to our shared account and adapt them.

COUNCIL & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
All council and committee meetings will meet via video-conference and phone-conference.

4-H FROM HOME
Please check out our new 4-H From Home page for resources to support club activities, independent project learning, families learning activities, and more.

LIVESTOCK PROJECT CONCERNS
We understand there are concerns surrounding purchasing a market animal project at this time. We hope this letter will help address some of those concerns.

OFFICE & STAFF ACCESS
We’re “here” to help and answer questions via phone, email, text, or video-conference. While our physical office is closed, all WSU Yakima County Extension staff and faculty are teleworking; balancing caring for themselves and loved ones, moving current projects and programs forward, and supporting the 4-H community.

If you have questions about the status of an upcoming event please contact Bonnie Abercrombie, Extension Office Coordinator (509-574-1600 or bonnie.abercrombie@co.yakima.wa.us) or Jenny Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator (509-574-1600 or jennifer.loyd@co.yakima.wa.us).

If you have questions about our response to COVID-19 please contact Jenny Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator (509-574-1600 or jennifer.loyd@co.yakima.wa.us) or Alison White, 4-H Regional Specialist (509-707-8066 or alison.white@wsu.edu).

MORE INFORMATION
For information and prevention strategies, please visit the ​CDC and the DOH websites for additional information and individual prevention strategies.

Pledging our health to better living,

Yakima County 4-H