4-H Alberta and COVID-19 – Important Notice – November 13, 2020
We are all ‘Learning to Do By Doing’ as we navigate in this 4-H 2020-2021 club year. We will commit to support each other as we offer meetings, workshops, project activities, and positive youth development in the safest way possible. The safety of 4-H families remains the top priority.
The COVID-19 virus is still with us. 4-H Alberta continues to monitor and follow all Alberta Health Services (AHS) requirements and recommendations. Many communities have moved to an enhanced level, our decision is based on what is responsible and best for the whole 4-H Alberta community.
Please see an important update from 4-H Alberta.
In response to the AHS update on November 12, 2020:
- 4-H Members and Leaders can meet at club level only.
- 4-H Clubs can continue to meet in person for monthly meetings, workshops, and project work, following ALL AHS requirements with no exceptions.
- 4-H Clubs are encouraged to stay up to date and follow all AHS requirements.
Recommendations for Planning:
- Attendance – sign in
- Date, time, and duration for each activity or event
- Ensure everyone participating in a 4-H activity or event has completed and provided organizers with the Assumption of Risk and Waiver: Coronavirus/COVID-19
- Review this link for information about the planning of a meeting https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17250.aspx
Communicate with 4-H Club Families:
- Upcoming meetings
- Activities and events
- Self-health assessment checklist: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-alberta-health-daily-checklist
- Recommend the use of masks https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx.
- Reduce the number of participants by only having registered Cleaver Kids and/or Members attend with one parent or guardian, and no non-registered youth. (siblings, friends etc) https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
- Seated events: audience style is 50 participants.
- Social gathering, where individuals are mingling and visiting is 15 participants.
- Have everyone work together to assist with sanitizing project materials and working surfaces.
- Plan family or cohort group seating for project work and meetings in an audience style format (everyone facing one direction).
- Keep your meetings short – 1 hour and modify project work activity schedules.
- Meet virtually when possible. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to offer a virtual option when hosting meetings for those families and members who cannot attend in person.
- Consider 4-H members’ and leaders’ mental health and well being at every event.
- Commitment to focus on 4-H member experiences.
- Everyone needs to help reduce the spread of this virus and follow all health and safety protocols if you choose to socialize.
4-H District and Regions IMPORTANT NOTICE:
As of November 13, 2020, ALL of the following in-person meetings, activities, and events are temporarily paused until further notice.
- 4-H Interclub
- 4-H District
- 4-H Region
Only virtual District and Region meetings, activities, and events are allowed until further notice.
4-H Alberta Provincial Events
- Uncover the Leader In You Leader Learning Day on November 21, 2020. The in-person session in Camrose will move to a virtual learning event for ALL 4-H Leaders. Those who registered will receive additional information via email.
- YLEAD on November 21, 2020. In-person training in Camrose will be delivered through virtual means. Those members who have been participating will be notified via email and the google classroom.
4-H Clubs, Districts and Regions are an essential part of providing a safe, inclusive environment with caring adults for 4-H youth in Alberta. We are excited that you have chosen to be part of it!