March 12, 2020 - 1:39pm -- kirian.31@osu.edu

The following message was sent via 4HOnline to all 4-H Families:

Attention 4-H Members, Families, and Volunteers,

As you may already be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction of lectures, seminars, and other similar classroom settings, and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately and through at least Monday, March 30. Also, events deemed nonessential between now and April 20 are subject to review, to evaluate whether they should continue in person.

Based on these guidelines, Ohio 4-H has decided that many of the 4-H activities we conduct at the county level also need to be cancelled or postponed, effective immediately. This includes club and committee meetings, clinics, fundraisers, in-school and after-school programs, and more. Currently, all 4-H activities must be postponed until after March 30. Activities already scheduled from March 31 through April 20 may continue as planned. However, evolving situations may require them to be cancelled, held virtually, or rescheduled.

Specifically, the following activities have been adjusted:

March 14 – Ohio 4-H Conference – CANCELLED
March 20 – Girls Group - CANCELLED
March 22 – Quality Assurance Test Out Day – POSTPONED, date TBA
March 22 – Shooting Sports Info Meeting – POSTPONED, date TBA
March 22 – Counselor Meeting – CANCELLED
March 28 – Goat Banquet – POSTPONED, date TBA
ALL CLUB MEETINGS until April 20 – CANCELLED
Based on these guidelines, all 4-H Clubs must postpone/cancel all face-to-face meetings between now and April 20

4-H ENROLLMENT – The Hardin County deadline is being moved to MAY 1st. Enrollment can still be completed online at http://oh.4honline.com. A video will be shared with a walk through of how to enroll as a guide.

QA Test Out – The Quality Assurance test out month will be moved to APRIL. Any member 15+ who would like to take the test can come to our office Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 in April. A weekend date for the test will be scheduled in April as well.

You will likely receive a series of emails over the next 24-48 hours in regard to 4-H's specific expectations for what should and should not go on as planned. These emails may come directly from the State Office and will contain details as to what events/activities are listed as mission-critical, essential and non-essential and what type of alternatives club members and volunteers might be able to rely on in the meantime. I myself am waiting for these directives from the State and will be sure to reiterate them once I know what they are. For organization purposes, I am numbering my emails. You will note that this email subject line says, "OSU Extension – Hardin County 4-H- COVID-19 Status Update #1." I will continue to number my updates so that you can ensure you are receiving all of them and in the correct order.

PLEASE ONLY SHARE INFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE OSU EXTENSION – HARDIN COUNTY 4-H PAGE.

For now, the Extension Office will remain open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the disease. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

As always, if you have ANY questions, please contact OSU Extension – Hardin County at 419-674-2297 or send an email to Mark Light (light.42@osu.edu), Tori Kirian (Kirian.31@osu.edu, or myself (raines.74@osu.edu). Important information will be sent via email from 4-H Online and through the Hardin County 4-H App. Download the app on Google Play or the Apple Store at the links below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hardin-county-4-h/id1500033466

I appreciate everyone's patience as we all navigate this new and uncharted landscape. This is not a challenge many of us were prepared for and we are doing the best that we can with the directives we have been given.

Thank you,

Amanda Raines
4-H Youth Development Educator
OSU Extension Hardin County