4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Happy summer everyone!

As you can see from this packed issue, we’re anticipating a full summer of 4-H fun, and we couldn’t be more excited about returning to a relatively normal slate of summer programming. As you’ve likely heard, NYS COVID-19 restrictions and NY Forward Industry Guidance have been lifted (removed) for most businesses and organizations. Social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing are no longer mandatory in many settings. With this in mind, we’ll be lifting the majority of our COVID restrictions with two exceptions:

  • Visitors to the 4-H office are asked to sign our outside visitor log (located at the front counter) when visiting the office/building.
  • Per federal CDC and NYS DOH guidance, all unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask and socially distance in social settings. 
    • It is STRONGLY recommended that youth under twelve/not eligible for vaccination at this time continue to mask and socially distanced at all events.

These recommendations are based on the best available guidance at this time and are subject to change. We will be sure update everyone if/when new guidance becomes available or if any of the NY Forward guidelines are reinstituted. Additional guidance can be obtained from the NYSDOH, our local health department, and the CDC. We realize there will be participants and families who are not yet comfortable meeting in person at this time. It is critical that these decisions are respected, and that there is no pressure applied, or opportunities withheld, due to a decision not to participate. Please do not hesitate to continue to hold virtual meetings/smaller events should you wish to do so.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Wyoming County Fair this year, and we cannot wait to return to one of our favorite Wyoming County locations. Please don’t hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions regarding 4-H enrollment or fair participation, registration, rules, etc. At this time, the NYS 4-H office has indicated that 4-H will not be participating in the NYS State Fair; however, a virtual options will be available to interested youth.

We genuinely cannot thank all of you enough for your patience, understanding, and good humor over the past year, and we can’t wait to see all of you this summer. We hope that everyone is able to participate in our upcoming programs; I know that I personally can’t wait to finally see everyone in person again! Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Wishing all of you a wonderful summer,

Abby Griffith, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County 

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Last updated June 21, 2021