Last Update: May 19, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
4-H Nova Scotia's response to COVID-19
A message from the 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors:
Until now, 4-H programming has, for the most part, taken place in person. Since we have suspended all 4-H regular in-person programming indefinitely, we are pivoting from that traditional in-person structure to a virtual environment so you can continue to engage as a 4-H family. To do so we need to be safe and we need to have guidelines in place. 4-H Canada has important and strict guidelines and protocols for us to follow in order to remain insured. As of April 17, 2020, 4-H Canada advised us they are revising their Guidelines for Electronic Communications and Virtual 4-H Meetings and will provide them to us as soon as possible. When we receive the updated version, we will review it to ensure suitability for 4-H Nova Scotia. We are very much aware of the risks inherent in a virtual environment and intend to do everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone in 4-H Nova Scotia. Before we implement the new protocols and guidelines we are directing 4-H Nova Scotia Leaders, Adult Volunteers, and Members to refrain from participating in any 4-H activity that requires live interaction in an electronic environment until further notice. We are developing a plan so you can safely stay connected and will share that as soon as it becomes available. We realize the urgency surrounding this and will make it our top priority. Throughout all of this the 4-H Nova Scotia Code of Conduct continues to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: On March 22, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The emergency order has been extended until noon on May 31, 2020. We strongly advise all members, volunteers, and staff to take precautions and follow the directives set out by the Government of Nova Scotia during this time.
These FAQs reflect what we know today, May 5, 2020. It is important to understand there is much that remains uncertain and as we receive updates some answers may need to be adjusted to reflect the new information.
Please continue to send your questions and requests for clarification to 4-H Nova Scotia. We will host Facebook Live Sessions on a regular basis.
We have established a strategy that will enable the 4-H Nova Scotia office staff to continue to work, with as little interruption as possible, from the safety of their homes.
- The 4-H Nova Scotia physical office space will remain closed indefinitely.
- Office staff continue to monitor their phone lines, emails, and faxes Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm.
- The 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors will continue to meet monthly via conference call.
- As the COVID-19 situation develops we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our 4-H members, leaders, volunteers and families. Information updates will continue to be released directly to County Council Presidents and Leaders.
Club Events - Postponed for the remainder for the 2019-2020 4-H year.
- Clubs must postpone any events/activities for the remainder of the 2019/2020 4-H year (this includes general meetings, project meetings, fundraisers, Achievement Days, community service activities, etc.). Clubs or project groups can meet virtually, provided there are two screened volunteers participating virtually.
- Members, project groups, or clubs can participate in virtual challenges and activities.
- Members can continue to work on their own individual projects with their own families at home (eg. Completing record sheets, working with project animals or on project articles or activities). Youth under 18 years of age must be under the supervision of their parent/guardian as individual work is not considered insurable 4-H activity.
County Events - Postponed for the remainder for the 2019-2020 4-H year.
- Club and County Public Speaking events are postponed.
- County Meetings must be transitioned to a conference call (please contact Shannon in the 4-H Nova Scotia office for assistance if required).
4-H Nova Scotia
Event Cancellations & Postponements
- Kevin Grant Tour (March 16 - 17, 2020) - Postponed.
Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.
- Atlantic Members Conference (April 24 - 26, 2020) - Postponed.
Communication will be sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.
- 4-H Weekend (May 1 - 2, 2020) - Postponed.
Based on recent notification from Dalhousie University regarding their cancellations, 4-H Weekend is cancelled for 2020. This includes all Public Speaking, Demonstration, Ambassador, and Woodsmen Competitions.
- St.F.X. Leadership Conference (May 8 - 9, 2020) - Postponed.
- Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign - Extended (June 15, 2020)
The Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign will be extended to 15 June 2020. The counties will be expected to submit payment, along with the names for the random draw, no later than 1 July 2020. 4-H Nova Scotia will keep you informed if a further extension is advised.
- Camp Rankin (July 5 - August 7, 2020) - Postponed.
- Nova Scotia Provincial Show (October 2 - 3, 2020) - Postponed.
- Annual General Meeting (November 20 - 21, 2020) - As planned.
Competition Cancellations & Postponements
- Poster Competition (Deadline = May 8, 2020) - Online.
Click here for online competition details.
- Public Speaking and Demonstrations (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.
- Tug-Of-War (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.
- Woodsmen (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.
Event Cancellations & Postponements
4-H Canada’s current priorities are to determine the 30 and 60 day programming plan for national programs. They will continue to assess risk on an ongoing basis and are following recommended steps from public, local, and federal government agencies. We are continuing to communicate regarding this issue.
- US National Conference - (March 28 - April 2, 2020) - Postponed (September 26 - October 1, 2020)
- Hands to Larger Service & Youth Service Leader Training (April through August) - Postponed (December 1 - 6, 2020)
- Citizenship Congress (May 5 to 10, 2020) - Postponed. (Date to be determined)
- Careers on the Grow Internships (May through July) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
- Club to Club Exchanges (June through August) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
- Going Global Exchanges (June through August) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
- Canada Wide Science Fair - In-person cancelled - Virtual Fair (May 9 - 15, 2020)
Craving ideas to help survive the days without the routine of school and extracurricular activities? We will continue to update this list as we find more great ideas. Feel free to share any you have as well at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Global News - How parents are getting through corona virus isolation — without depending on screens.
- Rebrickable - Combine your old LEGO® to build new creations
- YMCA at Home
Below is a list of resources that we will continue to update as we discover new and relevant material.
- Nova Scotia Government
- Proper Hand Washing Poster
- Prevent the Spread
- Social Distancing
- Social Distancing Poster
- Staying Healthy During COVID-19
- For Individuals & Families
- How to Self Isolate
- Excellent Graphic Resources
- Support for individuals, families and businesses - Help is available for people facing economic hardship because of COVID-19.
- Public Health Ontario