Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2020 Summer 4-H Programming Updates
Good morning, all!
I wanted to touch base with you this morning on our summer 4-H activities. We have been waiting for updates and guidance from our Chancellor’s Office and the Texas A&M University system to help us make some informed decisions on what programming looks like in our county this summer. The guidelines provided to us ask us to follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings, and sanitize facilities before/after group meetings. At this time, we do not have the facilities (and are unable to book facilities) that allow us to follow social distancing requirements. Additionally, our county is continuing to be strict about group sizes and social distancing because we are still averaging an increase of 10 new cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis.
As a result of all of these factors, and our ultimate priority being the safety of our youth, we have made the difficult decision to postpone any in-person 4-H activities for Bastrop County to August 1, 2020. We are continuing to work on creating virtual opportunities to host at the end of June and through July that we can build on once we are able to resume in-person programming. We are also happy to host any club or project meetings via Zoom during this time; please call or email us to arrange them. We will be re-evaluating our programming capabilities for August during the month of July. This means that our current plan for banquet is to push it back into August. We are hoping to be able to host some form of recognition event for the kids and their hard work this year and will work to accommodate an in-person event if it is safe and possible to do so. Our office will continue to be open on an appointment only basis to help limit the foot traffic in the office and help us to be able to sanitize the space.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unique time – it has definitely been hard not being able to see each other and to not be able to closely share in the strength and positivity of our community as we normally do. Please know that we are family and we are here for you as much as we are able to be in this trying time. We look forward to connecting with you all, please let us know if you have any questions and have a great week!
Mellanie L. Mickelson
Bastrop County Extension Agent - 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services
P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
Website - https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog - www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H