COVID-19 Message

Dear 4‑H Families and Volunteers:

Rutgers University administration continues to monitor all pertinent health information associated with COVID-19, including transmission and positivity rates, updated CDC guidance, and public health guidance and directives issued by the State of New Jersey.

After considering the best available public health information and guidance, the university has extended the prohibition of indoor and outdoor events through at least April 30, 2021.

I understand the disappointment and frustration that this news will bring to some within our broad community of faculty, staff, volunteers, and program participants. This decision comes amid what is being characterized as a "third wave" of COVID-19 in New Jersey, as well as associated concerns over the impacts of virus variants on case numbers.

At the same time, the number of vaccine doses being administered is steadily rising and brings hope that we are moving, albeit gradually, toward the return of our normal operating status. The specific timeline for resuming in-person program modalities remains uncertain. It is possible that future conditions will require the university to again extend program restrictions. However, NJAES leadership is working with central administration on a phased approach to restarting in-person RCE programming. Plans are being reviewed by the university's emergency operations committee and, once approved, we will develop the necessary trainings and communicate operating protocols for us to responsibly reinitiate in-person programs.

I extend to you my heartfelt gratitude for all that you are doing. Please stay safe and take time to care for yourselves.

Regards,

Brian Schilling
Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
April 2, 2021

Rutgers New Jersey 4-H Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station