MSU Extension Overnight Event Participant Best Practices

April 6, 2022 - Author:

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Michigan 4-H are committed to the safety and health of all youth and adults during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the following COVID-19 practices are recommended for overnight MSU Extension events in 2022. New directives or guidelines mandated or given by federal, state, and/or local governments, MSU and hosting organizations may impact these guidelines prior to or during the event. 

All individuals, including youth, volunteers, or other supportive roles staying overnight at an MSU Extension event in 2022 should read and review these best practices.

If after reviewing the practices below, a participant is not comfortable, they should reconsider their participation in the event. ­­


Recommended best practices as of April 6, 2022. 

Participants in an MSU Extension overnight event in 2022 should:

  • Wash their hands multiple times throughout the day, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants should also use hand sanitizer frequently, either that provided at the event or by bringing their own supply.

  • Bring a reusable water bottle from home, labeled with their name for use at the event. 

  • Self-monitor for symptoms five days prior to the start of the event. If they exhibit any of the following new symptoms during that time, the participant will NOT attend the event and should contact the event coordinator to let them know. Symptoms to monitor for include: 
    • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
    • Sore throat.
    • Cough (for participants with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline).
    • Difficulty breathing (for participants with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing).
    • Diarrhea or vomiting.
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. 
    • Exposure to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

  • Let the event coordinator know immediately if they begin exhibiting any of the following COVID-19 symptoms while at the event (not explained by known or diagnosed medical conditions):
    • ONE of the following:
      • Fever of 100.4 degrees or above
      • Shortness of breath
      • Uncontrolled cough
    • OR TWO of the following:
      • Diarrhea
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle aches without another explanation
      • Severe headache
      • Sore throat
      • Vomiting
      • Chills
  • Understand that if they begin exhibiting symptoms while attending the event, they will be removed from group activities and should immediately begin making arrangements to return home. The participant understands that all related costs will be at their own expense.

  • Acknowledge that MSU Extension programs are voluntary events and that the best practices listed here have been established to provide a safe environment for youth and adults attending the event. Despite best efforts, there remains some risk for potential COVID-19 exposure while attending the event. 

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