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In-Person Programming – Exemption Requests, Training Reminder

In-person programs are allowed with an approved exemption. A committee reviews in-person program exemption requests for ALL programs that require in-person attendance, are mandated to be in-person by the courts or other state agencies/organizations, or are not viable virtually due to internet inaccessibility. The in-person programming exemption request link is available at Please do not use the original research exemption link; exemptions for research are no longer required.

There are a number of existing program-specific blanket exemptions already in place:

  • 4-H: CARTEENS; 4-H camp counselor selection and training; educationally-focused club meetings, including quality assurance education sessions
  • FCS: ServSafe; SNAP-Ed; EFNEP
  • ANR: PAT/FERT recertification; on-site consultation, scouting, and diagnostics; video filming for programming

Check with your program area assistant director if you are not sure if your program fits within an existing blanket exemption or should be submitted for consideration.

Reminder: If you receive an approved exemption on or before February 5, 2021, you MUST take the Scarlet Canvas course. The intent is for this to be viewed BEFORE you perform the programming; however, we have determined that many have failed to complete this training in the last few months. If you have an exemption in place and have not completed the training, it must be completed no later than February 12, 2021, or your supervisor will be notified and the exemption will be suspended. Visit the required training course webpage to complete the training as soon as possible; the training takes no more than 20 minutes total.

*IMPORTANT:  Exemptions approved after February 5 will still require training, but the link will be different. Please refer to your approval letter for the new link.