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Safety Plan!
Hello!     ------ Revised 10/20
 

Safety Procedures:

 

 

 
  We take the safety of our swimmers very seriously, and want our swimmers to understand that the safety of all is determined by the actions of all.  We believe our swimmers are adaptable and disciplined and that they will be able to adjust easily provided they are aware of what is going to be coming at them.  The coaches will be there every step of the way to help them through this.  If you swam this summer the procedures will feel very familiar.
 
  Attached to this email you will find detailed safety entry and exit procedures for the three sites we are using this fall.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH FAMILY TO REVIEW THESE PROCEDURES CAREFULLY, AND DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR SWIMMER PRIOR TO PRACTICE.
 
In addition to the entry and exit plans please read through and understand the precautions outlined below. 
 
- A swimmer or coach will be expected to self quarantine based on CDC guidelines if any of the following occurs:  They Test positive for Covid-19, They display any symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of Covid 19.
 
  In the event any athlete or coach is exposed to Covid 19 all exposed athletes and coaches will be notified by email from the team president, Susan Mlodzienski, the email will include an outline of the timeline of exposure. 
 
- Swimmers must be responsible for their own belongings, and any equipment brought to practice may only be used by the person who brought that equipment including water bottles. Practice will be designed to run without equipment. In the event that equipment is distributed by the coaches it will be sanitized at the completion of practice by the coaching staff. 
 
- Each facility, or an outside contractor hired by the facility, will clean the facility upon our exit. 
 
- Katie Pulos will be our Pandemic Captain, [email protected]. Any reporting to the team will be done through her. 
 

RAD Guide for Parent/Guardians to Monitor Athletes for COVID-19 

and Reporting Procedure  

As part of our commitment to health and safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice, as a parent of a athlete/guardian, you are required to self-monitor and to monitor your athlete for COVID-19 on a daily basis before reporting on-site to pool/practice and comply with the following COVID-19 reporting procedure:

Self-Monitoring

1.     Each day , prior to reporting to the pool/practice, you must monitor your athlete for any symptoms or circumstances that may be linked with COVID-19, as listed in paragraph 2 below.  This includes taking your and your athlete’s temperature each day by using your own thermometer according to the instructions for the thermometer.  

Symptoms and circumstances to monitor for

2.     Each day , monitor your athlete to determine whether any of the following symptoms or circumstances has occurred within the last 14 days :

    1. Your athlete has received a diagnosis of COVID-19, by test or otherwise, or is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test; 

    2. Your athlete has now or previously had any of the following symptoms (which includes emergency warning signs) which may be linked with COVID-19: 

      1.   Fever of 100.0 or above

      2. Cough

      3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

      4. Diarrhea

      5. Chills

      6. Repeated shaking with chills

      7. Muscle pain

      8. Headache

      9. Sore throat

      10. New loss of taste or smell

      11. Trouble breathing

      12. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

      13. New confusion

      14. Inability to wake or stay awake

      15. Bluish lips or face   

      16. Any other symptoms/emergency warning signs as identified by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 
    1. Your athlete is taking fever-reducing medication. 

    2. Your athlete has had, to your knowledge, “close contact” with anyone who either has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has had sufficient symptoms of a probable case of COVID-19 so that the person home isolated.  According to the CDC, the exposure period for a “close contact” includes the period of 48 hours before the person became symptomatic and until the person met the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.  For purposes of this paragraph, “close contact” means being within 6 feet of that person for ten minutes or more, being coughed or sneezed on by that person, or having other contact with that person’s respiratory droplets or secretions.  

    3. You or your athlete personally has been directed by any health care professional or public health or governmental authority to observe any period of home isolation or quarantine.

    4. You or your athlete has voluntarily self-quarantined or isolated.

Reporting

3.     If any of the symptoms or circumstances in paragraph 2 above applies:

    1. If you are at home, immediately contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]); do not report to the pool/practice unless and until you receive instructions from Katie Pulos ([email protected]) that you are permitted to do so.

    2. If your athlete is at the pool/practice, your athlete should immediately contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]). for instructions on how to self-isolate and for further guidance.

Daily Check-In :  

4.       In addition, each day, upon arrival and prior to being able to enter pool/practice, your athlete will be asked the questions above by a RAC Coach and have their temperature taken.  If an athlete has a fever or answers any of questions about the symptoms above, “yes,” the athlete wll not be permitted to enter the pool/practice and will be sent home

5.     In deciding how to respond to a report of any of the circumstances in paragraph 2, RAC will consider applicable legal and public health orders and advisories.

6.     RAC will treat as confidential any reports made of the circumstances in paragraph 2 above.  To the extent required by applicable law, RAC will notify local health officials of exposure or confirmed cases.  To the extent required by applicable law, RAC will also notify coaches as well as families of other students in the event of exposure or confirmed cases, while maintaining confidentiality.

7.     Information provided by you will be evaluated by RAC in determining whether your athlete will be permitted to return in person to RAC; additional information may also be requested to clarify your response as part of the evaluation process.    

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.  

Please contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]).com  if you have any questions.

 
Waivers:
 
  Due to an attachment limitation in our email system, a second email will be coming with waivers that will need to be completed before the swimmer begins practice.  There are two waivers: The RAD Waiver (Needs to be completed by every swimmer), and the RTW waiver (Needs to be completed by all swimmers using RTW, which I think is everyone).  As of right now MD and VFMA are not requiring waivers.
 
Pools:
 
  Here is a LINK to directions to all Three Pools we are using.
 
Red and White Group Splits:
 
  In week one there will be no White Group split.  All registered white group members will participate together until after the evaluation process is complete.  Once the eval process is complete White group swimmers will be divided alphabetically and contacted in a separate email.
 
  Red group Swimmers are split alphabetically and that list will be emailed separately on Monday 8/17 to Red group families only.  They WILL have a split practice in week #1.
 
Evaluations:
 
  If you have not yet been given an evaluation window please be on the lookout for a separate email from Coach Tanya that will list the entire evaluation breakdown.
 
AM Practice Guidelines:
 
  We understand that our athlete's educational commitments this year are all over the place.  We want to take a second to reiterate that we believe school comes first, and if you need to leave a practice early we are totally ok with that, provided the swimmers are communicating clearly with the coaching staff.
 
  I specifically mention this because there is a known conflict with Bronze group and RMS once morning practices switch to RTW.  The drive between the two locations is 15-20 minutes.  School starts at 7:50 and practice officially ends at 7:30.  A 7:30 departure will make it very tight for those students.  However a 7:20 departure makes it very doable.  We realize this is not ideal, but we do feel it is appropriate to ask the Bronze group to absorb some of the AM burden.  In this weird year we are trying our best, but recognize that it is not perfect.
 
  We are very excited and very honored to have the opportunity to work with your children, and help them find a way back to something that feels more Normal in the Fall of 2020 and beyond.  Thank you.
 
Jeremy
Radnor Aquatics