January 17, 2022
Updated COVID Protocols (January 17, 2022)
The coronavirus pandemic continues to present a moving target in terms of the virus variants, public health guidelines, and school protocols. As such, the Barracuda Swim Club is trying to keep our swimmers and their families safe while also responding to the changes in CDC guidelines and life in the real world.
In our previous COVID communication, we asked that swimmers who tested positive for COVID get a doctor’s release before returning to training or competition. This was the standard at that time. However, the current reality is making it difficult for some families to even get a doctor’s appointment, much less COVID testing. Furthermore, the CDC has once again revised their guidelines in light of the omicron variant.
Keeping in mind the health and safety of our members and their families, and taking into consideration the new guidelines from the CDC, here is how our club is currently handling the issues associated with the COVID pandemic. As before, these protocols may change if situations or recommendations change.
As most people know, vaccines are now available for children from ages 5 and up. Parents need to weigh the benefits of such vaccines with potential risks and consult their physician when making their choice. The club will not get into the politics of the issue. To help you be informed, here is a link to the CDC webpage discussing COVID vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html?s_cid=10496:cdc%20covid%20guidelines:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21
Current CDC Guidelines
The current CDC guidelines present a step-by-step approach to isolation, quarantine, mask-wearing, and public activities. Here is the link to their guideline page:
This is an excellent chart which defines what a person should do if they:
Are fully vaccinated or not
Were in contact with someone who has COVID
Have or do not have symptoms
Do or do not test positive
How does this affect our swim club?
1. If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID: Stay home and isolate for 5 days. If after that time you have no symptoms (no fever for 24 hours) you may return to swimming, but please wear a mask on deck and in the locker rooms through Day 10.
2. If you were exposed to someone who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID and you are fully vaccinated or had COVID yourself in the past 90 days: You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Get tested (if available) on or after Day 5. Wear a mask for 10 days on the deck and in the locker rooms. If you test positive, refer to Point 1, above. If you develop symptoms, stay home and refer to Point 1, above.
3. If you were exposed to someone who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID and you are not vaccinated or not up to date on your vaccines: Stay home and isolate for 5 days. Get tested (if available) on or after Day 5. If after that time you have no symptoms (no fever for 24 hours) you may return to swimming, but please wear a mask on deck and in the locker rooms through Day 10. If you test positive, refer to Point 1, above. If you develop symptoms, stay home and refer to Point 1, above.
As always, if a family wishes to be more conservative in their approach to these scenarios, your decision will be respected.
It is appreciated if you let your coach know when you are isolating/quarantining your child so that we know why they are missing practice. In the case of positive tests/symptomatic illness, we will endeavor to relate that to the team in a respectful manner. (ie: “It was reported to us that a child in the XXXX practice group has been tested positive for/ is showing symptoms of the COVID virus. The child’s last day of practice was XXXX. Please follow CDC guidelines as they may pertain to your child”)
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Stay well and GO BARRACUDAS!