March 11, 2020
As you are aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting many aspects of people’s lives in this country and abroad. While the situation remains fluid, we wanted to assure you that decisions concerning the Barracuda Swim Club and the safety and well-being of our swimmers and families are of utmost importance.
The Board has discussed actions we can put in place now as well as contingency plans for several scenarios. We wanted to share them with our membership in order to keep you informed and lessen any stress you may have.
Swimmers and Families
First of all, if your child shows any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please keep them home. While it may be a cold or the flu, without proper screening (which is limited at this time) there can be no way to be certain. Most reports show that healthy, younger people are less at risk from the symptoms of COVID-19, but they can still be carriers.
Consequently, if another member of your family shows flu-like symptoms, it is possible that your child may have been exposed to the virus, also. Keeping them home in this situation is also recommended.
If a member of the coaching staff exhibits flu-like symptoms, we will have them stay away from the pool and your children until such time as he or she is cleared to return. If several coaches have symptoms at the same time, this may require a rearranging of coaching duties and/or adjustments to training times and/or locations. We will communicate any such changes to everyone as soon as they are in place.
As of now, none of our pool facilities have been closed due to COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued the following statement: “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
If one or more of the pools we are currently using does decide to shut down, we will do our best to make arrangements for practice to continue at other available facilities. If all pools in the area close, and if circumstances are deemed safe for the welfare of our swimmers, we may be able to offer supplemental dryland training until such time as the pools reopen.
The CDC recognizes several protocols to help protect oneself from the spread of COVID-19.
Try to avoid people who are
sick or meeting in large groups. Stay home if you are
Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow. Do not cough into your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
In two days the team will take its scheduled 2-week break. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. The situation remains fluid and things could easily change prior to our scheduled return on March 30th. If necessary, we will make adjustments to our programming to protect the welfare of our members. Any changes will be communicated to you in a timely manner.
Thank-you for trusting us with the welfare of your children. As coaches, we want them to be safe, healthy, happy and enjoying our sport. We realize that the coronavirus presents a very unique set of circumstances that may impact our ability to do the job we love. However, our swimmers’ health takes precedence over a few more laps in the pool. We will get over any challenges that COVID-19 may give us so that we can continue to provide a first-rate swim team experience for our swimmers.