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 USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT

Information for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

Trinity Prep Aquatics Safe Sport Representative: Coach Rocco Aceto acetor@ trinityprep.org 321.282.2558

USA Swimming (719) 866-4578

https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/05/08/safe-sport-report

U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report:

Use thehttps://safesport.i-sight.com/portal call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at https://uscenterforsafesport.org/

Safe Sport Best Practices Guidelines:

https://www.teamunify.com/flssa/UserFiles/Image/QuickUpload/best-practice-guidelines_065349.pdf

USA Swimming Code of Conduct for all members:

https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/04/06/2017-code-of-conduct

MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY

https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/minor-athlete-abuse-prevention-policy

EDUCATIONAL  DOCUMENTS :

Adults: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/applicable-adults.pdf?sfvrsn=10

1:1 Interactions: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/one-on-one-interactions.pdf?sfvrsn=9

Travel: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/travel.pdf?sfvrsn=8

Social Media and electronic interactions:

SOCIAL MEDIA USE

Responsible Use of Social Media Guidelines for Employees

At Trinity Prep, faculty and staff use social media to connect with each other, share experiences with the Trinity family, and communicate about Trinity Prep to enhance our reputation. Healthy online discussion regarding your professional work at Trinity Prep is beneficial to you and the school. Employees who are directly responsible for marketing the school are encouraged to be active on social media platforms, and all employees are welcome to utilize social media as a communication tool and to celebrate successes of the Trinity family. If you are utilizing social media as a teacher, coach, or club adviser, please coordinate with the director of marketing and communications and refer to Trinity Prep Social Media Practices.

Social media include any online social networking site, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, blogs, social bookmarking sites, and more. On social media, the lines are often blurred between the public, private, personal, and professional, as are our roles at the school. For example, many of you are teachers and parents, staff and alumni, or are friends with current parents. Though our roles are complicated, employees are representatives of Trinity Prep and should follow these guidelines to protect our students, the school, and your professional reputation. 

Please only use your personal email address (and not trinityprep.org) for your personal logins and social media profiles. If you ever have any questions about your use of social media, please contact your supervisor and/or the director of marketing and communications who oversees all social media for Trinity Prep.

Be respectful, responsible, and ethical

  • Always treat others in a respectful, positive, and considerate manner.
  • Be open about your role and affiliation at the school, acknowledging that as an employee, you are a representative of Trinity Prep in your personal online space.
  • Share and interact in a way that will enhance your reputation, the reputation of others, and the reputation of the school, rather than damage them.
  • Since we are teachers and role models, the students learn from our example and behavior, including actions and comments on social media.  We have an opportunity to teach students how to be respectful and responsible in their online life as well as on campus.

Use good judgment

  • We expect good judgment in all situations. Behave in a way that will make you and others proud and reflect well on the school.
  • Regardless of your privacy settings, assume that all of the information you have shared on your social network is public information.
  • You determine who you want to be “friends” with on your own social media sites. However, as an employee of Trinity Prep you:
    • are not allowed to friend or follow current students and alumni under the age of 18, even if those students are friends with your own child(ren)
    • are not obligated or required to accept or initiate requests with colleagues, parents, grandparents, alumni, etc.
    • TPS discourages social media connections with current parents. If you choose to be connected with current parents, you need to be diligent in monitoring your posts and comments as they can be seen by a broader audience, and you need to be aware of the perception of fairness in the treatment of our students, which is of the utmost importance. 
  • If questions are posted and need official follow-up or response, consult the appropriate staff member offline and collaborate on the best method for responding, which may or may not be through social media.
  • As stated in the Employee Handbook, employees should positively represent Trinity Prep in their interactions.  Inappropriate posts, including discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence, will not be tolerated.  

Be accurate and appropriate

  • Check all work for correct use of grammar and spelling before posting.
  • A significant part of the interaction on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks involves passing on interesting content or sharing links to helpful resources. However, never blindly repost a link without looking at the content first.

           And if you don’t get it right ...

  • Be sure to correct any mistake you make immediately, and make it clear what you’ve done to fix the mistake.
  • Apologize for the mistake if the situation warrants it.
  • If it’s a major mistake (e.g., exposing private information or reporting confidential information), please let your supervisor and the director of marketing and communications know immediately so the school can take the proper steps to help minimize the impact it may have.

Massages, Rubdowns and Athletic Training Modalities https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/travel.pdf?sfvrsn=8

Athlete Protection Training Requirement for Adult Athletes: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/adult-athlete-training-requirement.pdf

MAAPP and Non-USA Swimming Activities

https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/non-usa-swimming-actvities.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Athletes:

Safe Sport: https://www.teamunify.com/flssa/UserFiles/Image/QuickUpload/best-practice-guidelines_065349.pdf

Travel Policy:

  • All coaches and school designated chaperones must have a completed background check on file with the school. 
  • No adult will share a hotel room or other sleeping arrangement with a student unless the adult is the parent, guardian, or sibling of the student. The only exception to this policy is for a class field trip when students stay in large single gender cabins. 
  • When only one student and one coach travel to competition, the student must have his/her parents’ (or legal guardian’s) written permission in advance to travel along with the coach. 

School-sponsored travel internal guidelines:

  • Whenever possible, a minimum of two coaches/chaperones should conduct room checks together. 
  • When transporting a single student, at least one of the coaches should be the same gender as the student. 
  • When on a trip students should always travel in groups of three or more for safety and to ensure no one is left alone. 
  • Chaperones should avoid being in a room or vehicle alone with a student. 
  • Curfews should be established each day of the trip.
  • Students and coaches must attend all functions including meetings, practices, meals, etc. unless otherwise excused by the head coach. 
  • Students should remain with the group at all times during the trip. Students are not to leave the competition venue, hotel, restaurant, or any other place at which the group is gathered without the permission of the head coach. 

Anti Bully Policy

Bullying is defined as conduct which subjects a student to insults, taunts, or challenges, whether verbal, written, or physical in nature, which is likely to intimidate or provoke a violent or disorderly response from the student being treated in this manner. Bullying may involve clique behavior, hazing, threats, or violence. Such behavior extends beyond actions that target those groups protected by anti-discrimination legislation, including but not limited to sex, race, creed, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and/or national origin. All concerns relating to bullying should be reported to the division dean of students immediately and may result in Level One or Level Two consequences

Communication Policy:

● Derogatory, disparaging, belittling, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate email exchanges, instant messages, digital images, or web postings, including those sent from home, may be considered cyberbullying and are prohibited. ● Cyberbullying, defined as online activity which subjects a student to insults, taunts, or challenges, is prohibited and falls under the bullying policy outlined in the “Student Behavior Expectations” section of the student handbook. ● Be aware that anything posted on the internet is permanent.

Code of Conduct:

Student decorum - Students are expected to be respectful and polite to all members of the Trinity Prep community. Disrespectful behavior such as insubordination, rudeness, or inappropriate comments (verbal or written) is unacceptable. Classroom conduct that results in repeated disruptions to the learning environment reduces the effectiveness of the classroom experience. Students who exhibit these behaviors will be subject to Level One consequences.

Computer/technology All persons using the school’s computers, the school’s computer systems, or personal computers on school property or over the school’s systems are required to abide by the rules set forth in the Computers and Technology section of this handbook. Failure to do so will result in appropriate disciplinary action determined by the administration. All computers should be used in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner. Violations of the guidelines may result in the revocation of access privileges and Level One or Level Two consequences. Cell phones Use of personal cell phones or other internet-capable devices (i.e. Apple watch) on campus is a privilege, and students using them are required to abide by the rules set forth in this handbook. All cell phones should be used in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner. Sending offensive text messages, picture mail, or other inappropriate transmissions will result in disciplinary action as determined by the administration to include Level One or Level Two consequences.

Non USA Swimming activities: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/maapp/non-usa-swimming-actvities.pdf?sfvrsn=2

 

Parents:

Code of Conduct:

We believe the quality of education a young person receives is dependent upon the home environment as well as the school environment. If the expectations are consistent in and out of school, the student will develop more rapidly and with more self-confidence. With this in mind, we invite and expect parental involvement in the school community. The best interest of students should always be the primary concern of parents and educators. In order to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings that result in confused messages to students, we have structured the school community to help ensure open lines of communication among faculty, students, and parents. The faculty and administration sincerely appreciate the long tradition of parental support. Parents need to know that their views concerning the welfare of their own children in particular, and the school in general, are always welcome. If parents have any specific concerns, suggestions, or critiques, they are strongly encouraged to bring them to the attention of the school in the following order: teacher, coach, adviser; department chair or athletic director; director of learning and instruction; division head; associate head of school; head of school.

 

Photography/Video Policy:

 Digital rights and responsibilities ● Forgery or attempted forgery of email messages or other electronic documents is prohibited. ● Reading, deleting, copying, or modifying any electronic documents of other users is prohibited. ● All research used for academic work must be properly cited, including information from the internet. ● All users must adhere to all copyright laws with regard to software or internet-based information. Copyright information is available in the library and the technology office

Safe Sport training for Parents: https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/16/safe-sport-for-parents

Coaches:

Code of Conduct:

  • Coaches’ conduct.

As the coach of an athletic team, you are a high-profile representative of Trinity Prep and are expected to act in a professional manner at all times. Behavior that is harmful or disrespectful to anyone involved in Trinity Prep’s athletic program will be addressed with the AD and may result in disciplinary action. This includes, but is not limited to, officials, opponents, and anyone attending contests, practices, or team functions. 

Coaches are expected to take immediate action regarding bullying, hazing, harassment, etc., and report student misconduct (athlete or fan) to the AD immediately.

Locker Room Monitoring Policy:

  • Student athletes should not be left unattended. If leaving them is unavoidable, security must be contacted.
  • Students are not permitted to use any facility without coach’s supervision. 
  • Coaches must be present in the general area of the locker rooms before and after all contests.
  • Coaches will check the locker room after each contest for damages and report any damage to the AD or assistant ADs.
  • Coaches will inspect any locker room that the visiting team will be using before and after each home contest. Secure any belongings before allowing the visiting team to use the locker room. Be sure to lock the visiting team locker room during the contest. Report any theft or damages to the athletic director.
  • Coaches are responsible and legally liable for all members of their teams during all practices and contests.