Rapids Swim Team Face Mask Policy
Using Face masks and Face Coverings at Rapids Swim Team Conducted Practices and Team Events
The Rapids Swim Team requires the use of face coverings for all athletes, parents, and coaches while participating in any event/practice hosted by or participated in by the team. All swimmers must wear a face mask / face covering from the moment they exit their vehicle until entering the pool deck and directed to remove the face mask / covering by a coach. All swimmers must wear a face mask / face covering from the moment they exit the pool deck until entering their vehicle. Swimmer drop off is defined as the designated drop off point for each facility and/or exit from vehicle. Swimmer pickup is defined as the designated pickup location at each facility and/or entrance to vehicle.
The CDC recommends wearing face coverings when people go out in public. Rapids Swim Team supports this recommendation for the health, safety, and welfare of all persons on campus.
Cloth face coverings, face masks, surgical coverings, and plastic face shields (collectively, “coverings”) can limit the spread of germs. The purpose of wearing a covering is to contain your coughs and sneezes, preventing you from spreading your germs to other people and nearby surfaces, which helps to protect other people. Coverings can also help you avoid touching your nose or mouth accidentally. While a face covering does not filter the air you breathe, it may serve as a basic barrier against large droplets reaching your mouth or nose.
Coverings are a supplement to–not a substitute for–other preventive measures. They are intended as an added layer of protection on top of social distancing and other common sense protections, like frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, working and conducting other activities remotely, and staying home when sick or experiencing common symptoms of coronavirus.
The CDC has issued instructions for making cloth face coverings and recommends cloth coverings that:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Are secured with ties or ear loop
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
As a precaution, you should not use a face covering or mask if it will be hazardous to you or someone else. For example, the CDC recommends that cloth face coverings not be worn by children under age 2, used on anyone who has trouble breathing, or used on anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance. If you have questions about your own personal health situation, please contact your personal health care provider.
Disability Accommodation Requests
Any swimmer or coach wishing to request a disability-related accommodation in connection with Rapids Swim Team’s face mask policy should contact their head coach. If you have a personal health condition that prohibits the wearing of a covering as described in this policy and where no other form of personal protective face covering or equipment is suitable based on your health condition, you may contact your head coach to discuss the process of providing medical documentation and being provided with a Rapids Swim Team covering policy exemption letter.
For more information about use of coverings, how to make your own cloth face covering, when to replace a surgical covering, how to clean a cloth face covering and other details, please see CDC guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19, Connecticut State guidance at https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus, and helpful infographics from the World Health Organization about putting on, using, and disposing of face coverings and how to wear a medical covering safely.
All members of the Rapids Swim Team are expected to comply with this policy. Failure to comply will be subject to the following steps. Please note, no refunds will be issued for any compliance related actions.
Step 1. First Offense: Verbal warning and no admittance to next scheduled practice.
Step 2. Second Offense: Verbal warning and no admittance to next 3 scheduled practices.
Step 3. Third Offense: Suspension from team roster for balance of season.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation. The Rapids Swim Team COVID-19 policies are subject to change at any time in Rapids Swim Team’s sole discretion and/or consistent with updates and changes in recommendations and requirements from the CDC and other governmental authorities.