NTA COVID Health and Safety Measures
The health and safety of our athletes, staff, families, and community are of critical importance to New Trier Aquatics. As we move through the 2021-2022 school year, we are taking steps to return to a more normal environment while still taking precautions to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
- Stay Home if awaiting test results, sick, symptomatic, or exposed
- Social distancing is still encouraged and will be enforced when masks are removed during practice and competition settings.
- No more checking into facilities; athletes may move about our facilities as normal but will remain closed to parents.
- Locker Rooms will continue to remain closed at this time, athletes should continue to arrive and leave our facilities in their swim wear. Washrooms will remain available, but we encourage our athletes to use washroom prior to arriving at workouts.
As mandated by the state of Illinois, all athletes, coaches, and facility staff must wear a well-fitted mask indoors in any building regardless of their vaccination status.
Masks must loop over the ears and cover the nose and mouth. Bandanas, gaiters, and masks with ventilation valves are not allowed.
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
Please provide your athletes’ COVID-19 vaccination record via our (NTA Vaccination Log).
An individual is considered vaccinated under the following guidelines;
-Have been boosted
-Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
-Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
While providing proof of vaccination is voluntary, NTA will assume any athlete without a record on file is unvaccinated, and those athletes must follow testing, quarantine, and other health protocols for unvaccinated individuals.
Other Mitigation Strategies
One of the most important strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home if you feel sick. As this pandemic continues, it is more important than ever to keep away from others if you are symptomatic, even if you aren't sure if you have COVID-19, and to contact your healthcare provider for guidance.
It is imperative that parents immediately contact New Trier Aquatics if their athlete has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by emailing the club safety director and their athletes lead coach.
If your athlete exhibits any COVID symptoms such as Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle, or body aches from unknown cause, they must stay home from workouts and must receive a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test before they returning to practice. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
Another important mitigation strategy is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The higher the level of vaccination in our community the fewer quarantines we will have, and the less we will need to rely on other mitigation strategies.
Positive Community Initiative
New Trier Aquatics athletes and families should respect the decisions others have made that might be different from their own if everyone abides by the club rules. These may include decisions about vaccines, travel, mask wearing outside of school, etc. Teasing, bullying, or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and will be subject to discipline.
New Trier Aquatics will look to our local schools, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Cook County Department of Public Health on their specific guidelines for quarantining related to COVID-19.
Please inform your Lead Coach and the NTA Safety Director immediately if your athlete has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have questions related to quarantine procedures.
At this time regardless of vaccination status NTA will continue to require its athletes to quarantine for 10 days. We will look to update this quarantine period once we see how our the Cook County Department provides implementation in the school settings.
Vaccinated individuals who are in close contact of someone with COVID-19 will not need to quarantine but if one wishes to take a diagnostic lab test after day 5 please do not attend workout until the result of that test has been confirmed.
Unvaccinated individuals who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19 will require individuals to quarantine for 5 days from exposure. If an athlete wishes to take a diagnostic test after day 5, if they receive a negative result may return to NTA programming.
In the event an athlete or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19:
- Lead Coach and NTA Safety Director will be notified
- Contact tracing will occur
- Communicate with any athletes or staff that may have been exposed
- Athletes or Staff who are quarantined may not come to workouts for any reason.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will follow IDPH and doctor guidelines for returning to NTA programming
Definition of close contact exposure to COVID-19 within schools is defined as:
- Within 3 feet for more than 15 minutes in an indoor setting, provided proper masking is followed consistently
- Within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in an indoor setting or when proper masking is not consistently followed
- Outdoor close contact will no longer be traced by the IDPH
Unvaccinated individuals with close contact exposure will quarantine at home in accordance with CDC/IDPH Guidelines, a minimum of 5 days from exposure.
Vaccinated individuals with close contact exposure will not be required to quarantine unless symptoms develop.
Guidance from the Department of Public Health will be adhered to for quarantine and programming closures. Changes to IDPH protocol are expected and will be followed by NTA programming.