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Safety Procedures

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

Revised September, 2021

 

We take the safety of our swimmers and coaches very seriously, and want our swimmers to understand that the safety of all is determined by the actions of all.  We believe our swimmers are adaptable and disciplined and that they will be able to adjust easily provided they are aware of what is going to be coming at them.  The coaches will be there every step of the way to help them through this.  If you swam this summer the procedures will feel very familiar.

In addition to these COVID-19 Safety Procedures below, we also provide detailed safety entry and exit procedures for our pool sites. 

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH FAMILY TO REVIEW ALL OF THESE PROCEDURES CAREFULLY, AND DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR SWIMMER PRIOR TO PRACTICE. 

These procedures are intended to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance, USA Swimming and state and local mandates, and any other applicable site and/or other requirements. It is subject to change as new COVID-19 related information becomes available, and guidelines and mandates are updated.

  • A swimmer or coach will be expected to self-quarantine if any of the following occurs:  They Test positive for COVID-19, they display any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID 19.
  • In the event any athlete or coach is exposed to COVID-19 all exposed athletes and coaches will be notified by email from the team board president, the e-mail will include an outline of the timeline of exposure.
  • Swimmers must be responsible for their own belongings, and any equipment brought to practice may only be used by the person who brought that equipment including water bottles. In the event that equipment is distributed by the coaches it will be sanitized at the completion of practice by the coaching staff.
  • Each facility, or an outside contractor hired by the facility, will clean the facility upon our exit.
  • Katie Pulos will be our Pandemic Captain, [email protected] Any reporting to the team will be done through her.
 

 

 

RAD Guide for Parent/Guardians to Monitor Athletes for COVID-19 and Reporting Procedure

 

As part of our commitment to health and safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice, as a parent of an athlete/guardian, regardless of your swimmer’s vaccination status, you are required to self-monitor and to monitor your athlete for COVID-19 on a daily basis before reporting on-site to pool/practice/meet and comply with the following COVID-19 reporting procedure:

Self-Monitoring:

1. Each day, prior to reporting to the pool/practice/meet, you must monitor your athlete for any symptoms or circumstances that may be linked with COVID-19, as listed in paragraph 2 below. This includes taking your and your athlete’s temperature each day by using your own thermometer according to the instructions for the thermometer. 

Symptoms and Circumstances to Monitor for:

2. Each day, monitor your athlete to determine whether any of the following symptoms or circumstances has occurred within the last 14 days :

  • Your athlete has received a diagnosis of COVID-19, by test or otherwise, or is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • Your athlete has now or previously had any of the following symptoms (which includes emergency warning signs) which may be linked with COVID-19:
    • Fever of 100.0 or above or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
    • Any other symptoms/emergency warning signs as identified by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Your athlete is taking fever-reducing medication.
  • Your athlete has had, to your knowledge, “close contact” with anyone who either has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) or has had sufficient symptoms of a probable case of COVID-19 that is clinically compatible so that the person home isolated.  According to the CDC, the exposure period for a “close contact” includes the period of 48 hours before the infected person became symptomatic (or, for asymptomatic patients, 48 hours  before the positive specimen collection date) and until the infected person met the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.  For purposes of this paragraph, “close contact” means being within 6 feet of that infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).  Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
  • You or your athlete personally has been directed by any health care professional or public health or governmental authority to observe any period of home isolation or quarantine.
  • You or your athlete has voluntarily self-quarantined or isolated.

Reporting:

3. If any of the symptoms or circumstances in paragraph 2 above applies:

  • If you are at home, immediately contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]); do not report to the pool/practice/meet unless and until you receive instructions from Katie Pulos ([email protected]) that you are permitted to do so.
  • If your athlete is at the pool/practice/meet, your athlete should immediately contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]) for instructions on how to self-isolate and for further guidance.

Daily Check-In

4. In deciding how to respond to a report of any of the circumstances in paragraph 2, RAC will consider applicable legal and public health orders and advisories.

5. RAC will treat as confidential any reports made of the circumstances in paragraph 2 above.  To the extent required by applicable law, RAC will notify local health officials of exposure or confirmed cases.  To the extent required by applicable law, RAC will also notify coaches as well as families of other students in the event of exposure or confirmed cases, while maintaining confidentiality.

6. Information provided by you and applicable legal and public health orders and advisories and guidelines will be evaluated by RAC in determining whether your athlete will be permitted to return in person to RAC; additional information may also be requested to clarify your response as part of the evaluation process.   

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. 

Please contact Katie Pulos ([email protected]).com if you have any questions.