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Covid Guidelines

 

Return to Swim Protocols for Agnes Scott
Revised 11.10.2020
Parents and Swimmers,
As we focus on the return to swim practice, we have been working hard to come up with the
safest ways to accommodate our swimmers. We have compiled a list of protocols based on
information provided by the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health and USA Swimming.
Please read through the following protocols so you can understand what will be expected of
our coaches, swimmers, and parents going forward.
We will be taking every precaution that is possible according to the above sources of
information. We understand that despite the protocols put in place, some swimmers and
families may not be ready to return to the pool. If for any reason you are uncomfortable, we
respect your decision to stay home.
Pool protocols:
We will have between 4 and 8 lanes at Agnes Scott during practices. We will only allow 4 or 5
swimmers per lane. This permits a total of 36 swimmers per practice time. Accordingly, our
current schedule has been staggered to allow for groups to have as much space as possible for
every workout. Most groups will have the majority of practice time with 4 or less swimmers per
lane. Two swimmers will start on each side and will be asked to remain six feet apart when
waiting on the walls. We will ask our swimmers to hang on the lane line separated from their
lane mate when needed to maintain appropriate distancing. In the event that more than 36
swimmers show up, we will split the workout and have 1 group of swimmers doing socially
distanced dryland exercises outdoors and 1 group swimming in the water. The two groups will
switch off so that each get a full workout. This applies to groups Gold & Above. Please send
your swimmer to the pool with exercise clothes and sneakers in the event that dryland is
necessary.
Coaching Staff Guidelines
1. Coaches will complete a survey each day regarding their health. If they have any of the
symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be asked to stay home until they have been
symptom free for 72 hours. The list of symptoms is below:
a. A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever
b. A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
c. New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition
d. New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition
e. A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
f. New muscle aches (myalgia) that cannot be attributed to another health
condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)
2. Upon arrival to the pool, all coaches will be temperature checked at the door.
3. Coaches will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly before and after practice.
4. Coaches will wear masks for the duration of practices.
5. Coaches will not make any physical contact with any swimmers for any reason. They will
maintain a strict 6-foot distance from the edge of the pool at all times.
Swimmer Guidelines
1. Swimmers who have experienced any of the following symptoms (or who live in a
household with someone who has experienced any symptoms) will be asked to refrain
from attending practice until they have been symptom free for 72 hours
a. A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever
b. A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
c. New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition
d. New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition
e. A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
f. New muscle aches (myalgia) that cannot be attributed to another health
condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)
2. Swimmers must arrive to the pool already wearing their swimsuits. Locker rooms will
not be used for changing before or after practices.
3. All swimmers will arrive and enter through the front door to be temperature checked at
the front desk by an Agnes Scott employee or by the temperature screening kiosk. There
is an iPad located at the front entry for sign in and confirmation of health screening.
4. All swimmers will enter the pool through the side door adjacent to the check in desk.
5. Swimmers will be asked to store their items distanced on the pool deck with 6 feet in
between. There are stickers on the floor that demonstrate proper social distancing.
Swimmers from the same household can store their items in the same area.
6. Swimmers will be placed in lanes with their practice groups and when possible,
swimmers of the same household will swim together.
7. As mentioned above, we will have 8 lanes for a total of 36 swimmers in the water
MAXIMUM. 4 lanes will hold 4 swimmers (2 per side) and 4 lanes will hold 5 swimmers
with the 5 th swimmer keeping 6-foot distance by starting at the flags. This staging has
been approved by USA Swimming for use in 25-meter pools. Parents are invited to
observe this change during practice if requested. We will initiate the change with our
older swimmers (Gold and above) first, before adjusting with our younger groups. In the
diagram below you can see the set up for five per lane (lanes 2, 4, and 6). Agnes Scott
has 8 lanes which allows us to accommodate an additional 9 swimmers (for a total of
36).
8. Swimmers will use their own equipment. No shared equipment will be allowed.
9. At the conclusion of practice, swimmers will be asked to exit the pool using the door at
the block end of the pool. Swimmers must wear masks and maintain 6-feet distance
between each other as they gather belongings to leave.
10. In the event that swimmers will use the blocks, they will maintain a 6-feet distance from
each other and from coaches
11. Swimmers must wear their own masks when they are arriving and departing AND any
time, they are on the pool deck during practice.
Parent Guidelines
1. Parents will arrive on time to drop swimmers at practice. If you arrive early, please
remain in your vehicle until it is time for your swimmer’s practice to start. Please try not
to arrive late it will disrupt our ability organize our lanes for practice and get the
workout started.
2. Parents will be asked to stay in their vehicles at drop off and pick up*. We ask that if
parents need to stay at the pool, they remain in their vehicle in the parking areas and
avoid socializing with other parents.
a. *Parents of young swimmers (Lessons, Pups, Bronze) can enter the building with
their swimmers and help to sign them in at the front desk. Parents should bring
the swimmer onto the deck and then leave for the duration of the practice to
limit the number of people in the pool area at one time.
3. We ask that parents try to leave space between their vehicles and others so that
swimmers can maintain social distancing while arriving and leaving practices. When
possible park one spot away from the nearest vehicle.
4. Parents will arrive on time for pick up. Swimmers will not be permitted to wait on the
pool deck or wait with coaches after practices.
Locker Room Guidelines
1. Swimmers will refrain from gathering in the locker rooms
2. The only approved use of the locker room for swimmers and coaches will be restroom
use
3. Any time a swimmer or coach uses the locker room they will wash their hands
thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds before returning to the pool
deck
4. Coaches will make every effort to stagger bathroom breaks so that no more than 3
swimmers will be use the restroom at a time
5. When more than 1 individual is using the locker room, a strict 6-foot distance will be
maintained between all individuals