Returning to organized sports, including swimming, during the COVID-19 pandemic was approved by Alberta Health on June 9, 2020. But like all businesses and social gatherings during the pandemic, we must all observe new measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The procedures below are Edmonton Keyano's COVID-19 Safety Measures. These have been put together by the EKSC Safety Assessment Working Group (SAWG) in reference to all Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines and recommendations, as well as guidance from Swim Alberta and Swimming Canada. 
 
It is up to every individual: coach, parent & swimmer, to do their part in following the daily screening protocol and to properly distance themselves. The minor inconvenience of staying home to use the AHS self-assessment tool and possibly get a COVID-19 test is going to key to keeping everyone in the swim club safe. 
 
Swimming Canada / Swim Alberta Waiver 
  1. Complete the SWIMMING CANADA / SWIM ALBERTA WAIVER FORM prior to joining any training group for the first time since programs were reopened. This is only required once for the season. 

Daily Screening 
  1. Review the DAILY SCREENING FORM with your swimmer prior to them attending  every training session. It is important that every swimmer, coach, staff member and volunteer does this to be in compliance with AHS/Public health. 

  2. If you respond  “yes” to any question on the daily screening form :

You must not attend training until the following can be completed;

  1. Use the AHS COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL to determine the next course of action; 
  2. If testing is recommended, a test should be scheduled. You should not return to training until you receive a negative test or clearance from a licensed medical professional;

  3. If testing is not recommended, then you may return to training as soon as any other AHS / medical recommendations are completed;

  4. Notify your group coach and email Chris Nelson at generalmanager@eksc.com to inform them of the absence.

  5. Prior to returning, you must complete the Return to Training after Illness Form.

Return to Training after Illness

Not all illness is COVID-19, but in all cases of illness for now we must have a plan of action and return to action. Most swimmers and staff at some point will experience symptoms of illness that require them to follow the screening steps above.

Before returning to training:

  1. Individuals must complete the RETURN TO TRAINING AFTER ILLNESS FORM.  
Rapid Response to Positive COVID-19 Test

Should any member of a training group test positive for COVID-19:

  1. The athlete will be removed immediately from the training group.

  2. Group training will be suspended, and all group members placed in self-isolation.

  3. AHS will be contacted, and direction will be taken from AHS regarding next steps, further testing, and contact tracing.

Any group that has no contact with the positive test group will continue training, however anyone who lives in the same household of a member of the self-isolating group will not be permitted to train.

After a positive test for COVID-19, training in a group shall resume if:

  1. All group members undergo a 14-day self-isolation period and no other member has developed symptoms; or,

  2. All group members are cleared by their doctor to return to group training in accordance with AHS guidelines. 
EKSC - Return to Sport Procedures

Edmonton Keyano's Safety Assessment Working Group is constantly reviewing procedures, questions, and information from AHS, City of Edmonton facilities and sport organizations. Our most current set of procedures can always be found here:

EKSC - COVID-19 RETURN TO SPORT

For more information, here is the information from our provincial and national sport organizations:

SWIM ALBERTA - RETURN TO IN-PERSON

SWIMMING CANADA - COVID RESOURCE DOCUMENT