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a positive direction in life in a safe
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Saint Andrew’s Aquatics Team Policies and Procedures Updated June 2020

1. I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian for my child(ren) and that I understand and will adhere to all policies and procedures as outlined in this document.

2. I hereby give my permission for any supervisor, coach, or other team administrator associated with the Saint Andrew's Aquatics to seek and give appropriate medical attention for our child(ren) in the event of an accident, injury, illness. I will be responsible for any and all costs associated with any necessary medical attention and/or treatment.

3. I hereby waive, release and forever discharge Saint Andrew's Aquatics and associated supervisor, coach or other team administrators from all rights and claims for damages, injury, loss to person or property which may be sustained or occur during participation in Saint Andrew's Aquatics activities, whether or not damages or loss is due to negligence. I hereby acknowledge that my children is (are) physically fit and capable of participation in all aquatics activities.

4. By registering myself and/or my child(ren) with Saint Andrew's Aquatics, I agree to participate (or allow my child(ren) and family members to participate) in the Saint Andrew's Aquatics programs and hereby release Saint Andrew's Aquatics and Saint Andrew's School, its directors, officers, agents, coaches, and employees from liability for any injury that might occur to myself (or to my child(ren) and family members) while participating in the Saint Andrew's Aquatics program, including travel to and from training sessions, swim meets or other scheduled team activities. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the above-mentioned organizations and/or individuals, their agents and/or employees, against any and all liability for personal injury, including injuries resulting in death to me, my child(ren) and/or other family members, or damage to my property, the property to my child(ren) and/or other family members, or both, while I (or my child(ren) or family members) participating in the Saint Andrew's Aquatics program.

• You must provide a credit or debit card which will be kept on file and used for further billing purposes to include monthly dues and committed meet entry fees.

• Two weeks’ written notice by email to karakswims@gmail.com is required to stop automatic payments on credit cards. Members whose accounts are overdue 30 days or more will not be permitted to enter competitions. SAINT ANDREW’S AQUATICS EVENT

SURCHARGE AND TRAVEL COSTS POLICY

Saint Andrew's Aquatics participants will continue to be billed an additional surcharge fee for all competitive events that we attend. The intent of these surcharges is to pay for the travel expenses and associated costs absorbed by our coaching staff to attend the events.

LOCAL EVENTS - Local events that do not require placing our staff into lodging situations will result in a $10 surcharge for every athlete who commits to the competition. In the case where a coach needs to get a hotel room to best serve our athletes, the surcharge will be increased to offset those expenses.

REGIONAL EVENTS - In events more regional in nature, where coaches may still be driving, but need to lodge in order to be best prepared for the event, the surcharge will increase to $25. The final surcharge amount will depend on the number of competitors attending. This makes your commitment to the trip by the deadline date that much more important for us to best determine the appropriate amount.

NATIONAL EVENTS - At the top end of our programs we are happy to support our elite athletes competing at the highest levels of competitive swimming and water polo. The surcharge is $50 per athlete to assist paying for coaches' time. We will assign a sufficient number of staff (coaches and chaperones) to attend in support of our athletes. We have formalized the chaperone duties, responsibilities and reimbursement policy in a separate document. In SWIMMING, Florida Gold Coast Reimbursement Funds are made available at selected National Level events. If we ever receive enough funding from FGC to cover the costs associated with a major trip we will waive the surcharge for that meet. Further, if we ever receive enough funding from the FGC to result in a surplus after determining staff expenses, then any funds over that amount will be distributed back to the athletes who have qualified. The guidelines for athlete reimbursement are on the FGC web page HERE

1. Saint Andrew’s Coaches are to be the only sources of swim coaching, technical corrections, and training instructions for all swimmers representing our team. This includes, but is not limited to, parents coaching children away from team practices and of course giving specific technical instructions during competitions and/or training periods. Any outside coaching other than Saint Andrew’s Aquatics staff must be approved in advance. This includes but is not limited to strength training, weights, and dry-land regimens. We will support approved clinics and camps and individually consider any circumstances where athletes may have access to outside professional coaching or instruction.

2. BASIC TEAM EQUIPMENT - The following equipment is mandatory: Platinum - cap, goggles, fins, paddles, kickboard, front snorkel Gold- cap, goggles, fins, kickboard, front snorkel Silver- cap, goggles, fins, kickboard, front snorkel Bronze - cap, goggles, fins, kickboard Mesh Equipment Bags may be hung on deck. For all competitions athletes are expected to wear Saint Andrew's Team Suit, Cap, and T-Shirt.

Club Parents - Parents are expected to be compliant with our team policy on positivity. As we teach our athletes, complaining about anything you have no control over is detrimental to our team and to their own happiness. You should avoid negative statements and/or actions that could be interpreted as such. We have a philosophy deeply rooted in positive support and as such we expect all parents to understand this philosophy and follow through as participants. Only neutral and positive interactions with other parents, teammates and coaches are acceptable. If a complaint or question arises in regard to any of our policies, procedures, or day-to-day instruction the only appropriate avenues for discourse are with the Head Coach or Head Administrator. Negative behavior may result in immediate loss of membership.

1. General Practice and Competition Policies • Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend and observe practice. Those who attend practices are required to remain on the west side bleachers. • Parents/Guardians are not permitted to talk to their children during practice times. • Parents/Guardians should not interrupt practice to talk to coaches at any time. • Please be on time to pick up your children. Following these rules will allow for the coaches to attend to the swimmers without interruptions and, thereby enabling us to build an effective coach/swimmer relationship

2. General Swim Meet Policies • Swimmers are expected to stay in the Team tent. This allows for the coaches to know where all swimmers are and for them to get them to their events on time. It also helps us to continue building a true team atmosphere. • Swimmers are permitted to talk to their parents for short amounts of time throughout the swim meet, but need to let the coaches know first. • Parents are not permitted to stay in the Team tent. Bronze meets will often have a coach or parent assigned to the team tent so that young swimmers are not alone. • Swimmers must talk to their coach FIRST upon completing every event in order to get proper feedback on their races. • Any parents with questions on anything about the meet, please feel free to ask anyone on the coaching staff, or other ? experienced? parents! So, any parents who have been with us and notice new faces, please offer help, as a first swim meet can be overwhelming! • Eating before and during swim meets is an area parents can provide great support. Pre-meet meals the day before and especially the day of swim meets should be nutritious and easily digestible. In longer sessions, it may necessary to have something healthy, a banana or small snack is sufficient. Chips, soda, or other junk food are not permitted. Be sure to bring plenty of water! This is an athletic environment that includes learning good nutrition. • Before leaving a meet, please notify the coaches first. Sometimes there are relays that your child may be entered in and other times there are meets where the coaches require everyone to stay until the end. 

The only way we can instill the team rules is with parent cooperation so we truly appreciate you all understanding and adhering to these policies. Any questions or concerns please direct to either Coach Sid.

2020 Addendum Regarding Covid-19 Positive Cases and Staff or Students Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

• If a positive COVID-19 case is identified among participants (staff or student-athletes), all participants identified as being in close contact with a sick individual will be notified. In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, the club will notify Saint Andrew’s School and the Palm Beach County Health Department as required by local public health and CDC guidance, and the school will follow appropriate steps as provided by the DOH. If participants become ill during activity, the event organizer or coach should immediately separate the participant. The event organizer or coach should contact the parent or guardian to be transported home or to a healthcare facility for evaluation. Individuals who have had close contact (within 6 feet of the sick individual for a period of longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has symptoms of illness should be separated and sent home as well. The event organizer or coach must report this case immediately to the school representative supervisor (i.e. athletic director, auxiliary programs coordinator, nurse manager)

• Any participant living or in close contact with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to the activity. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined below have been met.

• Any participant who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must report these symptoms to the club team administration (the club, in turn, will notify health officials at SAS) and self-isolate until the below conditions have been met:

o In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may not return to activity until at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and the participant has received clearance from a healthcare professional; or

o In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a healthcare professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to activity until the individual has completed the same four-step criteria listed above.

Current COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening: Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

• Fever greater than 100.3 ℉ 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

Clean and Disinfect

• Close off areas, for a minimum of 24 hours, used by a sick person, and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them (for outdoor areas, this includes surfaces or shared objects in the area, if applicable).

• Communicate with housekeeping (ACL) for proper areas to be cleaned.

I hereby confirm that I have read, agree, and will comply with all of these stated policies and procedures. (Signature required)