COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

 

 

 

The safety of our athletes, coaches and families is of the utmost importance. With the current situation in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASA will be adhering to the following COVID-19 Policies and Procedures, as well as those implemented by Middlebury Community Schools, Northridge High School and Northridge Middle School. These procedures will be in place during training sessions at both the High School and the Middle School Facilities.

 

The following procedures will be implemented for NASA Training Sessions.

  • Max limit of four (4) swimmers per swimming lane, starting from opposite ends (in accordance with USA swimming guidelines).
  • If lane space becomes an issue, Swimmers will sign up for lane space through an online signup process, prior to that days practice time.
  • All swimmers/staff will wear a facemask while in the facility/on the pool deck until they are ready to get into the water.
  • Any swimmers/staff member found to have any of the COVID symptoms will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Upon entering the facility, all will be required to sanitize hands using provided sanitizers/wipes stationed on a table inside the door. Swimmers & staff will also have their temperature (no higher than 100.4 per CDC Guidelines) and symptoms checked by an MCS Aquatics Staff member prior to entry into the facility.
  • All swimmers and staff members entering the facility will be tracked (attendance) through digital means on a daily basis.
  • Everyone in the building should maintain at least a 6’ social distancing between him or her and anyone else that is not an immediate family member.
  • Swim Equipment will not be made available to the public. All equipment used by teams will be sanitized before and after each use. There shall be NO sharing of equipment, water bottles, etc.
  • Swimmers and staff members will need to provide their own water and water bottle. Use of drinking fountains, by swimmers, is prohibited at this time. If a swimmer needs more water during or before a workout a designated staff member will fill up the water bottle for the swimmer.
  • Once a swimmers practice time is complete they will be asked to dry off, get dressed, and exit the facility promptly.
  • Upon exiting the facility users will be required to sanitize their hands using the provided sanitizers/wipes stationed inside the pool doors. All should proceed immediately to their vehicle and leave the campus.
  • Drop Off/Pickup at pool: All drop offs and pickups must take place within 10 minutes of scheduled start time.

 

LOCKER ROOM PROCEDURES

  • Middle School & High School Groups
    • Swimmers will be able to use locker rooms before, after school, and after practices.
    • Swimmers will be assigned locks and lockers in a way to enforce social distancing.
    • Swimmers will only be allowed to store swim attire and/or equipment in their lockers, nothing else (food, clothes, etc..)!
    • Swimmers will wear masks at all times while in the locker rooms, with the only exception being the showers, where athletes will maintain social distancing by using every other shower.
    • NASA or Facility staff may limit the number of swimmers or the amount of time a swimmer can be in the locker room at any time to make sure we are complying with any state or local regulations.
    • The use of locker rooms during training sessions will be reserved for restroom breaks only, with not more than two (2) patrons in the locker room at any given time.
  • Elementary Groups
    • Swimmers will need to arrive in their swim attire and will leave in their swim attire.
    • The use of locker rooms during training sessions will be reserved for restroom breaks only, with not more than two (2) patrons in the locker room at any given time.
    • This procedure will be evaluated on a week to week basis, with facility and school admin, with the current plan of allowing locker room usage prior to the cold months.

 

HEALTH SCREEN

NASA staff will continue to check athlete temperatures and ask about COVID symptoms when they arrive at either facility. The most concerning threat to an organized sports team is rapid spread within the group. Effective containment depends on early symptom identification, removal from practice (isolation), and strict guidelines regarding return to practice.

 

If you had any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours, please remain at home and do not return to practice until you are symptom free for 24 hours. If practical, go to a testing facility to be assessed.

  • Unexplained rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain or body aches (outside of the normal)
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell​

Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last

14 days? If you answer yes, all three of the following are required before return to practice: a minimum of 14 days of self-quarantine from the positive test, 72 hours with no symptoms, and a subsequent negative test. Testing and results must be reported to the coaching staff to monitor contacts and early signs of transmission within the team or groups.

 

Have you have had close contact within the last 14-days with someone who has COVID-19 or who has any of the above symptoms? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes per CDC Guidelines.) If you answer yes, to return to practice the swimmer should have no symptoms for 72 hours, a negative test, and no additional close contact with the infected individual.

 

ADDITIONAL SAFETY EXPECTATIONS

  • All families must return a signed copy of the MCS Aquatic Facilities COVID waiver to be permitted to attend practice.
  • Athletes will only be permitted to enter the building 15 minutes before their scheduled practice. If they arrive early, they must wait in their car until the appropriate time to enter the building.
  • Parents/spectators will not be allowed in the building at any time and are expected to practice social distancing when waiting for their swimmer. We understand this may bring Safe Sport concerns. We will have multiple coaches, lifeguards, and staff on site always. This will allow us to exceed “two deep leadership” and operate well within the requirements of Safe Sport.
  • All doors to the building will be propped open to limit athletes from touching any surfaces.
  • Athletes should be prepared to arrive and depart in their suits.
  • Athletes should bring their own water bottles (already filled). Use of the water fountains at the facility will be prohibited.
  • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.
  • Athletes and families who travel by air, or to an area deemed high risk by the staff, will need to communicate this with the coaching staff prior to returning to practice.
  • MCS staff will be disinfecting the bathrooms throughout the day. Additionally, the entirety of both facilities will be disinfected each night.

 

PLEASE ALSO REVIEW THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES BELOW REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html