COVID-19 Response Plan: Updated for 2021-2022

Last updated 09/12/21

Guidance from USA Swimming

To ensure the safety of our swimmers, coaches, and families, we will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols in line with guidance from the CDC and USA Swimming. USA Swimming mandates that Clubs follow all local, state, and federal health guidelines for all workplaces, practices and competitions. They provide the following guidance:

  1. Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing
  2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands
  5. Stay home if you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team members
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly
  7. Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations

 

Global Considerations

  • For masks, we will follow the Council Rock School District’s policies for indoor activities, school, and sports.
  • As of September 2021, masks are required for all swimmers and staff regardless of vaccination status. Swimmers who require mask exemptions should have a parent/guardian fill out the mask exemption form.
  • Swimmers can place their masks in a labeled plastic bag during practice. We will have extra disposable masks and plastic bags for anyone who needs them.
  • The chlorinated pool is a perpetually self-cleaning training surface, so there is no added risk of contamination or transmission from the water—the CDC has made this very clear. 
  • As of September 2021, we have removed social distancing requirements in the pool given that swimmers are only together at the wall between repeats for short periods of time.
  • We will still be limiting the number of people on the pool deck and in the immediate pool areas.
    • During practice transition times, please try to pick up/drop off swimmers ages 11 and over outside the NAC.
    • Parents of swimmers 10 and under should wait at the end of the hallway by the basketball courts.
    • Parents are welcome to observe practice from the upstairs seating area; they are never allowed on deck, even during non-pandemic times.
  • Please be respectful of CDC/USA swimming guidelines and individual choices.
  • Failure to behave in a way that is safe and respectful to all NAC swimming members—whether masked or not—may result in suspension or dismissal from the team without refund.
  • Given that CDC and USA Swimming guidance changes regularly, we will keep our COVID-19 policies up to date on this page. Your handbook acknowledgement form indicates agreement to follow current policies as posted online; we will alert you to updates in weekly “Shark Bite” newsletters.

 

Household Self-Monitoring & Positive Test Protocols 

  • Please not not send your swimmer to practice if they are unvaccinated and showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Similarly, if any unvaccinated people in the swimmer's household show symptoms of COVID-19 and your swimmer is unvaccinated, we recommend staying home
  • Please email the NAC Swim Team staff if you suspect COVID-19 infection, and we can take appropriate steps. We will prorate fees if swimmers are required to quarantine. 

 

Before Practice Procedures

  • Please try to arrive 5 minutes before the start of practice (no more than 10 minutes unless coming from Parisi) to ensure your swimmer is not contributing to crowding in any area or impeding traffic flow.
  • Please do not arrive late, as the previous group will be getting changed, and we do not want to have too many swimmers in one area.
  • Please keep belongings tucked away, placed neatly in bags under benches/against a wall. Nothing should be in the middle of the hallway or office.
  • Swimmers who wish to wear masks can place their mask bag in their mesh equipment bag or in a small waterproof container at the end of the lane.

 

Dismissal from Practice

  • To avoid swimmers congregating by the towels, we will have buckets holding dry towels near the end of the lane. Your swimmer can grab his or her towel there.
  • Please instruct your swimmer to get changed quickly to avoid too many swimmers congregating in an area.
  • We are still recommending that you minimize full changing at the NAC, although we understand that it’s getting colder and there are times this can’t be avoided. We have a few options for changing locations:
    • Swimmers 16 and over may use the adult locker rooms
    • There are a limited number of stalls in the family locker room
    • Well-behaved swimmers age 11 and over may use the bathroom stalls upstairs by Pulse, provided they make an effort to dry off before walking upstairs. Please be considerate of others in the area
    • Swimmers assigned to the Aquatics Office may use a stall in the family locker room for changing if available, but if they are just throwing clothes on over a suit, that should be done in the Aquatics Office
  • To minimize traffic flow and per USA Swimming Safe Sport, parents are not permitted in the changing area. If your swimmer is old enough to be on the swim team, he or she is old enough to get dressed alone. If your swimmer requires special accommodations, please let us know.
  • Please make sure all towels are put into a dirty towels bin when no longer in use. These bins are located in two places-- on the pool deck by the towel shelves or around the corner in the family locker room.

 

Remember, swimmers and families should return to the team only if they are comfortable accepting the inevitable risk (although mitigated by safety precautions, chlorine, etc) that comes with any public gathering during this time. NAC Coaches and Staff are in no way 'compelling' athletes to return to the water, and fully understand those who elect to wait.

 

Please note: As a swim team staff, we are putting these policies in place to protect the safety of our swimmers, coaches, staff, and swim families. We cannot control the actions of other NAC members, employees, or participants in other NAC programming. We have intentionally set higher standards for our swim team programming. We expect that participants in NAC Swim Team programming will follow these guidelines regardless of the actions of other people inside the NAC.