NAAC Updated Covid Protocols and Guidance Fall 2021

Overview:

The purpose of these protocols is to keep our swimmers and coaches safe while doing our best to keep our athletes practicing and competing regularly.  In general, our goal is to follow the most current CDC guidelines, combined with available guidance from USA and Maryland Swimming, as well as adhering to the requirements of the USNA.   These guidelines are broad and cannot cover every scenario.  If the appropriate course of action in a particular situation is unclear, coaches will make decisions on a case-by-case basis using the most current information available at that time.   These protocols are subject to change at any time.   Club members will be notified of any significant changes in these protocols as they occur. 

 

The current CDC guidance does distinguish between unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals, and our club protocols will do the same.  While NAAC does not require vaccinations for coaches or vaccination eligible athletes, vaccines are strongly encouraged.   

 

For All Swimmers Regardless of Vaccination Status:

  • DO NOT COME TO PRACTICE IF YOU ARE SICK
  • Completing an online health assessment prior to practice will not be required, but please review the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Checklist (see below) and make a decision about whether or not to attend practice accordingly. 
  • The procedure for entering the exiting Lejeune remains the same as last year, groups should wait for the coaches signal that it is time to enter the building
  • Masks should be worn by all swimmers, coaches, parents, and volunteers when inside Lejeune (unless in the pool)
  • Parents are allowed to watch practice. Please wear a mask , be careful in the areas under construction and obey all posted safety signs
  • NO LOCKER ROOM USE – swimmers should come dressed in their suits and leave in their suits
  • Do not congregate before, during, and after practice and practice social distancing when possible
  • No sharing of water bottles
  • When practice is over, gather your things quickly and exit the building as soon as possible

 

 

COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment Checklist:

Symptoms:

  • Do you have a fever (temperature 100.5 or greater) or have had a fever in the last 24 hours?
  • Do you a loss of sense of taste or smell?
  • Do you have a cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours? 
  • Do you have any symptoms of systemic illness such as chills, generalized muscle aches, or significant headache?

Any swimmer, coach, or volunteer, regardless of vaccination status, who answers “yes” to any of the above questions should NOT come to practice and should notify their coach and the head coach.  

Swimmers will not be allowed to return to practice until they have been symptom free for 10 days, OR have a negative COVID PCR test

 

Exposures:

  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Any swimmer who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to practice until both 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms or positive test date (whichever was first), have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, and have improvement in their symptoms (with the exception of loss of sense of taste and smell as these might persist for weeks).

 

  • Have you been placed on quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official for exposure to COVID-19?
  • Have you been in close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an infected person within 24 hours) with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Unvaccinated swimmers or coaches who have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to practice either 10 days after exposure OR 7 days after exposure with a negative PCR test taken a minimum of 5 days after exposure.  

Fully vaccinated swimmers and coaches are not required to quarantine or provide a negative test after exposure.  

 

Travel:

  • In the past 14 days, have you traveled outside of the United States?

Swimmers and coaches who are fully vaccinated:

  • Get tested with COVID PCR test 3-5 days after travel. 
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • You may return to practice after a negative PCR test 3-5 days after travel

Swimmers and coaches who are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • Get tested with COVID PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. 
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • You may return to practice 7 days after travel with a negative PCR test, or 10 days after travel without a test