AQUAJETS COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
The health and safety of our swimmers, families, coaches, and staff members is our No. 1 priority. As the current COVID situation develops, we will update our procedures as necessary to be in compliance with local and state Health Department guidelines. If you have any questions or need to report a health update for your swimmer, please contact Danielle with our Aquajets COVID Task Force. 
 
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AQUAJETS SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR FALL-WINTER 2020/2021
Prepared: September 3, 2020
 
OVERVIEW
Aquajets Swim Team (Aquajets) will comply with current state, local, health, and USA Swimming guidelines. Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the guidelines and make adjustments accordingly to the safety procedures.
 
Practice capacity and duration will be limited for all groups, and social distancing will be enforced.
 
All coaches, swimmers, and volunteers are required to wear face masks/cloth face covering at all times, except for swimmers when they are in the water.
 
NEW: We will allow swimmers directly going to or coming from school/work to use the locker rooms. Locker room use will be limited to seven (7) minutes for changing only. We strongly discourage the use of the locker rooms. Swimmers using the locker room are doing so at their own risk.
 
Locker room capacity will be limited to maintain social distancing. Swimmers must wear face masks/cloth face coverings at all times while in the locker room. Following USA Swimming Safe Sport guidelines, coaches and Aquajets staff will not be able to monitor the locker rooms.
 
If a swimmer wants to use the locker room, the swimmer must email danielle@aquajets.com in advance of practice. The list of swimmers using the locker rooms will be used for contact tracing purposes, as needed.
 
The showers in the locker rooms will NOT be used. The showers on the pool deck may be used after morning practices ONLY, and swimmers must maintain social distancing while they are using the pool deck showers. Showers will not be used by any swimmers in the afternoons or evenings.
 
Swimmers leaving the pool area without using the locker room to change should plan on leaving the building in the appropriate clothing for the weather (bathrobes, swim parkas, hats, boots, gloves, warm pants, etc.)  Locker room bathrooms (both boys and girls) will be available for urgent use only, one person at a time in each locker room.
 
Drinking fountains remain unavailable.
 
Swimmers will be assigned to a practice group and a lane. In the event that a change is necessary by the coaching staff, it will be documented for contact tracing purposes. Swimmers may only practice with their assigned group. They will NOT be allowed to come to a different practice group unless approved by the coaches before the season starts. We understand that some swimmers may not be able to attend all practices or may not feel comfortable attending practices right away. There is no penalty for missing practice at any time.
 
Our plan for the Fall/Winter will depend on everyone’s (swimmers, parents, and coaches) cooperation and adherence to our safety protocol. We expect all Aquajets swimmers, coaches, and parents to practice social distancing both at and away from the pool, this shows that you respect your teammates and their families, and the Aquajets coaches and their families.  During the summer season, Aquajets swimmers, parents, and coaches did an outstanding job maintaining safety protocols throughout the summer which allowed us to have a very successful season.
 
If we determine that a swimmer is not consistently adhering to social distancing guidelines (staying six feet away from others, avoiding large gatherings), that swimmer may be temporarily suspended from Aquajets practices. The Aquajets coaching staff and the Board also reserve the right to discontinue practices at any time should we feel safety expectations are not being met.
 
Swimmers, coaches, and volunteers (including college swimmers) who travel on an airplane or by long-distance mass transportation (i.e. bus or train) will need to be symptom-free and self-isolate for 10 days before returning to practice/Aquajets facility. If symptoms develop, the individual must remain in quarantine for 14 days from the onset of symptoms. We strongly recommend that college swimmers who return to Minnesota by car self isolate for 10 -14 days before returning to practice/Aquajets facility.
 
 
ARRIVAL
NEW: ALL swimmers must enter through the FRONT door of the building, staying six feet (6’) apart at all times. Swimmers who do not drive themselves must be dropped off. Swimmers will exit out the locker room hallway to the back parking lot; this is the reverse of our entry/exit procedures over the summer.   Swimmers will exit the building from the door at the BACK corner end of the building, staying 6’ apart, using the locker room hallway from the glass double-doors on the shallow end side of the pool.
 
All swimmers should arrive at the pool in their swimsuit with a full water bottle and an empty bladder. Swimmers will need to bring their own mesh bag of equipment with them each day (see below). Swimmers should not bring any items other than those necessary for practice, and should not arrive more than ten (10) minutes before the start of their scheduled practice time. If a swimmer (with or without parents) arrives more than 10 minutes before their scheduled practice time, they must wait in their car until it is time to be admitted. Social gatherings in the parking lots before or after practice are prohibited.
 
NEW: Before each practice, each swimmer must complete a Daily Health Survey before they can enter the pool area. A link for the survey for each practice group can be found on the Aquajets website under the Meets tab on the main menu bar. This daily health survey may be completed up to two (2) hours before the start of practice. Aquajets coaches or staff will look for each swimmer’s submittal of this form before they will be able to enter the pool deck.
 
The survey requires the swimmer to record their temperature, and we are recommending that each swimmer has a thermometer at home or in their car. Aquajets will have thermometers available by the pool doors for swimmers to use if needed, and the survey may be completed in the hallway before they enter the pool. The survey also requires each swimmer to acknowledge whether he or she has experienced the following within the past 72 hours:
  • Cough (unrelated to seasonal allergies)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Severe fatigue
  • Nasal congestion (unrelated to seasonal allergies)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Chills
  • Loose stools
If a swimmer is experiencing any symptoms, there is no need to complete the survey, as the swimmer should not be present at practice. Any athlete, coach or volunteer experiencing any of the above symptoms, or who has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms (which includes family and friends), should remain at home and seek medical treatment.
 
Athletes and staff must see a physician and be cleared for training by the Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force after being diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19. In order for all of us to stay healthy and be able to continue swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing (staying 6’ away from others, avoiding large gatherings) when they are away from the pool as well.
 
Swimmers should use the hand sanitizer station before entering the pool area. Swimmers may enter the pool area once a coach or staff member has confirmed submittal of the Daily Health Survey, approved them for entry, and the door has been propped open.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Parents who are dropping off their swimmer will need to wait in the parking lot for their swimmer to be admitted before leaving. No parents, other than volunteers, will be allowed in the building before, during, or after practice, to avoid more people in the vicinity than necessary. Parents will be expected to practice social distancing when waiting for their swimmer. We understand this may bring Safe Sport concerns, so please contact Amanda Solt, Aquajets’ Safe Sport liaison, with any questions.
 
Swimmers who are not admitted to practice for the health reasons listed will not be allowed in the building.
 
Admitted swimmers will enter the pool area, 6’ apart and will leave their backpacks and street clothes on the deck on a marked space in their designated Pod based on their lane assignments. They will then proceed to their assigned lanes with their mesh bags, wearing their face mask until they enter the water. All swimmers should store their face masks in a plastic baggie while they are swimming.
 
Bags/Belongings Placement - to maintain social distancing as swimmers enter and leave the pool, swimmers’ areas for keeping their bags, toweling off, etc., will be grouped together based on lane assignment and color-coding. For example, all swimmers starting in the deep end of the 8-lane pool will place their bags in one area, while the swimmers starting in the shallow end of the 8-lane pool will place their bags in another area. The assigned areas for bags/belongings are:
  • 8L Pool Shallow End = Green Pod. Lanes 1-5 bags will be stored along the side of the 8L pool using the mesh bag hooks. Lanes 6-8 bags will be stored along the side of the 5L pool using the mesh bag hooks.
  • 8L Pool Deep End = Yellow Pod. Bags will be stored behind your lane next to the wall.
  • 5L Pool Shallow End = Pink Pod. Bags will be stored on the mesh bag hooks along the side of the 5L pool.
  • 5L Pool Deep End = Red Pod. Bags will be stored behind your lane in the first rows of the white cubbies.
  • Shark Tank = Purple Pod. Bags will be stored just outside of the Shark Tank in the white cubbies.
Entering the Pool Area - Swimmers will use the shortest route when entering the pool area to get to their Pod’s assigned area. Only Green Pod swimmers may walk between the 8L and 5L pools to their assigned bag spot.
 
 
PRACTICE
As previously stated, swimmers will be assigned a practice group time and lane while Aquajets is following social distancing guidelines. In the event that a change is necessary, it will be documented for contact tracing purposes.
 
Swimmers will be responsible for their own equipment and mesh bag. Sharing of equipment will NOT be allowed at any time, and extra equipment will not be available on deck. Swimmers will need the following items for practice:
  • Face mask and plastic baggie for storage
  • Fins
  • Paddles
  • Buoy
  • Snorkel 
  • Filled water bottle
  • Kick board
Swimmers will need to keep all of their equipment in their own mesh bag during practice when not using it. Swimmers should submerge their mesh bags as soon as they get to their lanes.
 
The number of swimmers per lane and their start/end positions will meet or exceed all requirements in the facility guidelines provided by USA Swimming and accepted by MHD and MN Youth Sports Guidance.  Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor CDC/MHD and USA Swimming guidance updates and make adjustments accordingly.
 
Swimmers’ water entries must be sit and slide only. No diving.
 
Practice sets will be written on the whiteboards at both ends of the pool. Swimmers will not get out of the water to discuss sets as they are used to doing. Team-owned headsets will not be used, for sanitation purposes.
 
Once practice is complete, swimmers will put their face masks on and have five to seven minutes to dry off and exit the pool area through the back glass doors, which will also be propped open. Swimmers will not be allowed to change out of their suits in the building. Swimmers must wear their face mask at all times when in the building, except when they are in the pool.
 
NEW: All swimmers will exit the building from the door at the BACK corner end of the building, staying 6’ apart. Swimmers who drove to practice may have to walk around the side of the building (staying 6’ apart) to get back to their cars. Parents should pick up their swimmers ON-TIME in the back of the building, following the usual queue procedures.
 
Social gatherings in the parking lot before or after practice are prohibited.
 
 
IN-BETWEEN PRACTICES
Coaches and volunteers will clean and sanitize the pool area, hallways, and bathrooms, as needed.
 
The next practice group will be allowed into the building approximately ten (10) minutes before their practice time starts.
 
 
POSITIVE TEST/EXPOSURE PROCEDURES
In the event that a swimmer, coach, or volunteer tests positive or is exposed to someone who tested positive, the following steps will be taken, as established by the Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force:
 
  1. The person must notify Danielle Wentzel (danielle@aquajets.com) immediately.
  2. If the person testing positive is a swimmer, his or her lane mates and the swimmers in the lanes next to them on both sides are required to self-isolate for 14 days, or longer, as necessary, until there are no symptoms for 3 days. Each case will be brought to the COVID-19 Task Force for review and the Board will make a final decision. 
  3. The Aquajets facility will be shut down immediately for 24 hours for a deep cleaning. Contact tracing will be done and any swimmers, staff, or volunteers determined to be at risk will be notified and may be asked to follow quarantine protocol. 
  4. If a non-symptomatic swimmer has been in close contact with a person who later is known to have COVID-19, we respectfully ask that swimmer to remain away from the pool after possible exposure for 14 days from exposure or longer, as necessary, until there are no symptoms for 3 days.
  5. If someone in a swimmer’s household has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, we respectfully ask that swimmer to remain away from the pool after possible exposure for 14 days from exposure or longer, as necessary, until there are no symptoms for 3 days.
  6. In the event that a swimmers’ school or sports team (of any sport) is closed or suspended due to COVID-19 the swimmer must notify the Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force and get clearance before returning to the Aquajets’ facility. If it is determined that the swimmer was in close contact or the positivity rate at their school or sports team is too high, the swimmer could be asked to self -isolate for 14 days. At a minimum, the swimmer will be asked to closely monitor for any symptoms and a recommendation to get tested for COVID-19 could be given to this swimmer.
The Aquajets Task Force will continue to monitor CDC guidance updates and make adjustments accordingly to the Test Positive Procedures.
 
 
SAFETY PROCEDURES VIOLATIONS
Repercussions from violations of the COVID-19 Policy and procedures will be at the discretion of the coaching staff and BOD. Repercussions could include but are not limited to: banning the swimmer from the premises for one practice, one week of practice, or for the remainder of the season.
 
No refunds will be provided for swimmers who are banned for behavior issues. Swimmer’s parents will be immediately notified in all cases of violations. 
 
Exceptions to social distancing guidelines include:
  • Anyone rescuing a distressed swimmer, providing first aid, or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, with or without an automated external defibrillator.
  • Individuals in the process of evacuating an aquatic venue or entire facility due to an emergency.
Please email Danielle Wentzel at Danielle@aquajets.com or speak with an Aquajets COVID-19 Task Force member if you have any questions or concerns regarding Aquajets’ COVID-19 safety protocols.