COVID-19 Protocols and Plans

 

June 28, 2020

 

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CONTENTS

OVERVIEW ............................................................................................... 2

PRACTICE PROTOCOLS ........................................................................ 2

Coaches and NOR Responsibilities ................................................ 2

Player and Parent Responsibilities ................................................. 3

REPORTING PROTOCOLS & WAIVER/RELEASE ................................ 5

 

OVERVIEW

The Northfield Swim Team (NOR) has developed this COVID-19 Safety Policy (Policy) to ensure all individuals participating in NOR activities are protected from possible exposure to COVID-19 as much as is feasible. The safety protocols listed below include preventative measures and response protocols should anyone possibly be exposed to COVID-19 during an NOR activity. This Policy follows the Minnesota COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth & Adults (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sportsguide.pdf dated June 19, 2020) and the USA Swimming Recommendations (https://www.usaswimming.org/home/covid-news) for returning to facilities and practice. 

Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, this Plan is subject to change as state and federal guidelines change; updates will be communicated to participants’ families as they occur. 

As of June 10, 2020, Minnesota is in Phase III of the State’s Stay Safe Plan, and youth sports are allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Youth Sports Guidance. Information and updates on the Governor’s Stay Safe Executive Order and phased plan: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/index.jsp.

 

PRACTICE PROTOCOLS 

Coaches and NOR Responsibilities 

Our Team will be divided in its locations. Senior Gold, Senior Silver, and Pre-Senior will alternate between the Old Memorial Pool (outdoor) and the Northfield Middle School pool (indoor). Developmental, Age-Group, and Juniors will practice at the Northfield Middle School pool. Using the square footage for the respective pool areas, we will run practice each hour, and allow less than maximum recommended swimmer per lane.

  • OLD MEMORIAL POOL: 4 per lane, one swimmer at the wall and one at the flags; on each end of the 50-meter pool. With 4 lanes, that makes 16 total kids with up to 4 coaches. Two pods of 10 total people, one pod at each end.
  • NORTHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL: 2 swimmers per lane, one on each end of the 25-yard pool. With 8 lanes, this again makes for 16 total kids with room for up to 4 coaches. Once again, we have two pods of 10 total people, one pod on each end. 

No equipment will be used or shared. No kickboards, no pull buoys, no fins, snorkels, parachutes. Nothing. Unfortunately, we will also not be allowed to borrow out or fix goggle issues. 

Drinking fountain use will not be permitted. 

Coaches will assign areas for swimmers to place their equipment and water that ensures adequate physical distance (6–10 feet) between each swimmer during breaks in activity. Social distancing should be followed by those in attendance, at all times. 

No spectators (including parents) are to be in or near the pool areas. If necessary, for parents or caregivers to be at practices, ensure that proper social distancing is maintained between parents or caregivers. 

Practices will focus on skill development using drills and technical progressions

All interaction between swimmers is contactless. 

Any drills that require standing in line will be avoided, unless proper spacing and distancing can be maintained.

There will be no handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps, or skin-to-skin contact. 

NOR will adhere to the City of Northfield field specific guidelines for COVID-19 (the City of Northfield requires the NOR to follow the MN Youth Sports Guidance). 

Swimmer and Parent Responsibilities 

Below is a list of COVID-19 symptoms provided by the CDC (Updated May 13, 2020). Swimmers are not to come to practice if they are feeling sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Although coaches will address concerns if they should arise, it is the responsibility of the parent or caregiver to NOT bring their child to practice if they are experiencing these symptoms.

  • Fever of 100.3 degrees F/37.9 degrees C 
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Note: This list may not include all possible symptoms. Please continue to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date list of symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

Please check with your child(ren) to make sure they do not have any of the above listed symptoms before coming to practice. If they have any of the symptoms listed above, they must be tested negative for COVID-19 or be at least 14 days post- positive test, with a minimum of 72 hours symptom-free and a negative repeat-COVID-19 test in order to return. Individuals require written clearance from a licensed medical professional before return to play will be granted. 

You must notify your coach immediately if symptoms are or have occurred. 

Responsibilities of the SWIMMER, to Ensure Safety at Practice:  

  • Arrive suited and ready to train. Locker room use is not permitted.
  • Eat off-site. No snacks/food can be consmed on-premise. 
  • Bring your own water bottle. Facility drinking fountain use is prohibited.
  • Any tasks that can be done at home, should be done at home. 
  • Bring an extra pair of googles.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Swimmers should limit intermingling with other practice pods. 
  • Swimmers are to avoid physical contact with teammates and coaches, including no huddles, handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps, or skin-to-skin contact. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment (goggles, caps, suits).
  • Cooperate with the needs/asks of coaches and NOR personnel and volunteers.

 

Responsibilities of the PARENT, to Ensure Safety at Practice:

  • Understand your limited participation in practice and the need to stay in your car. If you must attend practice, you will need permission from a coach and will need to maintain social distancing. 
  • Educate your Swimmers about the need for social distancing and what they should do to protect themselves (hand washing, not touching others, keeping 6-feet apart). 
  • Monitor your Swimmer for any symptoms of anxiety, depression and distress (i.e. not sleeping, eating, stomach aches before practice) and refer to a mental health professional. 
  • Cooperate with the needs/asks of coaches and NOR personnel and volunteers.

 

REPORTING PROTOCOLS & WAIVER/RELEASE 

Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, coaches, staff, and families of swimmers (as feasible) should self-report to the NOR if they have COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations. 

  • If a swimmer, coach, or NOR personnel should test positive for COVID-19, the Northfield Swim Club will notify all swimmers and families that have been in direct contact or are affected by such person or persons. 

 

Waiver/Release for Communicable Diseases Including COVID-19 

In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Northfield Swim Club (“NOR”), the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, certifies, and agrees that: 

1. My participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness, injury, and death does exist. 

2. If I have a pre-existing health condition, exposure to COVID-19, or any other infectious disease may be more likely to cause serious illness, injury, or death. 

3. NOR cannot ensure that all other participants, including coaches and volunteers, are taking precautionary measures to mitigate risks to ensure the health and safety of other participants, coaches, and volunteers, and therefore, participation the Northfield Swim Club involves risk of exposure to infectious disease; and, 

4. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and, 

5. I certify that I have not recently tested positive for, and am not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle or body aches and/or sore throat. 

6. I certify that I do not have a household family member/roommate who has recently tested positive for or exhibited the above-referenced symptoms of COVID-19. 

7. I willingly agree to comply with all recommendations provided by NOR to ensure safe play. If, however, I observe any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest coach, staff member or volunteer, or official immediately; and, 

8. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS NOR, and their officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, volunteers, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (“RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL ILLNESS, INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

 

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT. 

Name of participant: __________________________________________________________

Participant signature: _________________________________________________________ 

Date signed: ____________________ 

 

FOR PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE (UNDER AGE 18 AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION) 

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian, with legal responsibility for this participant, have read and explained the provisions in this waiver/release to my child/ward including the risks of presence and participation and his/her personal responsibilities for adhering to the rules and regulations for protection against communicable diseases. Furthermore, my child/ward understands and accepts these risks and responsibilities. I for myself, my spouse, and child/ward do consent and agree to his/her release provided above for all the Releasees and myself, my spouse, and child/ward do release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees for any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s/ward’s presence or participation in these activities as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE, to the fullest extent provided by law. 

Name of parent/guardian: _____________________________________________________ 

Parent guardian/signature: ____________________________________________________ 

Date signed: ___________________