Covid-19 Preparedness Plan for STAR Swim Team

STAR Swim Team

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for STAR Swim Club

Effective June 17, 2020


STAR Swim Club is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and swimming environment for our swimmers and coaches. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  STAR Swim Club Head Coaches are responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our practice facilities, and that requires full cooperation among all coaches, swimmers and families. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our coaches, swimmers and families. 

We are serious about safety and health of our swimmers and coaches.  Our Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the State of Minnesota guidelines as related to COVID-19 and addresses:

•hygiene and respiratory etiquette

•controls for social distancing

•housekeeping – cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination

•prompt identification and isolation of sick persons


•effective implementation of the plan.


Screening and Policies for Coaches or Swimmers Exhibiting Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19


Coaches and swimmers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess swimmers and coaches’ health status prior to entering any facility being used by the STAR Swim Club and for swimmers and coaches to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. 


STAR Swim Club will require that all coaches and swimmers answer health assessment questions and have a temperature check at the beginning of each practice. A No-Touch Forehead Thermometer will be used. Anyone with a temperature over 100’ will not be allowed to enter. All coaches and swimmers (and their families) will complete a health assessment before each practice (the Health Assessment/Questionnaire can be found at the completion of this Plan). This will be completed online and retained electronically.


Coaches and swimmers will be told: 

·If you answer YES to any questions on the health assessment, you must notify the STAR Office via email, and you MAY NOT come to practice.  

·If you are experiencing COVID 19 symptoms during a practice notify the coach immediately and you will be sent home to isolate.  STAR Swim Club will instruct coaches and swimmers to stay at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.

*STAR Head Coaches will inform coaches or parents/guardians of swimmers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at practice and require them to quarantine for the required amount of time. Any person who has been potentially exposed will be notified as soon as possible.  

*Swimmers or coaches who have had first level contact with an infected individual will be asked to quarantine at home. 

*Swimmers or coaches with second level contact will be asked to monitor for symptoms all in accordance with CDC, MDH, and State of Minnesota guidelines.   In addition, our priority is to protect the privacy of our coaches and swimmers’ health status and health information.  All such information will be maintained in a confidential manner.


Handwashing/Hand Sanitizer - Infection Prevention Measures

Coaches will wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using hand sanitizer frequently throughout any practice, but especially at the beginning and end of any practice and after using a bathroom.  We will instruct all swimmers to wash their hands or hand sanitize prior to entering any swimming facility and there will be no access to public equipment or changing rooms, except for emergencies.  


Respiratory Etiquette

Cover your cough or sneeze by using a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching your face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be relayed verbally and in writing to coaches and swimmers.  



Social Distancing

Social distancing will be implemented at every practice through the following controls:

Coaches and swimmers will be prohibited from gathering in groups and confined areas, including locker rooms (which will be closed) and from using other coaches or swimmers’ personal protective equipment, phones, and equipment. 

 All coaches must wear a mask when interacting with swimmers (i.e. at the beginning or ending of practice and if taking temperatures of swimmers or completing health assessments). 

Swimmers must wear masks when entering and leaving the facility. They will be removed when ready to get in the water. Swimmers will have their own Ziploc bags or containers to place their masks in, by their lane, so they can be put on immediately at the completion of practice.

Coaches may remove their masks when swimmers are in the water and the coach is able to maintain a distance of more than 6 feet from the swimmers.

Where possible, signage will be posted to assist with Social Distancing and to manage movement of swimmers through the deck space.


Phased Return to the Pool

We will limit the number of swimmers per lane – pursuant to the current recommended or approved numbers issued by the applicable state or local health authority.  As of June 17, 2020, the allowed number is four per lane.

Swimmers will be spaced out accordingly.  We will organize groups and time allotments as appropriate. Swimmers will be grouped in “pods”, and train with the same group moving forward.

Due to the reduced capacity, we will significantly restrict the number of athletes who have access to any given facility. 

Coaches will be following social distancing and will be 6 feet apart from one another and from the swimmers, along with enforcing social distancing as swimmers enter and exit the pool and while they are on deck.

Once practice ends, all swimmers will be asked to leave the facility within a five-minute period.  This allows a transition time between groups.  Please see tentative schedule at the end of this document.



Housekeeping practices are mainly performed by the facility. They include routine cleaning and disinfecting of deck surfaces, and bathrooms. The transition time allows for coaches or parent volunteer to wipe down any touched surfaces. Locker rooms will not be open to the swimmers.  Bathrooms will only be open for emergency use by swimmers, or by STAR coaches.  Any open restroom will be wiped down by the user, under the guidance of the STAR coach, after any use.  Supplies for wipe down of an emergency bathroom use will be supplied to coaches by the STAR.


Communications and Training

This Preparedness Plan will be communicated via email and verbally to all coaches, swimmers, and families prior to the initiation of any practices and any necessary training will be provided. Additional communication and training will be ongoing as the coaches and swimmers adapt to the new practice routines and will be provided to all swimmers and families. The STAR coaches, families, and swimmers will all need to work through this new program together and commit to compliance.   This Preparedness Plan will be updated as necessary to ensure compliance with current recommendations from the State of Minnesota, the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, United States Swimming, and Minnesota Swimming.

For questions or more information:

Please contact Paul or Sue Lundsten


STAR Swim Club – Required Health Screening

To help us ensure the health and safety of our coaches and swimmers, we cannot permit individuals into pool spaces or facilities who have COVID-19 or who have symptoms associated with COVID-19. 

Each swimmer and coach MUST answer the following questions prior to coming to a practice or into a facility being used by the STAR Swim Club.   

You will be asked prior to entering the facility to confirm that you completed this self-assessment before being permitted to enter the facility.  If you forgot to take the assessment before coming to the pool, the coach will ask you these questions. 

Additionally, your temperature will be taken. If you have a temperature of 100.4’ or above, you will be immediately sent home.



(Yes/No questions)

Any answer of “Yes” means you will not be allowed to swim)

Within the last 14 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19?  Yes ___   No ___ 

Do you have any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19:  

•Do you have a fever (100°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever?

•Have you had a fever (100°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever in the past 3 days?         

•Do you have chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

•Do you have a cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

•Do you have shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

•Do you have a sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

•Do you have a loss of taste or smell that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

•Do you have muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition nor a specific activity, such as physical exercise?

*Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19?  (Note: close-contact is defined as within 6 feet or more for more than ten minutes as per CDC guidelines).     

*Within the last 14 days, has any member of your household tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise been diagnosed with, COVID-19?

*Have you been advised by a health care professional that you should currently stay home or self-quarantine based  on  the  belief  that  you  have  COVID-19,  you  may  have  COVID-19,  or  because  you  are  particularly  vulnerable to COVID-19?   

*Within the last 14 days, have you traveled outside of the United States or been on a cruise ship or river boat? 

*If your answer to any of the above questions is YES, you MAY NOT come to practice today. 

You should immediately notify the STAR Office,, that you are unable to attend practice due to illness or exposure to illness. Your compliance with this requirement before each practice will help ensure the safety of our swimmers and staff.  We also believe it helps the STAR Swim Club comply with applicable law as we get back into the pool.