July 21, 2020 

 Dear RACE Families: 

Rockwall ISD excited to announce that we will be opening our doors beginning this Monday July 22, 2020 for phase 2!  Hopefully you are currently deciding if you would like your swimmer to join us for practice during this next phase. 

The phases* are as follows:

Phase 1 - June 15, 2020

Rockwall ISD incoming currently enrolled 7th - 12th grade students. 

Phase 2 July 27, 2020

All RACE incoming 6th- 12th graders regardless of school affiliation.  

Phase 3 TBD

10 and under swimmers from all schools

Phase 4 TBD

Community and Master’s swim members

Phase 5 TBD

Outside rentals/other events

*note: as new guidelines are released, these guidelines could become less or more restrictive.

We are receiving more information daily and are planning as fast as we can.  Based on newly released guidelines, we will use this time to train our personnel and develop practice groups/schedules.  We will reopen with our first Phase 2 practice on Monday July 27, 2020.

While it will be at an extremely limited capacity, we are excited to provide some swimming opportunities to your swimmer in this 2nd phase.  It is bittersweet because all our RACErs are unable to join us during this 2nd phase.  We are able to offer practice to incoming 6th-12th graders (must be at least 11 years of age).  Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our athletes, coaches, instructors, and staff.  Shortly, the phase 2 practice schedule will be located on our website www.rockwallaquatics.comThe district will determine the fee structure in the coming days. Practice is voluntary.  RACE cares about its swim families and we want you to feel safe during these unsure times.  If you choose not to practice with us, please let us know.  You will not be charged for months you do not attend practice.

As conditions change, we will be able to expand our offerings, and you will be the first to know. Please contact us with any questions you have after reading the information below (mailto:rockwallswimoffice@gmail.com)

Sincerely, 

RACE/Rockwall ISD Staff

FAQ for Phase 2 Reopening RACE for July 2020

 

When will RACE Re-Open? 

Monday, July 27th we will open practice for RACE Swim Team for incoming 6th-12th graders.  All swimmers must be at least 11 years old on July 27th. We will be swimming in pods and will be swimming 1 to a lane.  This will allow us to stay within the TEA/UIL guidelines for reopening while allowing us to continue to test our practice system to ensure the safety of our swimmers and staff members.

What to expect in phase 2? 

  • Do not come to practice if you are having a bad allergy day.  We understand it is allergies, but it makes everyone else extremely uncomfortable. 

  • Swimmers will arrive 10 minutes before your practice time & line up outside their assigned doors wearing face masks.

  • Come prepared for your practice dressed in your suit with your cap and goggles, filled water bottle & equipment bag.  

  • We will not be able to loan equipment to swimmers.  It is imperative they come prepared to swim with all their equipment.

  • Vending machines, water fountains & water bottle filler will not be operational.  Make sure your swimmer brings a filled water bottle to practice.

  • For the foreseeable future, we are requiring all RISD personnel (including coaches, janitorial services and office staff) to wear a face mask while inside our swim center.  Outside, masks are not required, but are encouraged.  Swimmers will not wear masks while swimming but must wear one into the building until they enter the water.

  • RACE staff will be checked in the beginning of their shifts.  This will include questions about wellbeing, potential exposure, and temperature.  If there is a reason for concern, the employee will not be permitted in the building. 

  • For phase 2, parents are not allowed inside the building.  If you need to reach your swimmer or have any questions, please call the swim office (469)698-7410 or email rockwallswimoffice@gmail.com.

  • Contact us immediately if anyone in your family is diagnosed with COVID-19 or anyone is compromised.

 

What will happen with my billing if I do not want to re-join yet? 

NOTHING!  You will not be charged.  You must OPT-IN to programming for any fees to be added into your account.  RACE would never charge you for months you choose not to attend due to Covid 19 as this is a health issue and RACE has had a longstanding policy of not charging swimmers who cannot practice because of illness or injury.  We require changes you would like made to your account (such as deactivation) in writing (mailto:rockwallswimoffice@gmail.com). 

Is it safe to swim? 

Per the CDC, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”  The state of Texas has also set forth pool guidelines.  The links to these guidelines along with UIL, NHHS and RISD are at the bottom of this document.

When is my practice? 

You will receive an email with the practice group and schedule for your swimmer(s) along with their assigned door.  Log in to your RACE account (rockwallaquatics.com) and click my account.  It should show you what phase 2 practice group your swimmer is assigned.  After that click the Practice Schedule tab on the front page of our website.  We are doing our very best to accommodate everyone keeping within our phase 2 physical distancing guidelines. 

What is RACE doing to encourage physical distancing? 

  • Parents are required to fill out a swimmer wellness assessment (google form) every Monday. A reminder will be sent out every Sunday night.  A RACE Staff member will be at the designated door ensuring swimmers following the guidelines.  We reserve the right to send anyone home who has a fever or is exhibiting symptoms of illness.

  • Please drop swimmers off 10 minutes prior to their practice time.  Swimmers will line up outside the aquatic center at their designated door, standing on the markers placed on the sidewalk 6 ft apart wearing face masks.

  • RISD staff will wear a face mask while inside the building.

  • Locker rooms are closed for the foreseeable future.  Swimmers should arrive in their suits, ready to swim.  The family bathroom is available if necessary for swimmers and staff only.  Water bottle filler/fountains are closed. 

  • Swimmers must bring their own equipment.  We are unable to store equipment at this time, so swimmers must take it with them after practice.  We cannot allow the use of lost and found goggles or caps so please make sure your swimmer has all their equipment.

  • PER UIL guidelines we are unable to launder lost and found items.  It is critical swimmers take all their items with them when practice is over.  We will be unable to save lost items for reclaiming.

 

How many people will be in the building with my swimmer? 

RISD swimmers who opted to practice, Swim Coaches, Office staff, Lifeguards, Janitorial staff.

What will RACE do to keep the facility clean? 

  • We have always followed CDC cleaning protocols and those set out by other health professionals and authorities.  We also use CDC recommended cleaning products. 

  • The facility will be wiped down between groups, including high traffic areas and all door handles, toilets, etc. 

  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the facility. 

  • Cleaning by our janitorial staff will continue and, as always, they will use commercial grade cleaning supplies approved by the CDC.  Additional deep cleans will be utilized as needed or recommended.  

What is RACE doing to keep the pools properly maintained? 

  • RACE will continue to follow State and County regulations on pool maintenance. 

  • We use chlorine as per usual for sanitization of the water.  In addition to the appropriate use of chlorine, each pool has a high-quality UV water purification system that keeps the water clean. When water is pumped through our UV system, ultraviolet light rays kill dangerous germs and inactivates viruses. 

  • We will continue to monitor the pool's chemistry throughout the day as well as our state-of-the-art electronic pool monitoring systems. 

  • We will purge the air more frequently for fresh air recirculation. 

When will RACE get back to regular operations? 

Per our Athletic Director Russ Reeves via email titled RACE UPDATE dated June 3rd “First and foremost Rockwall ISD Aquatic Center is committed to getting ALL of our RACE swimmers in the water as quickly as possible.  It is our hope that as our governmental agencies ease restrictions on facility usage, we can return to servicing all of our swimmers as we have done the past 10 years……….We will work within regulatory and safety guidelines to open as we are able.  We are looking forward to phasing in all non-ISD swimmers, masters, more swimmers per lane for swim practices, swim lessons, and community swimming in the future…..The decision on how we will open all our facilities is tied to national, state, and local requirements and procedures that we, as a school district are following.”  Per  www.swimswam.com article titled UIL Allows Texas Schools To Resume Workouts,  “Reeves states that he understands the frustration that swim families who aren’t yet allowed to resume using the aquatics facilities are feeling, and that he knows how hard they’ve worked.  But he also said he views this limited opening as a good test run for their safety procedures before a wider opening.”

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