Given the evolving nature of SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and in accordance with current CDC and local health department guidelines, the Potomac Marlins have adopted the following COVID-19 safety protocols in a targeted approach to limit the disruption to the entire team or practice group while maintaining trust and integrity to the necessary procedures.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
 

The Potomac Marlins will require a letter signed and dated by your medical provider that states that your child may return to swim team practice and meets under the following circumstances

  1. Any of the Potomac Marlins coaches or your child's school have determined that your child was in close contact with an individual with COVID-19.
  2. Guardians know that their child was in close contact with an individual with COVID-19.
  3. If swimmers have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (i.e., cough, vomiting, fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, etc.)

 "Contact" and "Exposure" with regards to Potomac Marlins swim practices will be recognized, when possible, as being in the same practice lane (not group). The Potomac Marlins deck coach will communicate with and notify the entire group of the potential exposure and indicate if specific individuals or the whole group will be subject to the cautionary safety procedures.

Please note, if testing is recommended at the time of your visit with your medical provider, we will require proof of a negative PCR for return to activities. We cannot accept any rapid test/home test per the guidance of our professional pediatrician advisors. We understand this may be a burden to some, but it is the best and most efficient way to ensure the safety of all swimmers and those in our community. We are not public health specialists; however, we sought the best advice under the circumstances and, as always, have your child's best interest at heart. Given the changing nature of the virus and the present recommendations, we feel this is the best way to protect all of our swimmers while ensuring continued participation.    

CDC COVID-19 CATEGORIES

The CDC has categorized three COVID-19 exposure/infection scenarios. The Potomac Marlins ask ALL team members to follow the guidance and procedures provided below in the best interest of each individual, their family, and their teammates.

Category 1: KNOWN LIMITED EXPOSURE / POTENTIALLY INFECTED If your child was exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 positive individualthere could be no return to activities unless they quarantine for ten days -OR- a signed medical clearance note by a medical provider will be needed stating they are cleared to return to activities.

Category 2:  KNOWN CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE ASSUMED INFECTED OR TO BE INFECTED: If a person lives with and remains in close contact with a known infected individual actively under the CDC prescribed ten-day quarantine, your child may return to activities five days after the infected individual's quarantine has ended AND your child has a confirmed negative PCR. (This will be a total of 15 days). However, suppose your child has symptoms during this period. In that case, they will be considered Category 3 (below) as of the date of the positive test notification. A medical clearance note by a healthcare provider will be needed stating they may return to activity and are cleared to return.

Category 3: INFECTED. POSITIVE TEST CONFIRMED. If your child tests positive, they must quarantine for ten days, starting with the date of the positive test or their first known onset of symptoms (whichever comes first). After the ten-day quarantine period, these individuals are no longer considered contagious. They may return to activities once cleared by the health department, their medical provider, and/or a negative PCR test.

We realize these guidelines can be burdensome and confusing, but we are obligated to keep our swimmers and the community safe.

Sincerely,

 

Barry and Bill Marlin
Potomac Marlins Swim Team

10/25/2021