Updated Policy 1.3.22
1. All swimmers and coaches are required to wear masks when entering and exiting the building.  They should remove masks only when ready to enter the water. (Masks are in lobby if they forget).
2. It is highly recommended and encouraged for swimmers to wear masks during dryland, however if it is difficult during exercise,  a min. of 6' spacing must occur.  (Dryland is temporarily suspended). 
3. Coaches will wear masks when within 6' of a swimmer or another coach on deck.  They do not need to keep it on while swimmers are in the water and they are spaced from other coaches on deck.  
4. Any swimmer that is sick should not attend practice until they are better or deemed not to be contagious by their doctor.
5. Anyone who has been deemed a direct contact by the health department, should not attend practice until the health department advises they can do so.  Please notify Coach Tosh or Joy.
6. Swimmers and coaches should follow our team's guidelines at swim meets,  in addition to any policies put in place by the host team.
7. OPST families who attend meets are agreeing to the policies set by the host team and/or facilities the team is visiting.
 
Frequently asked Questions
Can my child attend practice or a meet if  having symptoms? 
If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they should  not attend practice, meet, or other team events. They should, get tested, or see a medical professional for another specific diagnosis. If they are negative and cleared by doctor to not be contagious with any other sickness, they may attend practice. 
Symptoms include any ONE of the following: fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache, or new loss of taste or smell.
 
Who do I notify if my child test positive for COVID-19?
Please reach out to Joy at [email protected] to notify the team.  Please provide the last date your child attended practice and the date that symptoms began.  

How long should my child stay out of swim practice if they test positive for COVID-19?
Swimmers should not return to the pool for practice until they have been cleared by the health department to do so. If you tested positive on a home test and were not monitored, please be sure that 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and your child has been fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours. 
 
How long should my child stay out of swim practice if they are deemed a direct contact.  
Swimmers should not return to the pool for practice until they have been cleared by the health department to do so. Swimmers can test 5-7 days after exposure and return to swim if they are symptom free.  Since they cannot wear a mask in the water, swimmers MUST maintain a 6' distance from anyone in the pool until day 10. Please notify the coach or team admin.  
 
Please contact the Health Department at 410-726-7995 or your physician for any additional guidance.