COVID-19 Protocols

Last update: 7/7/2021

Thank you for cooperation to keep our swimmers, families, coaches, and facility staff safe. Our protocols have been updated to reflect recent changes regarding masks and other policies as determined by the CDC. 

Protocols at Practices:

All three Lost Creek Aquatics locations are following the directives in place as set by the city, county, and State of Texas, as well as protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and from USA Swimming. This page will be updated as necessary to comply with all public health orders.

Masks are optional at our practices for all individuals. We will continue to support those who wish to continue wearing masks. 

Parents may watch practices from the bleachers at the LCA-LCCC location or from the picnic tables at the LCA-LW and LCA-CP locations, but we ask that parents continue to distance from swimmer groups, and, as always, we ask all parents to stay off the pool deck during practices and avoid talking with the coaches and swimmers during practices. We define the "pool deck" as the area 10-15 feet around the pool's edge.  

The coaches will observe swimmers as they arrive at practices. If a swimmer appears to be ill or not feeling well, please understand that we may ask them to return home. This includes colds, allergies, etc.

Swimmers who exhibit symptoms or report being in close contact with someone with covid will be asked to return home and follow CDC protocols.

Please do not arrive more than 5-10 minutes early for your scheduled practice time. Swimmers need to be picked up promptly at the end of practice. Siblings may wait with parents as long as they are sitting and not on the "pool deck" or running inside the facility (facility rules prohibit running).

Swimmers need to bring their gear home each day. 

The coaches will encourage swimmers to be mindful of the personal space of their teammates. 

Protocols for swimmers who have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 patient should follow the guidelines below, effective 5/17/21. Swimmers who have been quarantined by another organization or school should not come to swim practices or events until the quarantine period elapses. 

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.

  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to take

  • Stay home and monitor your health
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

LCA will follow the CDC and Austin Public Health guidance, which potentially shortens the quarantine time for those who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were not wearing a mask OR you live with or work in a setting with people who are at high risk for severe disease, you should quarantine the full 14 days.  
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were wearing a mask and do not live with or work in a setting with people who are at high risk for severe disease, you may return to swim practices and activities:   
    • after Day 10 following close contact exposure without testing or
    • after Day 7 following close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact).