COVID-19 Protocols

Last update: 12/8/2020

Thank you for cooperation to keep our swimmers, families, coaches, and facility staff safe. We have limited the number of swimmers in each practice group to ensure social distancing both in and out of the water. 

Protocols for swimmers who have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 patient should follow the guidelines below, effective 12/8/20. Swimmers who have been quarantined by another organization or school should not come to swim practices or events until the quarantine period elapses. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has aligned with CDC’s recommendation late last week and today, Austin Public Health (APH) announced it will follow the CDC’s guidelines and added the quarantine length will be determined based on exposure risk.

As of December 8, 2020, LCA will follow CDC’s and APH’s new 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).

APH has provided a flowchart to show the above quarantine guidance.

 

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.

Facilities are regularly cleaned and disinfected by the facility staff, with contact points wiped down regularly.

Masks are required at our practices for all individuals. Pulling a shirt over your face or wrapping clothing or a towel around the face are not acceptable face coverings. Individuals without masks will not be allowed to enter the facility. Swimmers may remove their masks when swimming but must wear them at all other times. Swimmers in the Silver, Gold, and National groups must wear a face mask during dryland practices, except when running or doing other cardio work. 

Coaches will wear masks when swimmers are entering and exiting the facility and when in close contact with others. They will remove their masks during practice, so swimmers can hear them clearly.

The coaches will ask swimmers how they are feeling upon arrival. 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 and staff who exhibit symptoms or report being in close contact with someone with covid will be asked to return home and follow CDC protocols.

If a swimmer is coughing/sneezing at practice, we will ask the swimmer to get out of the pool and remain away from others until the coughing/sneezing passes. If the coughing/sneezing persists, we may ask the swimmer to return home. This is for the safety of the group.

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your scheduled practice time, and wait outside the gate until called by a coach. Swimmers need to be picked up promptly at the end of practice. Siblings may wait with parents.

Please maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times, and please avoid social gathering.

Swimmers will enter and exit the facility one at a time.

Please bring a water bottle to practice. The fountains are turned off right now due to public health orders, so there is no water available at the pool. Please label your water bottle with your first and last names.

Swimmers need to bring their gear home each day. Swimmers may not share or borrow gear. Please be sure to take all items home each night, as we no longer keep a “lost and found.”

Restroom use is limited to toilet use and handwashing. Please change clothes and shower at home.

The coaches will assign each swimmer a lane and an "end" to start on. Swimmers will maintain 6 feet distancing when walking on the deck.

Swimmers shall remain 6 feet apart while swimming; some swimmers will stop on the wall and others will flip at the wall and then stop at the backstroke flags.

Additional information for each LCA location is included below.

 

For the Cedar Park location (Milburn pool):

  • Please follow directives from the Milburn pool staff and posted signage at all times.
  • Please drop your gear in the designated area.
  • The drinking fountains are turned off, please bring your own water.
  • Showering is allowed (one shower is open in each restroom).
  • Parents may watch practices from outside the fence. Please maintain social distancing and wear masks.

 

For the Lakeway Swim Center location:

  • Please follow the directives of the Lakeway Swim Center staff and posted signage at all times.
  • Please drop your gear in the designated area.
  • The changing rooms in the restrooms are closed.
  • The drinking fountains are turned off, please bring your own water.
  • Parents may watch practices from outside the fence. Please maintain social distancing and wear masks.

 

For the Lost Creek Country Club location:

  • Please follow the posted signage at the club at all times.
  • Please drop your gear in the designated area.
  • The drinking fountains are turned off, please bring your own water.
  • Swimmers will sit in the second and third sections of the bleachers when waiting for practice to start.
  • Please enter the pool using the gate on the "start end" of the pool and exit the pool using the gate on the "turn end" of the pool. 
  • Parents may watch practices from outside the fence. Please maintain social distancing and wear masks.