Cape Cod Gymnastics Info and Policies
Together we can do this!
OUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
Each Person Plays An Important Part
METHODS OF SPREAD
A Brief Overview on How the Virus Spreads
SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS
Signs and Symptoms of the Virus
CCG’S REOPENING PLAN
Phased and Level Strategy
HOW WE LIMIT THE SPREAD
Vital policies and procedures
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
Policies and procedures review
The Purpose of This Handbook
First, to set us on the proper trajectory we need to reference the mission statement for CCG:
“To encourage and provide any child a beginning in athletics and start them on the road to a healthy and fit future. At Cape Cod Gymnastics, ever child is a champion!”
Kids come first! The health and safety of our students and athletes always has been and will be our priority. As we return to play and train after the gym facility's temporary closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak, every decision, policy, and procedure is made in the interest of our students safety and health, both mental and physical. We cannot and will not make any decisions that favor financial needs at the cost of reasonable safety.
This handbook was created solely for Cape Cod Gymnastics, in conjunction with the resources and guidance from the CDC, WHO, both the State and Federal Government and USA Gymnastics.
This Handbook: As Fluid as the Situation
Since the virus' inception, everything about it, it’s spread, governmental guidelines, social responses, the needs of our families, and the financial environment have been in constant flux. And so, our plan and procedures for how we address each of those things must be adaptable, intentional, based in science (not politics), according to the regulations put forth by state and federal governments, and effective. In order to be all of those things, CCG will not be afraid to continually evaluate our policies and procedures, seek out new & sound information, and adjust our responses accordingly.
CCG will alter any and all of this handbook as needed to fulfill these goals.
Everyone Must Be Their Own Advocate
One thing we have learned in our communication with our families is that each of us is approaching this recovery differently. In navigating as best we can, each of us has had to find a unique plan for the unique circumstances of our family and environment. While CCG will strive to meet and exceed all governmental guidelines, while also minimizing interruption of ‘normal life’ to the greatest degree possible, we understand that certain solutions or policies will not be the most appropriate for each family. While we will try our best to create the best environment for everyone, we respect families who have to make the difficult decision to delay their return for now until the global situation, or a certain CCG policy, is changed.
Mandatory Adherence to This Handbook
Understanding all the above, and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of the children entrusted to our care, CCG will be operating according to all policies and procedures listed within this handbook during our return to play and train as the gym facilities reopen. If a family, student or athlete, or employee is unwilling to abide by these policies and procedures, they will not be allowed to attend CCG until either the CCG Response Level or their cooperation have changed.
We Are All Responsible for the Health and Safety of Each Other
Due to the nature of how viruses spread and in order for everyone to be as healthy as possible, everyone must do their part to foster and support a healthy and safe CCG, and in turn healthy and safe homes for our family and friends.
A Healthy & Safe CCG
Responsible for ensuring our facility policies are being executed, they are also responsible for the guidelines outside of work, their own health, and their travel and leisure activities.
Responsible for following the guidelines, helping support their teammates through this time, and following all directions given by staff on site to ensure a low-risk environment for everyone.
Responsible for making sure your family is following good hygiene as a habit, following all preclusion policies, and helping our staff with your patience, support, and dutifulness as we return.
Regardless of what phase we are in, maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all of our students and families is going to take work and cooperation from our staff, students and athletes, and parents. We need every family to do their part to practice good hygiene, follow our policies and procedures, and be patient and supportive of our athletes and coaches during this time.
This is a stressful, unprecedented, and challenging situation for all of us. It is important to remember we all share the same goal - the safe and quick return of our children’s lives to a sense of normalcy.
Who Can Spread Covid-19
We know that Covid-19 can be spread by 4 types of carriers. Those with the disease and showing symptoms, those with the disease but without symptoms during the incubation period, those with the disease and who will not show symptoms at all, and those without the disease systemically but who do carry the virus superficially (such as on their hands)
Status: Positive Symptoms: Yes
Status: Positive Symptoms: No Yet
Status: Positive Symptoms: No
Status: Negative Symptoms: No
Doesn't Have Covid-19
Not Showing Symptoms
Our job is to first proactively prevent those who are carriers of the virus, regardless of type, from entering the facility in the first place. This is easy with Type 1, but harder with 2, 3, and 4. Given that some may be a carrier without symptoms, our second job is to simultaneoulsy limit the spread of the disease and the exposure of those who do attend from the virus. This is achieved through the rigorous policies and procedures outlined below.
How Can a Carrier Spread Covid-19
Those who bring the virus into a public space, regardless of which type of carrier they are, all spread it through four main methods: Airborne, Airborne-to-Surface-to-Skin, Skin-to-Skin contact, and Skin-to-Surface-to-Skin contact. These all rely on three sources of delivery: Airborne, Surfaces, and Skin. Our policies and procedures are purposefully designed to combat each of these sources of delivery.
Breathing, Coughing, Sneezing
Hugs, High Fives, Handshakes, spotting
Touching doorhandles, faucets, etc. **Less of an issue now according to CDC
What Are The Symptoms
With an understanding of how the virus spreads, it is important for us all to understand the symptoms associated with the virus. This is vital so that we can each self-evaluate our own health and those of our family. This alone will help tremendously in limiting the potential for exposing others to sickness, even if it turns out that you do not have the virus. Understanding the symptoms is also important so that potential for having the virus can be spotted and also not wrongfully diagnosed by someone because they saw someone sneeze once.
Please note that COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Below are the symptoms associated with someone having the virus.
Most common symptoms:
fever dry cough tiredness
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains
conjunctivitis headache loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin discolouration of fingers or
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
chest pain or pressure
loss of speech or movement New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake Bluish lips or face
***Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms***
What To Do If You Show Symptoms
If you or a family member start experiencing the symptoms above, we would recommend that you call your doctor or health facility to seek guidance on what to do. People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy are most often told to manage their symptoms at home. Due to this being the case, we ask that if someone in your home is suspected of having contracted the virus that you do not attend classes until your family member is well.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
As will be mentioned in the How We Limit The Spread Section of this Handbook, our staff will be monitoring everyone (staff, parents and children) who enter the facility. We will proactively seek to limit the spread by not permitting those who show symptoms from entering the facility and we will maintain vigilance during our classes and practices until close.
CCG's Response: Levels of Programming
While the official date that we're allowed to reopen the facility has not been made clear yet by the government, CCG has listened to the guidance of the CDC, WHO and Government, as well as worked with our fellow gym owners across the state and also with industry leaders in the camps, Child-Instructional Services Industry to formulate this plan for safely reopening our facilities. Just the other day, USA Gymnastics released a customized and comprehensive set of policies
and procedures which will be taken into account.
As you will see from the charts below each level has different amounts of precaution and risk management, from Orange, the most controlled, to Green, our ‘back to normal’ level.
Orange Level Yellow Level Green Level Comprehensive Moderate "New" Normal
In order to maintain the policies in each of these levels, we have had to make the difficult but realistic decision that not every child in every program will be able to return the first day we re-open - at least not in a way that would make their programs as fun and engaging as they were in the past. Reopening can not and will not be as simple as flicking on a switch.
Phases of Reopening
Each program will go through the two to three levels of reopening in phases. Given the current public recommendations and the coordination with local and state officials, CCG has outlined the tentative phases
of reopening below.
We will announce our dates for each phase as we learn more from governing officials.
While our goal is to return to ‘the new normal’ as soon as possible for all the children we serve, we cannot put them at unnecessary risk.
Proactive Prevention of Exposure
The first step to limit spread is in preventing those with confirmed (or a high probability of having been in contact with) Covid-19 from entering the facility. We do this through our screening procedures, including in the self-screening we ask of staff and families to do regarding symptoms, travel, and in the active screening we do as people enter the facility and in who we allow to enter.
Active Prevention of Airborne Spread
One of the most common ways that we all know this disease can spread is through the air. This is why physical distancing, and the closure of businesses has been vital to flattening of the curve. As we reopen we have ensured
that our air handling system is prepared with HEPA Filters and that the entire facility’s air will be cycled and purified every 45 minutes, with even more frequent disinfection in high traffic areas such as restrooms and
Our three phases also include other policies such as face coverings, physical distancing, and time limitations to further help reduce the risk of spread through the air. We also will be utilizing newly devised rotations schedules for our programs, containing students to a limited area so as to limit the number of other individuals they may be in proximity to during their time at CCG.
Active Prevention of Contact Spread
In order to limit the spread of germs through surface and skin contact, we have upgraded and enhanced the complete surface disinfection policies we had in place prior to our closure. As we reopen, our Response Levels will include not only the limitation of the areas and surfaces that our students and athletes are exposed to, but the frequent disinfection of those surfaces they do touch, and the washing/sanitizing of hands should they move between rotations.
We also are requiring all students to arrive fully prepared for their program: dressed, having gone to the bathroom, hair ready, with their own water bottle.
CCG's Operational Levels
Policies and Procedures for Return to the Gym
While we cannot both be open to the public and also prevent 100% of all germs from spreading, we are proud and confident in the policies and procedures we have put in place that meet or exceed all government recommendations and guidelines. For these precautions to be as effective as possible, it will require the support and participation of the entire CCG community. We are in this together, and we are better for it.
Can I make-up classes if I miss one?
Yes, just call ahead and we will arrange an appropriate class time for you.
How long is each session?
Do I have to re-enroll at the end of each session?
No, you are automatically re-enrolled through-out the school year unless you tell us otherwise.
Is there a performance at the end of the year?
Yes, in May we hold our big, “End of the Year Show”. This show features our Pre-K Kids through advanced gymnasts. Our “My Buddy” classes have their own special show during a class on a specified week in June.
Can I start classes at any time or do I have to wait for the beginning of a new session?
You may start classes at any time. We will pro-rate you for what you’ve missed (AFTER WEEK 4).
What does my child wear to class?
Girls may wear a leotard or sweats and boys may wear shorts and a t-shirt. Hair must be tied back and please, no socks or jewelry.
Can I watch class?
DUE TO COVID WE AS THAT PARENTS NOT STAY IN THE LOBBY DURING CLASS TO KEEP OUR NUMBERS IN CHECK. We do not encourage observation, but you are more than welcome to stay at CCG during your child’s class. Please remain in the lobby/waiting room area. PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE GYM = YOU ARE NOT COVERED BY OUR INSURANCE.
When do I make my tuition payments?
Payments are due the first week of each new session - EVERY 4-WEEKS.
How do I know when my child is ready to move to a different class?
Each coach will let you know when it is the appropriate time for your child to move to a new class. If you are interested in how your child is doing please do not hesitate to talk to our coaches. They are more than happy to let you know how your child is progressing.