These and many more are good questions that we would like to take the opportunity to answer. We re-opened our doors for business last May in 3 phases. The first phase was the return of team and students that had remained enrolled. The 2nd phase was June 1st for summer campers, new students and preschoolers. The 3rd phase in mid-June was parties.
These are the things we have done or are doing in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our gym.
- All students and visitors will receive a temperature check upon entering the building. Anyone with 100 degree or higher will sit in a separate station and rechecked after a few minutes. They will be asked if they have had any symptoms of Covid-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell, stomach ache or headache.
- Anyone with 100 degrees or higher that does not come down after sitting in the cool for a few minutes will be required to return home.
- All campers will get their temperature checked at lunch as well.
- All children will wash their hands before going to class.
- Cubbies have been relocated in the gym so they do not need to go in and out of the door to get to their water bottle.
- All kids are required to bring a water bottle or purchase water at the front. Water fountain if off-limits. We do have a bottle refill station.
- All staff are required to wear a mask.
- Classes have been spread apart by 15 minutes in order to clean in between classes and wipe down all surfaces. These include, but are not limited to, all teaching aids, mats, tumble trampoline, preschool trampolines, cubbies, door pulls, door glass, toilets, bathroom stalls, parent room, and more as needed.
- All mats will be disinfected before/after each class using only CDC approved cleaning products that are on the EPA’s List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19 and are proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria & viruses.
All students will wash their hands again after warming up.
All students will use hand sanitizer frequently during the course of the class. They will use it in between turns on both tumbling and trampoline if they are sharing these surfaces with others.
All students will wash their hands before leaving.
Only one visitor is allowed in the parent room per child in class.
The parents in the parent room must socially distance themselves.
- All visitors age 10 and older will wear a mask.
- We purchased 7,000 new anti-microbial treated pit blocks.
- We have purchased contactless hand dryers for both bathrooms and for the gym area.
- We purchased contactless faucets and a sink for the gym so the kids could wash their hands without making contact with the door going in and out of the gym.
- We purchased a bottle refill station.
- We relocated the cubbies for classes to the gym.
- Class size will remain the same, but the number of classes running at the same time has been decreased.
- All students are socially distanced during class. Occasionally the kids will start flocking together and will require reminders to separate. We have Velcro markers all over the gym to guide the kids where they are allowed to stand.
- Since children in our childcare programs play a lot of active and team games where social distancing cannot be maintained, we have made some alterations in the games to minimize the contact from one child to another. For example, we have been using flag football flags instead of the individuals tagging each other. They just grab the flag, which can be cleaned.
- All children are required to wear a mask in the van since social distancing is not possible in the vans.
- Temperature checks are done upon entry and at noon for summer campers.
We just received a no violations inspection from the state with the comment that our program should be used as a model of what should be done to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. He said “It is obvious that you run a tight ship”. The state inspector asked us to write our local school boards to share our information on what has worked for us this summer as only 20 camps in Texas have remained open this year and we were one of the only ones that did not have a single case of Covid-19 occur in camp. We have had approximately 40 campers a day all summer!!!
That being said, this is a virus and certainly we are not immune, no matter how many measures we take. Yes, your child could get sick, but we are doing everything in our power to prevent the spread of this disease and to keep our gym safe for all and our doors open. The keys are frequent hand washing, frequent cleaning, wearing masks and constantly monitoring for any signs or symptoms. Our staff has been well trained in what to do. Lisa and Bill both have a medical background as Physical Therapists and want you to know that we are prepared and have done our homework on what all needs to happen to provide a safe environment.