​​​​By enrolling in our sessions, our families agree to review and follow all rules and policies stated below, and those emailed to them. In addition, by registering, they also confirm that they have been following all recommended guidelines (mask wearing, social distancing, washing hands, etc) not only in our facility, but in their daily lives. Any refusal to follow these guidelines and procedures will result in loss of enrollment in classes/practices without refund.

GENERAL

  • Due to coronavirus concerns, Rutgers has shut down campus from any outside groups for the fall and winter. Due to this, our classes will take place at the YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center (520 Hoes Lane, Piscataway). Entry for just the gymnastics program is FREE. We ask while in the YMCA, please do not utilize any space other than the rooms designated for gymnastics. Usage of any other space will require a YMCA membership.


  • Class Numbers have been reduced according to capacity and social distancing guidelines. Please note that each classes maximum occupancy will be determined by the number of other classes/students present at the same time, and may vary. Based on this, some classes will also have make-up spots, while others may not.


  • Class start times have been staggered whenever possible to prevent crowding during arrival and departure.


  • Should classes or the facility be shut down for any reason (as per government orders, high Covid numbers, etc.), classes will be held virtually at the same day/time as their normal class. No refunds/credits will be given.


  • A distance of 6 feet must be maintained at all times between those who are not members of your household/family. Students will be working at stations at are six feet (or more) apart.


  • MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, while in the building - arrival, departure, and even during class. Children will be given mask and water breaks while distanced in between events. Staff and parents will also wear masks at all times. Please make sure the mask is secure, so they do not move while children are attempting skills. We recommend purchasing toggles, cord locks, or adjusters to tighten/secure the mask in place


  • Each child must bring:
    • Backpack or Bag to place all their belongings (including shoes and coats)
    • Secure Face Mask (full fabric or disposable only. Those with valves are NOT PERMITTED)
    • Water bottle (Water Bottle Filling Stations will be available across from each room, Fountains will be closed).
    • Plastic Container/glad ware (to be used as their own "chalk bucket" for Bars)
    • Extra Hand Sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
    • Note: Please put their name on all of their items
    • Belongings will be placed in each child's own area, as marked by a chair or basket. Staff will assign each child their own space


  • Parents & Children are encouraged to use the bathroom prior to arriving at the facility, to minimize need and capacity for bathrooms during class. Please make sure your child is already dressed in their practice attire prior to entering the facility


  • All staff, gymnasts, and families are required to follow best practices associated with Covid-19 including the following: staying home when unwell, frequently washing hands/sanitizing, self quarantining according to state guidelines when traveling or possibly exposed. 
  • All participants and families must notify the Director if they have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been exposed to someone who has. If a child or family member is quarantined due to possible exposure or a positive test, your child cannot come to class. We will arrange make-ups for any days missed (may be virtual, or in person, depending on numbers). Children may return to the program after the 14 days of quarantine, with negative test results.
  • Should there be any probable or positive cases, Parents of those in "close contact" with the individual will be alerted as soon as we receive notification. Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
    • If this occurs, parents will be notified of next steps as test results are obtained and details confirmed (each case probable, or positive, may be handled differently based on circumstances). If live class cannot be held, it may be offered virtually, or make-ups may be given at a later date.
    • Please note that all the kids will be wearing masks and socially distanced with lowers the likelihood of transmission, even if there is a positive case (you will still be notified if this occurs in your child's class)
    • Positive Cases - Children would not be permitted to return to class until they have been cleared to by a doctor and according to guidelines: 14 days after symptom onset or positive test result (asymptomatic), as long as they don not run a fever with 24 hours of isolation end, and symptoms do not worsen.

SANITATION & CLEANING

  • Students will be asked to sanitize both their hands and feet before/after class, and in between event rotations. Staff will also sanitize/wash their hands often between classes and events.


  • There will be a sanitation station at each event for students to clean their hands between stations, if needed.


  • Any shared equipment, mats, or non-washable apparatuses will be sprayed with sanitizer between classes and between each student usage. Sharing will be minimized if/when possible.


  • Mats/equipment will be fully cleaned as often as possible with an EPA approved cleaners. They will be cleaned minimally at the start/end of each class day.


  • Coaches will try to minimize the amount of spotting if possible, but may need to help child if needed for safety reasons.

​ENTRY/EXIT PROCEDURES

  • If possible, it is preferred that you drop off your child at the front door.
  • 1. Questionnaires Before Entry - Every customer and staff member must complete an online health questionnaire each week/practice before class, and answer "no" to all of the questions in order for child to be permitted to participate. Questions include those about Covid Exposure or symptoms, travel, etc. We ask that if any of the questions would be answered "yes" that you do not bring your child to class. You will also may be asked questions during the temperature check by YMCA staff. 
    • ​The link to the questionnaire will be found inside the Parent Portal after enrollment in the "Class Schedule" section.
  • To minimize persons inside the building, you and your child may not enter the building more than 5 minutes prior or after the start time to your child's class.
  • 2. Temperature Checks Before Entry - All those entering the facility (both participants and staff) must have a temperature less than 100.4 in order to be permitted in the building. The temperature meter is located on the left side wall between the double doors at the entrance of the facility. You may have your temperature tested again upon entry to the lobby.
  • 3. Parents and Children must proceed to Gymnastics Check in to confirm completion of Questionnaire.
  • 4. Parents check in and scan their children's barcode at the YMCA front desk (left of desk). Please make sure the children take their barcodes with them to scan on the way out! (Directions on how to receive an entry barcode will be sent out prior to session start)
  • 5. After entry procedure, their instructor will pick them up in the lobby, and escort them to class. Parents of gymnasts first grade and up must exit the building at this time, in order to minimize people in the facility. Due to NJ Executive order no. 196, no spectators will be permitted in class areas for viewing purposes.
    • For students in Pre-School and Kindergym, the parents have been granted permission to wait in the lobby during class, should the young child need any assistance from the parent to the bathroom, or for any other reason
  • 6.Pick-Up - We ask that parents (first grade & up) wait outside or in their cars for pick-up. Our Instructors will escort their children outside after class. 
  • Staff will also be going through the entry procedures: Questionnaire, Temperature screening, and check in.


Please do not bring your child to class if they, or a member of their household, is sick or diagnosed with any illnesses or symptoms! 

We will work together to figure out a way for them to make-up the classes, whether it be virtually, or later in the session when they are healthy/have quarantined for 14 days.


Covid-19 Policies & Procedures

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