BGC's COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Healthy Washington - Phase 1 - Winter 2021

These policies and procedures serve to share our plan and guidelines to participate in gymnastics classes at BGC with the common goal of assuring the least amount of spread of COVID-19. As we continue to receive updates from our local government as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we will adjust new guidelines accordingly. BGC coaches and staff will adhere to meeting or exceeding all CDC and WA State requirements. For these precautions to be as effective as possible, BGC asks for the support and participation of all parents and athletes that enter here.

The Center for Disease Control updated its guidance earlier in May to emphasize that Covid-19 does not spread easily on surfaces, focusing more on human-to-human transmission. More information directly from the CDC can be found on their website here: CDC.

Phase 1 BGC Policies & Procedures:

Capacity & Ratios – BGC will adhere to the guidelines in place regarding capacity regulations. Gymnasts in our school age recreational classes will work out in groups of 5 or 6 depending on the skill level. Preschool athletes will work out in groups of 4 or 5 and those under age 4 will be required to have a parent on the floor with them to help encourage physical distancing during class time. We are now asking all families of those with students in the following classes to only pick up and drop off without entering the building during Winter session: Intermediate B, Intermediate Plus, Fighter Jets B, Advanced Diamonds B, Pre-Team & all levels of our Xcel Team. We would like to reserve the seating in our lobby for our newest (kids having their first class or a trial class), youngest and most beginning level gymnasts at this time. If an adult must observe class, only 1 parent/guardian may enter the facility with their athlete and no siblings (except infants not walking) will be permitted in the facility unless registered for a class at the same time. Due to the new capacity restrictions during BGC's busiest hours, we will not be able to have any parent/guardian viewing if your child has class between 430-630pm. A BGC staff member will be there to greet each gymnast as they enter and will be outside during dismissal to ensure each child finds their parent. Please enter and exit the facility one at a time maintaining social distancing. The bleachers and tables in the lobby will be removed during Winter session and chairs will be spaced out in our lobby 6' apart (with a blue box underneath to make where the chairs should remain located). Please do not move any chairs and do not loiter or stand in the lobby. Per State requirements, those with pre-existing conditions, mild to severe asthma and those aged 65 or older are recommended to not enter the facility during this Phase.

Waivers & Covid-19 Contract – Before entering BGC for the first day of a new session, parents are required to update and re-sign the BGC waiver form online in the Parent Portal. You can do this by signing into your account on the Parent Portal through iClassPro here: CLICK HERE. This form has new clauses regarding Covid-19. Please do not create a new account as all students at BGC already have accounts. If you have trouble logging in, please email us and we can help provide you the email address listed as your login.

Entering/Exiting the Facility – Gymnasts are asked to enter the facility one at a time and not more than 5 minutes before practice begins. Please wait in your car and social distance at least 6’ when entering the facility (use the marks on the sidewalk as guidelines for keeping 6’). We ask that you use the restroom before coming to practice and enter already wearing leotards/workout attire. When you enter, a coach will ask you to wash or sanitize your hands and then give you a pre-marked spot in the gym to go and sit until practice begins. When exiting, we ask parents to wait in their cars and text their gymnast when you have arrived. We will then dismiss gymnasts out the door one at a time getting a visual of the parent as well. If your child does not have a cell phone, please wait in your car or outside the facility as your child exits with a BGC staff member who will make contact with you before being dismissed to you. If you must enter the facility to pick up your child, please maintain social distancing of at least 6’ and exit the facility promptly.

Masks –
Gymnasts: Masks are now required for all gymnasts aged 5 and over. They are always to be worn when entering and exiting the facility, when a gymnast is in class as well as in the lobby, using the restroom, etc.
Parents: All parent/guardians in the lobby are required to wear masks while watching/dropping off/picking up gymnasts.
Coaches – Coaches are required to wear masks while they are coaching, in the lobby, using the restroom, working in the back when around other staff, etc.

Restrooms – Two stalls in each restroom will be open at this time. Both toilets and all sinks will be wiped down multiple times a day. Restrooms will also receive a full, deep cleaning every morning. Anyone entering a restroom must be wearing a mask.

What To Bring – Gymnasts should arrive dressed for workout and with their hair up (please use clips, hairspray and/or gel in order to avoid touching your face and redoing hair during practice). Each athlete needs a bag/backpack large enough to keep their clothes in and hold the following: water bottle, mask, paper bag for their mask, hand sanitizer and a small hand towel if your gymnast is prone to excessive perspiration. These bags/backpacks will travel with each gymnast to each event should they need anything from it. BGC has chalk balls available for purchase for $5 plus tax for any athlete that would like.

Lobby – Tables and bleachers will be removed and chairs spaced 6' apart on blue squares will take their place. Once chairs are full, parents will be asked to wait in the their cars until class is over. A reminder that no parent viewing is allowed between 430-630pm. The kids play area will not be available and there will be no food or drink sales except water bottles (as drinking fountains are also closed at this time) which cost $1 and exact cash is the only payment accepted right now.

Social Distancing – All gymnasts without masks in the gym are required to social distance (at least 6’) throughout practice. Coaches will remind and require athletes to do the same. We will make every effort to keep our athletes socially distanced during practice and at their own stations. Please remind your child before practice that they need to be conscientious of social distancing whether that is with a good friend, coach or even sibling. We will move around the gym while also maintaining social distancing from other groups, etc. On our first day back, we will take the time to show the gymnasts how this will work. If a gymnast is having consistent trouble in maintaining social distancing and following rules, they may be asked to leave practice early.

Employees – All BGC staff will be screened when reporting to work for COVID-19 symptoms and sign in each day answering the following questions. A ‘yes’ answer to any of the following questions will result in the employee being sent home immediately:
· Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID19?
· Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
· Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours? (Exceeded 100.4) Employees will take temperature five minutes after arrival to accumulate to inside temperature.
· Have you had a loss of smell recently?
· Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
Coaches will make every effort to minimize spotting during the winter session. Coaches will maintain social distancing in all instances unless a spot is needed or there is a medical emergency. If such things occur, they will wear a mask and wash/sanitize their hands before and after approaching a gymnast. In the event of an injury where there is not time to put on a mask or sanitize their hands, coaches will use their best judgement in approaching the gymnast in order to intervene. They will not wear a mask if coaching from a distance to assure the gymnasts can fully hear and understand instructions. For our industry, masks are not required at this time from the CDC or State governing bodies. Staff will socially distance in the break room and in the office areas as well.

Sanitation Procedures –
Gymnasts:
Gymnasts will always be asked to wash/sanitize hands before entering the gym floor. They will be asked to sanitize their hands in between each event and when finished with practice.
Equipment: On floor exercise, athletes will primarily workout on their own panel of the floor or with their own mats. The foam pit will be closed during this phase and the resi pit will be used with a 4” mat on top. On balance beam, each athlete will have their own beam during their rotation or a shared beam where each child remains on their own side during the entire rotation. Beams have been adjusted to be 6’ or more apart. Beams will be cleaned, sanitized, and fogged multiple times per week. We will not use a communal chalk bucket, so please provide a towel to dry your child's hands between turns if they are prone to sweaty hands or purchase a chalk ball at the front desk for $5 plus tax. Trampolines and tumble traks will be used and cleaned, sanitized, and fogged multiple times per week. All mats used at events will be cleaned directly after each class for all 1.5 hours classes and longer and at the end of each class for all 45 minute and 1 hour classes.

Cleaning Procedures – BGC will continue its extensive daily cleaning. We will add in additional cleaning/sanitizing throughout the day and during workouts. There will be a sanitization station at each event to make it quick and easy to clean between groups (this will have sanitizer, paper towels, cleaning solution, gloves and a garbage can). Used areas of the gym will be vacuumed daily. High touch areas such as doors, handles, etc. will be sanitized multiple times throughout the day. The lobby and bathrooms will continue to be swept, mopped and deep cleaned every morning. Lobby chairs will be sanitized multiple times a day and always at the beginning and end of each day. All equipment used will be sanitized/wiped down and/or fogged at the end of each day.