November 1, 2021
After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume Diamond Dolls practices while following health & safety guidelines and considerations to protect twirlers, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our twirling athletes, staff, and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to safely twirl. We are:
· Requiring that parents/guardians agree to assess their own child’s health condition, including checking their temperature, prior to attending all practices. If your child has a temperature above 100 and/or ANY other symptoms of ANY illness, they are not permitted to attend practices and you are encouraged to contact your health care provider for guidance. Coaches will be following the same protocols for themselves. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN AROUND SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SICK!
· Recognizing that some populations are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 (diabetics, asthmatics, immunocompromised, elderly, and more), while respecting privacy and autonomy, we advise parents of children who are at increased risk, to independently research and assess individual risk, in coordination with their child’s doctor, when determining if they should rejoin practices at this time or not. Parents and their doctors should assess their child’s level of risk, especially if they are at higher risk for severe illness, such as children who may have asthma, diabetes, or other health problems.
· We may hold practices outdoors when practical and will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces between classes. Efforts will be made to increase ventilation as much as possible indoors.
· Reducing physical closeness or contact between twirlers when possible by allowing twirlers to focus on building individual skills, keeping children in their small groups, assigning spots for twirlers during class to encourage that coaches and players stay 6 feet apart (when possible)-sometimes a coach inevitably has to come closer to a twirler to help guide the movement of their baton, fix arm, hand, and foot positions, etc to prevent injury), and also temporarily discouraging unnecessary physical contact, such as high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs. For indoor practices we are requesting that twirler’s do not enter the building more than 5 minutes prior to their practice time and leave as soon as their practice finishes. Also, stay separated from the other team while entering and exiting please to the extent possible.
· Promoting healthy hygiene practices such as providing hand sanitizer before and after practices and encouraging twirlers to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and washing hands after. Twirlers will be requested to use hand sanitizer before and after practices. Coaches will be doing the same. You are welcome to use ours or to provide your own.
· Requesting that parents and spectators remain in an area outside of the actual practice area where class is being held. You are welcome (& encouraged) to watch from a distance during outdoor practices. You are encouraged to practice social distancing with other parents and spectators. At this time, during indoor practices, parents and spectators will not be allowed inside to observe, except for the last 5 minutes of Tiny Tots and the last 10 minutes of Junior Competitive practices. We hope to welcome you all back fully in the future.
· Following guidance from the PA DOH & AAP, and acknowledging that wearing masks while twirling can pose additional risk of injury, and given the large space to spread out in, we will be allowing kids to twirl without masks on, unless their parent wants them to wear a mask the entire time. The decision is up to you, the parents, as to whether your child wears a mask while twirling. It is recommended that everyone wear a mask when entering & exiting the building. We do request that Little Gems twirlers wear masks, since their class will be upstairs in a smaller area. Coaches & volunteers will wear masks when coaching within 3 feet of any twirler.
·Stating that all twirlers MUST bring their own water bottles. Twirlers’ personal items (baton cases, batons, and water bottles) should be kept separate from other twirler’s items and need to be clearly labelled with the owner’s name.
· Encouraging parent and twirler adherence to these guidelines, by requiring that an additional waiver related to this be signed prior to restarting practices. All twirlers MUST have this waiver in hand at the first practice, signed by parents or legal guardians.
Twirlers need to use the restroom before arriving at practice to decrease the need for class time to be spent by coaches taking twirlers to the restroom and disinfecting afterwards.
Anyone who is sick, has tested positive for Covid, or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is sick with Covid-like symptoms— including twirlers, family members, coaches, staff and spectators — is not permitted to attend practices. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat, chest pressure, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick. *Please notify the director (Kim Hoag) if your twirler, or anyone in your immediate family, is diagnosed with COVID-19. We will then notify our other twirler families, while protecting your privacy by not releasing your name.
If your child is quarantined from school due to exposure, they are NOT permitted to return to practices (& competitions/performances) until they are permitted to return to school.
If someone does get sick during practice, we have a plan in place to isolate that person until their parent/guardian can transport them to their home or healthcare facility.
We will be periodically posting videos of what we are working on in practices to our Members Only Facebook page so that your child can practice at home, even if they miss practice.
Absences due to illness or for compliance with these guidelines will NOT be counted against your child’s attendance record.
If you have a specific question about this plan, please contact Kim Hoag (724) 396-2545 for more information. You can find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.
*If, after reading these guidelines-or for any other personal reason, you do not feel comfortable joining us for practices, we completely understand and respect your decision.
We look forward to seeing you. Now, let’s twirl!
Thank you and stay healthy,