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Tennis Covid-19 Policy


LESSONS AT MIDDLEBROOK/RTE 7 COURTS: 

ADMISSION PROTOCOLS


Only WCE sanctioned instructors and pre-registered students will be allowed to participate in tennis programs on the Town of Wilton tennis courts. 

All current CDC social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. The maximum class size will not exceed 14 players. Masks will be worn on arrival and departure. Masks will be provided, if necessary, to those who arrive on-site without their own mask.

The below procedure will be followed prior to the start of the tennis program:

  • A staggered entrance and exit to the tennis courts will be at the primary gate. 
  • One parent/guardian will escort the student(s) to the designated meeting area where they will be greeted by the WCE representative confirming they are not exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness. 
  • Students will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer by the WCE representative who will wear a mask and gloves. The Information will be recorded.
  • A log will be maintained for the duration of the program.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on arrival and again as the students depart.
  • Any student who is exhibiting signs of mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC will not be allowed to attend the tennis program. See Instructor/Student Illness Policy.
  • Parents and/or guardians will not be allowed to stay and watch during the program. However, they must ensure they will be reachable for the duration of the program in case the student is deemed a health risk to others.
  • Each student will have their own area in which to leave their personal belongings. This will be 6 feet from the next.
  • Students will not congregate before, during or after the program.  
  • Makeup lessons will be added to the end of the program due to inclement weather or other circumstances. 
  • Bathrooms will not be available for use. 

The following guidelines are USTA recommendations on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through diligent hygiene and awareness prior to and during participation in lessons.

Protect against infections:

  • Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court. 
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles. Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
  • Bring a full water bottle.
  • Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.
  • Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there.
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can.

INTRA-LESSON PROTOCOL

Students and instructors will not be required to wear a mask during lessons, however it is  required that social distancing will occur and a spacing of at least 6 feet will be maintained between participants. In any instance where social distancing rules cannot be adhered to, a mask will be required of those individuals. 

The following guidelines outline USTA recommendations on intra-play safety.

  • Try to stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • No sharing food, drinks or towels.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break. 
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.

POST-LESSON 


At the completion of the tennis program, students will quickly assemble their equipment and exit the court. Students will maintain social distancing requirements until they depart the tennis grounds. Instructors will confirm that no equipment, clothing, miscellaneous items have been left behind. 

Parents/guardians will not exit their vehicle to pick up their child/ren unless special circumstances require them to do so. WCE representative/instructor will escort students to their vehicle with a mask on. 

Socializing and lingering will not be allowed after lessons to allow time for instructors to clean, disinfect, and prepare for upcoming programs. The following USTA guidance on end-of-play outlines safe measures for players once they exit the court.

  • Leave the court immediately upon completion of play.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing. 
  • All players should leave the tennis grounds immediately after play.

INSTRUCTOR/STUDENT ILLNESS POLICY

The below procedure will be followed should a student or instructor become ill during the course of the tennis program:

  • The student will be immediately escorted to the designated isolation area. The WCE representative will remain with the student until the parent/guardian arrives. The WCE representative and student will wear a mask.
  • The parent/guardian will be notified by the WCE representative that an immediate pickup is required.
  • The WCE representative will notify Parks & Recreation of the potential illness in order for cleaning and disinfection to occur on the courts as necessary.
  • Students or instructors who have had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may not return to the program without a documented negative COVID-19 test result or a note from a healthcare provider clearing them to safely return. 
  • In the case of an instructor exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19; classes will be suspended immediately until the instructor is medically cleared OR an alternative WCE Instructor is put in his/her place.
  • Parks & Recreation will be notified immediately if a student or instructor has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

WCE staff and instructors will abide by and implement these policies, and create an environment that fosters both safety and learning during the program.


INFORMED CONSENT 


Campers and staff alike will be required to complete the Informed Consent form prior to the beginning of camp. Attendance will not be authorized without completion of the informed consent form. This form requires that attendees and staff are aware of the various risks COVID-19 poses. The exact verbiage is listed below. 


I hereby attest that I have been informed of the following pertaining to the Coronavirus:


People who are 65 years or older and people who have serious underlying medical conditions or are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home. A list of medical conditions associated with a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 can be found in CDCís guidance. Individuals and families should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at risk. 


Staff and children living in households with individuals who are 65 years and older OR have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay home. 


This includes chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised (cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications), severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher), diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis and liver disease. Individuals should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

 

_________________________________________ _____________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian                                  Printed Name of Student                        

 

_________________________________________ _____________________________

Date                                                                      Date



2020 WCE KIDS TENNIS PROGRAM ILLNESS REPORT FORM

 


Date/Time of Reporting:__________________

 

Name of Student:__________________

 

Date/Time of Suspected Illness:___________

 

Dismissal from Program: Parent     Authorized Pick up     EMS     (circle one)


List Name(s):_____________________________  Phone: _________________

 

Destination:       Home     Hospital     Urgent Care     Dr. Office     (circle one)


List Location(s): ___________________________

 


NOTES: 


Date Last Attended WCE Kids Tennis Program:_________

 

Illness:     Suspected                   Confirmed     (circle one)

 

WCE Reporter:_____________________

 

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