Outdoor Paddle COVID-19 Policy
Wilton Public Schools (WPS) is following the very lengthy and extensive health and safety guidelines shared by the CSDE and sent to families. Wilton Continuing Education (WCE) will be following these guidelines. Please continue to review all updated information from the District. Click here for some helpful CSDE information.
- Only pre-registered students will be allowed to participate in the Paddle Programs.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided on arrival, during the class and again as the students depart.
- Students will be required to wear masks at arrival and at dismissal. Please include an extra mask or two in your student’s backpack.
- Instructor and WCE staff will model and practice protocols for hand sanitizing, social distancing, and mask wearing.
- Students and instructors will not be required to wear a mask during classes, however it is required that social distancing will occur and a spacing of at least 6 ft will be maintained between participants. In any instance where social distancing rules cannot be adhered to, a mask will be required of those individuals.
- Students will maintain social distancing expectations when at all possible.
- Instructors and students will remain within the same group during each class.
- Parents must ensure they will be reachable for the duration of the class in case the student is deemed a health risk to others.
Daily Operating Procedures
- Parents will screen students prior to drop-off at the Wilton YMCA paddle courts. Check to ensure temperature is below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit and observe for symptoms associated with COVID 19 outlined by public health officials. If there is any indication of illness, please stay home.
- Students will be greeted by WCE staff, who will screen students and confirm they are not exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness. Students will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer by WCE staff who will wear a mask and gloves.
- Any student who exhibits signs of mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC will not be permitted to enter the program upon arrival, or if during the program day, will be escorted to the isolation room. Parents/guardians will be contacted for immediate pick-up.
- Each student will have their own area for their personal belongings.
- Student activity will be spaced 6 ft apart.
- A staggered arrival will occur from the parking lot by the parent/guardian to the paddle courts. All will be required to wear masks and social distance traveling to and from the parking lot to the courts.
- All students will be signed in by the paddle instructor or WCE staff.
- At the completion of the paddle class, instructor, WCE staff and students will quickly assemble their equipment and exit the courts.
- Instructors will confirm that no equipment, clothing, miscellaneous items have been left behind.
- Instructors and students must social distance and wear face coverings.
- Parents/guardians will exit their vehicle to pick up their child/ren at the paddle court area. All will be required to wear masks and social distance traveling to and from the parking lot to the courts. All students will be signed out by the paddle instructor or WCE staff.
- Socializing and lingering will not be allowed after class.
- Outdoor Wilton YMCA paddle courts on Monday from 2:45 - 4:00 pm & 4:15 - 5:45pm.
- The maximum class size will not exceed 12 players, 6:1 per Player/Instructor
Projected Enrollment: 12 Students
- Students will bring their own paddle and 2 balls.
- Students should bring one or even two, full and labeled, reusable water bottles.
INSTRUCTOR PROTOCOLS & PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) POLICY
- Only Wilton Continuing Education sanctioned instructors will be employed in the Paddle Program(s). WCE instructors will abide by and implement the COVID-19 policies and the YMCA policies and create an environment that fosters both safety and learning.
- Instructors will self-monitor daily and confirm they are not exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness.
- Any instructor exhibiting signs of mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC will leave the program. An Illness Report will be completed by the WCE staff member.
- Instructors will model and practice protocols for hand sanitizing, social distancing, and mask wearing.
- Each student will use and retrieve their own assigned balls.
- Each student will maintain six feet apart from other players. There will be no physical contact such as shaking hands or a high five.
- Each student should stay on one side of the court for the duration of the lesson.
- Each student will remain six feet apart from other players when taking a break.
- If a ball comes from another court, the student will retrieve their own ball.
- No sharing equipment, drinks or towels. No snacks will be allowed.
Public Health Screening Questionnaire & Operating Procedures
- Instructors will observe students for symptoms associated with COVID 19 outlined by public health officials.
- Students will have their own area to leave their personal belongings. This will be 6 ft apart from the next.
- A staggered entrance and exit to the paddle courts will be at the paddle court area.
- Bathrooms will not be available for use.
- Instructors and students will not congregate before, during or after the program.
- Makeup classes will be added to the end of the program due to inclement weather or other circumstances.
Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7Q mandates that staff or children with a temperature of 100.4°f or greater stay home.
The below procedure will be followed if an instructor or student becomes ill or develops COVID-19 symptoms during the Paddle Program(s):
- Instructors will immediately leave the program.
- The student will be immediately escorted to the designated isolation area, on a grassy area 50 ft away from Court 1 (perpendicular court).
- The parent/guardian will be notified by a WCE staff member that an immediate pickup after is required. A WCE staff member will remain with the student, wearing PPE including a mask and gloves, until the parent/guardian arrives and the student leaves the area.
- The WCE staff member will have extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and wipes as part of our first aid kit.
- The WCE staff member will complete an Illness Report Form, which will be submitted immediately to the WCE Coordinator & Assistant Coordinator.
- The WCE Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator will notify WPS Human Resources, and the Riverbrook Regional YMCA of a potential illness. The Wilton Health Dept./Director of Health will be contacted immediately for any positive/presumed positive/exposure to COVID-19 event. Communication, advanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols will then be followed.
- Decisions regarding closure due to potential exposure will be made on a case by case basis in consultation with the Wilton Health Department/Director of Health, the Superintendent of Schools, and Human Resources.
- Instructors or students who have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may not return to the program without a note from a healthcare provider clearing them to safely return and in consultation with the Department of Health/Health Director.
- Positive COVID-19 cases will be reported to WPS Human Resources, and the Riverbrook Regional YMCA CEO. Human Resources will report all positive COVID-19 cases to the Director of Health.
- All Paddle Program families and instructors will be notified of any closure/update by WCE Director Dolores Tufariello working in consultation with the Superintendent of Schools and the Office of Human Resources.
Students (parents) and instructors alike will be required to complete the Informed Consent form prior to the beginning of the session. 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 CDC’s guidance. Individuals and families should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at risk.
Instructors 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
2020-21 WCE KIDS AFTER SCHOOL PADDLE PROGRAM ILLNESS REPORT FORM
Date/Time of Reporting:__________________
Name of Student:__________________
Date/Time of Suspected Illness:___________
Dismissal from Program: Self Pick up EMS (circle one)
List Name(s):_____________________________ Phone: ______________
Destination: Home Hospital Urgent Care Dr. Office (circle one)
List Location(s): ___________________________
Date Last Attended WCE Kids Paddle Program:________
Illness: Suspected Confirmed (circle one)