COVID 19 INFORMATION

2021 SEASON

 

 

 

COVID 19 Rules, Procedures and Guidelines

In order to provide a safe environment for our students, their families, our staff, we have adopted a set of rules, procedures, and guidelines which follow below. 

These are:

  1. Communication Plan

  2. Rules and Guidelines for Families

  3. Health and Safety Plan

  4. Health Questionnaire

  5. COVID 19 Waiver

 

  1. COMMUNICATION PLAN

 

Adapted from the Stay at Home 2.0 COVID-19 Reopening Guidance by the New Hampshire Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce. For more information please refer to this document.

The LWSA will continue with modified activities for the summer of 2021 to minimize risk of COVID-19 to sailors, staff, and their families participating in summer activities. Programs will be designed to  minimize time on land and get everyone out on the water and at a safe distance as quickly as possible. We have developed a program with precautions including maintaining small groups of sailors that stay together without intermingling with other groups. In addition, if approved by a parent or guardian, each sailor will cohort/partner with one other sailor for the week. US Sailing Guidelines do NOT recommend sailing in small boats with masks.  We will mask and social distance while on land or in keel boats and sailors will remove their masks on the water in non-keel boats.

In addition to small groups and social distancing, we will develop a schedule that staggers arrival and drop-off times and maintains that staggered schedule for activities including rigging and launching and derigging at the end of the session. All boats, facilities, and other contact points will be sanitized daily.

We have developed a list of rules and guidelines for sailors and their families we feel are necessary to allow us to open. In addition, we have developed a training program for staff and sailors and rigorous health and safety procedures as recommended by the CDC. All participants must have a signed health waiver to participate, daily.

Staff will spend a few minutes at the beginning of each session reviewing the COVID rules and guidelines including mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing to be sure all sailors understand the rules needed to allow everyone to sail. We will have a no tolerance policy for behavior that results in risk to others including staff, sailors, and their families.

Emergency contact information for each family must be up to date with a backup in case of an emergency situation. Please see the Health and Safety Plan for additional information on procedures for illness while at LWSA.

 

2.      RULES and GUIDELINES for FAMILIES

  1. Parents/guardians are to take their child’s temperature in the morning before coming to the facility.

  2. Attendees and staff must be screened daily prior to arrival to the day camp. Parents/guardians are to bring a signed screening document daily.

  3. Staff will provide training for attendees on Day 1 to cover handwashing, mask protocol, social distancing, and sneezing/coughing expectations.

  4. Attendees and staff are to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others whenever possible.

  5. Staff and attendees must be residents of New Hampshire or have met a 10- day quarantine requirement    

  6. All staff and attendees are to wear reusable/washable cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when on land or in keel boats to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when social distancing is not possible, except when on the water in non-keel boats.

  7. Wash and dry mask daily.

  8. People wearing face coverings must not touch their eyes, nose, mouth, or face, or adjust their face covering without first sanitizing hands. After touching face or adjusting face covering, hands must be sanitized.

  9. All adults dropping children should remain in their vehicles.Should they need to leave their vehicles, they must wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth.

  10. The building is off limits to attendees and their families.

  11. Staff and attendees should practice frequent hand hygiene. Hands will be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  12. Staff and attendees are, at a minimum, to wash their hands when arriving; when entering a facility; before and after meals or snacks; before and after going to the bathroom; before and after medication administration; after cleaning up and handling any garbage; before and after coming into contact with any attendee or staff member; after sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing; after using shared equipment; and prior to leaving for home. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  13. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be provided in instructors’ boats on the water.

  14. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available). Alternatively, cough or sneeze into elbows.

  15. There will be no non-essential visitors, volunteers, or activities involving other groups on site.

  16. Attendees and staff need to bring their own water bottles.

17. There will be no sharing of food. Campers will sit in their designated seats 6’ away from       other campers when eating lunch.

 

3.     HEALTH and SAFETY PLAN

This Health and Safety Plan includes the protocol for dealing with illness and health and the establishment of safety measures to be practiced at the facility to prevent spread of COVID-19. Detailed instructions on hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer are also provided in the staff training curriculum. The Plan was adapted from the Safer at Home COVID-19 Reopening   Guidance by the New Hampshire Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force and documents referenced in the New Hampshire documents.

 

COVID-19 Illness Protocol

If Someone becomes ill while Onshore:

1.    If a parent, employee, volunteer or sailor feels ill with symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 (the most common symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea) notify the Executive Director and Head Instructor immediately unless it is an emergency then 911 must be called first. 

a.     If the symptoms are mild, the person will be required to isolate themselves in a designated space and return home as soon as possible.  They must be advised to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible and keep the LWSA updated on their status.

b.    If the symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately, isolate in the designated space and monitor the person outside in a location separate from other people and request that they wear a mask until such time as they can be evaluated by the emergency medicine professionals while observing social distancing requirements.

 

If Someone Becomes ill  While Offshore:

1.    If a parent, employee, volunteer or sailor feels ill with symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 (the most common symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea) notify the Executive Director and Head Instructor immediately via VHF Radio or cell phone unless it is an emergency then 911 must be called first.  

a.     If the symptoms are mild, the person will be required to board an instructor’s powerboat and remain socially distant from each other as much as practical and returned to the LWSA facilities where the protocols under While Onshore above will apply.

b.    If the symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately for direction given the conditions at the time.  Notify the Executive Director and Head Instructor as soon as possible.

 

If someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, even mild symptoms, they should contact their Health Care Provider to be tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate at home.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at LWSA, the facility must contact The Bureau of Infectious Disease Control (BIDC) at 603-271-4496.

 

You do not need to quarantine for 10 days or get tested for COVID-19 if either you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 14 days has passed since you received your second dose or you have previously tested positive for active COVID-19 infection (by PCR or antigen testing) in the last 90 days.

Cleaning and Disinfecting after illness

1.         Close off areas used by the person who is sick and open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the building.

2.         Wait up to 24 hours, or as long as possible, before you clean and disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle to       reduce the risk to individuals cleaning.

3.         Clean and disinfect any inside areas used by the person who is sick.

If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, disinfection is not necessary.

See the LWSA Cleaning and Disinfection Plan for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

4.     HEALTH  QUESTIONNAIRE

In  addition to the family rules and guidelines outlined above, parents will be required to sign the following questionnaire every day when dropping off their children.

Please note that unless you are able to confirm all of the statements as true, you and your child will not be allowed to stay on LWSA property.

Please print copies of this form to sign and bring with you each day.

Thank you

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LWSA COVID-19 QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PARENTS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND ATTENDEES

It is every LWSA Parent, Employee, Volunteer, and Attendees’  obligation to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To that end, each individual is required to take their temperature and actively monitor their personal health,  including the presence of any new, unusual, or unexplained health changes prior to arriving at the facility.

The statements on this form must be reviewed every day before coming to the LWSA property.

Please review each statement below. The statements reflect the signs and symptoms typically associated with the COVID-19 virus as noted on the CDC website. If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, you are not allowed to come on-site.

In the past 10 days:

1. I have not had a fever of 100.4 or greater; and

2. I have not experienced any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Per the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea; and

3. No one in my household has tested positive for COVID 19 or is awaiting test results,  and

 

4.  I have not traveled internationally or on a cruise ship.

 

If you are able to confirm that all of the statements are TRUE as it relates to the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, you may come to the LWSA property.

 

If you are unable to confirm that all of the statements are TRUE, or are otherwise ill, you must remain home, not show up on site, and, as appropriate, contact your healthcare provider.

You may return when you meet one of the following:

1.  A negative COVID-19 test.

2.  You have had a provider assessment and determined to be low-risk.

3.  More than 10 days have passed since your last exposure to a positive case in your household.

 I HAVE CAREFULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS QUESTIONNAIRE, AND FREELY AND KNOWINGLY ADVISE THAT ALL STATEMENTS ARE TRUE AS IT RELATES TO THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 AS DESCRIBED ABOVE:

______________________________________       _________________________________         _____________

Signature                                                Name (printed):                                 Date:                        

I am the parent or legal guardian of the minor named below. I have the legal right to consent to and, by signing below, I hereby do consent to the terms and conditions of this Questionnaire.

______________________________________       _________________________________         _____________

Signature                                                 Name (printed):                                Date:                

 

Full Name of Child(ren) and Guardian Child(ren):

 

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5.     COVID 19 WAIVER

When registering your child through our registration system, you will be asked to sign the following additional waiver, which has been added because of the unique circumstances facing us this season.

 

Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association

 

Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. The state of medical knowledge is evolving, but the virus is believed to spread from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air. People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. The exact methods of spread and contraction are unknown, and there is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.

 

The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. cannot prevent you, your child(ren) or guardian child(ren) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. services, equipment, premises or other areas used to provide these services. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to utilize the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. services, equipment, premises or other areas used to provide these services you may be exposing yourself, your child(ren) or guardian child(ren) to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

 

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:   I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19. I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my child(ren) and or guardian child(ren) in order to utilize the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. services, equipment, premises or other areas used to provide these services. These services are of such value to me and/or to my child(ren) and or guardian child(ren), that I accept the risk of being exposed to, or them being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to utilize the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. services, equipment, premises or other areas used to provide these services.

 

WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY: I hereby forever release and waive my right and or my child(ren) or guardian child(ren) rights to bring suit against the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. and its owners, officers, directors, managers, officials, trustees, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association Inc. services, equipment, premises or other areas used to provide these services. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

 

CHOICE OF LAW: I understand and agree that the law of the State of New Hampshire will apply to this contract.

 

I HAVE CAREFULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS RELEASE, AND FREELY AND KNOWINGLY ASSUME THE RISK AND WAIVE MY RIGHTS AND MY CHILD(REN) or GAURDIAN CHILD(REN) RIGHTS  CONCERNING LIABILITY AS DESCRIBED ABOVE:

 

Signature:      ______________________________________

Date:              ______________________________________

Name (printed): ______________________________________

I am the parent or legal guardian of the minor named below. I have the legal right to consent to and, by signing below, I hereby do consent to the terms and conditions of this Release.

Signature:                 ______________________________________

Date:                           ______________________________________

Name (printed):        ______________________________________

Full Name of Child(ren) and Guardian Child(ren):

                                    ______________________________________

                                    ______________________________________

                                    ______________________________________

                                    ______________________________________