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QUISPAMSIS FIGURE SKATING CLUB OPERATIONAL PLAN – SEPT. 28, 2021


General
1. Quispamsis Figure Skating Club (QFSC), Coaches and Participants must follow Public Health and the Facility’s guidelines.
2. The QFSC may consider passive or active screening as a protective measure prior to skating sessions. When used, the screening will remain independent of the participant's vaccination status.
3. The QFSC reminds participants to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are feeling unwell.
4. While collection of names is no longer required, the QFSC will consider keeping attendance lists to assist contact tracing efforts in the event of a positive case.
5. The QFSC will be considerate of numbers on the ice:
-  Consider grouping skaters (to minimize multiple contacts).
-  Consider putting siblings together on the same sessions.
6. If a skater falls ill during QFSC programming while at the facility, all skaters must always have a parent / guardian present that is able to accompany a symptomatic child, and they must leave the facility immediately. They will be asked to follow the testing recommendations of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick found on the gnb.ca website.
7. Should there be an exposure to the virus, Public Health via contact tracing efforts will provide guidance to affected individuals. Isolation and testing requirements will depend on the level of exposure as well as the vaccination status of affected individuals.
8. In the event of outbreaks in schools, public health and school directives may be different depending on the circumstances. The QFSC will adhere to those directions and may adopt stricter requirements if they feel it is required.
9. The use of a waiver and declaration is required, and members are to stay home if they exhibit symptoms.
10. The QFSC will consider hosting virtual meetings when needed.

Proof of vaccination

1. As of September 22, 2021, the Provincial Government requires Proof of vaccination from people aged twelve years and over to access sporting activities.
 https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/nb-vaccine/Proof-of-Vaccination.html
 This includes athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, officials, etc.
2. A COVID-19 Protocol for the Quispamsis Figure Skating Club that addresses providing Proof of Vaccination has been approved and is posted to our website.
3. This proof must include two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
4. The QFSC does not need to validate the timing between or after doses.
5. The QFSC is required to see an official record of immunization with a piece of Government issued identification (driver’s license, Medicare card, birth certificate, etc.). A record of immunization can be obtained from MyHealthNB portal, the RHA clinic or pharmacy that gave the vaccine, a record from Public Health, or proof of vaccination from another jurisdiction. A copy or picture of the original is acceptable
6. Skaters born between July 1st, 2009, and December 31st, 2009, may continue participating and have until October 31st to get their second vaccine.
7. Proof of a negative test cannot be used instead of a proof of vaccination.
8. For skaters under 12 years old whose parents/guardians are not vaccinated, another guardian/adult may accompany them. This person must provide a proof of vaccination.
9. For club programs where participants are consistent, proof of vaccination does not need to be provided each time they attend the activity (follow Club Policy), and this can be done upon registration. Our proof of vaccination policy’s spectator section outlines our procedures for any new individuals accompanying a child.
10. The QFSC will maintain a checklist which will be kept protected and a very limited number of club board volunteers will have access to this private and confidential information. This process and management is stated in our COVID-19 Protocol for the QFSC around Participants at Activities.
11. Individuals 12 years and over who cannot receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption, will be required to show a medical certificate of exemption signed by a healthcare provider.

Masks
1. Mandatory as of September 22, 2021, in indoor public spaces.
2. Included in this are: dressing/change rooms, hallways, entering and exiting facilities, players’ benches, washrooms, etc.
- Spectators must always wear masks indoor while seated in areas that meet physical distancing of 2m and/or physical barrier requirements.
3. Coaches and Program Assistants of skaters twelve years old and under (U13) must always wear a mask.
- This includes PreCanskate and CanSkate.
4. The QFSC requires skaters in PreCanSkate and CanSkate to wear masks.
5. The QFSC encourages coaches to always wear a mask especially when social distancing is difficult.
6. When using a harness, coaches need to wear a mask.


Hygiene
1. Practice strict hand hygiene before and after skating activities (washing and sanitizing).

2. Respiratory hygiene:
- Cough or sneeze in a tissue or the bend of the arm.
-  Dispose tissues immediately and wash hands.
-  Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
3. PreCanSkate / CanSkate
-  All teaching aids must have cleaning protocols.
-  Consider not using plush toys.
-  Name tags should go home with the skaters or must be disinfected before and after every session.
-  Consider sending incentives such as report cards and coloring pictures by email.

4. All skaters must bring their own personal items (gloves, tissues, water bottles, etc.).


Social Distancing
1. All reasonable attempts shall be made to respect physical distancing measures except for brief contact (both on and off-the-ice).
2. Separate entry and exit of the ice surface are recommended.
3. Establish traffic patterns to avoid gatherings
4. Consider having staggered schedules to limit number of individuals entering/exiting at one time.
5. Participants in dressing rooms must social distance themselves.
6. Discourage gathering in groups in the lobby, washrooms, dressing rooms, on the ice. etc.


Coaching
1. Avoid hands-on assistance.
-  Coaches will use verbal cues when instructing students rather than physical contact.
-  Coaches will use verbal cues & drawings on ice to enhance learning, as well as use verbal incentives.
2. Coaches will have their own coaching aids which cannot be shared with others.

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