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Quispamsis Figure Skating Club

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

General

  1. The Quispamsis Figure Skating Club (QFSC), Coaches and Participants must follow Public Health, the Facility’s guidelines and WorkSafe NB (refer to Communicable disease prevention plan).

  2. The Quispamsis Figure Skating Club may consider passive or active screening as a protective measure prior to skating sessions. Screening should 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 our numbers on and off the ice:

    • Consider grouping skaters (to minimize multiple contacts).

    • Consider putting siblings together on the same sessions.

    • CanSkate groups (under the age of 12) are limited to 25 (this excludes coaches and Program Assistants)

      • If the space allows for it, two groups can be on the same surface as long as they do not interact with each other and the ability to maintain 2 meters physical distancing.

  6. Consider having staggered schedules to limit number of individuals entering/exiting at one time.

  7. Consider posting signage reminding participants to wear masks and maintain physical distancing where applicable; not enter premises if they feel unwell and practice proper hygiene.

  8. 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.

  9. The use of a waiver and declaration are strongly encouraged.

  10.  The QFSC will hold virtual meetings when needed. If an in-person meeting is held, masks must be worn at all time and physical distancing is mandatory.

 

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.

  • This includes athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, officials, etc.

2.  A COVID-19 Protocol for the Quispamsis Figure Skating Club Activities 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. Where a person recently turned 12 in 2021 or 2022, that person has 60 days after their 12th birthday to be fully vaccinated before any requirements to show proof of vaccination for practices/training.

7. Proof of a negative test cannot be used instead of a proof of vaccination

8. 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). Rather, this can be done upon registration, but Clubs or coaches must be able to demonstrate compliance if asked.

9. SCNB Recommends that Clubs maintain a checklist which is kept protected and a very limited number of club board volunteers have access to this private and confidential information. This process and management will have to be stated in your Proof of Vaccination Policy

10. 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.

11. An exemption from vaccination is permitted for medical reasons only. The Department of Health has provided direction on the criteria to be used by New Brunswick health care providers for a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. A New Brunswick Medical Exemption form signed by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in New Brunswick is accepted as meeting the Proof of Vaccination policy. A note written on a prescription pad is not accepted as an exemption form.

An individual who presents a medical exemption letter from another province or country is accepted as proof of vaccination with:

12. A valid government-issued identification document from the country, and

13. The record of medical exemption that the eligible person was required to provide to enter Canada.

Previous COVID-19 infection regardless of when it was does not meet the requirement for proof of vaccination.

 

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.

  3. Coaches and Program Assistants must wear a mask.

  4. Participants in PreCanSkate and CanSkate must wear masks.

5. The harness is not to be used if a skater cannot get himself/herself/themself in or out without help.

 

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 colouring pictures by email.

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

 

Social Distancing

  1. All reasonable attempts will be made to respect physical distancing measures.

  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. 5.Participants in dressing rooms must social distance themselves.

    • SCNB encourages that a monitor be in place to supervise the dressing rooms.

    • 6. Discourage gathering in groups in the lobby, washrooms, dressing rooms, on the ice etc.

Coaching

  1. Avoid hands-on assistance.

    • Coaches must use verbal cues when instructing students rather than physical contact.

    • Use verbal cues & drawings on ice to enhance learning. Use verbal incentives.

    • Coaches need to have their own coaching aids which cannot be shared with others.

    • Lesson plans must be adapted to ensure skaters and coaches are practicing physical distancing.

      • If skaters are to gather at any time, there is to be an “x” drawn on the ice, so skaters know where to stand.  Make sure skaters are aware of how this works.

Resources:

Skate Canada New Brunswick

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