Sandy Springs Gymnastics Restricted Opening FAQs:
We’ve planned and are now preparing on how to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families as we return to the Hammond Park facility. We will take a cautious, yet flexible approach that puts student and staff well-being first!
Here are a few FAQs about our restricted opening and classes/camps at Hammond Park this Summer!
Q:Will my child be allowed to participate in any activities at the gym beginning June 1st?
A: Only Team students will be able to participate during this time period
Q:We paid for a full month of March. Will we be refunded or be able to make up this time?
A: We will not be refunding tuition for the month of March. We will be offering make-up classes for time missed.
Q:When and where can I register for make-up classes?
A: Registration for make-up classes is available now HERE. Registration will be available until June 25th.
Q:My children are 4 and younger, will they be able to make-up classes?
A: At this time, we are working on a plan for our wiggle worms and mighty mites students to make up their missed classes. At this time due to CDC social distancing requirements and the nature of the Preschool program, we are not able accommodate our youngest gymnasts yet.
Q:Why is the make-up class only 30 minutes?
A: We cut down the times of the classes to allow for drop-off, and allowing coaches and staff time to make sure all equipment is properly cleaned in between classes.
Q: Am I allowed to watch my child during class?
A: Yes. There will be areas marked off for standing to observe classes BUT we strongly encourage parents to drop their child(ren) off. If a parent/guardian opts to stay, students are limited to one person/per child to remain with them in the gym.
Q: If I don’t stay in the gym with my child, how can I be sure they make it to the right class?
A: Due to our new operating procedures, and smaller class sizes, your child’s coach will be meeting your student at the entrance of the gym floor and escorting them to their class zone, that same instructor will remain with your child for the duration of the instruction period?
Q: What does drop off and pick-up look like now?
A: Drop-Off and Pick-Up will mimic a carpool set up now, you will pull up to the entrance of the gym, and students will be met and checked in by Phoenix staff, they will have their temperature taken, and receive hand sanitizer upon entering the gym, they will then be escorted to their respective coaches before proceeding onto the gym floor.
Q: We are not comfortable with having temperatures taken upon entering the gym, can my child still take class?
A: For the health and safety of our students and staff, we will not allow people who have not had their temperatures taken inside the facility, however we do recognize the novelty of these new operating procedures and are working to make our students and their families as comfortable as possible as we navigate the new “normal,” and will have an online program which families are welcome to take advantage of as an alternative.
Q; I’m a parent, do I have to have my temperature taken as well?
A: If you opt to accompany your child into the gym, yes you will have your temperature taken.
Q: Are the temperatures being recorded?
A: No, they are not being recorded, we are taking them simply as a precaution to prevent the spread of illness, particularly in our facility.
Q: What will instruction be like, in light of all of the changes?
A: We will continue to provide the same quality instruction, our coaches will keep all groups in “zones” or areas of the gym, so that no two classes are using the same equipment during one instruction period. Coaches will also be practicing social distancing during teaching, of course, if a student is using an apparatus, and is at risk of falling or getting hurt, a coach will be present to ensure your child’s safety, however at this time, we will be focusing a lot on gymnastics basics and honing in on a lot of the skills we previously introduced at the start of the Spring session.
Q: The new set-up is not working for our family, what are our options?
A: The gym has moved from billing sessions, to a monthly model; so you will finish out the month, you are welcome to move to the virtual class model.
Q: We didn’t get to change before class, my child will need to get changed at the gym, will they be able to?
A: We recommend your child be dressed when they come into the gym, because they will be allowed limited items when entering the gym, and to limit their time in shared spaces, getting dressed prior to entry is best, however, our restrooms, that were being worked on during the end of Fall session and beginning of Spring session have been completed and are open for use, so we have facilities available.
Q: How has the gym prepared for the social distancing?
A: Great question, we have been preparing to get you all back into the gym.
We have marked off 6 feet in all areas of the gym.
We have moved to a zone model, where each class stays in the assigned zone for the duration of their class.
We have designated one entrance for entry and one for exit.
We have closed down water fountains, the family restroom and removed the door from the gym floor, to limit the amount of handles that have to be touched.
We have marked the cubbies to make sure that students' belongings are able to be safely stored and distanced.
All coaches and staff have been trained on the new guidelines and been a part of the test phase to ensure things will run smoothly.
We have reduced class sizes to a 4:1 ratio.
All coaches will be masked while on the floor, and when interacting with students.
Q: Has anyone in the gym or their families been exposed to COVID-19?
A: We have sent out a questionnaire to our families to gather this information, to our knowledge, no one returning to the gym is currently infected with COVID-19 or within one incubation period of COVID-19.
Q: How will the gym know if a student tests positive?
A: We are asking for transparency from everyone at this time, and just as the staff will be in constant communication with our families regarding illness, we ask for that same courtesy from our families in an effort to keep everyone safe. Please notify the gym via email at firstname.lastname@example.org upon symptom onset and again once test result is confirmed.
Q: If someone has been in the gym and tests positive for COVID-19, what are next steps?
A: We will notify all families that we have a confirmed case in the gym, and will close for 2-5 days. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and for custodial staff to clean and disinfect the affected facilities. Work with the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.
Q: Can my child bring a water bottle?
A: Absolutely. Please bring a water bottle since the water fountains are closed, water bottles are the best way to stay hydrated!