PGC COVID-19 POLICY
As much as we will do everything in our power to avoid it, we also know that there may well eventually be a member of the gym or staff member who ends up testing positive for COVID-19. We wanted to let the parents know what our plans are in the event either a coach or gymnast becomes sick with COVID-19.
No one is allowed in the gym if they or any member of their household has any COVID-19 like symptoms such as: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking accompanied by chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
If any gymnast or their family travels to any of the hot spots around our country they are not welcome to return to their workout until they have self-isolated for 2 weeks. This includes but is not limited to the states listed in the following article:
- If you travel on vacation on a plane, or to any property that is not your personal property, you must quarantine for 14 days.
- Individuals who travel on vacation to the red zone states must be either quarantined upon return for 14 days or have a COVID test or be examined by your PC and submit its results to the PGC
- If you have any symptoms or anyone in your home you have to take test or quarantine for 14 days
- If you go from one state to another just to drop the child off for practice in the gym and return back to the state – that’s okay you don’t have to do the test and keep quarantine for 14 days
We understand that people are taking vacations, but currently these hot spots represent great threats and put people at high risk. There will be no refunds for missed classes for this reason, but make-ups will be allowed. We understand that some of you may think this is an aggressive approach, but we want to do everything we can to keep our athletes safe. If you plan on travelling to one of these states or overseas, please contact the gym and let us know you will be absent for the duration of your trip and time necessary to take COVID 19 test and get its result or 2 weeks following.
We are requiring coaches to wear masks at all times while in the gym, which drastically lowers the transmission from an infected person to others. We do this because we want to do all we can to ensure the safety of our athletes.
In the event a coach tests positive for COVID-19
The employee will be kept anonymous and required to stay home for at least 14 days or until a doctor has released him/her to work. Any gymnast that he/she has been in contact with will be notified that their child was in contact with an infected coach (who was wearing a mask). We will contact the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and follow their guidelines as to shutting down and disinfecting the gym. Any athletes that were exposed to the coach will be asked to self-isolate until they have a negative test and have followed Dr’s orders. All identities will be kept anonymous throughout the process.
In the event a gymnast tests positive for COVID-19
The athlete will be kept anonymous and asked to isolate at home for at least 14 days or until a doctor has released him/her to resume activities. Any gymnasts that he/she had been in close contact with will be notified that they were in contact with someone in the gym who has tested positive for COVID-19. We will contact the IDPH and follow their guidelines as to shutting down and disinfecting the gym. All identities will be kept anonymous throughout the process.
What if PGC is notified a family member of a gymnast is being tested or the family member has tested positive?
In the event we find out that a family member of an athlete or coach is being tested for COVID-19, the gymnast/coach will be asked to stay at home until the family member receives their results. If the family member is negative, the gymnast/coach can return to the gym as long as they themselves are healthy. If a family member of an athlete or coach tests positive for COVID-19, then the gymnast/coach will be required to self-isolate until the gymnast/coach receives a negative test as well as clearance from a doctor. In regards to notifying other athletes and staff members, this will only happen if a PGC athlete or staff member receives a positive test. A family member being positive while the coach or athlete is negative does not warrant a notification.