The safety and well-being of our sailors and instructors is our top priority! We will strictly adhere to all current Massachusetts, local government, and CDC guidelines. Please review this document in its entirety and sign and date at the bottom of the page.
2021 QYC Junior Sailing COVID-19 Practices
QUARANTINE AND TRAVEL POLICY BEFORE FIRST DAY OF SAILING
Effective August 1, 2020 Massachusetts requires that all travelers to the state, including residents who are returning, complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for 14 days or show a negative test result for the virus that causes COVID-19 conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival in the state or upon arrival to the state (unless traveling from lower-risk states as noted here). QYC Jr Sailing recommends that sailors, instructors, and volunteers avoid traveling beyond the lower-risk states as defined by the Massachusetts policy, or commercially, such as by plane, train, or bus, for 14 days before their first day of sailing with QYC Jr Sailing.
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
It will be necessary for sailors, Instructors, and volunteers coming to class to assess their health prior to the start of each day. sailors (with their parents’) and instructors and volunteers will evaluate their health each morning through the Safety Doc sent from the Program Director, which can also be accessed via a web-based form. This screening will result in either a “safe to participate” or a message asking the student, instructor, or volunteer to stay home and/or contact their physician. sailors who need to remain home should be in contact with the QYC Program Director and provide documentation from their primary care physician before returning to the sailing program. We will ask parents to begin this screening with their children, and ask the same of our instructors and volunteers, before the start of the sailing program to acclimate to the process as well as to establish a baseline of good health. More specific details and instructions for these daily health screenings are located on the Before You Start Camp form.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Sailors will be assigned to a daily drop-off site in order to minimize the number of sailors convening at entry points and to enable sailors to enter as quickly as possible each day. All sailors will need to show that they have pre-screened for COVID symptoms prior to getting out of their vehicles (see Daily Summary), and all will need to sanitize their hands at the entrance before going to class, docks, coach boat, or opti/420 floats. There will be one drop-off time for each session, but it may become necessary to create multiple drop-off times and stagger student entry in order to maximize the safety of the sailors and community. Similarly, sailors will be divided between multiple pick-up points. These locations will vary by class and time, and more detail, as well as information on late drop-off, early pick-up, and special considerations, will follow at the session orientation. For more details on drop-off and pick-up, including assigned locations, please see Daily Summary.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING
(Updated January 19, 2021)
All instructors , volunteers, parents, and visitors, as well as sailors per Massachusetts guidelines will wear a mask in public: during class, at drop-off and pick-up, and whenever physical distancing is not possible. While state guidelines do not require masks for sailors in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1, QYC strongly encourages and requires all participants to wear masks when participating in our QYC Jr Sailing program. Please note that masks will be required for Pre-K through Grade 1 in private and public spaces, at drop-off and pick-up, and when social distancing is not possible. Parents will be expected to provide their children with two appropriately fitting masks. Please note that masks must cover the nose and mouth.
One of the most important measures that everyone in the QYC community can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean hands frequently. Instructors, volunteers, sailors, and essential visitors will be required to clean their hands (by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer) upon entering the Jr Sailing program at the start of the day, prior to starting and ending new activities, after using the restroom, before and after snacks, after coughing or sneezing, and other times as needed or appropriate. Hand sanitizing stations and bottles are available throughout the program on coach boats, docks, floats, and at drop-off and pick-up. Families are asked to send their sailors to sailing with their own labeled hand sanitizer (active ingredients must include at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol).
POSITIVE TEST RESPONSE AND CONTACT TRACING
(Updated January 1, 2021)
QYC is following state guidelines for its positive test response and contact tracing policy. If someone in our community tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, they should notify the QYC Program Director as there are implications for their close contacts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), a “close contact” is defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic cases, two days prior to the positive specimen collection) until the time the person is isolated. This is regardless of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask. QYC will identify an individual’s close contacts by reviewing student, instructor, and volunteer schedules, and then notify them promptly so they can seek guidance from their physicians regarding testing.
If someone in our community tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, they must stay home and quarantine for 10 days and at least three days after any symptoms have passed, and have been fever-free for 24 hours. If a person in our community has been in close contact (as defined above) with an individual who has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive regardless of their own test results.
Know that if the result of a positive COVID case at QYC Jr sailing program is confirmed, or maybe suspected, classes may be canceled to provide time for a thorough cleaning of all equipment, coach boats, and common spaces. QYC will communicate necessary information through contact tracing. We will not state or declare any individual names involved at any time.
GATHERINGS AND MEETINGS
Large gatherings will not be held until the state of Massachusetts allows for them. sailors will be in groups where physical distancing can be maintained. Events such as Orientation, Award Meetings, picnics, will be held via Zoom or live streaming in order to maintain safety standards.
Daily Highlights for Sailors and Parents
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Submit daily screening 1 hour before sailors class. Screening must be complete before the sailor is allowed on premises.
- Self screen anyone coming to the club to drop off the sailor.
- Ensure the sailor has all gear (labeled with name). There will be no sharing of gear due to COVID: 2 properly fitting Masks, life jacket (USCG Approved PFD), closed toe shoes, water bottle (there will be no water fountain or water bubbler available), personal sanitizer bottle, towle, additional clothes as needed, foul weather gear, and sunscreen
NOTE-Buffs are not acceptable masks. Buffs are welcome for sun protection, but do not replace a mask to protect from or to protect others from COVID. Masks should be washed after each day of sailing. If possible in a washing machine in hot water and dried fully before using again. If a washing machine is unavailable, masks must be washed with soap and hot water and allowed to dry fully before using again.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE/DROP OFF
- Wear a face mask as you drive into the QYC driveway.
- Check in at the post and rail wooden fence at the Harbor House entrance.
- Remain in your car until the designated instructor verifies you've completed the daily COVID questionnaire and are safe to join the sailing program.
- In compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care all sailors will be screened daily for signs, symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.
- Sailors will disinfect their hands before entering Jr. Sailing Program area.
- Sailors will stow all equipment in the assigned area.
- Parents remain in the car and contact instructors via text.
- All drivers and others in the car with the sailor are required to wear a mask at drop off.
- Please keep the drop off line moving. No texting or using a phone while dropping off your sailor. Avoid blocking the driveway.
- Sailors will be required to wear a face covering and maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. at all times during check-in.
- All Sailor belongings should be with the sailor or in a designated area by the instructor at all times.
- Only sailors, instructors, and scheduled volunteers will be allowed in the sailing areas. No exceptions.
WHEN YOU PICK UP
- Check in at the post and rail wooden fence at the Harbor House.
- Remain in your car and wait for your sailor to get into your car. Contact instructors via text.
- All drivers and others in the car with the sailor are required to wear a mask at pick up.
- Please keep the pickup line moving. No texting or using a phone while picking up your sailor. Avoid blocking the driveway.
- Be sure your sailor has all of their gear.
- Only sailors, instructors, and scheduled volunteers will be allowed in the sailing areas. No exceptions.
- Please reinforce no hanging out in groups/congregating in groups while your son or daughter wait to be picked up in the event you are running late.
QYC Sailing Code of Conduct
QYC Sailing is committed to providing sailors opportunities to learn by doing and experience personal success. We strive to promote self-confidence, decision-making and social skills, and environmental awareness in each sailor. Our philosophy focuses on the growth of both the individual and the overall group. In order to maintain a positive and safe environment, our sailors are expected to follow this code of conduct. Please sign and date the bottom of this document.
- treat others with respect and courtesy
- listen to others thoughts and opinions
- call out bullying, harassment, name calling, unwanted teasing or exclusion of others
- respect others belongings and equipment/supplies.
- respect the environment; beaches, paths, woods, ocean, air, animals, property
- wear appropriate clothing/shoes each day
- inform instructors of challenges you have with another sailor, activity, or other situation
- refrain from using cell phones while on the water
- accept personal responsibility for actions
- communicate appropriately, which excludes the use of foul language, gestures, harsh words, or slurs.
- show support to the activities, sailors, volunteers, and instructors.
- have fun, learn, make new friends, and have new positive experiences
- participate in all of the lessons and activities
- stay with group and designated wait areas
- follow (and encouraging others to follow) all rules and regulations provided by instructors and/or the property that are being utilized
- refrain from deliberately causing bodily harm. Pushing, hitting, kicking, and fighting are not acceptable behaviors and will not be tolerated
- Follow all the COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols
- Parents and students are encouraged to use email, phone, or text to communicate with instructors before and after class.
- Masks that properly fit are required at all times for parents dropping off and picking up sailors. Masks are required for all sailors while on land and floats/docks.
- Masks are required in public areas where Social Distancing is Not Possible to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
- There will be no use of indoor spaces. No access to Sail Deck or Harbor House buildings.
- Hand washing or alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be used at the beginning and end of all activities.
DROP OFF/PICK UP
- Parents are required to complete the required daily COVID-19 questionnaire prior to arriving at class.
- Sailors will not attend class if they are feeling sick or with fever within the last 36 hours.
- Parents are required to “arrive, drop off, and leave” - no congregating or loitering before or after the activity.
As a QYC sailor, I understand that this experience is for ALL involved, and if my behavior is deemed to be outside the code of conduct and/or unmanageable, any of the following may be a result:
- Verbal counseling from instructor or QYC Committee Chair ○ Timeout from scheduled activities and lessons
- Documentation and Parent/Guardian notification
- Parent/Guardian conference
- Suspension or dismissal from class
It is the expectation that the parent/guardian will review with their child and each sailor will understand/follow the guidelines, practices and Code Of Conduct of the QYC Sailing.