COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

Entry Requirements

  • Every person entering the facility will have their temperature taken.  Entry will be denied to anyone presenting a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher.  

  • Every person over the age of 3 must wear a mask at all times while in the facility. 

  • For children between 2 and 3 years of age, masks will be highly encouraged, but not mandatory.  

 

Vaccination Requirements

  • All parents and caregivers entering the facility must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Vaccination status will be checked at the door.  Only the Excelsior Pass will be accepted at this time.  

  • While children 12 years and older are highly encouraged to be vaccinated, it is not required at this time.  

 

Daily Protocols

Arrival

  • Students will be allowed to enter no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of class with their grown up.

  • Students must arrive already dressed for class: in leotard/ workout attire, hair tied back securely (as needed), mask on, filled water bottle.   

  • A staff member will take everyone’s temperature; students will answer health screening questions.

  • Every individual who enters the facility must answer the health questionnaire.

  • Individuals must have a temperature lower than 100.0 degrees to be allowed entry.    

  • Wear a mask:  entry will be denied to anyone over the age of 3 who does not comply.

  • When the class begins all grown ups are asked to leave the facility.  (With the exception of the grown up and me classes.)

 

During class

  • The floors will be marked throughout the facility indicating safe distance.  Students will use these spots while navigating the halls, waiting in line and while doing different activities, exercises, drills, etc. 

  • Students will be asked to wash/sanitize their hands between each event. 

  • Students will wear a mask into the facility and should bring a backup in case theirs gets wet/sweaty. 

  • Coaches will wear face masks 100% of the time they are coaching.  

  • Coaches will do their best to keep their class isolated from the other classes to reduce exposure.  

 

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Coaches will clean equipment after each class using disinfectant.  

  • Air filtration units will be running at all times to keep the air circulating and as clean as possible.   

 

Dismissal

  • At the end of class, students will wash/sanitize hands.

  • We will end class 3-5 minutes early to help students get ready for dismissal.

  • Coaches will lead their class to the exit for dismissal.

  • Students will be dismissed to their adult at the main door.  

 

Protocols for a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 

  • If a student tests positive: 

    • Parent MUST inform NGF IMMEDIATELY.  

    • NGF will immediately notify the NYC and NYS DOH and follow their guidance

    • NGF will immediately notify all families affected.  

    • All students in that group will be mandated to quarantine for the recommended amount of time.  (We will do everything we possibly can to isolate the groups from one another to limit exposure.)

    • Students in the group are allowed to return after their quarantine (assuming they have not displayed any COVID related symptoms during that time.)

    • The student who initially tested positive will only be allowed to return after they receive a doctor’s note authorizing they are well and no longer contagious.

  • If a student is a close contact to a COVID positive person:

    • If a student has been within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes within 3 days of a person who tests positive for COVID, the student is considered a close contact and should quarantine for the recommended amount of time.  

    • The parents should inform NGF immediately.  

    • The student should be tested to ensure they have not caught the virus.  

    • As long as the close contact student does not test positive, the rest of the class and staff do not need to quarantine.  

  • If a child appears to exhibit symptoms during class:

    • That child will be brought to the front desk where they will be isolated from others. 

    • Their parents/caregiver will be contacted immediately to come pick them up. 

    • When the parent/caregiver arrives they will wait outside and a staff member will bring the sick student to the exit.

 

Staff Protocols

  • All employees will answer the health questionnaire and have their temperature taken prior to the start of each work day.  

  • Staff will wear their face mask 100% of the time they are coaching.  

  • Staff will wash/sanitize hands at regular intervals.

  • Staff will do their best to maintain 6ft of distance between students and other staff members.

  • Staff will follow the same guidelines as students regarding possible illness:

    • If a staff member tests positive for COVID: All students that the coach teaches will be notified and will be asked to quarantine for the recommended amount of time.  Staff member will be allowed to return after being given clearance by their doctor.

    • If a staff member is a close contact they will 

      • Quarantine for the recommended amount of time

      • Get tested

      • As long as they are negative, their students will not need to quarantine.

      • If the staff member is positive, their students will be notified and will be asked to quarantine for the recommended amount of time

      • Staff member will be allowed to return after being given clearance by their doctor