COVID-19 Updates and Procedures

(Updated 12/30/21) MHG Recreational Class Families (Big Gym & Mini Gym)

Hello Staff and Families,

We ask our loyal MHG customers to help us navigate through these changes once again.  The new Covid Protocols below reflect the CDC’s current recommendations.  Please read and understand that we continue to follow the experts, while balancing our gymnastics environment.  Our staff has done fairly well navigating the virus until recently.  In response to this and with the post-holiday covid spike we are implementing a mask mandate as of January 3 for all MHG programs.  The mask mandate will be as before.  It will include all that come in our building, regardless of vaccination status, except for those with medical exceptions and children under 2 year old.  Most people, including those with disabilities, can tolerate and safely wear a mask. However, certain people with disabilities who, because of their disability, cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, are exempt.   We understand that this will be a small adjustment and our staff will help you and your child/ren transition to wearing a mask once again.  During aerobic activity masks can be pulled down temporarily.  Masks will NOT be provided.

There are many reasons why we are making this mask mandate at this time.  While the current CDC protocol changes are helpful, we certainly appreciate your assistance as we continue to offer our programming with the least amount of disruption, but we are finding it increasingly difficult to manage the challenges that the virus presents us daily along with our staffing shortages.  We plan on this masking to be temporary, (unsure of how long) and we understand that this may not fit your family, but if you chose to unenroll your child/ren we will be providing the spot to the next on the waitlist.  Realize that the waitlist are between 6-40 kids long and it is UNLIKELY that you will be getting back into the class.  We are happy to give you a credit on your account or refund for the month of January.

In our Academic Preschool, we will be following the recommendations from MDH for child care. 

Thank you in advance for pivoting with us once again!  We are looking forward to seeing you in the NEW YEAR!

COVID-19 Prevention Guidance Plan

Beginning January 1, 2022

Health Screening, Isolation and Quarantine

The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess staff, gymnasts, coaches, volunteers, and other visitor health status prior to entering the Mini-Hops facility and for staff and coaches to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms as of January 2022.

Health Screening

  • Staff, coaches, students as well as parents/guardians are required to self-assess their health status prior to arriving at the Mini-Hops facility.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, you should follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree from the Minnesota Department of Health [available at: Schools and Child Care COVID-19 Best Practice Recommendations – Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us)], stay home, and are strongly encouraged to get tested.
  • Staff and coaches are expected to contact their supervisor and in-turn the  Executive Director will be notified in the event of illness and/or symptoms.
  • You are advised to contact your healthcare provider.
  • Families should monitor the health of their gymnasts and should keep them at home if they show any COVID-19 related symptoms.

Positive COVID-19 Test

The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree will serve as a guide to help determine protocol and next steps related to monitoring, quarantining and notification. Mini-Hops has implemented measures to ensure that sick or COVID-19 positive staff, coaches and gymnasts isolate until they are no longer infectious, according to the NEW CDC guidance.

Families should notify Mini-Hops, if their gymnast tested positive. Families of gymnasts who have been identified as a close contact will be notified.

People who test positive for COVID-19, vaccinated, boosted and unvaccinated, should stay at home until all three of these things are true:

  • They feel better. Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better;
  • It has been 5 days since they first felt sick or tested positive, plan to wear a mask and keep 3 feet distance; and
  • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever.

COVID-19 Scenarios to Determine Quarantine/Isolation

 

Scenario

Staff/Coach

Quarantine/Isolation

Guideline

Gymnast

Quarantine/Isolation

Guideline

Positive COVID-19 Test

Minimum of a 5-day isolation or longer if symptoms persist.

This is regardless of

vaccination status. Wear a mask for 5 days and keep a 3 feet distance

Minimum of a 5-day isolation or longer if symptoms persist.

This is regardless of

vaccination status.  Wear a mask for 5 days and keep a 3 feet distance

Positive COVID-19 Test of Household Member

Household members to

quarantine for 14 days.

Household members to

quarantine for  days.

Close contact of COVID-19 positive case (all wearing masks)

5 day Quarantine is required for

unvaccinated & strict 5 day mask wearing for not fully vaccinated staff or coaches if not distanced by 3 feet.

 

No quarantine required if fully vaccinated and no symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

5 Quarantine is required for

unvaccinated & strict 5 day mask wearing for not fully vaccinated gymnasts if not distanced by 3 feet.

 

No quarantine required if fully vaccinated, or distanced by 3 feet or greater, or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

A close contact not wearing a mask, who is vaccinated & boosted or has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days

No quarantine required if

asymptomatic, but must wear a mask for 10 days.

 

No quarantine required if

asymptomatic, but must wear a mask for 10 days.

 

Have COVID-19 symptoms (for both vaccinated and unvaccinated)

Stay at home until symptom free for 24 hours and have negative COVID-19 test results, or you receive an alternative diagnosis.

Stay at home until symptom free for 24 hours and have negative COVID-19 test results, or you receive an alternative diagnosis.

 

There may be situations that do not exactly fit the above scenarios.  Please contact the Executive Director to discuss the situation and the appropriate procedures to follow.

Quarantine/Isolation of Gymnasts

  • While gymnasts may be exempted from quarantine, they should still be considered a close contact if within 6 feet of each other for longer than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. We will continue to inform families that while their child may be exempt from quarantine, they are still considered a close contact and should follow testing recommendations.
  • The following are exemptions to quarantine for potential close contacts.
  • Even if you are exempt, you can still be considered to be a close contact and should follow testing recommendations.
  • Fully Vaccinated (14 days from the last COVID-19 vaccination)
  • Have had lab confirmed COVID-19 in the past 90 days
  • Gymnasts are fully masked and separated by at least 3 feet
  • Should a gymnast test positive for COVID, they will need to enter into isolation. Gymnasts will need to stay home until after:
    • At least 5 days since symptoms first appeared;
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms have improved & wear a mask for 5 days
    • While at Mini-Hops, continue to self-assess your health status. If you should feel ill or experience any of the symptoms, you should report how you feel to your coach immediately.
    • Gymnasts do not need to quarantine when masks are consistently and correctly worn and distanced by at least three feet.
    • Gymnasts may be directed to leave the facility and contact their healthcare provider.
    • Gymnasts who have been identified as a close contact, who are not vaccinated, and were not wearing a face covering at the time of close contact/exposure, will need to follow the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs, and be required to quarantine. An exemption would be if the individual tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • If students are determined to be a close contact outside of the Mini-Hops environment, they are still required to follow all quarantine protocols listed above as necessary.

Quarantine/Isolation of Staff and Coaches

  • For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in a single day.
  • Should a staff member or coach test positive for COVID-19, they will need to enter into isolation. Staff and coaches will need to stay home until after:
  • At least 5 days since symptoms first appeared;
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms have improved
    • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and coaches who have been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting test results, must contact the Executive Director. Staff and coaches, even those who have been fully vaccinated, who test positive will be expected to stay home for 5 days since symptoms first appeared, and are symptom and fever free, without medication, for 24 hours and wear a mask for 5 days
    • While at work, continue to self-assess your health status. If you should feel ill or experience any of the symptoms, you should stop working and report how you feel to your program director or the Executive Director.
    • Staff and coaches who are determined to be a close contact, and are either fully vaccinated & boosted or have had COVID-19 within the past 90-days, do not need to quarantine.
    • For those who are determined to be a close contact and have been fully vaccinated, it is recommended that they are tested on day 5 or after and continue to wear a mask until a negative COVID-19 test is received.
    • Staff and coaches, if distanced by 6 feet or greater (even unvaccinated and unmasked staff and coaches) would not be considered a close contact, and therefore, would not need to quarantine.
    • Staff and coaches may be directed to leave the facility and contact their healthcare provider.
    • Staff and coaches who have been identified as a close contact, who are not vaccinated, and were not wearing a face covering at the time of close contact/exposure, will need to follow the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs, and be required to quarantine. An exemption would be if the individual tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • If staff and coaches are determined to be a close contact outside of the Mini-Hops environment, they are still required to follow all quarantine protocols listed above as necessary.

Best Regards,

Michaela Chelberg

Executive Director

Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics Association (MHG) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, athletes, and visitors. MHG has created this COVID-19 Phased Preparedness Plan to establish and explain necessary policies, practices, and conditions to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to employee exposure to COVID-19.

MHG Staff returns to onsite work to conduct essential work in preparation for Phase II.

• Reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations and work environment, and continue planning for Phase II.

• Identify where and how employees and clients might be exposed to COVID-19 and mitigate those exposures.

• Train staff on procedures

Academic Preschool resumes with modified schedule and programming May 18, 2020 – Adhere to Minnesota DHS standards

Initial steps for customer-facing operations with CDC Standards in place – (Date TBD)

• Continue with the goals of Phase I.

• Add team athletes in 1:1 or small groups; not to exceed 50% capacity

• Camp program begins with a modified schedule and programming

• Implement and refine programming protocols to reduce COVID-19 transmission among employees and athletes.

• Maintain healthy business operations and maintain a healthy work/training environment.

• Safely adjusting the dial by strategically and gradually increasing in-person training volume and length of time for team athletes.

• Continue with Virtual MHG and Zoom Classes for the team and recreational athletes.

• Complete plan for Phase III.

Clients & Athletes

• Parents of athletes will be advised to monitor their child for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Athletes should stay home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.

• Parents of athletes will be asked to report any family members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their coach and to follow CDC recommended precautions.

• Visual distinction at each event to maintain social distancing of 6 feet.

• Coaches will return to basics, strength & conditioning and use progression training; only in an emergency are coaches allowed to spot athletes.

• All doors will be propped open during business hours so that employees do not need to touch door handles.

• No open foam pit use (only with washable throw mats and mats must be disinfected after use).

• Carpets/flooring disinfected at end of night.

• Disinfect equipment, after each use.

• Only coaches will be permitted to chalk the bars. Athletes must bring a marked container that contains their own chalk. Chalk will be provided by MHG.

• Masks are Mandatory for coaches

• Masks are optional, but recommended for athletes

• No spectators will be permitted in the building at this time but coaches will using streaming technology for viewing

• Team parents will drop off/pick up at west entrance in an orderly fashion.

• Coaches will pick up athletes/groups at the west entrance and show them their designated locker. They also will return athletes to the west entrance following the practice for parent pick-up.

• No vending machines will be available.

• No snack time will be allowed for athletes unless medically required.

• Athletes should bring their own water bottle with water from home. No water fountains will be in use.

• Online registration and/or email communication only.

• Parents are asked to have children use the restroom & wash hands at home prior to coming to practice.

• Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each of the entrances and at each of the interior doors into the gym.

• Coaches will carry small hand sanitizer bottles with them during practices

• MHG will designate a bathroom attendant (for emergencies use ONLY). Only one person may use the bathroom at a time.

Operating as a kid’s activity center with CDC standards in place – Date TBD

• Continue with all goals of Phases I and II.

• Adding recreational class programming

• Increase number of team practices

• The number of students and parents per 1000 sq. ft. will gradually increase up to the recommended capacity.

• Continue developing programming protocols to reduce transmission among employees and athletes.

• Maintain healthy business operations and maintain a healthy work and training environment.

• Continue Virtual MHG and Zoom Classes for team and recreational athletes.

• Strategically and gradually increase class offerings.

Our top priority is the safety of our families and employees. We have put in place the following to make our environment as safe as possible.

Face covering required for adults ONLY- Protecting from a respiratory infection.

Increased employee and customer hygiene with multiple hand sanitizing stations. 

Keeping a safe distance and limited numbers in the facility. Six-foot markers are labeled on the floor. 

Established a set of protocols to ensure that any of our employees who are potentially infected stay at home.

Enhanced cleaning procedures in our lobby, gyms, and offices, following CDC and public health guidance.