OUR LADY’S POOL – Covid19 Safe Plan. September 2021
Our Covid Safe plan for Our Lady’s (OLA) pool has been put together following guidance from the government, Swim England and other regulatory bodies.
The management/admin team and teachers have undergone training to understand and implement the measures that we have in place during these times.
The information below will be updated as guidance changes.
- OLA pool is a 25 metre pool which can be divided into 4 swimming lanes. Depth ranges from 0.9 metre at the shallow end and increases to a maximum of 2.6 metres at the deep end. It has 2 changing rooms.
- The pool is accessed from outside by a narrow corridor. This corridor has been identified as a concern due to being narrow. We have therefore identified that we need to use this corridor as one way access only.
Arrival at the pool.
Swim Clinic will display a QR code at the entrance to the pool building for the duration of each session. This enables attendees to register their attendance by scanning the code, using the NHS Test & Trace app.
- Pupils to be delivered to the pool entrance 10 minutes before their lesson time. We regret that parents are not permitted to be in the pool area and must leave their child at the door. Parents must wait in their car in the car park and we ask that they don’t leave the premises.
- Please note that if you arrive on the dot of your lesson time or after the time, you will need to wait outside the building until the pupils from the previous lesson time have left. Pupils must only enter the building when a member of staff is present to take their temperature and enter them onto the register.
- As children arrive at the pool a member of Swim Clinic staff will be at the entrance door and will take their temperature using a non invasive forehead reading method. Any child presenting with a high temperature (over 37.8c) will be excluded from lessons.
- Upon arrival anyone entering the pool enclosure must sanitise their hands – sanitizer will be located near the entrance door.
- We will keep a register of all attending the venue, including parents/grandparents etc.
- Children to arrive for their lessons ‘beach ready’ which means that they are wearing their swim wear under their clothes. Please keep the top layer of clothes simple for your child to remove.
- All shoes must be removed at the end of the corridor before going into the pool area. Shoes can be left there, but better still, placed in their swimming bag and taken to poolside and placed in the plastic bucket (see note 8).
- At poolside there will be designated areas marked with numbers and when they arrive children will be directed by a member of our staff to the relevant poolside area. They will remove their outer clothing and put it into their bag (that they will need to bring with them). There will be a large plastic bucket that children can put their bags in whilst they are swimming – and at the end of each lesson can collect their bag and either go to the changing room (if old enough to dress themselves) or straight to the exit to meet their parent. When the buckets are emptied they will be sanitised with spray sanitizer .
- Within this designated waiting area there will be social distancing – each pupil will be assigned a number to stand by whilst they wait for their lesson to start.
- When the lesson is ready to start the teacher will call the children to get into the pool. They will enter the pool in designated areas and exit in a specified area. This will ensure social distancing at poolside.
- In line with Swim England’s guidance. The pool will be divided into designated areas for each lesson, with boundaries marked by a pool rope to keep pupils in the right area and avoid contact with other lessons.
- The number of children in the pool and in each area of the pool will be in line with Swim England guidance.
- The teacher will deliver lessons from poolside for children who are competent in the water. Beginners and non swimmers will be taught by a teacher in the water and a PPE visor will be worn. In exceptional circumstances, irrespective of the ability of the pupil, if a teacher recognises that a child may be anxious or considers there may be a safety concern they may enter the pool and teach. In the event of an emergency where a lifesaving rescue is required the teacher will enter immediately without a visor and perform the rescue in accordance with RLSS Covid guidance.
- Teachers will plan their lessons mindful of the position of each pupil within the pool. Consideration must be given to avoiding face to face contact when swimming to minimise the possibility of face to face virus transmission. The configuration of the pool is designed to give distance swimmers the ability to lane swim, following other swimmers by swimming facing their feet, and may also involve starting children from opposite ends of their swimming area so that they pass each other once rather than swimming alongside each other.
- Our business model is to have small classes with no parents in the water. In exceptional circumstances, such as a child with special needs, please discuss this with our office team in advance of your first lesson as we are constricted by the number of people in the water at any one time.
- Parents are not normally permitted in the poolside area. However, if there is a severe medical need parents must speak with our office team in advance of the first lesson to arrange to be at poolside, so that we can ensure the correct number of people are in the pool area.
- Parents are not permitted to help other children who are outside of their family.
- Teachers and other staff are not permitted to help children with hats and goggles so parents must teach their child how to do these themselves or enter the pool area with them already in place.
Exiting the pool and changing.
- At the end of their lesson pupils will be directed to their allocated changing room.
- Pupils will be expected to dress themselves. If a parent feels a child is unable to do this they may prefer to send them with a hooded towel to put over their wet costume at the end of their lesson and either take them home or change them in their car.
- We regret that parents will not be permitted to enter the changing rooms at this time, but this will be reviewed in the future in line with the policies of Swim England and the school that we hire the facility from.
- The showers in the changing room will be unavailable at this time. Therefore we regret that there will be no hair washing or showering facilities. We need to get pupils through the changing rooms as soon as possible to ensure numbers in the changing room at any one time are kept to a minimum and social distancing can be observed. We therefore also need to respectfully ask our swimmers to ensure that they are out of the changing room and out of the building 15 minutes after their lesson has ended so that we can sanitise the changing rooms and bring the next set of children into the building through the narrow corridor.
- Pupils to exit the building via the narrow corridor.
Sanitizing pool equipment and the poolside area.
- Each teacher will be given a net bag containing the teaching aids and equipment they need for their lessons. Before each lesson the teacher will be responsible for immersing their equipment in the (chlorinated) water to sanitize. PWTAG (the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) have advised that the covid19 virus is destroyed by chlorine and as such the above method of sanitization is approved.
- Floats and noodles will be marked with numbers. Pupils must use the same float and noodle for the duration of their lesson. Swim Clinic will provide floats and noodles for use during lessons but parents may provide their child with the equipment they need if they prefer.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the pool.
- During our session we will sanitise in the pool area using wipes and spray. Changing rooms will be sanitized with wipes and spray after each class has used them and toilets will be sanitized after every use.
- Social distancing – we respectfully ask that you consider others by observing social distancing.
- Parents are not permitted in the poolside area and no spectating is allowed.
- In the rare event that a parent has to enter the pool building please respect others by wearing a mask.
- Please note that Swim Clinic are taking precautions to avoid transmission of Covid19 in line with guidance from the government, various national swimming related organisations and the policies of the schools that we hire from. Every attempt will be made to keep everyone safe but we obviously cannot guarantee that the virus will not be transmitted within our swim school.
- Staff and pupils must not attend if they have any symptoms commensurate with those of Coronavirus, currently a temperature of over 37.8c, a persistent cough or loss of taste and smell. We reserve the right to exclude anyone who presents with symptoms that we feel may be an indication of Covid19. We will also exclude any person (pupil or staff member) who presents with a high temperature, above 37.8c when taken by our staff member at the entrance door.
- If a pupil or another member of the immediate family does test positive for Covid19, Swim Clinic must be advised as soon as the family are aware and ensure that the pupil does not attend lessons. In this situation we ask families to co-operate with the government approved Track and Trace Service and Swim clinic will also fully co-operate with this service and the requirements of Public Health England. Only return to lessons when a doctor, or government guidelines advise that it’s safe to do so.
- If a child becomes unwell (with any illness) or injured during a lesson the parent may be asked to collect him/her and take them home, unless treatment for a minor injury such as a cut or graze can be given at the time. Whilst awaiting the parent our staff will socially distance unless treatment is needed (such as a plaster to be applied) when the member of staff will use appropriate PPE, ie mask, gloves, apron.
- Anyone present at lessons, either swimming or observing, who doesn’t adhere to the guidelines laid down by the government at the prevailing time, or adhere to guidelines within this document, may be excluded from the session with immediate effect.
These are difficult times for us all and we thank all our staff and customers for their co-operation.
Our overriding concerns are to keep pupils, their families and our staff safe and despite all the regulations to give pupils an enjoyable swimming experience.
Whilst the government has eased restrictions as at the date of this document, please be aware that businesses are permitted to have a covid-safe plan in place relevant to their specific business. At this time all of the above restrictions are in place and will be reviewed regularly.
We have also produced another document which we ask parents to share with their child before the lesson so that there are no surprises and children are aware of what to expect.
Copies of all our Covid related documents can be found on our website www.swimclinic.school
Carole, Lucy and Katy.
Swim Clinic Ltd
Version 3, September 2021