UPDATED ON DECEMBER 4TH-
We have went through numerous protocols at Suncoast over the last two years in the response to COVID ensure the best possible way to keep our customers safe. At this time, with the recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases in our community, we have revisited the protocols again with due respect to the same protocols our local school board follows. The Pasco County School board has slightly revised their plan to help reach the goal of finding the right balance between safeguarding the health of their children and staff while making the school and work experience as close to normal as possible. This is the same goal Suncoast Gymnastics has for our members.
Please note that the information in this document is current as of the date listed at the bottom of the page. Circumstances regarding COVID-19 and the variants are rapidly changing, and our facilities’ protocols and guidance may be updated as circumstances change.
Health and Wellness
Masks are optional in Suncoast Gymnastics, but strongly encouraged for employees. The CDC continues to recommend the use of masks. Since CDC guidance is subject to change, we recommend visiting the CDC website for the latest guidance.
Staff and athletes will be encouraged to practice as much social distancing when and where possible.
Enhanced cleaning will continue in all gyms.
Frequently touched surfaces around the campus will be disinfected throughout the week.
AC filters will be replaced with greater frequency than the pre-pandemic schedule.
The use of one-way traffic flows inside buildings is encouraged where feasible to improve social distancing of students and staff.
Cleaning resources (hand sanitizer, soap, germicide) will be regularly replenished.
Individuals Experiencing COVID-Like Symptoms or Illness
Athletes and staff demonstrating COVID-like symptoms will need to remain away from the gym and will be able to return to gym or work when the following criteria have been met:
Documentation of a negative FDA approved COVID-19 test OR
Verified medical documentation of alternate diagnosis as the cause of symptoms AND
At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
Symptoms have subsided.
Positive Cases or Symptomatic - Athletes
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their status to the gym or their head coach. The parent will provide a copy of the medical report/test indicating positive result or provide a picture of the test item with the date on which it was administered and the student’s name, along with the date symptoms appeared.
The student may return to gym when one of the following conditions are met:
Upon receiving a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic.
After Quarantining for 5 days.
The student has received written permission to return to school from a medical doctor or an advanced registered nurse practitioner.
Positive Cases or Symptomatic – Staff
Employees who test positive must report their status to their direct supervisor when appropriate. They should provide the date of onset for symptoms (if symptomatic) as well as the positive test result’s report or picture of test with the employee’s name and test administration date.
Employees who test positive should isolate for 5 days from positive test or onset of symptoms (whichever occurred first)
If asymptomatic or if all symptoms are improving after the 5 days, employee may return to school or the office. Upon return, employee is required to wear a mask for 5 additional calendar days.
If fever persists past 5 calendar days, remain on isolation until fever resolves (24 hours without fever reducing medicine). Upon return, employee is required to wear a mask for 5 calendar days.
When an athlete has been found to have been in close contact with a positive case, if they are asymptomatic, their parent or legal guardian has the authority to choose whether the athlete will continue to attend gym and gym activities, or to isolate for a period not to exceed seven days from the last contact with the positive person.
Students who quarantine will be marked as “absent” for attendance purposes during the quarantine period so long as they engage in instruction during the period of isolation.
A make-up will then be granted to the athlete after the absence
If a student becomes symptomatic following exposure to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, the student should follow the procedures in the protocols above for “positive cases or symptomatic.”
Parents are encouraged to review the 2021-2022 Student COVID Related Procedures for a more complete picture regarding when students will and will not be required to quarantine/isolate.
The COVID policy will be updated on the gym's website. Parents are encouraged to check the website and their emails to stay up to date regarding COVID-19 cases gym.
At Suncoast, parents will be notified of a possible exposure when a athlete in their child’s class tests positive.