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CCR’s Commitment to COVID-19 Safety:

Capital City Rowing is committed to ensuring a safe return to team training and practices. While there is no way to eliminate the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, you will find our current safety measures and guidelines below. CCR’s safety measures and guidelines are based upon guidance provided by USRowing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health. They also take into consideration the guidelines imposed for both Leon County and State of Florida. These safety measures and guidelines are subject to change based on local COVID-19 spread in the local community and the issuance of additional guidance by health and medical experts.

I. General

A. Individuals who attend practices are encouraged to provide honest and accurate information in the interest of maintaining the safety of CCR practices, as well as the continuance of practices through the 2020-2021 season.

B. Rowers will not be penalized for absences relating to symptoms of illness or COVID-19 exposure. All rowers will be advised not to attend practice if they are feeling ill or unwell. This will be comprehensively communicated by the coaching staff at least once per week.

C. CCR encourages all individuals who attend CCR practices to generally follow all local, state, and CDC recommended guidelines for pandemic health and safety. This is important for the protection of our young athletes who attend practices, as well as their families.

D. Masks are strongly encouraged when rowers are driving to/from practice with anyone besides the driver in a single vehicle, and when rowers are interacting with their teammates/friends outside of practice while in close contact (less than 6’ for more than 15 minutes).

E. CCR will continue to have virtual training opportunities for anyone who may not be comfortable attending team practices.

F. Rowers who are sent home from practice, or who are unable to attend practice as a result of CCR’s screening questions, may participate in any CCR online or virtual practice(s) offered, as their health permits.

G. All safety protocols will be reviewed regularly and revised as necessary. CCR intends to follow USRowing’s recommendation that training in team boats to resume at a time when the local infection rate is less than 50 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days.

H. CCR follows the generally-accepted guidance from the medical community that a person exposed to COVID-19 may not show signs of infection for a period of up to 14 days from the time of exposure. Infection is required to a person to test positive. Accordingly, the submission of a negative test taken within 14 days from an exposure will not result in an individual's return to practice, as described below.

I. CCR is currently accepting tax-deductible donations of the following:

1) AAA batteries (for use with thermometers);

2) bottles of Pure Hard Surface Cleaner (as specified below);

3) pump-bottles of hand sanitizer (with the alcohol content of 60% or higher); and

4) paper towels.

II. Beginning of Practice

All rowers, coaches, and volunteers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening protocol immediately upon arrival at a practice location. Since this screening protocol generally requires close proximity of less than 6’, individuals should wear a mask as they arrive and report to their designated screening area.

Until further notice, as rowers return to practice and school begins, CCR’s screening protocol will include:

• A temperature check; and

• Answering general questions about your health, wellness, and travel.

A. Temperature Checks

A coach or adult volunteer will check the temperature of all individuals upon arrival at practice. CCR will utilize infrared, no-touch thermometers to avoid cross-contamination. These thermometers should not be laid in direct sunlight and should be present in the ambient temperature where they will be used for at least 10-15 minutes prior to use. The particular model of CCR’s thermometer requires it be held 3-5 cm from a person’s forehead to ensure an accurate reading.

If an individual has a temperature above 100.3º F, they will be referred home. While awaiting transportation, this individual will remain separated from all other practice attendees in a well-ventilated area such as outdoors.

If an individual has a temperature above 99.6ºF, but below 100.3 ºF, their temperature will be re-checked after two minutes. If their temperature remains above 99.6 ºF the second time, the individual will be observed by an adult (coach or volunteer) to assess whether any obvious symptoms of illness are present. They will also be asked if they have any upper respiratory (nasal/head), lower respiratory (cough/chest tightness/shortness of breath), or gastrointestinal symptoms. If any symptoms are observed or reported, in combination of with a temperature above 99.6 ºF, then the individual will be referred home. If upon re-check the person’s temperature is less than 99.6 ºF and they have no symptoms, then they will be able to remain at practice. Coaches will continue to observe the individual throughout practice and may take additional separation measures for all practice participants to ensure the safety of rowers to the extent practicable.

If an individual is sent home based on either a temperature in excess of 100.3 ºF, or 99.6 ºF plus the presence of symptoms, then that individual may return to practice when either: 72-hours have passed since the complete resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms (no fever while abstaining from fever-reducing medications), or upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test and no fever.

If a rower has a laboratory-confirmed positive test for COVID-19, he/she must remain out of practice in accordance with CDC and Department of Health Guidelines. These guidelines require the rower's absence from practice until either: 1) 10 days have passed from the date of first symptoms; or 2) 72 hours have passed without fever, in the absence of fever-reducing medications, and an improvement in all other symptoms, whichever is longer.

B. Community Screening Questions:

All individuals attending practice will be asked to provide the following information when asked:

1) Have you been tested for COVID-19?

If yes, testing occurred within the past 14 days, and was based on COVID-19 exposure, then the person will be referred home until a period of 14 days have passed since the exposure occurred that led to testing, despite any negative test result in the interim.

2) Do you live in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test?

Persons living in a household with another person awaiting test results based on COVID-19 exposure will be asked to refrain from attending practice until 14 days have past from the date of that family member’s possible exposure, regardless of any negative test result that may be reported in the interim.

Persons living in a household with another person awaiting test results based on their symptoms will be asked to refrain from attending practice until that person's test comes back negative. 

Persons living in a household with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be referred home for a period of 14 days. 

3) Have you been in close contact (within 6’ for more than 15 minutes) with anyone that you know has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

If yes, then the individual will be asked to refrain from practice for 14 days from the date of exposure, regardless of any negative test results that may be reported in the interim.

4) Have you traveled outside of Leon County within the past 14 days?

If yes, then the circumstances of travel will be reviewed to determine the level of associated risk in accordance with current medical guidance. If the activity is classified as “high risk” or “very high risk,” then the person will be asked to refrain from attending in-person practice for a period of 14 days from the time they returned to Leon County, despite any negative test results that may be reported.

NOTE: CCR will not maintain records of temperature checks and health screening questions. All information gathered during the screening process will remain confidential.

Upon completion of the daily screening check, individuals will be referred to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap/water or to use utilize hand sanitizer if sinks are unavailable.

III. During Practice

All practices will be divided into sub-groups based on how rowers are attending school to limit cross-group exposure.

Masks will be required at all times. A rower’s mask may be removed once a boat launches off the dock, or when physical activity begins on land, as long as a minimum of 6’ is kept between other individuals. When using the facilities at Meridian Park, masks are recommended during all activity.  

All oars, boats, ergs, and other workout equipment will be sanitized using EPA-recommended products after use. Primarily, CCR plans to use Pure Hard Surface Cleaner which eliminates COVID-19 in 30 seconds, is non-corrosive, provide ongoing protection for 24 hours after use, is odorless and has a low EPA rating of toxicity. The oar shed and erg room(s) will be electro-statically sprayed with this cleaner upon CCR's notification that any rower or coach has a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test result. No individuals other than rowers, coaches, and CCR Board Members (on official CCR business, not in their capacity as a parent) are permitted inside the oar shed and erg room.

Rowers are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, towels, resistance bands, and other personal equipment to each practice, as sharing will not be permitted.

Hand sanitizer will be readily available for all rowers, coaches, and volunteers.

Training will take a “get in, train, get out” approach to minimize unnecessary contact and exposure. Congregating before or after practice is forbidden. 

All land workouts will be held outdoors and with a minimum of 6’ distance kept between all rowers at all times.

CCR rowers will row exclusively in 1x’s until local guidelines allow for larger boats to be rowed in a safe manner. Consideration will be given to rowers living in the same household for use of 2x/-’s.

All drinking fountains at the lake and erg room will be off-limits to all participants. Rowers must bring their own water to practice each day.

Rowers will be required to RSVP to all events and practices to ensure group sizes remain within local and state guidelines.

All personal items should remain in an individual’s vehicle or on hooks outside of the oar shed at Lake Hall. Personal items are not allowed to be stored inside the oar sheds or erg room, and should not be commingled with items belonging to others.