March 24, 2020:
Garden Hills continues to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation with state and local authorities, along with guidance from the Atlanta Swimming Association (ASA), Georgia Swimming, and our Garden Hills Pool board. As always, our priority is to do what is in the best interests of our swimmers, families, team, and community.
We have decided to cancel our Spring Stroke Clinic and Shark Pups Session 1 (April). All registrations for these programs will be cancelled and refunded. Because of the large volume of refunds, please allow a week or two to receive your refund. Your patience is appreciated!
Registration is still open for our Summer Swim Team and for Sessions 2, 3, and 4 of our Shark Pups junior team. We are in wait-and-see mode regarding the pool status for May. Everything is contingent upon the most current CDC recommendations and potential governmental decisions which may impact us. We will keep you informed.
Please see the following message from Franke Marsden, our ASA league director:
Will There Be a Swim Season?
YES, our plan is to have a swim season, we have a decent amount of time to work with before we have to make any decisions regarding the season. If the trajectory of the virus plays out in the US as it has in countries that were exposed earlier in the year, we should hopefully be coming out of the woods in time to have a season. That season may be delayed in starting and finishing. It may require a changed format for the championship meet if we can have one. We are keeping all options on the table and will keep you informed of any news as it develops. I feel strongly, as I hope you all do, that a modified or even shortened season is better than no season. More importantly, our sport will be a welcome opportunity for everyone to re-engage in their lives with their communities and neighbors.
Dates for our new swimmer evaluations will be rescheduled once we know more about the start of our season. We will let you know as soon as new dates have been set.
Many of you have asked about private lessons this spring. We are unable to schedule lessons at this time. As soon as we can determine when the pool will be ready and when lessons can safely be offered, we will let you know. For now we are in wait-and-see mode on this as well.
We are still early in the season, and the next few weeks will hopefully give us a better picture of where things are headed and what this season might look like. We will continue to re-evaluate our program offerings and keep you updated as the situation continues to evolve.
Thank you for your continued patience and support!
Cool Sharks team leadership and coaches
March 16, 2020:
Garden Hills is closely monitoring the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation and we are taking actions to promote the safety of our Cool Sharks community. We will continue to monitor the CDC and other organizations for updates and will make adjustments and provide additional communications as necessary. We also continue to receive guidance from the ASA swim league and will follow their recommendations as well.
As of now, all Cool Sharks activities are on as scheduled. The decision to attend and participate in activities is a family decision that parents should make based upon your own health circumstances and in consultation with medical professionals as needed.
If we make a team decision to cancel any programs, we will provide refunds for all registered swimmers. If we decide to postpone the start of a program, we will prorate fees accordingly. If you make the individual decision to withdraw your child from any program which is still being offered, you may do so before the start of the program for a full refund (just email us). After the program starts, you will be subject to our regular refund policy (although we plan to be very flexible about refunds related to this situation, and these rules could change).
The CDC posted their findings on COVID-19 and swimming pools:
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
For now, these are the steps we plan to take for our April practices:
In an effort to limit the number of people in the pool area, we will not be allowing parents to watch practice from the pool deck. You are welcome to drop off your child and remain outside the facility or return home. Welcome to Swim Team and Shark Pups parents will be allowed to come inside but must remain on the upper part of the wooden deck (behind the baby pool).
We ask that all swimmers come to the facility already in their swimsuits and limit their use of locker rooms for restroom visits only.
Swimmers and their families should not linger at the pool or playground. Please arrive shortly before your practice and leave as soon as your practice is finished.
Please conduct your own health evaluation on your swimmer prior to attending practice. If they do not feel well and/or have a fever, then please do not allow them to attend practice. We will be empowering our coaches and staff to send anyone home who appears ill or displays any symptoms of the virus. This includes coughing or sneezing. We have implemented this protocol for all Cool Sharks staff as well.
If your child (or anyone in your household) has been around someone infected by COVID-19, or if your child (or anyone in your household) has recently traveled abroad, please self-quarantine and stay home from the pool for 14 days (following CDC guidelines). Please contact us to discuss the possibility of a refund in these situations.
We encourage all families to educate themselves about coronavirus and direct them to the Centers for Disease Control to learn more.
In the event of ongoing school closures, public event closures, or other changes in circumstances, Garden Hills will take any recommendation by the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and Fulton Board of Health very seriously. We realize this is a very fluid situation and will continue to re-evaluate our program offerings and protective measures and provide updates.
Thanks for your continued support as we work to keep the health and safety of our Cool Sharks and Shark Pups our number one priority, while hoping to continue providing swim programs for our Sharks this spring.
Cool Sharks team leadership and coaches