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CERNSC COVID Mitigation Plan

What is the club doing to keep skiers safe?

CERNSC has made every effort to keep skiers and our community safe while also providing the same opportunity we have in Junior Nordic in years past. Specific to managing the risk of COVID transmission amongst skier, coaches and family members we are taking the following steps:

  • Families must consider the health of the Junior Nordic skier each night before coming to practice.
  • Parents must complete a health screening each night that also serves as the attendance and contact tracing logs for the club, required for us to operate.
  • Screening will ask the same questions you agreed to monitor when you signed up in our Health Status Agreement, regarding symptoms, exposure and travel. Feel free to review that agreement here.
  • All Junior Nordic participants are required to wear face covering when 6’ spacing cannot be maintained and should use face covering, specifically masks when on the go to the extent possible. This has been proven to reduce the risk of COVID transmission. Please see the CDC’s guidance regarding masks and the latest research here.
  • Coaches will carry sanitizer and extra masks.
  • Activities will keep skiers separated to the greatest extent possible.
  • Group size will be limited and group start times will be staggered.
  • Depending on the health posture, or “phase” of the city of Anchorage, found here, Junior Nordic will adjust our club activities.

The success and safety of this season depends on coaches and families abiding by the policies and practices outlined in the agreements you acknowledged in the registration process. Of particular note is our obligation to each other to notify the club should a participant or household member test positive this winter.

What should I do if my skier or a household member test positive this winter?

  1. Upon receiving a positive test result you should follow your provider’s medical advice regarding quarantine and treatment.
  2. Please contact our Junior Nordic POC, Rish Harty at (719) 313-2177and describe the date the participant tested positive and the last Junior Nordic event that he or she participated in.
  3. Your skier may not return to the group before 14 days of quarantine from the date of positive test.
  4. Your family’s privacy will be maintained by the club POC.

What will the club do if there is a positive member this winter?

  1. Upon being notified by a member that there has been a positive, the club POC will determine the last Junior Nordic event that participant was present for.
  2. The club POC will notify that coach and her or his group members to cancel that group for 14 days from the date the positive member was present for a Junior Nordic event.
  3. The club POC will determine if other groups were exposed.
  4. The club POC will not share the name of the positive group member. Contact tracing is the responsibility of the city’s health department.
  5. If other groups were not impacted (i.e. siblings or unintended group interactions), those groups will continue to meet.

What should I do if someone in my group tested positive?

  • As a club, we have decided to cancel skiing for the entire ability group out of an abundance of caution and consistent with other clubs and organizations.
  • The CDC and Anchorage Health Department defines risk of infection in terms of length of extended contact.
  • The city and CDC define “Extended contact” as within a six-foot distance of an infected person, whether symptomatic or not, for longer than 15 minutes. Those individuals should get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
  • Our club has restructured our programs to avoid this circumstance from ever taking place during a normal session.
  • Face coverings and being outdoors add an extra layer of risk mitigation.
  • Our club POC will only notify you of “extended contact” if some circumstance took place that precluded club policies from being followed.
  • As always, you should continue to monitor your family for symptoms and contact your health care provider should you become concerned. Testing sites can be found here.
  • Please consider the Municipality of Anchorages Coronavirus Response page as a resource.

What will be different this year?

  1. Skiers will not have access to the chalet unless there is an emergency.
  2. Groups will only have 10 skiers and one coach.
  3. Face coverings will be added to gloves, hats (and skis) as required equipment.
  4. Nightly screening must be complete before a skier joins a group.
  5. Staggered starts and recoveries from designated spots will further spread our groups.
    • a.  At 6:45 pm Comp, Purple, Blue Extra and Blue should meet their coaches at the farther corners of the Chalet Loop. They will depart quickly from those rally points.
    • b.  At 7:00 pm White Zoomers, White Beginners and Polar Cubs should meet their coaches in the parking-lot side of the Chalet Loop.
    • c.  White Zoomers, White Beginners and Polar Cubs will recover first and be dismissed to their families first by 8:00 pm.
    • d.  Competitive, Purple, Blue Extra and Blue will recover to their rally point and wait until the younger groups are dismissed at 8:00 pm.
  6. There will be no snacks or beverages, or shared equipment this season.
  7. There will not be a ski-swap this year.
  8. Ski-rentals will be reserved on-line and distributed in the Chalet pull-around on 14 and 21 November.
  9. Payment for the program will not take place until your skier is moved from a “wait-list” to being assigned to a group, some time in December.
  10. Skiing with groups will not begin until January as the community’s well-being and Anchorage’s “Phased operations” allow.

Contact

Chugiak Eagle River Nordic Ski Club
PO Box 770117 
Eagle River, Alaska 99577

Phone: 907-689-7661
Email: [email protected]
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