Summer Program Safety Updates (COVID-19)
Learn more about the changes to our upcoming programs aimed at prioritizing the health and safety of our community in the current public health environment.
At Playpen Sports Academy our number one priority is always the health and safety of our PSA community. As we prepare for our upcoming summer programs, we will be adopting a number of minor modifications within our classes in order to make sure we provide our families with the safest and most responsible environment possible. These modifications will bring some minor changes to how our classes are facilitated, however we worked very hard to maintain the core values of our classes and we feel confident that the social, physical and developmental aspects that our classes are so well known for will remain fully intact!
Please read through the information below to learn more about these modifications and how they will improve the safety of our summer classes:
New Program Safety Protocols:
Limited Class Sizes // Classes will be kept as small as possible in order to avoid crowded spaces.
Larger Field Spaces // More space will allow us to keep everybody as far apart as possible.
Equipment Sharing Restrictions // With very few minor exceptions, we will be getting everybody their own equipment each class to be marked with your name in order to keep equipment sharing to a very strict minimum. In the rare case where a piece of equipment is inadvertently shared, we will make sure to have hand sanitizer readily available for anyone who needs it.
Additional Equipment // In order to not only minimize the sharing of equipment but also to spread the kids out as much as possible we will be supplying additional equipment for each class as necessary.
Mask Protocols // All coaches will be required to wear a mask. While we aren't requiring the children to wear a mask, we are asking all parents to do so when participating in class in order to keep everyone safe and feeling comfortable. Functional fashion... we got this!
Staff & Coaches Training // All coaches and staff will go through additional health and safety training in order to make sure we are following all guidelines and keeping everybody as safe as possible.
No High Fives // While high fives are a big part of our class and the interaction between coaches and kids, we will be eliminating all personal contact and replacing it with a fun germ-free alternative which we will talk more about in our first class.
Advanced Cleaning // All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized throughout, before and after each class to make sure we are not spreading germs to the next group who uses the equipment.
Hygiene Stations // Plenty of hand sanitizing stations will be available at each program location.
Traffic Patterns // We have outlined new arrival + check-in procedures to ensure our families are kept at a safe distance from each other throughout each stage of the class.
Health Checks // We will ask coaches, staff and families to follow our new Code of Conduct to ensure a safe, symptom-free environment. This will include: daily self-symptom checker, respiratory etiquette, and hand washing.
Still Not Comfortable With Our Standard Group Class?
Try out our 100% Socially Distanced "Personal Playpen" Classes (In select locations)
Personal Playpen classes are 100% socially distanced classes and involve designated and isolated play spaces for each family, each with their own set of clean equipment. These classes are facilitated primarily by parents so coaches can keep their distance, however curriculum ideas and activities will be provided to parents each week. Coaches will also be there to help but only from a distance. These classes are a way for parents and kids to get out and get active in a loosely structured program using our equipment, without any sort of social contact with others. If you are not yet comfortable with the public health environment but want to get your kids active in a fun environment, this is a perfect option for you!
Personal Playpen Program Procedures:
Each isolated play space will be at least 20 ft from all other designated spaces to make sure families are kept far apart.
Each family will receive a full set of thoroughly sanitized equipment before class which will be only theirs to use the entire class (no shared equipment or cross-contamination).
Each family will also receive a curriculum sheet with ideas with different games, activities, and ways to use the equipment. In order to prevent any sort of unnecessary cross-contact, I will be sending these curriculum sheets digitally via email for you to view on your phone or print off for class.
We will be limiting the number of families that can participate at one time and will use a range of time slots to give everyone a chance to participate.
If you are interested in registering for a Personal Playpen Program but there isn't one in your area, reach out and let us know and we'll see what we can do!
Health and Safety Code of Conduct
Please read the information below to make sure we are all being respectful of others and keeping everybody healthy and safe.
1. Arrival & Personal Space: When arriving and throughout class, we ask that families stay at least 10 ft apart from other families while waiting to check-in, watching from the sidelines, getting water breaks, using sanitization stations, etc.
2. Masks: We understand the masks have become somewhat of a polarizing topic recently. We of course always want to respect personal choices, however we also want to respect the safety and wellbeing of others around us so please be responsible and set a good example for the children by considering the protocols laid out below.
Children: While we aren't requiring the children to wear a mask, we are asking children ages 3 and up to try to wear a mask when possible. We understand that this may be difficult for some children so we will obviously be a bit more lenient with the kids. However it's worth noting that this may become a new normal for them in order to return to day care or school so these classes are a good chance to help them get used to the idea of wearing one.
Parents: We also respectfully request that any parents who are participating in class (on the field) wear a mask when necessary in order to keep everyone else feeling safe and comfortable. If you are participating in one of our Illinois programs please remember that state guidelines currently require you wear a mask when you are in the close vicinity of others.
Coaches: All coaches and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
3. Respecting Boundaries: When working with your kids (especially those with younger or more adventurous kids) please make sure to keep an eye on your child and prevent them from running into others personal spaces as best as possible. We will be doing our best to keep everyone spread out and providing a buffer zone between each space, however I've been doing this long enough to know that curiosity at the age of 2-3 can sometimes only be stopped by physically preventing it, so be ready for a little chase every now and then.
4. Interacting with Others: I understand that some families may be friends or want to chat at some point during your time at the park. You are all responsible adults and the park is a public setting so I will not be the social distancing police and yelling at parents who decide to interact. That being said however, I would ask that you please be respectful of others and act responsibly. This means try to interact from a distance of at least 6-10 ft and make sure to be wearing your mask. Again this is also an optics thing, so please don't make us look bad as a group so we can continue to offer these classes for the weeks to come. Also please note that there are public restrictions on group sizes and the only way we are allowed to do this is if we can follow those rules responsibly.
5. Parent Participation: Normally we wouldn't place any restrictions on parent participation but for the sake of health and safety we are asking that only one parent participates on the field with your child at a time. Both parents are of course allowed to come but our goal is to keep crowds to an absolute minimum as best a possible.
6. Who Can Come: We would like to ask that for the most part only immediate family participates in this program as to avoid any large groups of people. This means anyone in your household, such as brothers and sisters are allowed to attend. We also ask that if grandparents or family friends are interested in coming to watch that they keep a very safe distance from everyone else. While we would prefer that all additional adults not required for class stay home, especially those who are elderly, we understand that our classes are held outdoors in public parks and it is not our place to prevent them from coming.
7. Health Checks: Please make sure to do a self-symptom check for everyone who plans to come to class each day and stay home should you notice any potential symptoms of illness.
8. Respiratory Etiquette: Please also make sure to cover your mouth using your arm (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Please also avoid heavy breathing in another persons direction when you are near others. This is relevant more so for the kids than adult so please make sure they understand this.
9. Respect Others: Regardless of your personal beliefs surrounding the current public health situation and how you choose to go about your lives, please be respectful of others in our community and make sure to abide by the ground rules we have laid out above. We take these safety precautions very seriously and we will have zero tolerance for anyone who may be putting others at risk or making others feel uncomfortable.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the things discussed on this page please feel free to reach out to our Executive Director - Chris Nagel (email@example.com).