Covid 19 Response & Update
Safety is and has always been our #1 Core Value. SwimKids management teams work closely with local health departments, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and the United States Swim School Association members around the world to create, share and implement best practices to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
Governor Northam made the announcement based upon CDC guidelines to end all Covid Mitigation Measures in the State of Virginia at midnight on Friday May 28th. This means that in addition to fully vaccinated people no longer having to wear masks, Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions at midnight May 28th. We are excited to hear this news!
At SwimKids, we’ve always made decisions using state government, local government, and Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Beginning May 29th we will follow the new guidelines laid out by the Governor. If you are fully vaccinated you can come to SwimKids without a mask. Fully vaccinated is defined as two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine plus two weeks or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine plus two weeks. We understand that we are counting on your honesty about vaccinations and your respect to abide by our health and safety guidelines. We expect those who are not fully vaccinated to continue practicing the same guidelines that we have had in place for the past year related to wearing masks. Fully vaccinated customers CAN elect to wear masks if they choose to do so. On August 10, Governor Northam encouraged all Virginians to wear a mask while in public indoor spaces. All SwimKids staff are required to wear masks or shields while in our schools.
Here are the next steps:
- Since we reopened in June 2020, we have been asking our staff daily wellness questions and have had them self-report illness. This protocol remains in place.
- We encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and wear your mask while indoors.
- We have increased seating back to what it was prior to March of 2020 in our lobbies at all locations.
- The one caregiver per child restriction is still lifted however, if your situation allows for only one caregiver to attend lessons please do so. By doing this, you will help to keep the number of people in our schools lower.
- At this time, since children under the age of 12 are not able to be vaccinated, we will hold off on bringing our stamps and treasure box back to the front desk. Children between the ages of 2 and 11-years-old must wear a mask while in our facilities until it is time to begin their lesson. Parents can hold onto their mask until their lesson is complete.
Thank you for your patience and trust in SwimKids. Our pools are safe. Swimming remains one of the best and safest activities for your child. We all know that drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five and that taking swim lessons reduces the risk of drowning by 88%. Many of us are parents, just like you, and are happy that our children have been able to continue their swim classes as a way to improve their water safety skills, technique and endurance this past year!
We are grateful and proud of our families and staff for helping our family business persevere during the pandemic. We are so honored to have each of your children with us at the pools and to be able to teach them to be safer in and around the water. Thank you!!