Wow, it's been a surreal and crazy 4 months but hopefully we all turning a corner and looking forward to enjoying the little things in life again.
Firstly, our sincere condolences to anyone who lost family or loved ones due to Covid 19. Our thoughts are with you and hope for brighter days ahead.
We have been cleared to reopen and so we will begin classes and camps on July 6th.
To answer the question "why don't you open sooner", it's because we have to give people time to register so we can actually hold the classes. It's not like we have 'teams' which we can email and say 'show up here at this time'. You all have to choose what class you want etc and if we've learned anything over the past 15 years, you need a couple of weeks at least for everyone to get their act together.....lol
That said, making the schedule of classes was like trying to throw a dart into the bullseye facing the opposite way, while blindfolded, and drunk:-)
We based it on past schedules but a lot has happened in the past 4 months: Travel plans cancelled, new routines established etc so in reality, we really can't predict what you want regarding schedules. So....... PLEASE LET US KNOW. We probably won't be able to accommodate each individual request but if we get enough suggestions for a class at a particular location, time, day then we will absolutely add it.
For instance, our classes have always taken place in the morning and late afternoon. Perhaps now people want early afternoon or evening? We just don't know, so again, please let us know. That way we can serve you better given we all now have a 'new normal'.
In accordance with State/county/city guidelines we are following a safe reopening plan (which was backed by Rady's children's hospital) and here are the highlights and things that we figure you are most likely to ask and that mostly pertain to you and the kiddo's: Many of them funnily enough are things we did anyway, but have included those so there is no confusion.
All kids will be groups of no more than 12 (not including the coaches).
Groups of 12 or less will be kept at least 6 feet away from each other and not interact with children from other groups (apart from members of the same household).
Children within the group of 12 are allowed to interact with each other and do not have to wear masks but will practice social distancing where possible as guided by the coaches.
Children/coaches/parents will sanitize their hands before, in the middle and at the end of each class.
Parents wearing masks: The current state mandated guidelines are as follows:
Adults must wear masks when: "While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible".
Adults are exempt from wearing masks when: "Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others".
Coaches will wear masks when they are within 6 feet of the children.
All classes will begin and end on time and there is now a 10 min period in between classes. I know we're usually loosey goosey with start times and often start late/finish late because we want to make sure as many kiddo's are there for the beginning of class and we get it, getting preschoolers somewhere onetime is challenging at best....
But we have to do this now to allow enough time for parents to leave after class before the others arrive to limit the number of people crossing each other.
Plus, give the mommy n me coaches time to disinfect the ribbon wands and cones before the next class.
So....Please try to be on time.
All parents will be require to sign a form when registering which basically says you agree to all this and won't bring the kiddo's or yourself to class sick, showing any covid symptoms or have a temperature over 100F. No form, no playing, no exceptions.
When you choose a class to attend, all the registered families at that park will receive instructions before class at what side of the park to enter from and what side to exit from (where possible). This is again to restrict the number of people passing each other but please be sensible about this and we understand that sometimes parking may dictate this. I wouldn't cross a street lined with parked cars say to avoid entering from the exit side as that's way more dangerous but again, adults, if you see you are moving into a crowded area where it's difficult to keep 6 feet apart, just pop your mask on.
Participants, except from the same household can't carpool to class/camp.
Water fountains won't be available so please bring enough water for you and your kiddo's to drink.
Naturally it goes without saying that any family who do not wish to or do not yet feel comfortable joining in classes or camps absolutely do not have to. This as always is an optional activity and if you were registered for spring session and wanted your session rolled over but still not feel comfortable in attending then your session will be held infinitely to use when you wish. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE FAMILIES FROM THE SPRING SESSION WHO ARE HOLDING A PLACE IN A CLASS AND DO NOT WISH YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND THIS SESSION THEN YOU MUST LET US KNOW BEFORE THE START OF THE SESSION SO WE CAN ASSIGN THEIR SPACE TO ANOTHER CHILD.
Finally, the biggest change to the classes will of course be no hugs, high fives and fist bumps allowed. (AHHHHHHH)!!. Coach Bethy is in mourning over not being able to have a 'snuggle zone' and all the coaches were baffled at how to greet the kids without hugs but we'll have to make do with 'air hugs' and silly greeting dances for now and hopefully once sports groups show that they can operate safely and do not cause a huge surge in the spread of covid etc these restrictions will soon be lifted.
So, if we can all adhere to these guidelines, we will have safe and happy classes and camps.
Much love to all.
Jen and the Little Rascals team.