Based on national, state, and local guidelines concerning COVID-19, Metro gymnastics believes it is now possible, with proper modifications, for smaller groups of gymnasts to return to gymnastics safely. Our goal is to gain the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics while maintaining a safe workout environment for our staff and your gymnast. With the size of our facility and adherence to our new protocols, we feel this is an attainable goal. Your gymnast and her well being are of utmost importance to Metro.
The following are steps we plan to employ to protect our gymnasts, their families as well as our staff and their families.
We will have zero tolerance for any illness. Gymnasts and their families must be symptom-free. Your gymnast must not have a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea to attend class. While at Metro, if a gymnast develops any of the above symptoms, she must cover her nose and mouth with a mask, scarf or bandana and wait in the office until a parent/guardian is called and arrives to pick up the gymnast.
Contact your doctor concerning flu-like symptoms to determine if your child should test for COVID-19. Symptoms for coronavirus are vast from “flu-like” to “gastrointestinal issues.” DO NOT SEND YOUR GYMNAST TO CLASS IF SHE/HE OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY HAS FLU OR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS!
If your gymnast has any illness (confirmed by her doctor) other than COVID-19, she/he must be symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours. Fever free means no fever for 24 hours while not using a fever reducer such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If your gymnast has allergies or asthma, you will need to let us know on an event by event basis. If you have not informed us, we will assume she/he is ill and seclude her/him until we can contact you.
If anyone in your family living in your house tests positive for the COVID-19, your gymnast must wait at least 14 days and conform to the latest health department guidelines to start or resume class. If your gymnast or any of your family has exposure to COVID-19, your gymnast must wait 14 days to return to class, or show proof of a negative test result and then they can return without waiting the 14 days. The same rules apply to coaches and staff.
Entering and Exiting Metro
All scheduling, payments, and communication will be made via phone, email, or payment portal. If paying by check or cash, please send payment with your child in an envelope with the child’s name on it. We will confirm that we received the delivery of your payment (from your child) via email.
Gymnasts will be admitted no earlier than 5 min before class; please remain in your car until the doors open.
Parents must wait in their car during classes; only the gymnast may enter the gym. This excludes preschool and parent-toddler parents. Only one parent per family is allowed in the waiting room.
After your child/children have had their temperature taken and have entered the gym, you may return to your car. Any adult entering the waiting room will have their temperature taken and required to wear a mask. A temperature of 100.4 will not be admitted into the gym.
Weather permitting, we will keep garage doors open for your viewing and to allow for air circulation. Please maintain social distancing from other parents if watching from outside.
Gymnasts will remove their shoes and place them under a chair; they will then proceed to a sanitization station to sanitize hands and then directed to their class, all while maintaining social distancing.
Gymnasts and coaches will be required to remove shoes before walking on the carpet. All staff members will be required to wear a mask.
The cubbie area and water fountain will be off-limits due to the possibility of a congregation in those areas.
Please send your gymnasts into class with as little as possible. Your child may bring a water bottle with their name on it.
You will be emailed with exact instructions the week before classes begin of which door to drop off or enter/exit and the procedures in the waiting room.
Protocol for Safe Physical Distancing on the gym floor
Metro Gymnastics is perfectly designed to maintain social distancing. Since we teach with stations, this will allow the children to have their own area on each event. Cleaning of equipment will only be done before and after class, not during. While participating in the programs offered by Metro Gymnastics, there will be times when physical contact, spotting of skills with your child will occur.
Only one person at a time will be allowed in the bathroom. Please encourage your daughter to use the bathroom before she/he comes to gymnastics.
Please have your gymnasts wash their hands at home for 20 seconds before leaving for the class. Upon arrival, the gymnast will have his/her hands sanitized. Gymnasts and coaches will use hand sanitizer between events. To avoid overcrowding in the waiting room and bathrooms, we will be sanitizing your gymnast’s hands upon leaving class. All coaches will wash their hands before the next class.
We recommend that girls wear their hair slicked back with a product to avoid unnecessary touching of their faces.
Coaches and staff will wear masks.
Any parent entering the gym will wear a mask.
Gymnasts may wear a mask if they wish.
Parent Toddler: 5:1
Recreational Gymnastics classes: 8:1
Aerial Silks: 6:1 (no sharing of silks allowed during class)
Disinfecting of the Gym between classes
We will disinfect the gym and waiting room after each class using Clorox products for hard surfaces and KenClean for the vinyl matting. Aerial silks will be sprayed with Lysol between classes. After classes leave the gym, we clean all the glass, wipe down with Clorox all door handles, light switches, water fountain, sink countertops, cubbies, and any hard services.
Disinfecting of the Gym
We will deep clean daily when the gym is closed, repeating the above steps but adding mopping floors and mats as well as vacuuming carpet and mopping the floors.
We will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 and follow the mandates for national, state, and local officials. If mandates easy, then we will re-evaluate our protocols as needed.
Please watch this slideshow that will explain entry and exit of all classes. Entry/Exit Protocol
Thank you for your support,
Sarah Blackledge Brawley, Carol Blackledge Lee, Sarah Blackledge, Owners