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INFORMATION ON COVID-19 CLOSURE, MAKE-UPS, TUITION AND MORE
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First of all, we hope everyone has been safe and healthy during the closure! We miss you all so much and are very excited - we will be re-opening June 1st!
We have been very busy during our closure and have a plan in place for your return. We have a thorough cleaning and sanitizing plan ready and are following the CDC guidelines to keep our facility as clean as possible. We have also been working on class improvements, new policies, and system updates such as an app and online parent portals that will allow you to make payments online and get updates straight to your phone! (More information on the parent portal coming soon.)
We worked very hard to find a way to help families make up missed classes. We developed a new “token” system. Families that paid for March will be given tokens to make up for missed classes. When we open, each family will owe tuition for June, your student will attend his/her regular class time AND use tokens to attend make up classes, open gyms, or both.
We added some Friday classes and Saturday open gyms to give parents more time to make-up for the closure. Make up tokens will expire 1 year after our re-open date. We prefer students to use the Friday classes and open gyms as make-ups but you may also pick any age & skill appropriate class on the summer schedule to use as a make up, if you have been interested in trying out some other classes - now is a great time to do so!
Tuition & make-ups are explained below:
- Families that paid for March will have make-up tokens to make up for the 2 weeks that we were closed. The make-up tokens are a punch card with a specific number of punches for each child. For example: if you missed 5 classes, you will get 5 tokens. You will use your tokens to get into the make-up classes and open gyms. Pay attention to how many tokens each make-up requires, 2 hour classes & open gyms will require 2 tokens.
- Families that did not pay for March still owe for the 2 weeks that we were open (we closed March 17th). Since you will only be paying for the days we were open, you won’t receive make-up tokens. (All March late fees will be waived.)
- Families that paid ahead for April - we will apply that payment to June.
- Families that paid for the Flip and Twist meet that was canceled will get a $65 credit on their account.
- Families that paid for the Bullseye meet that was canceled will get a $50 credit on their account.
- Tuition for all students will be due June 1st (unless you paid ahead) and you will attend your regularly scheduled classes.
- Preschool open gym – Saturday 9am-10am for ages 18mo – 5 yrs.
- Open gym for ages 6 & up – Saturday 10am-12pm
- Strength & flexibility class for ages 6 & up – Wednesday 9am-11am
Friday make up classes (only available in June)
(If you like these class times, let us know & we will look into putting them on the schedule)
- 9:10am-10:00am ages 3-5
- 10:00am-11:00am ages 5-6
- 11:00am-1:00pm Rec Tumbling ages 6 & up
- 1:30pm-3:30pm Rec Gymnastics ages 6 & up
- 3:45pm-5:45pm Gymnastics Team
2 hour open gyms and classes will require 2 punches on your make-up card. Make up options for children age 6 & up are 2 hours long so that we can get everyone back on track as soon as possible. (Pre-team & team members who are enrolled in classes that are 90 minutes or longer will only require 1 punch on your make up card.)
***Parents - you will need to come into the gym to pick up the make-up token card(s) for your child(ren). The best time to do so would be when dropping your child off for class.
New procedures in place to keep the gym as clean as possible and to help prevent the spread of germs:
- Do not enter the gym if you have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 or has symptoms of Covid-19. If you are sick, have a fever or cough, difficulty breathing or show any symptoms of Covid-19 do not enter the building.
- Limit of 50 people in the gym at a time.
- Parents may walk students into and out of the gym but we are asking that you do not stay to watch until things get back to normal. If you have a child under the age of 5 and are not comfortable with leaving your child during practice you may stay to watch, but all seating areas will be blocked off to help prevent the spread of germs. Another idea would be to sit in your car and periodically come inside to check on your child - but we assure you that we will call you if your child needs anything. You may want to check with the front desk to make sure we have the most recent phone number to reach you.
- Your child should only bring in articles needed for practice. Such as a water bottle with their name on it.
- Water fountains will be blocked off.
- Snacks will not be allowed at this time. Parents of team kids - please be sure your child knows that they can not bring snacks into the gym at this time.
- To help lower the amount of cubby hole use and help us to keep cubby holes clean please keep all personal items including shoes with you. That way your child won’t need to use a cubby.
- Mats and equipment will be cleaned as used. We will have extra staff to help clean mats between classes. Stations, equipment and mats will be sanitized as classes rotate throughout the gym. We will be utilizing the upstairs when needed to help keep distance between classes.
- We will be following the CDC guidelines and the local health department guidelines to ensure that we are keeping our facility as clean as possible. The safety and health of our students, families and staff is always our number one priority.
- We will only be spotting athletes when needed for safety.
- The foam pit will be blocked off for the time being as it is difficult to clean.
- Please remind your children to practice social distancing even at the gym. Unfortunately this means no high fives or hugs.
- Please do not drop your child off early or pick up late.
- We will be having the children and staff sanitize their hands frequently.
- Whether or not students wear a mask is 100% up to the parents. If you have a mask you would like your child to wear that is fine. We do want you to be aware of some possible dangers of practicing with a mask on; if the mask gets unsecured or falls over the child’s eyes while practicing that could be dangerous, especially if that were to happen while on the balance beam, the bars, or while tumbling or vaulting. Wearing a mask can make breathing difficult during activities which is something to be aware of especially if your child has breathing difficulties. We don’t want to encourage or discourage your decision of whether or not your child should wear a mask, but we do want to you to be aware of the possible dangers.
- Staff will be wearing masks when teaching classes with children 5 years old or younger. This is because children that age will probably require some spotting and help during skills. Our staff will be sanitizing their hands frequently and will do their best to always sanitize before touching your child. We do want you to be aware that while we will do our best to practice social distancing, there will most likely be instances where the teacher needs to physically help your child. It is harder to stay 6 feet away from the younger classes as they need more help learning positions and skills which is why the staff will be wearing a mask when teaching these classes
- For classes with students age 6 & up - teachers will have a mask readily available but will only be required to wear the mask if spotting children or if they need to be closer than 6 feet.
- We have moved our team classes which are also our biggest classes to earlier in the day. This will greatly decrease the number of students in the gym at one time.
- Common areas in the gym (i.e. front desk, bathrooms, cubbies, etc.) will be sanitized regularly throughout the day.
The past couple months have been very trying for all of us. IGC is so excited to be a part of your routine as we figure out together what our “new normal” looks like. We are working hard to keep Gymnastics a fun and rewarding experience for every child while also keeping the gym as safe as possible for everyone. Our number one concern is the health and well-being of our athletes, coaches and families and we are very excited to offer new and exiting opportunities in the weeks and months to come.