This letter is being sent to all families enrolled in our fall session. A part time teacher reported symptoms compatible with CoVid last night and was tested today. She will quarantine for 14 days. Her only symptom was a distorted sensation of taste and otherwise feels well in every way. She has had no fever, fatigue, or achiness. There has been no change in her feeling of well-being this morning.
Also, this morning we sent another part time teacher for testing. These two teachers live together. She will also be quarantining for 14 days. Unfortunately, with the number of cases on the rise in our area, our staff may be in contact with positive cases requiring quarantining. As required by the PA Health Dept. all of our staff have been wearing masks/shields while in the pool and building.
And so, with an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel all classes for the remainder of the fall session, during which time all staff will be tested. Classes will be cancelled starting today Tuesday, November 17 at 3pm, and resume classes when our winter session starts on November 30. Families may choose a family swim time, make-up, or credit on their account for the missed classes.
Our pool and building will be open with limited staff to enable lap swim, water walking and family swim time. We will be adding times to the schedule for you to book a time on-line for the family swim.
If you have questions related to your personal situation, please consult your doctor for further advice.
All of us at Swim-in Zone know that swim lessons are essential. We remain committed to our mission of providing high quality swim lessons that create happy, safe, and confident swimmers, who love the water as much as we do! Jim and I sincerely value the trust you put in us to care for and teach your children and will always try to deserve your trust in the future.
We are increasing our precautions in the water due to recent surge in Covid-19 cases in PA.
Our instructors are required to wear a facemask and splash guard.
Parents in Parent-child classes are required to wear a facemask or face shield in the water. We will be providing face shields for these families if they would like one.
Green Phase Update
Yay, we are in green phase! We will be changing a few of our procedures with green phase:
Temperatures will not be taken at the door, but masks are still required.
We have a regular cleaning schedule that our staff will be doing. But we do have cleaning supplies available for you to clean the chairs you use, if you would like.
Is it safe to swim?
The pool is probably the safest place you can be because of the chlorinated water and our UV Light Filtration system. Water chlorinated at 2 ppm will kill all germs and viruses, including the Coronavirus. We take sanitation one step further and have a UV Light Filter, which also kills all germs and pathogens.
Is it safe to be at your facility?
Everyone at Swim-in Zone is committed to safety; it’s a central core to our business. We are doing everything within our power to keep our facility as clean as possible.
We have 3 Certified Pesticide Applicators on staff, which means Penny, Mr. Dan, and Jim are all certified to handle chemicals safely.
Before you enter the building, you will be required to have your temperature checked, be given a squirt of hand sanitizer, and you must be wearing a mask.
After checking in, you will be directed into our party room, where all chairs are distanced apart. We have a designated cleaner in the area who will be wiping down all chairs, changing rooms, bathrooms, as well as opening doors for you.
Each instructor has his/her own door that the children will enter and exit from. Instructors will also have staggered lesson times to help keep everyone distanced.
How will everything be cleaned?
We use a cleaner called Hi-Con 64, which is a hospital-grade disinfectant.
We will have a designated cleaner in the party room, who will wipe down all areas, including chairs, continuously. (changed in Green Phase)
What are the procedures for entering the facility? / How do I come in?
You must be signed up for a lesson prior to entering the building. Our summer session starts on June 15th, and you can register online or call us and sign up on the phone.
Everyone must wear a mask (except children under 4).
Once at our location, you will be required to get a squirt of hand sanitizer, have your temperature taken (no longer required for clients – Only Staff), and sign a waiver. The waiver only needs to be signed the 1st time you enter the building post-March 2020, which includes COVID-19.
You must then check-in at the Front Desk for attendance and to locate which door your child’s teacher will call your child from.
Once fully checked in, you can go to the Party Room and have a seat. All seats are distanced, and we ask that you please keep your children with you at all times.
Should my child be wearing his/her bathing suit?
For children who are fully potty trained, yes. Anything to make the changing process coming into lessons as smooth as possible.
For Parent/Child classes, we understand that you might not want your child to wear a swimming diaper until you get here. We have changing pads in the party room available as well as the locker rooms.
Should my child wear a mask?
Everyone over the age of 4 must wear a mask to enter the building.
Once your child is invited into the water with the instructor, he/she can take the mask off.
The CDC does not recommend wearing a mask in the water because it will inhibit breathing once it gets wet.
Will the instructor be wearing a mask?
Yes! The instructor will have on a clear, plastic face shield. We are calling them splash guards.
If your child is too upset by this, we can choose to take the mask off. The CDC is not recommending any type of mask in the water, but we are trying to be cautious and conscientious of everyone’s needs.
Can I use the locker rooms?
We are reserving the lockers rooms for the Parent/Child classes only, and only 2 families can use it at a time.
Everyone else should either wrap their children up in a towel and leave (through the exit doors), or quickly use one of our changing rooms and leave.
Can I use the Changing Rooms?
Yes, we have 4 doored changing rooms and 4 curtained off changing areas that you can use after your lessons.
Can I use the Group Shower Area?
Yes, as long as there are not more than 2 families using it at a time.
We retain the right to close this area if we find that families are not distancing.
Who can bring my child to lessons? Can grandparents come?
We prefer only 1 caregiver to bring the child(ren) to lessons.
We are okay if the grandparent is the caregiver bringing your child(ren) to lessons. We prefer only 1 caregiver.
At this time, we prefer to not have extra family come to watch the lessons because of the limits we have for the number of patrons in the building You are more than welcome to take a video of the lessons and share it. Please tag us on social media too!
What happens when the lesson is over? / How do I leave?
We have a one way in and out at the our front entrance and in the pool area.
We would prefer a quick exit of wrapping your child up in a towel and leaving.
If you need to rinse off and change, changing rooms are available.
As you all are aware, with the recent events and closings declared by Governor Wolf concerning Covid-19 Swim-in Zone has decided to close.
Update 3/31/20: We will remain closed until April 30, 2020 as Governor Wolf recommends. Easter egg hunt is cancelled and all those that have sign up will have their accounts credited. Please stay tuned as things may change. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you back soon.
We will be keeping a close eye on the events and make necessary changes as more information is available.
What does this mean for me?
We are planning to credit your accounts while we are closed during this crisis. Any missed classes prior to March 16th for any reason can be made up when we reopen.
Make up classes will resume when we reopen.
Deposits for birthday parties scheduled during this time will be refunded. If you have a scheduled party we will be in touch with you.
Memberships for lap/open swim have been frozen for the duration of the time we are closed.
Online scheduling of classes has been postponed until further notice.
For Our Staff
We plan to pay your regularly scheduled hours while we are closed.
We will be cleaning the facility from top to bottom, getting new water and completing other postponed projects.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. We will update you if any changes arise.