Minnesota Power Athletics COVID-19 Pandemic Plan
Minnesota Power Athletics, Inc (MPA) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our gym and workplace, and that requires full cooperation among coaches, athletes and parents. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our coaches and athletes.
Management and coaches are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this Preparedness Plan. Minnesota Power Athletics managers and coaches have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.
Coaches and Athletes are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping them safe while working/ practicing at Minnesota Power Athletics. Coaches’ involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
We have involved our employees in this process by:
Employees displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 are requested to stay home, with no repercussions for missing work. Employees that missed work due to symptoms from March 25, 2020- June 1, 2020 were not required to use any PTO time, if they did not choose to.
Employees that have concerns about social distancing are encouraged to take measures to commit to social distancing by staying home. These employees would not face any repercussions due to their absence.
Employees are encouraged to discuss any concerns with management on workplace practices that may put them in danger of contracting COVID-19.
This Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and addresses:
• Hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
• Engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
• Housekeeping – cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
• Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
• Communications and training that will be provided to managers and employees; and
• Management and supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
Coaches have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess employees’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Upon arrival for shifts:
All employees must take their current temperature
All employees must report if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if any employee is reporting symptoms, they will be isolated and sent home immediately.
All employees must wash hands or sanitize hands thoroughly
All employees must maintain a distance of 6 feet from other employees at all times.
MPA has implemented leave policies that promote employees staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.
As a small business we have announced that if an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will be given two weeks of paid time off to combat the illness.
Coaches that are required by a health professional to isolate or quarantine themselves due to a suspected case will be allowed the time off, but may not be paid for the missed time.
Accommodations for employees with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions have been implemented. Employees with underlying health conditions were encouraged to stay home as of March 25th, 2020, revised December 26th,2020.
MPA has also implemented a policy for informing coaches and athletes if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at the gym and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. If an employee or athlete reports having a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will, without sharing the employee or athlete’s personal information, inform staff and parents of athletes within 8 hours upon receipt of the information. In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of employees’ health status and health information. With guidance of the CDC, we may shut down our business if necessary.
Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our workplaces at all times. Workers are instructed to sanitize or wash their hands frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any stunting, during water breaks and after using the toilet. There will be no visitors, including parents, allowed in the building at any time, unless there is a medical concern.
RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE: COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE
Coaches and athletes are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated by making tissues, hand sanitizer and trash receptacles available to all coaches and athletes.
Social distancing is being implemented in the gym through the following engineering and administrative controls: maintain six feet of distance between coaches and coaches and athletes; provide signage or instructions (space markers on floor) for athletes. We have provided protective supplies such as gloves, masks, disinfectants and hand sanitizer at the entrance. Classes are broken up between classes ending to follow social distancing guidelines. If team practices are to take place, athletes are required to wear a mask during their practice, until it becomes unsafe to wear a mask. Athletes are prohibited from gathering in groups and confined areas, and from using other athletes’ personal protective equipment, phones, water bottles, ect.
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, doors, light switches, and any high touch areas including all mats used during a practice.
Daily cleaning and disinfecting all door handles, toilet handles, and commonly touched areas are completed. On Fridays, the entire gym is shut down to complete a full cleaning of all rooms, areas, floors, surfaces, and the bathroom.
COMMUNICATIONS AND TRAINING
This Preparedness Plan was communicated via a gym email as well as a post on our social media and a link on our website. Additional communication and training will be ongoing and provided to all coaches who did not receive the initial training. Managers and coaches are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented by reviewing weekly. Management and coaches are to work through this new program together and update the training as necessary.
This Preparedness Plan has been certified by Haley Huchon, President, and is posted in the gym. It will be updated as necessary.
A Coach/Athlete is displaying symptoms of COVID-19:
Athlete must stay away from all in-person practices. If two or more most common symptoms appear, they must get tested for COVID-19, and be negative and symptom free for 24hr without medication before returning to the gym.
An email will not be sent out in this case.
A Coach/Athlete is diagnosed with COVID-19:
Athlete must stay away from all in-person practices for a minimum of 10 days, and be without symptoms for 24hrs before returning to the gym.
An email will be sent out to teams or classes that the athlete was in. All persons that were within 6 feet of contact for more than 15 mins, will be suggested to take a COVID-19 test.
A Parent/sibling of an athlete is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Athlete of parent/sibling must quarantine for the recommended time from the CDC, and must have a negative test within 24hrs of returning to the gym after the quarantine period.
An email will be sent out to teams or classes that the athlete was in.
Certified by: Haley Huchon, President