Dear Palmer’s Families:
Summer classes have officially begun on June 29th. As we enter “Phase 4” of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, youth sports can begin to add more participants! Our priority moving into Phase 4 will continue to be safety first!
I am happy to report that the students attending our current June summer camp have done a wonderful job of social distancing from one another, getting temperatures taken upon arrival, using their hand sanitizer between each rotation, staying on stations until told to rotate and helping to clean-up after each event. These aspects will remain in effect throughout Phase 4. It is wonderful to see how resilient children are and how they have easily adapted to our new norm.
We have made every effort to keep the summer schedule as similar as possible to the original summer schedule previously published. Unfortunately, some classes have been moved to assure we do not experience overcrowding. I truly appreciate your understanding and patience as we adjust schedules!
Here are a few adjustments/reminders moving forward into July….
Just a reminder that all participants must have the additional Covid19 waiver/information sheet and a summer registration form completed, before their child may participate. (Click on link below, sign waiver and return to us via email)
Preschool parents participation: During summer classes, parents of preschool students (ages 3-5) are welcome to attend class with their child (but not required), we understand and appreciate that each family has a different comfort level about allowing their children to participate in youth sports. Allowing the parents of our younger students the ability to participate with their child if they wish, gives them an opportunity to help their child socially distance and keep their hands to themselves J.
Face masks: All staff and parents will still be required to wear masks/face shields at all times in the gym!
Spotting: We will begin spotting. (If you would prefer us not to spot your child we certainly understand. Please let your child’s coach know upon arrival of their 1st class.
Taking temperatures: We will still be having all staff and athletes record their temperatures upon arrival to practice each day. Temperatures will be taken with a touchless thermometer to assure physical-distancing. If an athlete or staff member has a temperature at or above 100.4°, they will not be allowed to participate. Further, we want sick gymnasts and staff members to stay home. We want gymnasts and staff members with sick family members to stay home too! Please note…If parents are entering the building to watch practice you will be asked to have your temperature taken too.
Cubbies will still NOT be available for gymnasts to use: Each gymnast will be responsible for bringing a back pack or gym bag with their name clearly labeled. Their bag will be carried with them to all events. Each bag should contain a water bottle (no water or snacks will be sold), any personal equipment needed to participate and, hand sanitizer.
The front lobby will be open: Please be courteous to our office staff members and stand 6 feet away when conducting business.
Entry and exit of the building: We are asking that parents continue to drop off at the side door only (on the North side of the building) and pick up from the back door (at extreme back of building by the stairs and picnic table). No students will be allowed to enter or exit through the front lobby doors. This is the only way to ensure we get all students temperatures taken prior to them entering the building.
Extra attention to hand washing, disinfecting and cleaning: All athletes and staff are asked to use the restroom and wash their hand thoroughly before traveling to the gym. All athletes and staff will be required to sanitize/wash their hands, before workout, between events and after workout. Athletes and staff are always reminded to cough or sneeze into their elbow. In addition, we will have extra tissues and hand sanitizer around the gym for health and cleanliness. Each night, the gym and mats will be sanitized and Palmer’s will take necessary measures to ensure the facility remains as germ free as possible
Foam pit: We will begin using the pit again. It will be sprayed with a disinfectant twice daily.
NO snacks will be sold and NO snack breaks will be given: Athletes are asked to eat before coming to the gym.
Social distancing parents: For the time being, our bleachers will still be removed. We will have clearly marked physical distancing position indicators on the floor for where you can stand to view classes. Parents are always welcome to watch, but for the safety of our staff and students we need to limit the number of people viewing (we highly encourage athletes to be dropped off and picked up). Only 1 parent may enter the facility per family (absolutely NO additional siblings or spectators may enter the building at this time). This is not an option. It is for the safety and health of our entire Palmer’s family. All of the children’s toys in the tot room lobby will be removed. Parents MUST wear masks at all times. Weather permitting, we will open up both garage doors to allow for additional parent viewing.
Teaching in circuits: We will continue to teach in circuits to assure physical-distancing. Each student will be given a station and they will remain at that station until told to rotate. This has worked nicely to allow social distancing.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support!
Debbie & Neil Palmer
2020-2021 School Year Registration will begin Wednesday, July 29th!
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Registration for Summer Classes Begin June 16th!!
Summer Session Begins Monday, June 29th!!
Please call our office to Register