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Program Protocols for COVID-19

We will be closely following the guidance of the CDC and CT health officials.  Changes to our programs and/or protocols will be made if or when needed in order to adhere to the latest guidelines as they pertain to COVID-19.

UPDATE! Governor Lamont recently announced that athletes playing medium risk sports in CT, which includes basketball,  are required to wear masks while playing, according to new sports sector rules. 

As of Friday, November 6th, ALL PLAYERS AND COACHES/STAFF are REQUIRED to wear a face mask at all times, including while playing. This rule will apply to the evaluations/draft day on Saturday 11/7 and the regular season.

Stamford Peace League Protocols Regarding COVID-19

Updated November 9, 2020

Consistent with the State of Connecticut’s guidelines for youth sports, we will be adhering to the following protocols for our leagues:

HEALTH SCREENINGS 
Staff, coaches, officials and players must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Staff, coaches, officials or players who have experienced any COVID-19 CDC-defined symptons, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, must stay home. Any individual exhibiting such symptons will be asked to leave immediately. If any staff member, coach, official or player lives with or has been in close contact with someone who has had recent COVID-19 symptoms; and/or has had a recent positive COVID-19 test result; and/or is presently being quarantined or otherwise ill or exposed to COVID-19, that individual must stay home. 

PERSONAL PROTECTION  
UPDATE: All players/coaches/staff are REQUIRED to wear masks AT ALL TIMES (entering the gym, while their practice or game is going on, on the sidelines and when leaving the gym). Coaches and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering when unable to easily, continuously, and measurably keep 6 ft of physical distance from others. Athletes are encouraged to wear face coverings when not engaged in active play. While engaged in the active play of sports or strenuous activities, athletes / staff / coaches do not need to wear a face covering. However, They will wear face masks at all other times. 

HANDWASHING/SANITATION
Staff, coaches, officials and players should wash their hands before arriving at games and use hand sanitizer periodically. "Sanitation Stations"  including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be made available at common areas, where possible. 

TRAVEL 
Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue only with members of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are required for individuals walking in and out of the venue, and while not actively participating. 

SHARED EQUIPMENT 
Athletes should bring their own equipment to the extent possible. Any shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.  Game balls will be disinfected before and after every practice and game. 

HYDRATION 
All players and coaches should bring their own water bottles. Water bottles shall not be shared. (No water fountains will be available for use.)

PRACTICE 
Coaches will keep players in small groups at practice to allow for physical distancing. All "high-touch" surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.  Parents are encouraged to drop off their children and not stay during practices. Any parents who needs to stay much wear a mask and social distance at all times. In no event can any athlete have more than ONE parent/guardian stay during practice. 

GAMES 
Games will be scheduled with at least a 15 minute buffer to prevent overlap of participants. Games may end in a draw if time expires.  Only one game (two teams) will be scheduled at any time.  Players will not huddle at any point during the games or practices. Sportsmanship will continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps after games.  No parking lot or other gatherings will be permitted before or after games - once the game is over, please leave promptly.

SPECTATORS 
 Spectators are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth.  Spectators must stand at least 6 feet apart at all times.   Each athlete may only have ONE spectator/guest watching the game.  Spectators may not have snacks or drinks in the gyms.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES, and/or those specific to any gym locations, WILL RESULT IN BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE FACILITY.

IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
In the event Stamford Peace becomes aware that a player, coach or staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, staff members and parents-guardians whose children have been in close contact (within 6 feet of the positive case for a total of more than 15 minutes, 48 hours prior to the onset of symptons or postiive test result) with that postive case will be notified (without identifying the player or staff member). Any staff member or player who has had close contact with a positive case will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure and cannot return to PEACE Basketball activities until such time. For any individual who has tested positive, clearance to return to PEACE Basketball activities will be based on a combination of factors, including the time since first symptons, time since last fever, negative COVID test and physician's advice. Stamford Peace will report any positive cases immediately to the CT Department of Public Health, as well as to the department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient, by telephone on the day of recognition or strong suspician of the disease.

Summer Camp & Peace in the Paint Protocols Regarding COVID-19

To our Stamford Peace community,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well — healthy and optimistic that the worst of the pandemic may finally be in our rearview mirror. If you’re anything like us, the prospect of your children being able to escape “quarantine” is very exciting, but at the same time you’re balancing that against some hesitancy to resume normal activities too much or too soon.

Please know that we are with you in your mixed emotions. And with that in mind, we want to provide you this detailed description of the steps we will be taking to resume our programming this summer and in the months ahead. Consistent with the State of Connecticut’s recently announced summer camp guidelines, we will be adhering to the following protocols at all of our summer camp sessions and other summer programs:  

  • Summer camps will be limited to 42 children — with registration taking place on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Groups will be broken up into no more than 14 children per group, with one counselor assigned to each group. 
  • Group Sessions will be MAXED at 14 per group.
  • All staff and children will be screened for any observable illness. If any staff member or camper lives or has been in close contact with someone who has had a recent fever, cough or sore throat; and/or is presently being quarantined or otherwise ill or exposed to Covid-19, that staff member or camper must stay home.
  • If possible, we expect to have the same parent/guardian drop off and pick up their child each day. Check-in will take place outside of the gym and parents are asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering at morning check-in. Parents will be required to sign a waiver prior to their child's participation in camp. Parents will not be permitted to stay for camp. Campers will be dismissed to their parent/ guardian through the outside gym doors.
  • Cash will no longer be able to be accepted on-site.  Only credit card transactions will be permitted. 
  • Campers will be given hand sanitizer or the option to wash their hands in the bathroom upon arrival and periodically throughout the day, including before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing, after using the restroom and after using shared equipment. "Sanitation stations" will be set up for use by our campers and staff (with things like Purell and wipes).
  • Social distancing strategies will be implemented throughout the day.
  • Lunch must be brought from home. We will no longer be taking lunch orders.
  • Campers should bring their own water bottles, with names clearly marked. Campers will not be permitted to to use on-site water fountains.
  • Respiratory hygiene practices will be implemented. All staff will cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of the elbow and campers will be encouraged to do the same.
  • Coaches and Stamford Peace employees will be required to:
    • Wear cloth face coverings. 
    • Follow the same health screening and hand and respiratory hygiene as outlined above.
  • Protocols for intensified cleaning and disinfection will be implemented. Our staff will wipe down/clean all "high-touch" surfaces and items throughout the day.
  • If a child or Stamford Peace staff member who has been present at camp is diagnosed with COVID-19, the camp will promptly notify all families and staff of the exposure. Stamford Peace will report such case immediately to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, as well as to the department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient by telephone on the day of recognition or strong suspicion of the disease.

Rest assured, we are extraordinarily committed to providing a positive and influential summer camp experience; but to doing so while making it our top priority to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our players, staff and families. Thank you for your support and understanding. We are confident that, together, we can capably navigate these unprecedented and challenging circumstances.

We will continue to keep you updated on our Summer Camps and other programs, including any new information and guidance as and when it is available.  

PEACE!


A Message to Stamford Peace Families Regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020

To all our PEACE families —

Let me first say that we are thinking of all of you at this very strange and disruptive time for our world community.  Hoping you and yours are feeling well, and attending to your health and the health of everyone you might connect with by following the protocols we have learned will mitigate the spread of this virus.

As for Stamford Peace and our Beyond Limits Academic Program, we want to make you aware of the following actions we have taken:

PEACE Basketball — we take great pride in the fact that PEACE is a family in which we have each other’s backs to the fullest extent possible.  In light of the current environment, we have placed our AAU programs (at least 7 teams) on temporary hold until at least the end of the month.  At the same time, we have temporarily suspended the requirement that you pay any registration fees, pending consideration of the length and number of tournaments we end up with over the course of the spring/summer season.  We will be in touch as we know more, and/or determine that a gym full of boys and girls would not be posing undue risk to players and families.  Similarly, our seasonal clinics and camps have been temporarily postponed until further notice.

Beyond Limits — with the closing of the Stamford Public Schools last week, we also temporarily halted our after-school and Saturday academic tutoring and enrichment activities.  We are exploring ways to resume these activities — remotely, using technology — in the near future; and will keep you posted in this regard.  As with all things relating to Beyond Limits, if you have any questions please reach out to Andy Sklover at andy@beyondlimitsacademics.com.

As you can appreciate, the greatest risk right now (at least until testing is more widespread) is not those who know they are presently carrying the virus, but rather those who don’t know.  As a result, the unintended consequence of getting kids together — in the gym or otherwise — is that we unknowingly help spread the virus by their interactions.  Thus, we will err on the side of caution, even as we know that exercise, team play and social connection can be the greatest source of solace in some of life’s most challenging times.

That said, we want to keep a ball and a book in the hands of our young people (as a periodic substitute for a smart phone or other device, which we know they’ll have) Thus, at least every couple of days for so long as this crisis persists, we plan to send out some basketball teaching or individual drill references for your son or daughter to try out.  In addition, I know Andy Sklover will be continuing to push out to our email distribution list and via our social media outlets academic materials and other information which will keep your child armed for academic success even as they’re away from the classroom at this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and provide material updated accordingly.  Below are links you may find useful:

• CT Department of Health Information on COVID-19 
• Town of Stamford Health Information on COVID-19 
• Stamford Health- COVID-19 Update
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• World Health Organization (WHO) Information about Coronavirus 
• US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Situation Summary 

While our offices will be closed at least through this coming week, we will be working from home and remain fully available to you remotely.  Should you need to contact us, please do not hesitate to do so either at our direct email addresses that you have or for general inquiries at info@peaceyouthct.org.  We will be in touch, and look forward to hearing from you as well.


Wishing you PEACE, health and success always.

— Coach K

#MindBodySpirit
#speedbumpnostopsign
#PEACE


We would also like to share with you, for perspective, a poignant letter written by our Coach K to his Trinity Catholic basketball team in the aftermath of the cancellation of the Connecticut State Championship tournament earlier this week.