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Back to School – What does it look like?

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It’s hard to believe that school will be starting back up two weeks from Wednesday!  Things are changing on a daily basis and it is extremely hard to plan anything!  We wanted to give you an update on what our plans are for the school year in the hopes that it will help you make your plans and put you at ease.

Fun Day Camps

We will continue to offer fun day camps during the school year.  This will be set up similarly to how we ran camps when we first shut down.  We will have dedicated computer stations for our campers, as well as table space for students who bring in their own technology.  We will be limiting camp to 15 at this time and it is based on a first come, first serve.

After School Pick Up

While it is currently planned to offer in person school, we will be once again offering after school pick up to select schools close to the gym. Please contact our front office at 770-844-0246 for more information.

Daily Operational Protocol

We continue to follow guidelines provided to us from the state of Georgia and the CDC.  To that end, our current processes include the following:

  1.  Screening and evaluating workers who exhibit signs of illness, such as a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, or shortness of breath; We are not routinely taking temperatures;
  2. Requiring workers who exhibit signs of illness to not report to work or to seek medical attention;
  3. Continued disinfecting of common surfaces regularly;
  4. We will have the parent room open on a limited basis for trial classes and young children.
  5. We will continue to have our team drop off be at the door to the far left of the front entrance. Class children can be dropped off at the main entrance.
  6. Parents should continue to pick up at the back of the building.
  7. Camp drop off/pick up will be at the far right of the building through the doors that will be clearly marked entrance/exit.
  8. Classes are limited to 8 children per class.
  9. If you, your child or any member of your family feel sick, please keep your child home.
  10. When you send your child, please send them with a water bottle as our fountains and the use of paper cups has been suspended for the time being.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact the front office.

The Year of Mondays

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This year has been described as ‘The Year of Mondays’ and ‘Level 7 of Jumanji’ to name a few. It has been unprecedented.  As a small business owner, we got our legs knocked out from under us as we went from slowing down to full stop.  Losing half of our income without warning was quite a shock.  And yet, we survived with a lot of help from our friends and a dependence on our faith.

The BIO Family truly came together in support of us.  It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time. They continued to support us as we pivoted to online classes and navigated through this thing called COVID.  This single act of kindness from the parents allowed us to stay in business.  Then, on Divine Mercy Sunday, we received some other good news that let us know God was not done with us!

BIO Gymnastics is a family-owned, faith-based business.  When we talk about raising champions in and out of the gym, we mean our training and influence goes beyond winning.  We care for our all the children and strive to provide a fun and safe environment.  We teach them about serious fun and help them to develop a strong work ethic.  While things have slowed down, we have not.  Our staff has worked to keep the gym clean and safe.  We have taken CPR training, safety certifications and positive coaching courses to stay at the top of our game so we can continue to support our amazing BIO community.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all of you for being part of our lives and if your child attends BIO, for letting us be part of yours.  If you are not part of the BIO Gymnastics family and would like more information, please contact our office or visit our website.

MID-SUMMER UPDATE

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The talk of school has started and what that will look like for us all.  With so much uncertainty as to what is going to happen, we have decided to offer our day camps throughout the school year.  For those families who do not want to send their children to school, yet need to work, we can help you!  We will have work stations set up so that the children can do their itsLearning and follow a similar schedule to the one we had when schools were first shut down.  Please contact the front office for more information.

As we move into July, we continue to follow the guidelines for a phased-in approach of reopening, here are the latest updates that we have:

  • We are continuing our sanitizing process that we have already put in place.
  • We have added routine fogging disinfectant that is safe and takes place on the weekends.
  • We will have the parent room open on a limited basis for trial classes and young children.
  • We will continue to have our team and class drop off be at the door to the far left of the front entrance.
  • Parents should continue to pick up at the back of the building.
  • Camp is expanded to 30 children throughout the remainder of the Summer.  They will be broken down into smaller groups.
  • Camp drop off/pick up will be at the far right of the building through the doors that will be clearly marked entrance/exit.
  • We have begun to take the campers to the Aquatic Center on Fridays and pickup will be there.
  • Classes are limited to 8 children per class.
  • If you, your child or any member of your family feel sick, please keep your child home.
  • If you do not feel comfortable sending your child, we will continue to offer video instruction online.
  • When you send your child, please send them with a water bottle as our fountains and the use of paper cups has been suspended for the time being.

 

Phase 3 COVID Updates

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I cannot believe that we are approaching the middle of June!  It is exciting to begin to see so many of you again!  As we continue to progress and follow the guidelines for a phased-in approach of reopening, here are the latest updates that we have:

  • We are continuing our sanitizing process that we have already put in place.
  • We have added routine fogging disinfectant that is safe and takes place on the weekends.
  • We will continue to have the parent room closed.
  • We will continue to have our team and class drop off be at the door to the far left of the front entrance.
  • Parents should continue to pick up at the back of the building.
  • Camp is limited to 20 children throughout June.  They will be broken down into smaller groups.
  • Camp drop off/pick up will be at the far right of the building through the doors that will be clearly marked entrance/exit.
  • We have rescheduled our field trip camp week for week 10, which is 07/27 – 07/31/2020.
  • Classes are limited to 8 children per class.
  • If you, your child or any member of your family feel sick, please keep your child home.
  • If you do not feel comfortable sending your child, we will continue to offer video instruction online.
  • When you send your child, please send them with a water bottle as our fountains and the use of paper cups has been suspended for the time being.

 

Phase 2 COVID Update

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Happy Last Day of School and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  As we prepare to start our Summer schedule next week for classes and camp, we wanted to update you on what we have been doing and what we will be doing in the weeks to come:

  • We are continuing our sanitizing process that we have already put in place.
  • We have added routine fogging disinfectant that is safe and takes place on the weekends.
  • We will continue to have the parent room closed.
  • We will continue to have our team and class drop off be at the door to the far left of the front entrance.
  • Parents should continue to pick up at the back of the building.
  • Camp is limited to the first 2 weeks of the Summer to 20 children.  They will be broken down into smaller groups.
  • Camp drop off/pick up will be at the far right of the building through the doors that will be clearly marked entrance/exit.
  • We will check temperatures through the end of May. Effective June 1st, we will continue to check our staff and will check the children on an as needed basis provided they are symptomatic.
  • If you, your child or any member of your family feel sick, please keep your child home.
  • If you do not feel comfortable sending your child, we will continue to offer video instruction online.
  • When you send your child, please send them with a water bottle as our fountains and the use of paper cups has been suspended for the time being.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back into the gym and have missed all of you very much!  We cannot thank you enough for your support these last two months.

 

MAY UPDATES

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In an effort to comply with the CDC Phase 1 of the Reopening of the State, we are going to begin a modified team practice and class schedule beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 with a limited group size.  You will receive an email with your child’s schedule.  We are going to have a Star Wars theme for our first day back 🙂

We will also have limited childcare should you be in a position that requires you to work outside of your home.  Based on our building size, we can have up to 10 groups of 10 at any given time.  With our current schedule, we will be well under that with a maximum of 5 groups of 5.

Please know that we understand that you may or may not be comfortable with sending your child and we will continue with the online zoom classes and lessons through Google Classroom and the Facebook Parent group. In addition, we are implementing the following procedures:

  • The parent viewing room will remain closed
  • Students will be dropped off at the entrance to the far left of the building which will be clearly marked “Entrance”.
  • Each child will have their temperature checked at the entrance. If you prefer, you can check your child’s temperature at home and let us know. Once verified, the parent may leave. The front parking lot is absolutely only to be used for dropping off. Should you wish to stay, you can park in the back parking lot.
  • The children will follow a one-way circuit through the equipment during their practice times.
  • Equipment will be sanitized in between rotations and there will be hand sanitizer at each station.
  • There will be no spotting and no physical contact between coaches and athletes as well as athlete to athlete.
  • Spots on the floor will be set up to ensure social distancing per guidelines
  • When practice is over, the children will be dismissed out the BACK door to the rear parking lot. We will set up a car rider line similar to how schools set up their car rider.

These guidelines will be STRICTLY enforced.  If anyone in your family is ill, you must keep your child home.

In addition to these guidelines, we have treated the entire gym with a new, state-of-the-art, FDA approved anti-microbial cleaner that kills all germs, viruses and bacteria on contact.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Latest Updates

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As we continue to update everyone on the situations at hand, we want to once again assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue to provide a safe, clean, and healthy environment for your children.  We had begun taking extra precautions last year to prepare for the cold and flu season by doing the following:

  • More frequent cleaning of all areas
  • Purchasing a $3,000 air purifying/cleaning system
  • Continuing to provide hand sanitizing stations
  • Using disposable cups vs. a water fountain

In addition to that, we are taking the following extra precautions:

  • Frequent deep cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day
  • Ensuring staff and students are washing their hands
  • Multiple access to hand sanitizer
  • Spreading out practice times in the gym to reduce the number of students together at one time to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.

We would like to encourage parents of children 6 years old and older to drop off their children and refrain from crowds in the parent room. As always, we ask that if you or your child are showing any signs of illness, i.e. fever, cough, runny nose, that you stay home and contact the office so a make-up token can be assigned to you

We want everyone to know that we respect everyone’s decisions that they are making at this time.  We hope you will in turn respect ours as we navigate this challenge never faced before.  We are here to service our families and in doing so, our offering camp as a means to support those families unable to work from home.  Recognizing this unexpected financial impact, we are waiving any early drop-off/late pickup fees that are normally charged during break camps.  We have purchased additional equipment to set up computer stations for e-learning.  For those families choosing to remain home, we are offering make-up tokens without an expiration date.

Our goal is for the children to have some small sense of normalcy throughout this situation.  As always, thank you for being part of the BIO family.  We appreciate your support during this time of uncertainty.