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COVID-19 Update - December 15, 2021

Dec. 15, 2021

RE: COVID-19 Update

Dear Skating Families,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Club is monitoring the government’s response, and creating the safest path forward for our skaters, staff, volunteers, coaches and families. You may have heard the announcement on Friday from the provincial government. The Club continues to take guidance from public health, the province, cities and Skate Ontario.

Here are a few updates in response to the provincial announcements:

1.  Effective Monday, December 20, 2021:
Requiring proof of vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years participating in organized sports at recreational facilities in Waterloo Region.
a.  This means that anyone entering the facility aged 12 and older will need to show proof of vaccine along with personal identification showing name and DOB.
                    i.   Your ID must include your:
                              1.  Name
                              2.  Date of birth
                    Examples of identification that you may use include:
                              •     birth certificate
                              •     driver’s license
                              •     government (Ontario or other) issued identification card
                              •     passport
                              •     citizenship card
                              •     permanent resident (PR) card
                              •     Indian Status Card or Indigenous Membership Card

Right now, this means all youth born from 2009-2004 are ages 12 – 17 in 2021. We await further clarification from the province if skaters are in this age range, and are not currently fully vaccinated, as we understand that this will take time to complete. Therefore, in keeping with the government requirements, if a skater is registered for the winter session and they are not fully vaccinated already, this skater will need to withdraw from the program until they are fully vaccinated. Please see the Club’s Program Withdrawal Policy on the website;

http://www.kwsc.org/data/uploads/pdfs/policies/kwsc_program_withdrawal_policy.pdf 

If your skater is not yet vaccinated, please consider getting them vaccinated in order to keep themselves, and others, safe while enjoying this sport and staying active and healthy.

2.  Effective January 4, 2022:
Requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download their enhanced certificate with QR code by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. Please download this app onto your phone. People will be using it to verify your vaccination at all arenas across the region.
a. We will no longer be able to accept PDF versions of proof of vaccine as of January 4.

3.  Effective January 10, 2022:
Strengthening the verification process for medical exemptions and clinical trial
exemptions by requiring a certificate with a QR code. Organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as of January 10, 2022.
a. As of January 10th we cannot accept doctor’s notes as exemptions – only a scannable certificate with a QR code The province has warned that there will be more announcements coming in the next few days. So, we will be back in touch when we have more information to share.

4.  Effective December 20, 2021:
In our continued efforts to reduce the spread, we will be returning to a maximum of two(2) spectators per skater in all KWSC programs. It is important that spectators physically distance and wear PPE.

Updates for STAR/Competitive/Synchro Parents:

General updates:
•     PPE and physical distancing continue to be our best defense. Masks are
mandatory in the building everywhere except in a fitness class or on the ice
(including change rooms). Skaters/coaches do not need to wear them when they are exercising (on or off ice) but the Club recommends they do in order to better protect themselves. If you car pool to or from the rink with someone outside your immediate family, please consider wearing a mask.
•     Health screening (can be digital, paper or verbal depending on the rink) must be completed when coming to any KWSC program. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
•     If your child has been told not to go to school, please do not come to the rink.
•     Continue to inform the coach or kwsc@kwsc.org if a skater will be absent. We are monitoring attendance carefully. Please let us know if a skater has potentially been exposed or has received any notice from the school or public health about an exposure.
•     FreeSkate Festival has been modified to enable it to continue to run this
Saturday, December 18, 2021. Those who are registered will be notified of these changes. This situation is evolving and the Club may have to postpone this Festival.
•     Skate with Santa was scheduled for Sunday, December 19, 2021. This event will have to be cancelled. Those who are registered will be notified. COVID-19 is the Grinch who stole Skate with Santa. We simply cannot risk that many skaters from that many different cohorts in the building at the same time. This was a difficult decision, but necessary to reduce the risk of these skaters being in isolation or sick at Christmas and to keep skaters, coaches and their families safe.
•     For Kitchener skaters and coaches, please continue to access the spectator health screening survey on the homepage of our website (www.kwsc.org) or Health Screening

The Club is grateful to all our families who continue to follow precautions in order to keep kids active and safe in this sport they enjoy. Our coaches continue to do all they can to keep our skaters as safe as possible in our programs. I want to thank them for their diligence. Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you. These are the updates as of today. There may be more to come. Thank-you for your patience as we continue to respond to this ever-changing pandemic situation.

Debra Brown
Executive Director
Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club

For regular updates, please go to our website (www.kwsc.org) and on Facebook

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at kwsc@kwsc.org 

For more information about COVID-19, please consult the following trusted resources:

Region of Waterloo Public Health - https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-
novel-coronavirus.aspx

Ontario Ministry of Health- https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-health

Public Health Agency of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html

Skate Ontario - https://skateontario.org/

Skate Canada- https://skatecanada.ca/

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