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All decisions were made with the safety of all participants at the forefront. As such, all safety measures and protocols are being created following the recommendations and guidelines of Special Olympics Inc., the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of New Jersey. These safety measures and protocols will be required and monitored throughout the season by the state of New Jersey and Special Olympics New Jersey Community.
Beginning August 1, 2020, SONJ will Return to Activity with several modifications and guidelines.
Participants, parents, guardians and caregivers should be provided with education on Special Olympics guidelines and relevant acknowledgements or expectations (conduct expectations, waivers, etc.)
In terms of notification of other participants if there is a Special Olympics participant who is found to be COVID-19, SONJ will notify participants that were at the event that an individual in attendance tested positive (without disclosing identifying information) as soon as possible and instruct those individuals to remain home and remain quarantined for 14 days. A negative COVID test must be produced in order to return to activities.
- Venue staff should not be interacting with the athletes and must remain 6 feet from the Special Olympics group. The facility staff would not count against your 10 limit. If the facility staff are mixing with the group and within 6 feet during the activity and/or will be leading activities, then they should be counted in the number of participants.
- In addition to Special Olympics guidance, Programs will have to follow the guidance of the venue/facility (as well as the local authorities) if more stringent in terms of number of participants allowed within the venue/facility overall for Stage 1. If there are other groups in the space, it is the responsibility of the venue to follow local guidance to control and applicable venue capacity limits and/or physical distancing requirements amongst groups in the venue. However, if the venue is not operating in a safe manner, or in conjunction with the general infection control precautions, the Program should consider switching venue or ceasing activities, until they can be done safely.
All Special Olympics participants (Athletes, Unified partners, Coaches, Volunteers, and SO Staff) must complete the form. Failure to complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct waiver and Risk Assessment waiver (if applicable) will result in no in-person participation allowed.
No. Once the waiver is initially completed, it does not have to be done each season. Please only complete the waivers ONCE per person.
Failure to complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct waiver and Risk Assessment waiver (if applicable) will result in no in-person participation allowed.
Special Olympics is exempt from HIPAA.
In this context, “indirect contact” is considered an activity where a ball or equipment is touched or in contact with an individual’s hands/skin and then directly touching another individual’s hands/skin without disinfection. An example of indirect contact would be a football being passed around between participants. Individual drills for those sports with disinfection of equipment/ball in between uses is permitted. For example, an individual practices throwing the football and then the ball being disinfected before being used by the next individual to practice their skills. Soccer drills that involve passing the ball by kicking and staying 6 feet is not indirect contact as the contact is via the covered foot, not skin.
Any participant that identifies as high risk and would like to participate will be required to complete the High Risk waiver.
- For a handwashing facility or portable station, there should be access to clean water, soap and paper towels to dry hands. Ideally should be more than one facility as the events get larger (50 people).
- Have signage reminding participants about hand hygiene and proper techniques for washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
- Hand sanitizer should be with at least 60% alcohol.
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. At this time, clinical guidance suggests that a face shield should be used in addition to a facemask in certain clinical settings, not as a replacement for a mask. A face shield alone does not provide proper protection from the spread of COVID-19 via droplets in the air. At this time, it is not recommended that a face shield be used instead of a facemask at Special Olympics activities.
At this time, if an individual is unable to wear a mask for any reason, they will not be able to participate in Special Olympics New Jersey in-person activities. Virtual at home actives will be permitted.
Athletes must get an updated medical form prior to their first practice. If athletes are having trouble obtaining a valid medical or getting a doctor’s appointment, please reach to Amelia Hamilton (ARH@SONJ.ORG)
Athletes can only participate in one (1) on-field activity this fall. Athletes can take part in any and all Virtual (at-home) opportunities in addition to the one (1) on field activity.
All individuals taking part in any Virtual (at-home) opportunities must complete the at home participant waiver and have an up to date medical or Class A form. The High Risk wavier and COVID Code of Conduct waiver do not need to be completed for Virtual opportunities.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must get written medical clearance before returning to Special Olympics in person activities as serious cardiac, respiratory, and neurological issues may develop as a result of COVID-19.
For travel to and from practice – If you must take public transportation or carpool with people outside your household, wear a mask the entire journey to/from home.
A full list of testing sites in New Jersey can be found here.
All in-person activities must be done outdoors
Programs can only participate in the Fall activities that are listed. If there is an activity or sport not listed, and a Program would like to submit a proposal for an outdoor practice plan for an activity/sport, the link can be found here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4847073.
Currently, the only approved Special Olympics New Jersey activity can be conducted. If there is an activity or sport not listed, and a Program would like to submit a proposal for an outdoor practice plan for an activity/sport, the link can be found here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4847073.