Hello to all!
Please watch the video above in full as it includes some very important information on Gracie Barra Princeton moving to a hybrid and blended learning program as well as extra safety protocols we are putting in place to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
1) We are moving to a hybrid/blended learning program ASAP and for the immediate, near-term future. This means we will still be teaching classes in person (for the time being), but will also be live-streaming our classes with modified instruction for those that choose to implement social distancing for the time being. This will allow students that prefer to implement social distancing to still engage with our instructors and classes, learn and improve their overall strength, flexibility, Jiu-Jitsu knowledge, and continue trying to be their best self through character development. This is probably going to be our reality for a period of time, however short or extended, but we are still going to need to exercise and engage with others, especially for our mental health! I know many of our students depend on Gracie Barra as their outlet or 3rd space, both physically and emotionally... we in no way plan to take that away. It may have to be modified for now, but that is life sometimes... we are very adaptable beings, we can do this.
2) In regards to disinfecting the school, the following ADDITIONAL protocols will be implemented ASAP on top of the guidelines set forth by the CDC and implemented by us earlier this week (some are already being done).
- All common area surfaces are to be disinfected before and after classes. This includes, counter-tops, all door handles, bathroom faucets and toilet handles
- Every person that walks into the school will have their temperature checked via touch-less infrared thermometer and must immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Anyone showing signs of a cold (coughing, sneezing, etc.) will also be asked to return home.
- A Maintenance Log will be posted near the entrance of the school to document every cleaning done throughout each day
- let's hold off on the hand slapping and fist bumping for now... just a respectful bow.
3) We have begun the initial steps to allow our school during non-functioning hours (9am to 3:30pm) to be used as a day-camp setting. Should our public schools go to an e-learning platform, there may be the need for parents who are still working to find supervision for their children. Since our school is so small and can only hold about 25-30 participants, we have the unique ability to control the environment and population much more than other public spaces. I will have more information on this shortly.
Gracie Barra is committed to keeping our students, parents and staff safe and healthy. We are closely monitoring the developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our mitigation planning is based on the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health departments.
At each facility, we are following our established cleaning and infection control procedures, including disinfecting surface areas multiple times per day, and the most common areas between each class. All instructors and staff are required to wash their hands or use sanitizer before and after each class. We are monitoring our facilities to ensure our employees and students are healthy.
Additionally, to further mitigate the spread of viruses and to protect the health and safety of our other students and staff if we ask that you not come in if:
- You or anyone in your household have been to Level 2 and 3 destinations such as China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Iran in the last 14 days, or have knowingly been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with Coronavirus.
- You or anyone in your household are experiencing flu-like or upper respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, or shortness of breath
Ensuring the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As a reminder the most effective way to stay healthy is through best practices to minimize the spread of infectious disease. The CDC recommends the following to prevent illness:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty