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COVID-19

By TCT, 03/12/20, 1:30PM CDT

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COVID PREPAREDNESS PLAN

As of May 27, 2020
We are constantly watching and updating our plans to reopen the gym. Please read our COVID-19 plans and documents for more information on keeping all of us safe.


if you're sick, stay home!!

Please help all of us stay safe. If you suspect you're sick, stay home. Please don't disguise a fever with Tylenol or ibuprofen. Continue to wear masks and practice social distancing outside the gym. The healthier we all stay, the longer we can stay open!


Source: KHQ.com & Spokane Regional Health


May 22

We are allowed to open June 1! We are very excited to get back in the gym and see your kids. We are working out all the details and will update you as soon as possible. We will continue to follow state guidelines.

Phase 1 (June 1): Teams only in limited group sizes
Phase 2 (mid-June?): Limited Recreational (including Ninja/SONIC/Preschool) classes
Phase 3 (Aug?): Resume regular programming

Enjoy this last week of May and see you soon!

-TCT

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May 12th

Twin City Twister Families,

We hope this update finds you safe and healthy during these challenging times. Along with many other businesses around the state of MN, we wait to receive guidance from the state and local levels on a timeline for when gymnastics facilities can open and what additional standards will be asked of us. Attached you will find TCT’s plan to open using a three phase approach. We will begin with a small number of athletes in the gym in phase one, as this is what we expect the health department will require. In phases two and three we will include more athletes and increase the allowed capacity. We will get schedules out to families as soon as we solidify them.

Our safety protocol plan has been thoughtfully developed in collaboration with the MN State Women's Gymnastics Board and we believe it will exceed the standards the Minnesota Department of Health will require. As we learn more about these standards we will adjust our plan appropriately. While we are confident in our safety precautions, we want to be clear that if any family does not feel comfortable returning we understand and will work with them individually. 

Although we do not know when we will be implementing this plan, it is our goal to be as transparent as possible as we return back to the gym. To accomplish this, we will continue to communicate with you frequently with updates on our website and via email. 

We look forward to our families making a safe and responsible return to the gym!

Steve and Mike

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April 28

TCT Team Families:

We hope you are all making the best out of this crazy situation and spending some quality time with your families. I’m sure your kids are missing the gym just as much as our coaches are missing having them there. We hope to be back in the gym soon, but for this to happen we need an Executive Order from Governor Walz allowing for our business to reopen. As of today, non-customer facing industrial and office-based businesses are allowed to reopen. The time frame for when gymnastics facilities can open is unknown at this time, but we are anticipating that it could be some time in May (could be as early as May 4th) and we would like to be prepared as a business to jump into action.

  • Online training will continue until we are able to train in the gym
  • Once the Executive Order is announced we will begin bringing in small groups for training
  • Our team coaches are already working on these details
  • Schedules and groups will be announced after we are cleared to open
  • TCT will institute a COVID safety protocol to do our best to keep athletes and staff safe
  • Families will receive more details via email prior to the commencement of practice

Please see the email for additional details.

We miss you all and cannot wait to see you back in the gym!
-Mike and Steve

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TCT Recreational Families:

We certainly miss you as well and hope you are enjoying our FREE online classes and Home Activities

We are also planning for your return, unfortunately we think it will be phase 2 (after team gymnasts are eased back in). We're working on some other virtual learning experiences and will let you know about those when ready.

Stay safe and healthy and enjoy this time together.

-TCT 

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March 26, 12:00 pm

Hi Everyone. Just making sure you've all received emails updating you about our plans for the next few weeks. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. We've already received many emails of encouragement and support and have shared them with our coaches! Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you real soon!

TCT

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March 21, 10:00 am

     We made it to through the week and into the weekend of the first week of our country being pretty much shut down.  It was a busy week, with a lot of cleaning, organizing, planning, and adjusting to this situation we are all going through together.  A lot of virtual workouts, at home strength work, and “homework” assignments will begin this week, and we have plans in place to keep us going for a while.  We have another staff planning meeting on Monday to assess where we are at, and to firm up plans moving forward. 

     There are a lot of positive signs out there that our country is doing the right things to stem the tide of this world wide crisis.  Testing capabilities have improved, treatments, drugs, and preventative measures have rapidly improved, and most of the country is observing the social distancing protocols to slow the spread of this virus. We haven’t seen the rapid escalation that Italy saw, so let’s hope that is a sign that we are doing the right things. 

“A lot of things are closed, but HOPE is not.”

     If you start to feel stressed, maybe try what I do.  I turn on KTIS radio (98.5 FM).  I’m amazed at the number of times that the right song comes on, or a story from one of the DJs changes my attitude and gives me smile and better outlook on the day. 

     Everybody is different, and that may not work for you, so find the one thing you can do that changes your attitude and outlook on the day.  What the mind thinks, is so much more controlling than we know.  “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t . . . . you are probably right”.

“There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.”

  • Unknown (but probably a positive, happy person)

Take a deep breath, relax, smile, and we’ll all get through this together.  TCT Strong.

Enjoy some things you normally wouldn’t have time for, and have a great weekend!

Mike
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March 18, 4:00 pm
          Another busy day at the gym, believe it or not. Just a quick note to update everybody on where things are at. It was weird here without any of our kids here (that’s why we do what we do), but still fairly busy. Program directors developing on-line content and activities to keep kids busy during this down time, things getting cleaned and organized, and planning taking place in case this becomes an extended shut down.
          If you haven’t already, look for ideas, suggestions, and plans to stay active, involved, and in shape during this challenging time. Some team programs will be getting full blown workout plans by the end of this week, or early next week.
          We are hopeful this will stay the two-week shut down that we started with, but we will keep adding material over time, if things are extended. We are also working on plans, both programming and financial, to help get us through if this becomes a longer period of time.
          We sincerely hope all is well with you and your families, and that you are enjoying some things that you normally wouldn’t have time for! Remember:

“Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, but its your choice to scream, or enjoy the ride!”

We miss you all! Hope to see you all real soon!
Mike
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March 16, 9:00 pm

Wow, what a day!  First off, thank you all for being patient with us as we work these uncharted waters and ever-changing circumstances of this pandemic.  With that said, here is where we are at, at the end of this crazy day:

  • Things are moving so fast, that we developed many plans during a two-hour staff meeting today that were obsolete within three of hours of creating them.
  • We finished our last day of classes and team workouts today and will be closed for the next two weeks, tentatively re-opening on Monday, March 30
  • All recreational, preschool, Ninja & SONIC accounts will be suspended today and hopefully will resume on March 30. We will be very flexible with our makeup policy or will credit tuition for cancelled classes to your account.  Please be patient with our office workers as they will be fielding many calls to work through these issues over the next few weeks. 
  • Team program directors will develop on-line content (ie “homework”) for their athletes to stay busy, stay in shape, and stay connected, through this break. Give them this week to develop their plans and look for something from them later this week or early next week. 

We will try to communicate as much as we can to all of you, so we will use our website, blast emails, and social media to disseminate as much information as we can.  We apologize in advance if you get inundated with communications from us.

Thanks again for your patience and for being a part of the Twister’s family!  And remember, “Take a deep breath.  It’s just a bad day, not a bad life!”

Together, we’ll all get through this!

TCT Gymnastics
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March 16, 3:45 pm

In light of the new information we've received, TCT will BE CLOSED effective March 17-March 29. We will have limited office staff available for questions during that time. We will be in contact regarding all the logistics that go into this closure. Please be patient during this process as we all navigate uncharted territory.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

TCT Gymnastics

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March 12, 2020

Dear Twisters Families, 

I’m writing to provide an update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our primary focus is for the health and wellness of our students, staff and community. We have continued to closely monitor the situation through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Twisters will remain open and offer our programs as scheduled. We want to offer a safe place for our families and continue to provide a positive and healthy environment. With that said, we also will be flexible with make ups should you want to take a week or so off to see how things play out.

We have also taken a closer look at our program and due to questions and concerns surrounding Coronavirus, have made the decision to make a few changes to our policies. As this public health situation continues to evolve, we will adjust our plan, as needed.

According to public health officials, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. For this reason, we are encouraging our students and staff to actively wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and take all the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses.

We are also implementing the following policies to help keep our Twisters family healthy:

  • All students and staff will be required to wash their hands prior to entering the gym. This includes if they leave and reenter.
  • We will continue to make hand sanitizer available in several locations.
  • Aside from cleaning the public areas regularly, we will make Clorox wipes available for customers who want to wipe down tables and seating areas.
  • While we will continue to disinfect the fountains, we recommend you send your student with a water bottle instead of using the drinking fountains. We will put signage on the drinking fountains.

We continue to recommend the following simple, everyday habits to help prevent the spread of illness:

  • As always, staff, parents, and students should stay home if they are feeling ill, have a fever, or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use your own water bottle - do not share.
  • Cover a cough. Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place Immediately in the trash. Wash hands immediately.

We will continue to follow public health recommendations and will send students home when they are ill. We ask that parents not send children to TCT when they are ill.

Please rely on updates posted to the Minnesota Department of Health website:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html for the most accurate and timely information on the virus. You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this international health challenge. We will be relying heavily on guidance from MDH and CDC and will do our very best to make good decisions for our students and staff based on their recommendations. As new information comes forward, we will continue to update you as needed.

Mike Hunger
Director