COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Adopted August 17, 2020

To ensure New Trier Sailing is a safe as possible given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed these COVID policies and procedures.  Sailors are expected to abide by these policies; they can expect New Trier Sailing to do so as well.

Policies to Prevent Contracting or Spreading COVID-19

In order to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19, team members shall:

  • Quarantine or isolate according to these policies or procedures if they suspect they have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Avoid activities and situations that might significantly increase their risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, both at and away from New Trier Sailing events. Whenever possible, maintain a separation of six feet between themselves and anyone not in the same household.
  • Wear face masks while on the grounds of the Chicago Yacht Club (or those of the host of  any event) and in any vehicle with people other than immediate family members, including, but not limited to, team buses, private vehicles (such as for carpools), and public transportation.
  • Clean hands with soap and water or sanitizer before entering a team bus or carpool and before boarding a boat. In general, follow the best available hygiene advice to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.
  • Not share clothing, life jackets, or drysuits.  (Unless you suspect hypothermia.)
  • Abide by any quarantine or isolation orders of the State of Illinois, Cook County, the City or Chicago, New Trier High School, or any of the feeder communities to New Trier High School, including those related to travel.
  • Participate in any contact tracing efforts by New Trier Sailing, New Trier High School, the Chicago Yacht Club, or government authorities.  This includes cooperating with team efforts to record daily attendance and transportation methods.
  • Immediately isolate and notify a coach or captain if they feel sick at an NTS event.
  • Affirm they do not have COVID-19 symptoms before each practice or event using a tool selected by New Trier Sailing.

Procedures for Suspected COVID-19 or Exposure to COVID-19

If you suspect you have COVID-19 or you tested positive

  • Do not come to any NTS events; notify newtriersailing@gmail.com and your doctor.
  • Stay at home until 10 days after you first had symptoms or tested positive and it has been 24 hours since you had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and any other symptoms are improving.
  • These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems.  In those cases, consult your doctor before returning.

If you had close contact with someone you suspect has COVID-19

  • Do not come to any NTS events; notify newtriersailing@gmail.com and your doctor.
  • Quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure or until you have a note from your doctor saying you are not a transmission risk.
  • However, you do not need to notify us or quarantine if you had COVID-19 in the past three months, you recovered, and you remain symptom-free

Close contact with someone means any of the following: (i) you were within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more, (ii) you provided COVID-19 care to the person at home, (iii) you had direct physical contact, such as by hugging or kissing, (iv) you shared eating or drinking utensils, or (v) the person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.  In our context, you were in close contact if you spent 15 or more minutes in the same vehicle, in the same room, or on the same boat.

Modification of Code of Conduct

The New Trier Sailing Code of Conduct shall be modified to include the following language:

Members agree to follow the New Trier Sailing COVID-19 Policies and Procedures, to avoid activities and situations that might increase the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, and to participate in any contact tracing efforts by New Trier Sailing, New Trier High School, the Chicago Yacht Club, or government authorities.

Hypothetical Examples

These examples are intended to give sailors and parents an idea of how these policies and procedures might play out in the event of a case or suspected case.   These vignettes do not include every detail that may be known in the event of a real situation.  The New Trier Sailing Board will use all of the information available to it at the time, plus the latest medical and government advice, in making any determinations.

Example 1:  John, a member of the JV team who rides the bus to and from practice on Mondays and Wednesdays, develops COVID symptoms on Thursday.

John should notify newtriersailing@gmail.com as soon as possible.  He should quarantine for 10 days.  If he does not have a fever on the 10th day, he can return to practice on the 11th day.

NTS will notify all sailors and their families of the suspected case, while respecting John’s privacy. It will use attendance records to notify sailors it believes were in close contact with John.  These sailors should quarantine for 14 days from that last exposure.  It is likely this would include all the sailors who rode the bus with John.

Example 2: Samantha, a member of the varsity team who drives herself to practices, on develops COVID symptoms on Monday morning.

Samantha should notify newtriersailing@gmail.com and quarantine for 10 days.  If he does not have a fever on the 10th day, she can return to practice on the 11th day.

New Trier Sailing will notify all sailors and their families of the suspected case, while respecting Samantha’s privacy.  In this case, only Samantha and her sailing partner would need to quarantine.

Example 3:  Joseph is a member of the JV team who rides the bus to practice.  His father is sick on Sunday and receives a positive COVID test result on Tuesday morning.

Joseph had close contact with someone he suspected had COVID-19 on Sunday.  Therefore, he should not attend practice (or any NTS event) on beginning that day.  He should notify newtriersailing@gmail.com right away.  Since no other team member was in close contact with Joseph’s father, no other team member needs to stay home.

Assuming Joesph’s father isolates in a different part of the house as soon as he became ill, Joseph could return to NTS two weeks after his father first become ill.  However, if Joseph remained in close contact with his father, he would need to stay home until 14 days after his last contact with his father while his father still had a fever.

Example 4:  Ben, a member of the St. Ignatius High School varsity team, develops COVID symptoms on Thursday and receives a positive test result on Saturday.  NTS first becomes aware of the situation on Saturday afternoon.

Since Ben is a on another high school team, he neither commuted with nor sailed with any NTS sailors.  Barring some unusual circumstance, he was likely not indoors with NTS sailors for more than 15 minutes, either.  Therefore, he had no close contact with any NTS sailor and no NTS sailor is required to quarantine. 

Upon notification of the case on the St. Ignatius team, however, NTS will notify all sailors and their families.  If an NTS sailor believes he or she may have been in close contact with Ben (or any St. Ignatius sailor, if we do not know Ben’s name), that sailor should notify newtriersailing@gmail.com and quarantine per these guidelines.

References

We developed these policies with reference to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois State Board of Education All Sports Policy, the Illinois High School Association Back to Play Guidelines, and New Trier High School Reopening and Operational Plan for 2020-21.