Return To Play

ASPNC is pleased to announce our Winter Return-to-Play Plan in regards to COVID-19.

All policies and procedures outlined in the document are subject to change with or without notice and will be updated to follow all local, state, and federally published mandates and recommendations.

View a PDF of our return to play documents here.

Addition to ASPNC’s Essential Eligibility Criteria

Everyone involved in an activity with ASPNC, including but not limited to participants, volunteers, staff, family members, friends, CIs, etc, is required to properly wear an approved face mask and any other required PPE per the state of NH and CDC guidelines for the duration of an activity or when inside an ASPNC venue. Due to health hazard COVID-19 poses, we are not able to accept medical exemptions at this time.

Program Schedule

The following programs will be offered during Winter Return to Play Programming for Winter 2020-2021
 • Alpine Skiing and Riding – 7 days a week, Monday through Sunday- 10:30-12:00 and 1:00-2:30, Sundays- NCU team will ski from 9:30-11:30. Mondays will be morning session only.
 • Nordic Skiing– Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
 • Snowshoe/Winter Hiking– Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-11:30am

Quicklinks:
Participants     Program Specific Procedures     Volunteer Requirements     Emergency Procedures

General Guidelines for return to play

 • Program sessions will have a two-hour maximum time without a break.
 • Winter Return to Play will only be open to participants/volunteers/caregivers from New England states (MA, ME, VT, NH, CT, RI). Our service area is subject to
    change depending on current case counts in each state/county.
 • Participants needing assistance with equipment or transfers may participate during Winter Return to Play. All assistance necessary must be
    previously discussed with and agreed upon by both ASPNC and the participants/ caregivers prior to the start of programming. (See transfer
    plan/protocol)
 •
No sharing of equipment during sessions.
 • Approved masks are required. Everyone will be required to wear PPE at all times during program – PPE will be provided for those that need it. When social
    distancing cannot be maintained, eye protection is considered required PPE.
 • Safe areas, where mask breaks can be taken, will be indicated for each program. The safe area will be a distant outside area where one person at
    a time can take a break from wearing PPE.
 • Everyone must complete a mandatory prescreening assessment.
 • Temperature check/screening will be mandatory for everyone.
 • New volunteers will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
 • If you do not feel well in the slightest—with any symptoms—please do not attend program. Please call the office to let us know ahead of time.
 • Anyone arriving early will be asked to wait in their car.
 • ASPNC reserves the right to cancel or shut down programming at any time if necessary.

ASPNC requirements prior to reopening

 • Ensure appropriate inventory of PPE (masks, nitrile gloves, face shields, and eye protection) available for Winter Return to Play programming.
 • Ensure appropriate inventory of cleaning and disinfecting supplies (disinfecting wipes/spray, hand sanitizer) for Winter Return to Play programming.
 • Must have staff and volunteer training resources on PPE and decontamination, following CDC guidelines.
 • ASPNC will conduct a prescreening assessment via Google Forms.
 • Ensure enough equipment is available for programming so no equipment is shared.
 • At least one (1) staff person must be onsite, overseeing every program and ensuring guidelines are being followed.

Symptom Check for All- Prior to start of programing

Prescreening assessment is mandatory for everyone present at an activity, including, but not limited to participants, caregivers or family members accompanying students, volunteers, or staff. Anyone entering an ASPNC venue is expected to complete the prescreening or will be asked to leave the venue area until it has been completed. Prescreening will be done digitally using a Google form that will be monitored by staff. The prescreening form must be done within 24 hours of each in person session or prior to the start of programming the day of the event. There are no exemptions to completing the health screening. Individuals will be asked if they are unable to complete a Google Form prescreening during lesson confirmations. Those unable to complete forms via Google Forms must request to receive a screening via phone call ahead of time.
 • A “yes” answer to any of the following will result in the staff/volunteer/participant being cancelled for the day and the
    activity rescheduled
       • Are you currently experiencing any new or worsening of the following symptoms?
               • Fever
               • Cough
               • Shortness of breath
               • Lost sense of taste or smell
               • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
               • Sore throat
               • Other cold or flu like symptoms
       •
Are you currently waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have you already tested positive?
       • Have you or anyone you are in regular contact with tested positive for COVID-19, or exhibited any cold or flu like symptoms, such as fever or cough?
       • Have you traveled outside of New England recently?
       • A clear screen should be indicated on the daily venue sheet with date of screening.
       • If a person is cancelled due to our screening or receives a positive COVID result, the person should quarantine from programming for two weeks before returning. ASPNC recommends anyone with symptoms gets tested prior to returning to programming. 
 • Whether a anyone has cleared the screening procedures or not will be recorded on the daily venue sheet.

Symptom Check for All- During Programming

 • ASPNC staff will check all staff/volunteers/participants’ temperature when they arrive at the venue. Any temperature at or above 100.4 will result in the individual being sent home
       • If a person is cancelled due to the screening the person should quarantine from programming for two weeks and not return unless symptom free. ASPNC
         recommends anyone with symptoms gets tested prior to returning to programming.
 • Staff/volunteers/participants will be required to wear a mask anytime they will be around anyone else
 • Anyone that removes their mask will be asked to put their mask back on. If anyone is not able to follow the mask rule and is asked more than twice to put their mask back on will be asked to end their activity session for the day. If this continues to be an issue, we will ask that individual not come back until we can reschedule to a time when programming without a mask is possible.
 • We will always have a safe area at program that is more than 15 feet away from others where a mask does not have to be worn. This area can be occupied by one person at a time and will allow people to take a break from wearing a mask.

Participants

Prior to start of programming:
 •All registration and paperwork must be completed online prior to arrival. Participants will not be able to complete paperwork on site.
 •Participants will need to sign-up for a specific activity and time block by doing any of the following:
       • Call the ASPNC office at 603-823-5232
       • Or email info@adaptivesportspartners.org
       • Participants that show up without a scheduled activity session will not be allowed to participate as we need to limit group sizes
 •If a participant requires assistance for the activity, ASPNC may assist with transfers (see participant transfer procedures). However, we recommend that whenever possible either a family or a CI that is already in close contact with the participant assists.
 •Complete a pre-lesson confirmation and assessment via Google Forms or with an ASPNC staff member over the phone.
 •Plan for the program and goals must be completed over the phone or via Google Form

Participant Transfer Procedures
 •Participants needing assistance may participate during Winter Return to Play Programming. All assistance necessary must be previously discussed with and agreed upon by both ASPNC and the participants/ caregivers prior to the start of programming.
 •Any time volunteers, participants and staff are within 6 feet of one another masks and eye protection must be worn. If assisting with transfers, participants must wear an approved, clean mask AND eye protection or a face shield. Volunteers must wear a mask, nitrile gloves and eye protection or face shield and must wash or sanitize their hands before and after the transfer.

Volunteer requirements Prior to start of programming

• Receive ASPNC specific COVID training including: training on proper use and disposal of PPE, disinfecting procedures, new program procedures, new venue specific procedures, emergency operations with specific regard to changes due to COVID-19
• All paperwork must be completed online prior to arrival. Volunteers will not be able to complete paperwork on site. Volunteers will need to complete updated waiver, background check, etc. Volunteers must read and agree to the 2020-2021 Volunteer Handbook.
• Must be from New England region. ASPNC reserves the right to restrict access depending on current case counts in each state/county.
• No illness (cold or flu like symptoms, including fever) for the last 14 days
• No contact with any known person with symptoms or a positive COVID test for 14 days
• Daily symptom screening survey and temperature checks for everyone. Any ‘yes’ response or temperature at or above 100.4 will warrant being sent home
• Temperature check screening will be documented on the daily venue sheet.

Volunteer requirements During programming

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol at minimum) prior to and after ending a session and after any of the following: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, eating, drinking, going on break, and before or after starting programming.
• Any time volunteers, participants and staff are within 6 feet of one another masks and eye coverage must be worn, ie face masks and goggles/glasses/facemask. If assisting with transfers, see “participants transfer procedures” below.
• An approved mask will be available and must be worn at all time during programming. Gloves will be required for handling equipment or shared items prior to disinfecting.
• Help staff clean and disinfect all equipment at the end of programming if comfortable (optional).

Volunteer Training

• Prescreening questionnaire and temperature checks are required at all in-person trainings.
• Clinics will be operating with strict group size limits this year. You must register in advance, first come first serve. Please do not tag onto a clinic you have not signed up for.
     • Time inside the lodge should be limited as much as possible. Everyone is safer outside.
     • Any clinic instruction that would be done indoors will be moved to a virtual or on snow format.

Alpine Skiing and Riding Procedures for Volunteers

Volunteers to arrive 20-30 minutes before start time.
Volunteers will be expected to come into the lodge fully booted up and ready to go. No gear is to be left inside the lodge.
Volunteers will be allowed to keep one (1) pair of teaching skis in the ski closet.
Volunteers will not be allowed to leave ANYTHING inside the building.
     • ASPNC will provide outdoor storage for shoes and lunches for daytime use only. As soon as lessons are done for the day, storage will be removed/locked.
Volunteers are expected to wait outside while their lesson readies, unless otherwise asked by ASPNC staff.
Morning meeting will take place outside or via radio and will occur at the discretion of the staff/VL.
Once lessons are scheduled for the season, ASPNC will try to assign all lead volunteers jackets. If any extra jackets are available, they will be assigned on an as needed basis. Those assigned jackets will be responsible for their jackets for the season, including washing them if necessary. Jackets are only to be worn for ASPNC programming activities. Those assigned jackets are responsible for asking the AVL for additional first aid supplies if needed. ASPNC will have a list of required items the first aid kit should contain, and we will provide those to every volunteer.
Volunteer notes-

Emergency Procedures

As a general rule, begin any emergency intervention or rescue by ensuring you have a mask and gloves on.
ASPNC to provide training on emergency operations with specific regard to changes due to COVID-19
     • For serious injury or illness call 911
     • If emergency is respiratory in nature, isolate the person and maintain longer distance from the person.
     • If CPR is required hands only CPR will be performed without any rescue breathing if the rescuer is comfortable with providing CPR.
• For minor injury or illness provide basic first aid as comfortable and appropriate, with mask and gloves.
• Notify staff person on site of incident.
• Provide basic first aid as comfortable.
• Use all appropriate PPE.
• Complete incident report.

Alpine Skiing and Riding Procedures

As a general rule, begin any emergency intervention or rescue by ensuring you have a mask and gloves on.
ASPNC to provide training on emergency operations with specific regard to changes due to COVID-19
     • For serious injury or illness call 911
     • If emergency is respiratory in nature, isolate the person and maintain longer distance from the person.
     • If CPR is required hands only CPR will be performed without any rescue breathing if the rescuer is comfortable with providing CPR.
• For minor injury or illness provide basic first aid as comfortable and appropriate, with mask and gloves.
• Notify staff person on site of incident.
• Provide basic first aid as comfortable.
• Use all appropriate PPE.
• Complete incident report.

No more than 20 people are allowed within the adaptive space at Cannon at any time. Cannon will also have indoor capacity limits.
Volunteers and participants will check in with assigned staff at grotto entrance before going to pods. ASPNC will mark off acceptable social distancing spacing on the floor for those waiting to check in.
Unless explicitly given permission, no volunteer is to enter the ASPNC grotto area behind the wooden desk.

Staff will arrive 1 hour prior to activity start.
Staff will get necessary equipment ready for the activity. Needed equipment will be placed in pods including, radios, rentals, assistive equipment, etc. If necessary, a tablet will be provided for access to participant chart and notes.
Staff will ensure used equipment is properly cleaned and stored.
Is responsible for ensuring documentation is correct and updated at end of each session to ensure proper contact tracing is possible.

Volunteer Lead- same as staff expectations.

Assistant Volunteer Lead (AVL) responsibilities:
AVL will wipe down tables and chairs, touch points, before lessons go out, after lessons go out, etc.
AVL will be responsible for managing the prescreening Google Form and conducting prescreens by phone call for those requesting it. AVL will document “Pass” or “Fail” of prescreen on daily venue sheets.
AVL will be responsible for conducting temperature checks. AVL will document temperature checks on daily venue sheets.
When checking in volunteers, AVL will check if jacket supply bags need restocking and provide necessary supplies.
AVL will manage documentation, dispensation and retrieval of exchangeable passes.

Volunteers to arrive 20-30 minutes before start time.
Volunteers will be expected to come into the lodge fully booted up and ready to go. No gear is to be left inside the lodge.
Volunteers will be allowed to keep one (1) pair of teaching skis in the ski closet.
Volunteers will not be allowed to leave ANYTHING inside the building.
     • ASPNC will provide outdoor storage for shoes and lunches for daytime use only. As soon as lessons are done for the day, storage will be removed/locked.
Volunteers are expected to wait outside while their lesson readies, unless otherwise asked by ASPNC staff.
Morning meeting will take place outside or via radio and will occur at the discretion of the staff/VL.
Once lessons are scheduled for the season, ASPNC will try to assign all lead volunteers jackets. If any extra jackets are available, they will be assigned on an as needed basis. Those assigned jackets will be responsible for their jackets for the season, including washing them if necessary. Jackets are only to be worn for ASPNC programming activities. Those assigned jackets are responsible for asking the AVL for additional first aid supplies if needed. ASPNC will have a list of required items the first aid kit should contain, and we will provide those to every volunteer.
Volunteer notes-

Participants arrive 15 minutes before program start time.
Participants will be expected to check in immediately upon entering adaptive space and will then proceed to their assigned pod. We will have assigned pods available both inside and outside.
Participants readying in the lodge are encouraged to come in as ready as they can be, ie snowpants on, ski socks on, etc.
Whenever possible, care givers will be responsible for helping participants gear up. ASPNC staff/ volunteers can offer guidance and assistance at their discretion.
Participants arriving more than 15 minutes late may be cancelled and rescheduled at ASPNC discretion. If you are going to be late, please notify ASPNC as soon as possible!
Family members, friends, CIs, etc, will be expected to leave the ASPNC grotto when the participant leaves the lodge.

Break Plan
Masks will be worn when not eating or drinking
Participants needing warming breaks can be take them in their assigned pod.
If consuming food or drink, we ask that volunteers please distance as much as possible from participants and each other and those outside of your household. Volunteers and participants should keep to opposite sides of the pod during these breaks.
There will be limited tables and seats in ASPNC space.
Cannon is asking those in the lodge to limit their time to less than 30 minutes.

Lunches may be eaten in outdoor and indoor lesson pods if the following provisions are followed:
Masks will be worn when not eating or drinking.
Participants in all day lessons will be given preference to eat lunch in their assigned pods.
Volunteers may eat in pods unoccupied by participants. Volunteers must finish eating lunch prior to 12:45 when participants arrive. No volunteer should be eating lunch in pod space while a participant is readying to ski. Volunteers will maintain social distancing with those outside of their household while unmasked to eat. Volunteers may be asked to use pod space in shifts to allow other volunteers the opportunity to eat and warm up.

Snowshoe/Winter Hiking Procedures

• Snowshoeing will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00-11:30am.
• All participants must be pre-registered and all paperwork completed prior to starting programming.
• All participants/volunteers/staff to be screened prior to the start of programming.
• The venue will change weekly.
• Snowshoes and/or microspikes will be utilized for all hikes and provided by ASPNC.
• Participants/volunteers/staff must come fully dressed and prepared to be in the outdoors for the entire session.
• There will be no indoor space or bathrooms available.
• Equipment will not be shared during the session.
• Full PPE (mask, nitrile gloves, and eye protection) will be worn when assisting participants with setting snowshoes or micro spikes up for the session.
• Physical contact with a participant should be avoided unless necessary.
• All equipment will be cleaned at the end of the activity session.

Nordic Skiing Procedures

• Nordic Skiing will be held on Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
• All participants must be pre-registered and all paperwork completed prior to starting programming.
• All participants/volunteers/staff to be screened prior to the start of programming.
• ASPNC will partner with a Nordic location that can offer Nordic equipment
• Participants/volunteers/staff must come fully dressed and prepared to be in the outdoors for the entire session.
• There will be no indoor space or bathrooms available.
• Equipment will not be shared during the session.
• Mask and gloves will be worn when assisting participants with setting Nordic equipment up for the session.
• Physical contact with a participant should be avoided unless necessary.
• All equipment will be cleaned at the end of the activity session.