COVID-19 Updates for
La Petite Baleen Swim Schools

COVID-19 Updates for
La Petite Baleen Swim Schools

FAQ

WHEN WILL LPB SAN FRANCISCO OPEN?

Indoor pools, indoor and outdoor youth sports, and locker rooms/showers are all listed as Mid-November reopening goals, depending on local public health indicators. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more from our public health officials. See SF’s Reopening Timeline HERE.

SOCIAL DISTANCE SWIM LESSONS AT A GLANCE

  • Swimmers ages 3-5 years old are required to have an adult in the pool with them.
  • Only one caregiver per swimmer at a time in the school.
  • Swimmers can enter building 5 minutes prior to class.
  • Follow social distance and one-way traffic markings.
  • Face coverings required for everyone (ages 2 and up).
  • Face shields for parents in the water (buy at LPB for $5 or bring your own).
  • Changing rooms open for changing tables and restrooms, only.
  • Come ready to swim, and shower at home.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR

In San Mateo County, everyone over the ages of 13 years old is required to wear a face-covering inside the building. In San Francisco, everyone over the ages of 2 years old is required to wear a face-covering inside the building. Swim teachers and in-water parents/caregivers will be required to wear a face shield. Face shields will be available for purchase at LPB for $5.00 plus tax.

CHANGING ROOMS, SHOWERS, AND VIEWING AREAS

Changing areas will be used for using the bathroom, changing babies, and in some instances a walkway to the pool. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. We will have at least one shower open, but all are encouraged to come ready to swim and shower at home. The viewing areas will be marked for social distancing.

IS IT SAFE TO SWIM?

Yes. The CDC issued guidance that it is safe to swim as the virus cannot be spread via properly chlorinated and maintained pool water. Every LPB pool meets the health standards set by the CDC. Here is a LINK to the CDC direction on swimming and pool water. Likewise, HERE is an article outlining how the virus cannot be spread in a properly maintained pool.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AT LPB

  • One way traffic when possible
  • Limiting capacity and class ratios
  • Spaced out workspaces for our pod
  • Sneeze-guards at our Swimfo front desks
  • 6-foot social distancing required in/out of the pool
  • Floor markings to promote 6-foot distancing

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE FACILITY WITH ME?

We will be reducing our capacity by 50%.

OCCUPANCY AND CLASS RATIOS

New safety guidelines from the San Mateo County Health Department require that we reduce our capacity significantly. To start, we are limiting the maximum number of swimmers in each class to reduce the bather load and exposure in the pool:

 

  • 4:1 Baby/Toddler
  • 2:1 (3-5) year olds with a parent in the water
  • 3:1 (6-10) year olds
  • 2:1 Special Abilities (with a parent)
  • 3:1 Adults and Teens (if safe without a parent)
  • Advanced Swim will not be offered at this time

The number of classes in the pool will also be reduced:

 

  • Half Moon Bay – 2 classes
  • Redwood City – 4 classes
  • San Bruno – 4 classes
  • San Francisco – TBD

WHO CAN COME TO LESSONS

There should only be one caregiver per child at a time in the school. Customers will be allowed to enter the school 5 minutes prior to the start of their class.

AIR FLOW AT LPB

In Half Moon Bay, we have fresh outside air entering the pool room from windows located in our women’s changing room, men’s changing room, changing room hallway, and windows on the east wall of our pool room. All of this fresh air then flows westward through the pool room and is exhausted out.

 

In San Bruno, we have fresh outside air entering our pool room on the North wall soffit and it flows across the pool room and is exhausted from the exhaust vents located on the South wall soffit.

 

In Redwood City, we have fresh outside air entering our pool room from the roof that is supplied to the room via the large blue duct running along the length of the ceiling in the pool room. This fresh pool room air is supplied to the pool room and also moves through the hallway towards the changing rooms. The air is then exhausted out from exhaust fans located in each of the changing rooms as well as an exhaust located on the North wall of the pool room.

Our HVAC system at our San Francisco location distributes fresh outside air to our entire facility providing a consistent movement of fresh air.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO SEE DIFFERENTLY AT LPB?

  • Social distancing markings throughout the school
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Face shields on teachers
  • Fewer people in our facilities
  • Sneeze guards at our front desks
  • Toys, books and wall toys removed
  • Playground closed (HMB)
  • Limited access to changing rooms and showers
  • No loaner suits or towels
  • Disinfecting equipment, goggles, fins, etc. between uses
  • Most swimmers arriving/leaving in suits and towels

CLEAN FACILITIES

We have a day crew that is responsible for helping maintain six-foot separation as well as cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and high-touch areas using CDC recommended sanitizers.

CLEAN POOLS

We are following the guidelines provided by the CDC and San Mateo County Health Department. Treating our water with the recommended concentration of chlorine as well as a secondary disinfection method using Ultra Violet light.

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