Horse & Animal Programs: COVID-19 Policies
Saddle Club

Sherborn , MA

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Sherborn, Massachusetts

COVID-19 Policies

COVID-19 Sweet Meadow Farm Policies

 

Practices Implemented for Sweet Meadow Farm Programs

- Limited contact between rider and instructor

- Sanitize and disinfect saddle, reins, exc in-between riders

- Require instructors to sanitize hands between lessons.

- Sweet Meadow Staff is constantly disinfecting door knobs and common surfaces: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks etc.

- In the main riding ring, door will remain open as well as opportunity to conduct lessons outside (weather permitting)

- Conducting daily health checks for employees and children that exhibit symptoms: Fever, body aches, fatigue, couch, congestion, sore throat, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of smell/taste, confusion, new rash, and/or changes to hands and feet

- Conducting a hazard assessment of the workplace

- Require employees, students, and children to comply with current state guidelines to wear cloth face coverings at all times: Avoid frequently touching your mask

- Implementing policies and practices for social distancing

- Limit groups to 10 people to follow social distancing guidelines

- Lunch and snacks will be eaten in set areas 6' apart

- Implement drive-thru camp drop-off, where parents remain in the vehicle

Safe Behavioral Practices to be Followed

- Social distancing (specifically staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into a shared space)

Frequently washing hands or use alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer 

- Wearing cloth face coverings until the State deems is safe to forgo wearing them

- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth

- Staying home when sick

- If a child is suspected to be sick: Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, extreme fussiness, or new unexlplained rash

- Ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have: Fever, body aches, fatigue, couch, congestion, sore throat, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of smell/taste, confusion, new rash, and/or changes to hands and feet

- Ask parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Upon their arrival, stand at least 6 feet away from the parent/guardian and child.

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

This will be a drive-thru drop off and pick up. Parents will remain in their vehicles to drop their child off

- Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of the facility, so that children can clean their hands before they enter. If a sink with soap and water is not available, we will provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol next to parent sign-in sheets. Keep hand sanitizer out of children’s reach and supervise use.

- Have camp staff greet children outside as they arrive.

- Ideally, we will encourage the same parent or designated person to drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Screening Children Upon Arrival (if possible)

Persons who have a fever of 100.40 or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the facility. We will encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Screen children upon arrival, if possible.

- Reliance on Social Distancing

- We will ask parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. 

- We will ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have: Fever, body aches, fatigue, couch, congestion, sore throat, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of smell/taste, confusion, new rash, and/or changes to hands and feet

- We will then make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

- Children and staff are required to stay 6' apart and must wear facial covering at all times.

 

Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior to be Followed

All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

- Arrival to the facility and after breaks

- Before and after preparing food or drinks

- Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children

- Before and after administering medication or medical ointment

- After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom

- After coming in contact with bodily fluid

- After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste

- After playing outdoors or in sand

- After handling garbage

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.

- Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.

- Assist children with handwashing

- After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.

- Place posters describing handwashing steps near sinks.

 

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