Reopening Plan Overview
We are excited to begin welcoming the community back to the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center. The aquatic staff along with JCPRD and Shawnee Mission School District leadership have worked on a phased reopening plan for the aquatic center. We have been in communication with local and state government and health officials to ensure that our plan does its absolute best to promote safety when you return to the building.
What will be offered?
In the initial phase of reopening, the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center will offer the following:
- Lap Swimming
- Masters Swim Practices
- Team Practices
We look forward to continue to add additional programs like group swim lessons and water polo in future phases.
What to expect when arriving to the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.
In response to COVID-19, the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center has modified operations for the to provide a safe environment for our visitors and staff.
- Enhanced cleaning protocols.
- Designated entering and exiting protocols
- Physical Distancing and limits for number of swimmers in each lap lane.
Please see below for guidelines when visiting or participating in practice at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.
Face masks are required to be worn in facility, except when in the pool swimming, during high intensity activity when 6’ distancing is maintained or unless otherwise exempted per executive order.
Each athlete or coach is responsible to bring their own mask, and under no circumstances can a mask be shared.
No spectators, siblings or others may be present in the facility, including parking garage. Only athletes, lap swimmers and coaches will be allowed in facility
While swimming, participants must maintain 6’ distance at all times. The number of swimmers per lane is limited to help maintain this distance.
- Lap Swimmers: 1 person per lane.
- Swim Teams: Up to 4 swimmers per lane.
Coaches, athletes and lap swimmers will wash hands and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Athletes, lap swimmers and coaches are expected to enter and exit the facility according to the SMSD Aquatic Center entering and exiting maps.
After practice is completed, athletes will dry off, and exit the facility immediately. Patrons must be fully clothed, dry and have shoes on when exiting the locker rooms.
Swimmers must bring their own equipment. No sharing of equipment is allowed.
Small bags will be permitted for personal belongings (including but not limited to: car keys, water bottle, face mask, cell phone and hand sanitizer). These must be stored in a designated area with all bags at least 3’ apart.
Athletes, lap swimmers and coaches must maintain at least 6 feet distance at all times. This includes all common areas of the facility, swimming pool and pool deck.
Parents are only allowed to drop-off and pick-up their athletes. Drop-off and pick-up is located on Elmridge Street on the west-side of the facility.
Starting blocks are not available for usage for teams or lap swimmers.
Each athlete should bring their own water in a container clearly marked with their name. Sharing water bottles will not be allowed.
Drinking fountains and common water stations may not be available.
No food or food consumption while in the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.
Athletes and coaches will stay in “bubbles” / work groups as much as possible. Lap swimmers will be limited to 1 person per lane.
Additional Considerations and Guidelines
Athletes, lap swimmers and coaches who have high risk conditions or who are around family members or other close contacts with high risk conditions should consider restricting participation in practices or visiting facility.
“These high-risk conditions would include chronic lung disease (including moderate or severe asthma), serious heart conditions, sever obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney or liver disease, and any immunocompromised medical conditions, including cancer. Those athletes and their parents/guardians should discuss this with their physicians to determine risk of participation.”
Athletes, lap swimmers and coaches who are ill should not attend facility under any circumstances.
Athletes, lap swimmers and coaches are expected to monitor their own health and should not participate in any activity at Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center if:
- If tested positive for COVID-19.
- If exposed to COVID-19 or under a 14-day quarantine, the athlete, lap swimmer or coach must have medical clearance prior to returning to facility.
- If experiencing a fever of or greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit within the past 14 days.
- Or displaying any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days:
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell.
- After using mass or public transportation, taxis, or ride –share services within 14 days of traveling based on current Kansas Department of Health and Environment Guidelines.
As we move through the phases of the State of Kansas' Ad Astra Reopening Plan and continue to follow guidance from Johnson County officials, we will continue to expand our offerings. Stay tuned for more information about additional changes in our phased opening plan.
Thank you for standing by us in these challenging times. Your support matters now, more than ever.