Star of the North
Parents & Skaters,
We are currently in a state of unknown. We have no idea how Covid will affect our skating season. We are planning like a normal season with some slight changes, and NEW rules. Also in this letter you will find out about important dates for the season. I have tried to break this into sections to help review things throughout the season.
Season starts and Dates!
Private ice will go from 10/4 through 4/17. Please note that is an extra month of ice. Our normal Season is Mid Oct to the end of March.
Group / Learn to Skate 16 week lesson start 10/29 and 11/1. We are starting later in hopes that Covid continues to decrease in our area. Our 5 week spring show practice starts 3/4 & 3/7. Dress Rehearsal 4/15, Friday Show 4/16, and Saturday show 4/17.
IRA Civic Center ice rates this season are $173/ hour. Our season total is roughly $27,000.
We will be having On-line sign up with Paypal payments available. We are accepting 3-6 payments for the season. Sign up must be done through the Website!
Private Skaters – Full time Skaters are gaining over 18 hours of extra ice, One Day a week skaters are gaining over 8 hours of extra ice. Full time privates cost is $810, and One day week skater cost is $460. Spring Ice show will be a separated cost of $75 and is optional. Spring Fee will be collected at a later date due to seasons uncertainty with Covid.
Learn 2 Skate/Group skaters- 16 weeks of lessons are being offered as normal, however with possibility of limited class sizes. Spring Ice show will be a separated cost of $75 and is optional. Spring Fee will be collected at a later date due to seasons uncertainty with Covid. We offer these lessons on either Thursdays or Sundays. Here are the classes we are offering this season:
Parent & me class- a parent assists skating with their skater with coach instruction for the last 15minutes, Cost $160.
Tiny Tot class is a 30 minute class for ages 3-4yr, Cost is $160.
One day week group lessons are held on either Sundays or Thursdays, this class is a group setting learning the basics of skating. Cost $240.
Thursday only Hockey learn to skate class is held only on Thursdays. This class is a group setting to learn the basics of hockey skating. NO stick handling or puck work will be done. Cost $240
Two days a week group lessons are held on both Sunday & Thursday. This class is a group setting and skaters are working on high basic & freeskate levels, Cost $390.
Please understand the following guidelines and regulations may change at any moment as we are working day to day. We will notify you of any changes that need to be made as soon as possible so please check your email regularly. We are going to continually follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) & IRA guidelines.
Please read these guidelines well as it is very important that we are all on the same page.
Also, we are in a very different situation and we will all be doing the best we can to make this as simple as possible. We will all need to work through this together with patience and respect. Thank you all!
We will be following the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care.
Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 fall into two groups:
More common symptoms are one or more of these: fever of 100.4℉ or higher, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms are two or more of these: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, and new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.
We ask that all members self screen daily for the above symptoms. If the skater is experiencing one more common symptom or at least two less common symptoms:
If yes, the skater stays home or is sent home, and their siblings or household contacts stay home or are sent home.
The person with symptoms is either seen by a health care provider for an evaluation and COVID-19 test or they do not seek a medical evaluation.
If the person does not seek a medical evaluation, they must stay at home in isolation for at least 10 days from the time their symptoms started until symptoms are improved and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Siblings and household contacts must stay home and quarantine from skating for at least 14 days starting with the day they were last in contact with the person who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If the skater receives an alternate diagnosis to explain the symptoms, they can then return to skating 24 hours after symptoms have improved or as directed by a health care provider. Siblings and household members do not need to stay home or quarantine any longer once the alternate diagnosis is known.
If the skater tests negative for COVID-19, they can return to skating hours after symptoms have improved. Siblings and household members do not need to stay home once the negative result is known.
If the person tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay at home in isolation for at least 10 days from the time the symptoms started until symptoms have improved and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Siblings and household contacts must stay home and quarantine from all activities for at least 14 days starting with the day they were last in contact with the person who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Skaters who are a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Group skaters will be divided into Pods. A close contact is a skater who was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone who is infected. This will include skaters in the same Pod. It includes anyone who lives in the same household.
If a skater in a pod is in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the person must quarantine and stay home from skating for at least 14 days since the last day of contact with the positive case. Even if the close contact receives a negative test result, they need to complete 14 days of quarantine before returning to skating.. Close contacts should seek COVID-19 testing 5-7 days after last contact with the positive case. The siblings and household members of the close contact do not need to stay home or quarantine.
If a skater who is a close contact develops symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID-19, the person must stay home in isolation for at least 10 days from the time their symptoms started until symptoms are improved and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Siblings and household contacts also must stay home and quarantine from all activities for at least 14 days.
Refunds for this missed time will not be given
Coming to the rink for your session will have to be done in a timely manner. Please arrive only 10 minutes before your session starts and leave no longer than 10 minutes after your session is over. Please be prompt!
Please come ready to skate in proper apparel and with skates on, if possible. Please do off ice warm up and stretching outside or at home.
The bathrooms will be available for use but there will be no gathering in the bathroom allowed.
Masks are required in the building but not required anytime you are on the ice.
The locker rooms will be closed until further notice. We will be using the bleachers to tie skates (make sure you have your rubber guards to protect your blades).
We will need you to stress with your skaters there will be no hugging or sharing personal items with each other as in the past. They must also practice physical/social distancing the best that they can. IF they have a kiss n cry bag we are asking that their guards be placed by it and not on the boards.
There will only be 2 people allowed in the music box at a time. Please hand sanitize prior to touching the music player(s).
Attached to your registration is a waiver you will need to fill out, sign, date and either fill out online, or return to the rink on the first day your skater returns.
This season Fundraising is currently in the status of to be decided yet. However Fundraising is very important seeing our membership fee collected does not cover all the costs of the season. With everyone doing their share of the fundraising helps.
Each Season we offer a prorated refund if a skater decides that they don’t want to continue with lessons. This decision must be decided by December 1st. IF the City of Grand Rapids & IRA Civic Center cancel ice or close due to Covid, we will look at prorating a refund depending on when this happens during the season. There will be NO REFUNDS for any missed days due to sickness, or vacations.
COVID-19 WAIVER FOR RETURNING TO THE RINK FOR 2020-2021 SEASON!
As always, the Star of the North Figure Skating Club is very concerned for the health and safety of our members including skaters, coaches and families! This waiver will need to be returned to the rink, the first day the skater/coach will be returning to the rink.
I/We understand the risk I/we may be facing, in reference to the Covid-19 Virus, by participating in an activity in a public area. I/We freely assume all risks.
I/We agree to comply with the terms of participation with the SNSC, the regulations set by IRA Civic Center Arena and COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Youth and Student Programs developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.