COVID-19 Operating Procedures, 2020-2021 Season:
Message from your CEO, Ron Shepard:
When speaking of the outlook for the coming season, there are things we know for sure, and things we can’t predict- many of our plans will remain fluid. As a Division, we will adapt and change to face the changing landscape COVID presents. We must all remain flexible and possess concern for our own safety and the safety of others. We know that there will be skiing and snowboarding, and there will be learning. We will continue to improve our craft, driven by our desire to help others learn and our love of the sport. We know that HOW we do these things will look differently this season.
KNOW that the leaders of PSIA-AASI Central are taking advantage of these challenges by looking for all of the ways to reimagine and improve all of the ways we have delivered snowsports instruction education and certification. More information about the season exam and education process will be available in the weeks to come, utilizing small groups and video and online classroom technologies, in the interim, these are the current projected operating procedures for the 2020/2021 PSIA-AASI Central Snowsports Season, under COVID-19 Safety Protocols:
Operating Procedures, 2020/2021 Season:
TRAVEL and EDUCATION STAFF:
It is PSIA-AASI Central’s intent to keep our staff as safe and socially responsible as possible. We will do this by limiting the range of our staff travel, using local staff when possible. We will avoid overnight travel and carpooling. These steps come at additional costs to the organization, yet we feel that they are the right thing to do.
- All staff and participants are requested to self-monitor temperature and symptoms prior to attending events. If a participant or staff member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, while at the event, immediately have them return home from the mountain as soon as possible and follow CDC-recommended steps for persons who are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Staff and members must stay at home if they are sick. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 infection, inform the host resort management, staff and members about their possible exposure to the virus, while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Screening will be done of Staff and Members following recommendations established by County Health Department, State and CDC. Wellness Checks conducted during event registration and daily as recommended by County Health Departments. Daily Wellness Checks of all Central employees when they are in contact with PSIA-AASI members, resort employees and resort guests when they are working on behalf of Central
- Conditions will be regularly monitored regarding the spread of COVID-19, following federal, state, and/or local public health officials recommendations when deciding whether to postpone, cancel, or reduce attendance at events.
- All clinics will be “Direct to Snow.” Groups will receive advance notice of meeting places and times.
- Participants are encouraged to boot-up at their vehicles, and to pack a lunch in order to minimize indoor exposure.
- Lunch periods are independent, groups will not formally meet over lunch.
- Masks are required. Any and all protocols of the hosting resort MUST be followed, or the participant will be excused from the event, without refund.
- Pre-Clinic Discussion and Material will be presented via webinar/email.
- Many events will shift to 1-Day formats, in order to best accommodate the above protocols.
- Events will be held mid-week and/or coordinated to avoid regional peak periods.
- We pivoted quickly last spring to offer more online learning opportunities, and we are committed to doing the same for the upcoming season, with new and redesigned webinar courses.
- Educational Clinics and Certification Exams will incorporate more online learning, to continue to provide adequate instruction and feedback time in support of more limited face-to-face interaction.
- Online learning will allow our members to benefit from exposure to a wider range of education staff, along with individualized instruction and feedback.
- EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
We anticipate that more members will take 6 CEU courses to fulfill their annual requirement rather than the 12 that achieves a biannual update, and this will likely place an additional burden on our education staff and events in the 2021-2022 season. In an effort to relieve this potential bottleneck, PSIA-AASI Central will not enforce a limit of on-line courses employed to achieve continuing education for the 2020-2021 season.
For more information on Navigating the 2020-2021 Snowsports season, check out this resource from PSIA-AASI National: https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/covid-19-updates/