Safety Policies

Covid-19 Safety

  • Program capacity will be a maximum of up to 15 individuals inclusive of staff and participants, pending facility capacity.
  • Participants and staff must perform an at-home self-health check every day prior to arrival at the program. Instructions for the self-health check will be provided prior to the start of programs.
  • Face coverings must be worn by participants and staff at all times.  The only exception to this is when the program is outside and staff and participants can maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet or when exercising.
  • Participants must provide their own face covering.  Face coverings should:
    • Have 2 or more layers of breathable fabric.
    • Completely cover your nose and mouth and can secure under your chin.
    • Fit snugly against the side of your face and do not have gaps.
  • Staff will develop a pickup and drop off system for each program to ensure proper physical distancing.  Parents and caregivers must wear face coverings and stay in their vehicle when dropping off and picking up participants.
  • Participants must adhere to a strict handwashing schedule.
  • Staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (tabletops, door handles, etc.) before and after activities and in between uses of different individuals.
  • Participants will be provided with a supply kit to limit the need for sharing.
  • Toys and learning tools not able to be sanitized will not be used.
  • NSSRA will take measures to promote 6-foot physical distancing like seat assignments, outdoor activities, barriers, and traffic flow patterns.
  • Participants and staff displaying symptoms of illness during the program will be removed from the group, and an approved adult will be required to pick them up within 30 minutes of notification. Participants will be supervised by staff while removed from the group. Participants will be required to have multiple emergency contacts to ensure that someone is available to pick them up if the need arises.
  • Participants who have been exposed in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 may only return to the program after it has been 14 days from the time of the exposure.
  • Participants diagnosed with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may only return to the program after it has been 10 days from the time they have experienced symptoms, do not have a fever for 3 days (without taking medication to reduce fever), and have an improvement in their respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath).  Alternately a participant may return to the program after 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row, with testing done 24 hours apart.
  • If participants have illnesses like allergies or other non-contagious conditions that may appear similar to a contagious illness, a note from a physician stating they are not contagious is required prior to attending the program.
  • To protect your participant and those they interact with, participants that do not adhere to program rules and the above guidelines may be removed from the program.

Transportation Safety Procedures

NSSRA has implemented the following transportation procedures in order to ensure participants’ safety while riding in NSSRA vehicles.

  • All passengers must be sitting in seats or wheelchairs with seat belts securely fastened. The driver will not proceed until all seat belts are fastened.
  • All wheelchairs must have brakes that are in good working order and can stop the chair from moving.
  • The NSSRA drivers will assist participants to and from their homes, but driveways and walkways must be clear of debris and obstacles.
  • NSSRA drivers are responsible to determine whether or not a participant can be transported safely. If it is determined that it would be dangerous to transport an individual, the driver may refuse to transport that person.*
  • Persons riding in Amigo-type wheelchairs must transfer into a bus seat and must use a seatbelt.
  • Persons unable to be in the house alone should have someone meet the NSSRA staff at the designated time of return. NSSRA cannot wait more than ten minutes due to the demanding transportation schedule.

*NSSRA reserves the right to refuse to transport individuals. Please realize that these policies have been developed to ensure the safety of everyone riding in NSSRA vehicles. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Pick Up and Drop Off

For the safety of all participants, parents/guardians/group home staff must personally check in with a program leader/driver when dropping off and picking up a participant. Staff cannot leave a program or other participants to escort an individual to or from a vehicle. Therefore, parents/guardians/group home staff are asked to park and check in with the program leader during both drop off and pick up for all programs.

Inclement Weather Policy
If inclement weather occurs, NSSRA may still decide to hold programs. If the weather turns dangerous (100 degrees or higher actual temperature or heat index; 2 degrees or lower actual temperature, -30 degrees or lower wind chill or severe snow/ice), NSSRA will call participants prior to the start of a program to cancel the program. If you are not sure whether a program will meet due to inclement weather, call NSSRA. Refunds are issued for cancelled programs.

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Safety/Insurance Information

NSSRA is committed to conducting its recreation programs and activities in the safest manner possible and holds the safety of participants in the highest possible regard. Participants and parents registering for recreation programs must recognize, however, that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in recreation activities. NSSRA continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that participants follow all safety rules and instructions which have been designed to protect the participant’s safety.

Please recognize that NSSRA does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained in its programs. The cost of such would make program fees prohibitive. Therefore, each person registering themselves or a family member for a recreation program/activity should review their own insurance coverage. It must be noted that the absence of health insurance coverage does not make NSSRA automatically responsible for the payment of medical expenses.

Due to the difficulty and exorbitant cost of obtaining liability insurance, the agency providing liability coverage for NSSRA requires the execution of a Waiver and Release.

Certain high risk activities may require an additional waiver prior to participation. This waiver must be signed before participation in a program. View NSSRA’s High Risk Waiver Policy here for more information. 

Please contact NSSRA Safety Coordinator Meggan Davies at (847) 509-9400 x6828 or mdavies@nssra.org with any questions.