The results of the AAPA/ATPA survey were reviewed and discussed. There was not broad agreement on the sample policies, with the exception of requiring a waiver for gymnasts to leave the gym unaccompanied. While there are questions about implementation, this seems like the most promising option.
Parents expressed frustration about not having communication directly from the Gymnastics Program Director and Coaches - most notably when a safety incident occurred in Fall 2020 and during the COVID-19 facility decisions. DPR understands that this is a gap in the communication system and will work to make sure that the coaches are empowered and have the resources available to communicate with gymnasts and parents in something closer to real time--even if they cannot say much because they are awaiting further County guidance. DPR will work with Carly and Maija on coordinating communication with DPR and DPR can share some communication templates.
DPR has created a Safe Sport web page, including information for parents, coaches and athletes on the website. DPR will communicate these resources to gymnastics families each fall at the beginning of the competitive season. DPR will increase SafeSport and "safety rules" signage around Barcroft
All DPR staff will take Stewards of Children - Darkness to Light Training: Stewards of Children® is an adult-focused prevention training program that centers on improving the awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse (CSA). The training aims to educate adults (primarily child care professionals) to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to CSA
DPR staff will take Mandated Reporting Training
DPR and AAPA/ATPA agree that more and regular communications would be beneficial.
AAPA offered to meet with DPR to walk through the structure of AAPA and how it works to support the program.
Anthony will attend AAPA monthly meetings going forward.
AAPA is in the process of developing the following policy documents and will share with DPR once reviewed and approved, including: Choreography Policy, Financial Responsibility Summary (includes Apparel Policy), Travel Meet Policy.