COVID-19

Continuity Plan

Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge is committed to providing a safe environment for you and your family to train. We have outlined a Continuity Plan for managing the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the Academy that supplements our already strict student health and welfare measures. This strategy will align with the laws and regulations set forth by the White House Guidelines for Opening Up American Again, as well as the Virginia Governor’s Office Forward Virginia Plan. Our goal is to take our time and work closely with our students and their families to make sure we are doing things safely and we are all staying healthy.

We have moved into Phase 3 Re-Opening in Virginia which means we are nearly at full capacity and normal schedule. Please check out schedule of classes for the latest updates on what is available. We are accepting registrations for our Beginners Classes for Adults and Youth anytime.


COVID-19 FAQs


We are planning to take our time returning to classes as they used to be. At first, our classes will run for a much shorter time period and will enforce strict social distancing rules. There will be limits on how many students and instructors will be allowed in the Academy. Expect classes that do not require a partner. When we begin partner training classes, we will require you to bring your own trusted partner. Someone from your household is preferred. We will ask you to stick with your designated partner(s) for a period of time (not just a single class).

During Phase 3 we will begin to allow students to do drills and techniques with whomever they choose. We recommend wearing a mask during these drills. Whichever partner you are using for that class will be the only person you work with for that class. Eventually we will add our sparring classes back to the schedule. We expect to be able to return to "normal" when the positive case numbers are in decline in our county AND no student has tested positive or shown symptoms at any point while we are open.
During Phase 2 students will need to register for classes they wish to attend. Once we have reached maximum capacity for that class it will be closed. We will not accept walk-ins. Please download the Zenplanner app for your phone or register through the website:

https://yamasakiacademywoodbridge.sites.zenplanner.com/calendar.cfm

If you do not remember your Zenplanner account email please contact us directly.

During Phase 3 you will not be required to sign up for every class. Simply show up for the class you wish to attend. We also will be streaming our classes live. More information about this can be found on our Virtual Training page here:

http://www.yamasakiwoodbridge.com/virtual-training/
  • There will be marked stations on the mats and walls to designate 10’ x 10’ distance
  • The changing rooms are closed for use. You must come dressed to train
  • Enter the gym through the main doors, exit the gym through the side door
  • Enter the mats at one end, exit the mats at another end
  • No spectators allowed. The seating area is closed.
  • The instructors will be checking students into the gym, no more keyboard/mouse
  • Water fountain has been turned off, bring your own water bottle
  • There will be no more shared gloves, shin pads, or gis available for use
  • The fitness equipment has been removed from the gym
  • The toys for the kids have been removed from the gym
  • Mats will be cleaned after every class using our current germicidal cleaner that uses n-Alkyl (60% C14, 30% C16, 5% C12, 5% C18) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and n-Alkyl (68% C12, 32% C14) dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chloride
  • Mats will be cleaned every night with Clorox Germicidal Bleach which contains sodium hypochlorite
  • Surfaces, including door handles, faucets and sinks, will be cleaned with wipes containing sodium hypochlorite in between classes
  • Spray hand sanitizers will be made available that contain 80% Ethanol Alcohol
  • Every weekend the gym will be completely cleaned including areas and equipment that are not in use
  • For information on the effectiveness of disinfectants specifically for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-1), please visit

    https://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/Disinfectant-Concentrations-for-EPA-list-N-COVID-19.aspx?tab=2
• Face masks will be required while training for the first few weeks of re-opening. Please bring your own mask.
• Students will be required to wash/sanitize their hands before and after class
• During Phase 2, partners will be paired by the students, not the instructors. A “trusted partner” will need to be identified. Families can designate more than one trusted partner. We will expect you to continue you to use your documented trusted partner for a period of time.
• Students temperatures will be checked when they enter the Academy using an infrared thermometer. A person with a temperature higher than 100.4°F (38°C) will not be able to enter the Academy.
• Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms of any kind will not be permitted to attend class
• Instructors can ask anyone to leave at any time for any reason if they feel they are a risk to others
Please contact us and let us know! We will be able to identify anyone who may have attended classes with you and we will contact them and let them know they have been exposed. We will not identify you or the person sick to anyone we contact.

Please add an additional 5 days to your quarantine time-frame before returning to the Academy if you get sick or test positive.
We plan to follow all local, state and federal guidelines. If we are moved back a phase or ordered to shut down we will comply. If Academy students and/or staff start getting sick, we may shut back down. We feel it is our responsibility to keep people safe and healthy when and where we can. We plan to keep a very close eye on everything we are doing and taking all precautions as we move back to a more “normal” state.
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