This week, Governor Kay Ivey extended our current Safer at Home order through July 31, 2020. You can see her current messages and the Order here.
With those orders, we will be continuing our current plan for students to attend by Zoom or in person with our current protocols, that can be found here.
As the cases in Baldwin County rise, we understand everyone’s concerns and we are doing our best to protect our dojo family from every angle and ask that you do the same. This is a frightening time for everyone, but we know that together, we will make it through.
Sending lots of love and prayers to all of you.
Renshi and Sensei Crissi and the rest of the SCS Team
We will be continuing our Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Schedule through May 31.
We will be opening up more of our class schedule on June 1.
After doing a poll on our Facebook page, we found that most students felt comfortable attending class without a mask, almost an overwhelming amount. We then consulted with some nurses who are in the trenches, and came up with new procedures which will strictly adhere to.
We are updating our requirements to recommend masks, but not requiring them. Everyone has different research/experience/beliefs regarding this virus and the protocols in place. We are doing our best to follow the recommendations of the state health department and the CDC guidelines.
Of course, social distancing will be practiced, which is why we are only able to admit 15 students per class and limit our classes to two per week. CMX and Black Belt Classes do not count toward the two class limits.
There will be no spectators but parents are encouraged to join the Zoom Link to watch without sharing your audio or video to keep the class focused and help our instructors see who needs help on the zoom class if necessary.
If you are uncomfortable with someone not having a mask, we will be offering our Zoom Classes. You can find the links here. We also will do our best to separate those that are wearing masks from those who are not for safety in the dojo.
Instructors and staff will be required to wear a mask. It is recommended that all students wear a mask. We will not require it.
Everyone will be required to pre-register for classes. You will have to receive a confirmation notice from us before you attend classes because we are still trying to figure out this system, which is showing some glitches with students saying that they have registered, but they are not showing in the system.
The COVID-19 Questions must be answered with a “no” and temperatures will be taken at the door.
On May 8, Governor Kay Ivey relaxed restrictions which create the opportunity for facilities like SCS to re-open for in person training.
We were just given the details on May 8 and as it is important to respect the opinions and safeguard the health of our students, we are taking the time to plan and prepare for the eventual return to normalcy in the dojo and not add to a resurgence of this pandemic.
The health and safety of our dojo families are of the utmost importance to us. As such, we are not taking it lightly and are reviewing every safety protocol and guidelines with an advisory team.
We will continue our Zoom Classes for the foreseeable future. Attendance in these classes will count towards your rank.
You can find the links to the current week’s classes here. Game time will be canceled for at least Monday and Tuesday. https://teamscsdaphne.com/live-workout-links/ We will be giving details on Tuesday’s Zoom Classes only until Wednesday.
Graduation plans for black belts and colored ranks will be considered in the next couple of days as well.
We expect to communicate all procedures to our families and students on Wednesday.
We do understand other facilities have different situations and it is up to them whether they open or close. While we take their policies and procedures and viewpoints into consideration, we are taking every effort to ensure the safety of our students and their families in this crisis.
Please watch for further details on how in person classes will proceed. When we do reopen, students will be required to complete a new waiver and pre-register for classes. There will be new class times and they will be limited to 18 students per class to maintain a six foot distance. Masks will be required at this time.
As our governor has stated that all gyms must be shut down until April 17. We are following orders to do our part.
Please join our live classes and watch for the many things we are working on for our students to keep them ready for the May Graduations.
Please watch our social media and download our Spark Member app!
Please stay up to date with the local advisories at www.al.com.
Also follow us on social media and our Spark app!
The Spark App will be instrumental should we need to transition to a digital option for classes. We will also be sharing announcements here.
Here is our post from March 28:
Dear SCS Family,
It is with great sadness that the governor has mandated all gyms be closed through April 17.
It is our prayer that everyone heed the warnings and help our community get back to normal as quickly as possible so that we can all get back to normal.
Through this unprecedented time, we believe we will all become stronger, more focused, appreciative and patient. We can become better students, focusing more on the details we always seem to rush through. We can all begin to focus more on the positive during this time.
Live classes have been challenging, but so worth it to see your faces. I have loved the extra connection we have had with our students during Game Time/Daily Challenge and the text messages of kata videos and belt tying.
We are working hard to make the most of the time that we are closed by doing some upgrades at the dojo and working on making our curriculum available for when you are not at the dojo. We hope to be adding some new element to our training each week so that you can stay focused on your goals and improve on so many things.
We appreciate your patience, love and encouragement.
We have an amazing dojo family who has made us feel special by showing up for our live events, sending notes of encouragement and continuing to train through this crisis.
We will remain loyal to you. Thank you for being part of our dojo family.
As always, please message me at 251-458-6111 with any challenges you are facing or just to send a big smile. I like to share them on our Social Media to keep people thinking positively!
If you need a device to use for the live-streaming, let us know and we will reach out to our amazing family. If you need a bo for our CMX classes, let us know and we’ll work out a pick-up. If you would like a private lesson, let us know and we will make it happen. If you are in need of anything, including resources and ideas for your new role as a homeschool teacher, please let us know and we will reach out to our talented dojo family.
We know this is difficult for all of us. With the continued teamwork, we will keep everyone on track for their graduation goals. We understand that the live class times are not working for everyone, so if you would please complete this survey to help us meet your needs better.
We are working hard to be accommodating and encouraging and we thank you for sticking by us through this time.
Renshi, Ms. Crissi, Sensei Brandon, Ms. Kyleigh and Ms. Catherine
Previous Updates We Have Sent Out
Here is our post from March 15:
To Our Dojo Family,
We are in unprecedented territory with COVID-19.
The health and safety of our wonderful dojo family means so much to us.
With this virus, it appears that though a carrier has no symptoms, he or she could be spreading it. We cannot take that risk with some of our families who have health issues or who are elderly.
In order for the the advised protocols to work, we must as a nation follow them, and it would not be prudent for us to continue classes in person.
Therefore, we will be closed March 16 through 22nd.
We will be offering online training and challenges that will be shared by our Spark Member app and social media. Please be sure to connect with us either by email or text with any questions you may have. We will help you stay on track for your training and help you combat some of the boredom that this situation will undoubtably bring.
Watch for daily challenges, fun and fitness, class plans, family challenges, boredom busters and maybe even some extra fun things like cooking challenges! We will also be offering some podcasts that will have mat chats and even some safety tips!
As this is a new way of training, please be patient with us as we get this going.
We thank you all for being part of our dojo family. We’re excited about the growth that can occur during this time to help our students train, practice, build self discipline and ultimately become better martial artists and citizens.
Renshi Sam Boyer
SCS Martial Arts & Fitness
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 27:12
March 20 – Tournament Prep Class – Postponed or will be done live. Watch for Announcements.
March 21 – Black Belt Candidate Final Exam – Postponed or will be done differently. Watch for Announcements.
We will decide postponed events after we have had a chance to see what each day brings. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Here is our post from March 12:
With all the information on the COVID-19 virus, we want our dojo families to rest assured we are doing even more than our usual cleaning at the dojo. Not just because of this, but because of all the flu and other illness going around.
We are making sure that targets are cleaned in between uses, all hard surfaces are cleaned at least once a day, doorknobs, drinking fountain and the check in station are sanitized between classes. The bathroom faucets are wiped as well. The mats are cleaned daily and we are doing our deep cleaning more often.
We are encouraging knuckle bumps or even air fives instead of high fives and handshakes.
If you are sick, please stay home. We will take extra measures to help you get caught up when you are healthy.
To keep our families safe and follow the recommended protocol of the CDC, If you have traveled to an area with known outbreak, please let us know and we will help you stay home and away from others by offering a lesson you can do in the privacy of your own home until the required 14 day quarantine is over.
We will monitor what local governments and schools advise regarding the advisement of gatherings.
We will offer online classes that the whole family can benefit from should we need to take more drastic measures.
In the meantime, practice healthy habits like coughing or sneezing into elbows. We realize there is a lot of allergies that students are dealing with right now and that not all symptoms mean illness.
Wash your hands often.
Wear shoes into the dojo (please do not come barefoot from your vehicle into the dojo).
We have hand santizer and wipes.
Drink lots of water, exercise and eat healthy.
Please clean up the area when you leave the dojo if you sit at the tables using the cleaning supplies on the target rack near the television.
As martial artists, we feel there is no need to panic, however, we all must practice due diligence in what is an unprecendented time in our dojo family.
Thank you and know that this too shall pass.
Have a blessed day.