A Letter from Carly

Covid19 Update 
August 23, 2021 

Dear Discover Families, 
With this Covid Update distribution, every student at the gym will have returned to school. While we all are so relieved for the kids to go back to in-person learning, we also face the concerns of an increase of exposure to covid and a highly contagious Delta variant. Over the past year and a half, with parental participation in our “honor code” we have been able to keep the gym relatively covid-free. Any cases reported seemed to have little to no community spread within our organization. Back in December 2020, we had one or two cases of concern and multiple reports of covid in entirely different and unrelated programs. These circumstances caused me to close the gym down for 2 weeks. Since then, we’ve done soooooo well here. Not a single case reported from February through mid-July. Since mid-July, we have had a handful of families notify us of covid in the household and have kept their children home, and we have seen no spread within the facility. However, with kids back in school, the bubble we created has very likely been burst. I am hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

So, I have a very BIG ask of each of you. 
#1 If you receive notification from your child’s school or another activity that there has been possible exposure to covid, PLEASE DO NOT send your child to the gym. From the time you are notified of possible exposure, you should wait at least 5-7 days to test for covid. During that time frame, your child should remain home. We will find a way to make sure they get every single make-up lesson and will continue with a very liberal make-up policy. 
#2 If anyone in your household feels ill and the reason is undetermined, PLEASE DO NOT send your child to the gym, until you know it is NOT covid. 
We will continue with ALL our health safety protocols, including drop-off/pick-up, limiting spectators, lots of hand washing and hand sanitizing, coaches in masks (although almost everyone employee is vaccinated!), and the weekly anti-viral bombing of the facility. We also have a well-ventilated facility and do not recirculate the air. Fresh air is continually being brought in and exhaust vents are continually removing air from the facility. One updated step I would like to begin immediately, is for the kids to come into the building with a mask on, and keep it with them during class. They don’t have to wear it during the lesson because they will have a natural social distance from each other while on the equipment, but we will ask them to put it on when they line up to move to the next event, and during other moments when they may be in closer contact with others.

Here is the most recent local data on the virus: https://www.tmc.edu/coronavirus-updates/daily-new-covid-19-positive-cases-for-the-greater-houston-area/.

The number of cases per day is over 2000 and the test positivity rate is over 15%, but the spread of the virus has dropped a little, most likely because we’re back in masks and trying to social distance a little again. At this point, the virus is an illness of the unvaccinated. The vaccinated with break through cases are having only mild symptoms. Almost every hospitalization is an unvaccinated person. If you have not yet been vaccinated, PLEASE do so. If you have been, please consider getting the booster shot as soon as you can. We have been given a miracle 
in the form of this vaccine. Everyone around the world would love the access to the vaccine that we have the good fortune to have available to us. Please, please, please get vaccinated and encourage others to do so as well. And, always wear your mask when out and about! We must work together as a cohesive community to stop this virus. 

Stay well and we’ll keep you posted on situations as they arise. 

Kindest regards, 
Carly Markesich 
Owner, Discover Gymnastics