2021 Season to begin on June 14 - with Exciting Safe On Site Programming
We are looking forward to June. our theme for 2021 is REINS Rides Again. Recognizing that our participants look forward to the summer season at REINS all year long, the Board of Directors is committed to an in person program. Safety protocols have been developed with the safety of participants, volunteers and staff as our top priority. Classes will be modified to allow for smaller classes where indicated and safety protocols to be implemented. With the ability to ride outside in the new Freedom Ring, we feel confident that we can safely accommodate all our participants who want to be part of the 2021 season. See our regularly updated Risk Management Plan below for details.
REINS RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR COVID-19
REINS Inc. desires to protect the public as well as our participants, families, staff, and volunteers. To this extent, we will be following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local health department guidelines with regard to social distancing practices in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The following document outlines the procedures and precautions REINS will be taking to ensure the safety of all individuals.
Statement of Caution
We ask that all staff, volunteers, families, and participants consider their own and others’ health and wellbeing and adhere to the following guidelines to prevent the spread of communicable disease such as COVID 19. These procedures are in place for the protection of all involved.
- Anyone with the following symptoms or who has been exposed to individuals with symptoms should not attend therapy sessions or enter the building.
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- If you or a household member has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 we ask that you follow the CDC guidelines to quarantine for 14 days before considering coming to the REINS facility.
- Staff, volunteers, and/or participants who have tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.
- Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 may not return to work at REINS or services at REINS until a negative result is documented.
- If anyone in the household has been sick with anything within the 24 hours prior to your class time, we ask that you refrain from attending for one week.
- All individuals entering the REINS site must have been free from any active symptoms without use of medication for a minimum of 48 hours.
What to expect when visiting REINS Inc.
Upon entering the facility, everyone will be required to:
- Utilize the hand sanitizer provided by REINS
- Have their temperature checked with a contactless thermometer
- Complete and sign the self-declaration and informed consent form, each time they arrive. Anyone with visible symptoms, or who indicates exposure in the self declaration form will be asked to leave for the safety and health of all involved
- Masks will be required for all volunteers and staff when they are working with participants or in close proximity to others.
- Parents/Caregivers will be required to wear a mask while inside the building. If this is not an option, the parent/caregiver may wait outside or in the car during the participant’s session.
- REINS recommends that participants wear a mask. However, we understand that the vast majority of our clientele have disabilities that include sensory sensitivities or a disability that prohibits the safe wearing of a mask. Additionally, horseback riding is exercise and can increase respiratory rates (heavy breathing) for our riders. We are not comfortable requiring riders to wear a mask during periods of exercise. For this reason, it is up to the individual and their family to make a reasonable and educated choice about masks for the REINS participant.
Disposable masks will be provided by REINS; we encourage you to bring your own mask if you prefer.
We ask that only 1 caregiver be present during a class session. There will be chairs in the viewing room spaced at least 6 feet apart for you to observe the class. We ask that you avoid congregating in areas.
Note: We realize this may be an issue for some families without childcare. If siblings must travel to therapy sessions, you may call or text us upon arrival and a staff member will come to you and bring the participant in for services while you and your family wait in the car.
Facility Preparation Steps Taken
- All staff, volunteers, participants and caregivers must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to and after each session.
- All frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected after use including, but not limited to, equipment, door handles, chairs, public touch points, bathroom, stall doors, saddles, reins, helmets, gait belts, ramps, blocks, lead ropes, halters, toys/lesson props, etc. according to our cleaning flowchart. This procedure will be followed for all surfaces both inside as well as outside.
- There are multiple “sanitation stations” throughout the facility that will include hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks to be used as needed by staff, volunteers, participants, family members, and any other visitors.
- We will host our classes in our outdoor arena every chance possible to help mitigate further risk. This will be weather- and client-permitting.
- Clean towels will be placed on each saddle or bareback pad for each patient/participant or if a towel is not used the saddle will be properly cleaned.