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Covid 19 Handbook

Welcome to the Montclair Recreation Pop Warner youth football/cheerleading program. We hope that you and your families are all doing well and staying healthy during these difficult times.

We have been working endlessly with the state and local health departments to offer our residents summer/pool activities based on the restricted guidelines for covid -19.

We thank you for your trust in our programs and operations with your child this summer/Fall. Our new policies and procedures for covid- 19 will be strict and orderly but we cannot do it alone, we greatly need tour help in following the guidelines in order to keep everyone safe this summer.

Please understand that your child’s safety and health is always our number one priority.


Email Blast/Text: Montclair Recreation has an email/text system (Community Pass) which is used to communicate with residents. You must be signed up through your account to receive text messages. Montclair Recreation will send you e-blast/texts for emergency closings/inclement weather, updates, closure due to rain, and reminders. See below for instructions to sign up:

Community Pass Text Alerts To sign up for Community Pass Text Alerts, please follow the instructions below.



1. Log in to your Montclair Community Pass account at

2. Under heading "useful links", select "view account"

3. Select edit to the left of individual you would like to receive text alerts

4. Fill in all fields: *Mobile Phone and *Mobile Provider 5. Check the box to "receive alerts via text messages" **Be sure to scroll down and "SAVE CHANGES"**

Emails: The Program Supervisor is available through email. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Actives Coordinator Garland Thornton  [email protected]  who is hands-on at all our locations and may not be able to respond immediately to an email and will get back to you as soon as it’s possible.

Telephone Calls: Montclair Recreation will call you if your child needs to be picked up for sickness or injuries. Please confirm that your correct phone number is updated in Community Pass.  If urgent, please call us at Montclair Recreation Office at 973-509-4915 between 8:30am-4:30pm and they will get in touch with a site director. We can always be reached during business hours.

All Families must sign the township covid 19 Waiver and bring to 1st day of activity.


Participants: COVID-19 Communication

When you arrive at the activity site. A registered nurse will take the temperature of all participants and instructors. Campers will also be briefed on behaviors and precautions on how to prevent the spread of covid- 19. Mask are required when social distancing is unmanageable.    

Ongoing Daily Screening Daily Health Screens will be required for all Staff and participants. Prior to your Camper exiting your car, our staff will follow these guidelines:

1. Ask the individual if they have any COVID-19 symptoms:

2. Registered Nurse will check the temperature of the participant, using a No-Touch thermometer. Thermometers will be cleaned with an alcohol wipe between use.

3. If a participant or staff are suspected to have COVID-19 based on this assessment,

You will be contacted, and you will be sent home immediately

● How and when to effectively wash and sanitize hands

● How to practice physical distancing in various settings

● Which symptoms to look out for, when to report them, and to whom ○ Fevers or chills

○ Cough

○ Shortness of breath

○ Fatigue ○ Muscle or body aches

○ Headache ○ New loss of taste or smell

○ Sore throat

○ Congestion or runny nose

○ Nausea or vomiting

○ Diarrhea

● When to stay home

● Coughing etiquette

● Other Camp-specific policies or guidelines

If a participant or Staff Member has Symptoms

If a participant or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19:

● We will notify parents who have a child in that specific group.

● The participant or staff person will be immediately separated from their group and will remain separate until they can leave the site.

● All areas that the participant or staff member has been in contact with will be disinfected immediately. Staff and participants must be symptom free for 72 hours prior to returning to Camp.

If a Participant or Staff Member Tests Positive

If a participant or coach has tested positive for COVID-19, we will notify all parents at that location. Camp will be suspended for a minimum of 72 hours to ensure all areas can be completely disinfected.

Drop-Off Procedures:

Parents are asked NOT to exit their vehicles.  When your child exits your car, they will be asked the pre-screening questions and temperature check by nurse. Once cleared, we will assist your child to the practice field, where they will be asked to sanitize their hands before practice.

Pick-Up Procedures:

 Parents are asked NOT to exit their vehicles.  Coaches and team staff will meet you near the parking lot to escort your child to the car.

Visitor Guidelines:

Visitors will not be allowed at practice field. Our practice field will be limited to staff and participants only.

● If you must pick up your Child early: Please call the recreation office at  973-509-4915 and we will notify the coaching staff. The counselor will make sure your participant is ready at that time.

Group Sizes & Team

During practice for the month of August, groups will be formed by age (teams)

Participants will remain with the same groups/teams, throughout the session.



● High touch surfaces including toilets, and porta johns will be cleaned and disinfected between users and groups. Only campers & staff will be permitted to use restrooms.



Practice site

Nishuane Park: address 34 Cedar ave Montclair, 07042

Pick up and drop off in parking lot located on Cedar ave.


Dates and times

Practice is held at Nishuane park Monday-Friday 6pm-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm throughout the month of August. This is to acquire enough practice time before the season opens August 30th. Games will be held on Sunday mornings & afternoons August 30th-October 17th plus post season games. Practices are held on coach’s schedule, usually Tuesdays/Thursdays 6pm & Saturday mornings during fall season.

PPE/Masks for Staff & participants:

Participants will not be required to wear masks during activity. If parents would like to have their child wear a mask, we will help enforce it with that specific child; however, the decision is up to individual parents.

Please understand your child will be outside for the entire activity.

Parents should send a mask with their child if they would like them to wear it., however we will also provide masks should a child forget.

Staff members will wear masks during Drop Off and Pick Up

Staff members will not wear masks when outside with their groups. But will have it around their neck to use when social distance cannot be maintained

Hand Washing & Hygiene

When to Wash or Disinfect Hands – Campers and General Staff

● Upon entering practice.

● After being in contact with someone who may have been sick.

● After touching frequently touched surfaces equipment benches etc..

● After using the restroom.

● After using common items such as sports equipment

● After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.


How to Wash Hands

● Wet your hands and apply soap.

● Lather your hands by running them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back

of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

● Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing the “Happy

Birthday” song twice.).

● Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

● Dry your hands using a clean towel. You may use paper towels to turn off

the faucet and/or open doors of the bathrooms.

How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

● Hand sanitizers should contain greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70%


● Apply the product to the palm of one hand.

● Rub your hands together. Make sure the product contacts the back of your hands,

palms, between your fingers, and fingertips.

● Continue to rub your hands together until your hands are dry (about 20 seconds).







Handwashing Misconceptions

● Water temperature is not important. Clean cold and warm water work equally well.

● Antibacterial soap is not more effective than regular soap.

● Bar soap and liquid soap are equally effective.

● Soap and water are more effective than alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hands are visibly

dirty or greasy.

● If water is available but soap and hand sanitizer are not, rubbing your hands together under water and drying them off with a clean towel or letting them air dry can remove

some germs. Only use this method as a last resort.






May 29, 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your families are continuing to stay healthy and safe during this time! The health and safety of our Pop Warner community – from our student-athletes to our coaches, fans and volunteers – has been our top priority from the start and will continue to be our top priority as we make decisions about returning to practice and play.  

Like everyone from the NFL to the NCAA, we are actively looking at scenarios, planning our approach and taking guidance from the experts. That has meant listening to the direction of the CDC, public health officials, our Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee and government officials.

While a sudden shift in the public health picture could alter our timeline, we expect to have our plan for return to practice and play to you later in June. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate the work we are doing and provide regular updates to our programs about the upcoming season.

In addition to developing our Pop Warner Return to Play playbook, we’ve been working with several other youth sports organizations from around the country as part of the PLAY Sports Coalition to ensure that youth sports return safely and under the guidance of state and local guidelines. As part of that work, we have collectively developed a set of return-to-play considerations which include the following:

  • An understanding of the liabilities & the minimization of risk.
  • The creation of an operating playbook.
  • Communication to field owners, parents, referees & coaches.
  • The creation of a learning & feedback plan.
These recommendations are intended to arm youth sports organizations with the tools and resources necessary to develop their own return-to-play guidelines that are right for their geography, sport, and circumstances. The group is also exploring sport-specific approaches that may help guide protocols we may implement for football and cheer / dance.

As always, we appreciate your support while we continue taking the appropriate steps towards a safe return to sports.

Thank you!

Jon Butler,
Executive Director


Pop Warner Concussion Policy



The home team or hosting organization has the responsibility to provide medical coverage at each game or competition. In the absence of a physician and or ambulance on the site, the minimum safety requirement will be the presence of one individual associated with the home team/host organization who is currently EMT qualified or is currently certified in Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety, the P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Course by the National Center for Sport Safety, or their equivalent.


Work together with your local EMTs to establish an emergency plan that fits your specific area and needs. Your emergency plan should include, but not be limited to, the following:


  1. introduce or identify trainer/health care provider to visiting coach;
  2. home team/host organization review emergency plan with visiting team;
  3. designated duties for coaching staff and or athletes;
  4. “how to call EMS” next to phone;
  5. specific directions to your facility for emergency medical service (EMS);
  6. emergency numbers;
  7. injury report forms;
  8. treatment authorization card;
  9. list of administrators that the coach is required to contact.


Practice your emergency plan early in the season, and repeat often throughout the season. A similar plan should be in place for teams traveling to away games.


All teams are recommended to have a staff member carry the entire team’s medical release forms and emergency numbers for all players and spirit participants in case in an emergency their parent(s) or guardian must be reached. Having the family physician’s number opposite the participant’s name is also recommended.



A participant who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a head injury in a practice, game or competition shall be removed from practice, play or competition at that time based on evaluation and determination by the Head Coach. However, if an official licensed athletic trainer or other official qualified medical professional is on site and available to render such evaluation, that person shall always have final authority as to removal or return to play of the participant.


When an official licensed athletic trainer or other official qualified medical professional is not present, and a parent or guardian of the injured player is serving as head coach, the final authority on removal of a participant shall rest with the league president, association president or the top ranking assistant head coach; whomever is present and highest in the Pop Warner chain of command.


Any Pop Warner participant who has been removed from practice, play or competition due to a head injury or suspected concussion may not return to Pop Warner activities until the participant has been evaluated by a currently licensed medical professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and receives written clearance to return to play from that licensed practitioner.


Pop Warner recommends that all decisions be made in the best interest of the children and that when any doubt exists as to the health of the participants, they sit out. Please check or for Center for Disease Control (CDC) signs and symptoms chart for concussions.



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