COVID-19 PROCEDURES

Plans for the 2021 Season

Mentors and youth, below are our plans for the 2021 season with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. We require that each participant in the Dream Team abide by these plans we have made that allow us to have a safe and successful season. As the situation and guidelines change, our plans will adapt as well. Thank you for your full cooperation.

February: Season Preparation

In February, we have multiple meetings to prepare our volunteers and our youth and their families for the season.

Mentors: Your orientation meeting will be held online using Zoom.

New Riders: Your orientation meeting will be held in-person at the Wellmark YMCA. We welcome you and one parent/guardian to attend. Date/time and further details are communicated to you via email. You will be required to wear masks for the duration of the meeting (while you are inside the YMCA facility). Masks will be available if you do not have one. Hand sanitizer will be available to use upon arrival. Touch-free temperatures will be taken upon arrival; anyone with a temperature 100.4 or greater will be asked to leave. You will be asked two questions before you can attend. If the answer to either of these is ‘Yes’, you won’t be able to attend in-person and can join our online event the following week. The two questions are:

  1. Have you or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

  2. Have you experienced new or worsening fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea in the past 48 hours?

We won’t be handing out any paper forms; these will be completed online.

Return Riders: Your orientation meeting will be held online via using Zoom.

March: Indoor Training

Indoor training occurs at the Wellmark YMCA. You will be required to wear masks for the duration of the meeting (while you are inside the YMCA facility). One high quality mask that is well-suited for activity will be given to each volunteer and rider. You are welcome to use the provided mask or your own. We will have free paper masks available at each event in case you forgot your mask at home. Hand sanitizer will be available to use upon arrival. Touch-free temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature 100.4 or greater will be asked to leave. You will be asked two questions before attending each training at the YMCA. If the answer to either of these is ‘Yes’, you cannot attend training that evening. The two questions are:

  1. Have you or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

  2. Have you experienced new or worsening fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea in the past 48 hours?

Our team is split into four groups for indoor training. These groups will remain the same throughout the month of March. Groups will rotate between three stations each night, one of which is spin class. A maximum of 14 team members will be in the spin room at a time. Masks are not required while in the spin room, but should be worn the rest of the time. All equipment will be sanitized at the conclusion of each rotation.

April - July: Outdoor Training

Outdoor training always launches and returns to the same building in downtown Des Moines (details sent via email). You will be required to wear masks while at the launch site. No youth will be permitted inside the building. Volunteers will transport bikes in and out of the building so youth can remain outside. All riders ride in small groups with two adult mentors. Once your group is ready to launch, you can remove your mask right before you launch for the ride. Again, we will have free paper masks available in case you forgot your mask at home. Hand sanitizer will be available to use upon arrival. Touch-free temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature 100.4 or greater will be asked to leave. You will be asked two questions before attending each outdoor training. If the answer to either of these is ‘Yes’, you cannot attend training that evening. The two questions are:

  1. Have you or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

  2. Have you experienced new or worsening fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea in the past 48 hours?

There will be no full regroup at our turnaround locations. Your group will stop for snacks and water and then get back on your bikes for the return trip. You do not need to wear masks at the turnaround location since you will be eating and drinking, but maintain proper 6 feet social distancing. Snacks will be individually wrapped and handed out by the support volunteers. You will use hand sanitizer before eating your snacks and before refilling your water bottles. Meals provided during longer rides will either be individually boxed lunches or if it’s something shared like pizza, volunteers with gloves and masks will be handing out the food.

June & July: Outdoor Campouts

Our season consists of three weekend campouts in the months of June and July. These involve launching Saturday morning from our usual location in downtown Des Moines, riding to a destination where we setup camp and enjoy activities and spend the night, then make the return trip on Sunday.

A lot can change between now and these campouts! However, we are in communication with several possible locations who are ready to accommodate us. We will be finalizing our destinations in April along with our COVID-19 mitigation plans in accordance with the rules of those destinations. You can expect much of the same types of plans outlined earlier. You can bet there will be hand sanitizer in abundance, gloves and masks worn by volunteers dishing out food, etc. At this time, some locations will allow swimming but at half capacity that the pool allows. Some rules that our return riders may be used to (such as allowing to share a tent) could possibly change this year so that each person has their own tent. Again, we will be finalizing these plans and communicating them to you. We have a meeting planned in May that we will dedicate strictly to covering all the details of the three campouts.

July: RAGBRAI

As is always the case, the Dream Team will be one of the MOST prepared teams on RAGBRAI! And we absolutely believe that to be the case once again this year. Perhaps even more so because of all of our training together throughout the year and during weekend campouts in this pandemic environment. We will be well prepared for the guidelines and plans laid out by the incredible RAGBRAI team. We maintain a close relationship with them and will finalize our preparations in May and June. We have a meeting planned in early July to communicate all plans regarding RAGBRAI.

August: End of Year Banquet

This is always such a fun event to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our team! We certainly hope we can have this event in person without restricting the number of family and friend visitors who attend the celebration. We will evaluate this later in the season and communicate plans with the whole team.

Diagnosed Cases, Symptomatic, or Close Contact with Someone Diagnosed

The information below will guide decisions related to positive test results or close contact related to COVID-19.

Returning to the Team

If a rider or volunteer lives in the same household as someone that has tested positive, you must quarantine for 14 days from the date the person was tested (not the date the results were received).

If a rider or volunteer has tested positive with COVID-19, you may return to team activities if all the following are met:

  • it has been at least ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared, (or completed and released from required quarantine by local public health department),

  • not had a fever for at least 24 hours (without medication), and

  • all respiratory symptoms have improved (i.e. only minor cough/congestion)

If a rider or volunteer had general symptoms of respiratory illness, you may return to team activities if either of the following apply:

  • Diagnosed by a health care professional with an illness other than COVID-19 and released to return to normal activities by the physician.

  • Tested negative for COVID-19, and is free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer) for at least 24 hours, and general improvement of other symptoms, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. acetaminophen, cough suppressants).

Notification

We have one adult mentor designated on our team to be notified of positive COVID-19 tests. Such a test result does not need to be communicated to your assigned contact mentor. Instead, youth and mentors alike can contact Jorie O’Leary (at 515-418-7652 or jorieoleary@gmail.com). The result of your test cannot and will not be shared with the team as that is private information.

Contact Tracing

We will have records of who rides with whom and other activities that can involve close contact (such as swimming at campouts). Most of our activities do not require other participants to be quarantined if someone tests positive for COVID-19. For example, if a rider tests positive during outdoor training, others who rode outside in the same group do not need to quarantine.