WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

 

POLICY AND PROCEDURE:                                                         DATE:  December 1, 2005

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                           

 

SUBJECT:                 Family/Recreation Swim Night

 

Prepared by:                Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent

Approved by:              Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Supt.

                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

PURPOSE:   Family and recreational swim nights were started as a way for WSSB employees and their immediate family members to have access to the swimming pool and to provide an opportunity for families of local blind and visually impaired children to be able to access the pool and meet other family members and WSSB staff.

 

Definition:

·         WSSB immediate family members (staff and their children; this does not include grand-children, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, etc.)

·         WSSB student family members (WSSB students – either on-campus and/or blind and visually impaired children in the community that currently receive services through WSSB’s residential or outreach programs, their parents and siblings – not extended families and friends).

 

I.  To be eligible to attend WSSB Rec. Swim you must meet one of the following criteria.

Ÿ  Be a current WSSB residential student. 

Ÿ  Be a current WSSB day student.  Unless a day student has pre-arranged plans to stay over night in the cottage, he/she must be accompanied by an adult.  Any family member of a day student is welcome to participate in Rec. Swim as long as the WSSB day student attends the activity and they have adult supervision. 

Ÿ  Currently be served by a WSSB itinerant teacher.  The served student must be accompanied by an adult.  Any family member of a day student is welcome to participate in Rec. Swim as long as the served student attends the activity and they have adult supervision.

Ÿ  Be a current WSSB employee.  WSSB employees and their families are welcome to attend Rec. Swim as long as the current employee attends the activity with the family members.

Ÿ  Be a current member of the WSSB Wellness Program.

Ÿ  Be a WSSB volunteer that has had pre-arranged approval to attend.

 

II.  WSSB Rec. Swim is a recreational swimming opportunity for families.  All non residential students must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

III.  Family members and friends of blind or visually impaired children are not allowed to attend Rec. Swim if the blind or visually impaired child is not present.

 

IV.  All Rec. Swim participants must sign-in in the Rec. Swim notebook.  If a student is unable to sign in, he/she must inform the lifeguard or supervisor.  Signing in is important for emergency and statistic information.

 

V.  All WSSB pool policies must be followed while attending Rec. Swim.  Please review these policies. A copy of these policies are posted at the pool and are available upon request.

 

CONCERNS:  The interpretation of family swim seems to have grown over the years and WSSB is having a large turn out for these nights.  Due to the larger number of individuals participating in family swim night, requests for additional paid staff (lifeguards) is being requested to ensure the safety of all participants.  Therefore the following steps will need to be implemented:

 

PROCEDURES:

In order for the state not to incur additional costs for this program the following steps will go into place as of January 1, 2006:

  • Those defined in the above area will be able to access the pool at no cost.
  • Extended family members (grandparents, grand-children, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends), will be charged $2.00 each.
  • Funds will be collected at sign-in each night (procedures for collection and tracking of the receipt of these funds will be set up by the business office).