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Covid-19 Update #17 April 29th, 2021

 Effective April 30 – we have been mandated additional restrictions. This should be a 2-week shut down.

 All youth and adult indoor sport and recreation activities are prohibited. This applies to all youth activities, including for students still learning in classrooms.

 All indoor recreation facilities must close. Outdoor recreation amenities can be open to public access unless specifically closed by public health order.

 We understand just how frustrating this is for everyone. We will suspend classes for 2 weeks (or until further notice as per health order), and then resume. This will affect our end dates.    

  Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience.  We are all in this together.

 If you have any questions please connect with us at generalinfo@ortonagymnastics.com

 Stay safe – we want to see you back at the gym!

Covid-19 Update #16 April 6th, 2021

Announced today the Government of Alberta has returned us to Step 1 of A Path Forward, originally implemented February 8th.

All of our current programming has been planned and executed under the Step 1 restrictions- click here to read the Governments’ Step 1 Guidance for Sports, Physical Activity and Recreation - so there are no changes to our upcoming programming. We will update further as more information and guidelines are announced.

Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience.  We are all in this together.

If you have any questions please connect with us at generalinfo@ortonagymnastics.com

Stay safe – we want to see you back at the gym!  

Covid-19 Update #15 January 21, 2021

As you have likely heard by now, there was no lifting of restrictions today as some had anticipated.  At this point, there is no clear plan or information from the Government of Alberta when restrictions for us may be relaxed.  Although numbers in the Province are decreasing, the Government is being cautious and deliberate with their actions to avoid another spike.  They want to ensure that when we are able to re-open that we stay open.

We understand just how hard and frustrating this is for everyone.   Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience.  We are all in this together.

If you have any questions please connect with us at generalinfo@ortonagymnastics.com

Stay safe – we want to see you back at the gym!  

Covid-19 Update #14 January 8, 2021

Good Afternoon Members,
 
Latest Update!
OGC will remain current with the regulations and expectations that were announced by the Government of Alberta yesterday. The Government has implemented an extension of our current measures, enforcing our closure to remain until January 21st. Please note the start dates for the Winter session will be postponed until further notice. We will continue to provide updates for our members as we receive further direction from the Government. 
 
Already Registered for the Winter Session?!
If you are registered for the Winter session already, we thank you for your support and we are eager to see your athlete(s) in the near future! Your class schedule will be updated and communicated to you as soon as we are able to solidify our re-opening date. The remaining balance for the program will be invoiced to reflect the length of the session once we can resume programming. Tune in to our social media platforms for stretching tips, gymnastics at home basics, and for OGC updates in the mean time!
 
Interested in Registering?!
 A $10.00 non refundable deposit will be charged at the time of registration, and an invoice will be required to be paid by the first class for the remaining balance. (The price of the class will reflect the amount of weeks in the session.) If 
you’d like to have your child join our programs, our registration system remains open, please visit http://www.ortonagymnastics.com or e-mail GeneralInfo@ortonagymnastics.com for assistance with the registration process.
 
LLG Preschool Remains Open & We are accepting Intake!
If you are interested in enrolling your 3/4 year old in preschool, please contact our Preschool Teacher, Jen, for further information. Intake for our educational and physical literacy based preschool program is available at the start of each month. Inquire today by submitting your interest to JenniferW@ortonagymnastics.com, we look forward to connecting with you!

Covid-19 Update #13 November 25, 2020

Please stay informed via social media and our website of any changes regarding our compliance with current Covid-19 measures.

Our current goal is to soon launch a tentative schedule for the recreational Winter session in January. Stay tuned!

We hope that the new measures  in place will demonstrate a positive change, and we can return to physical activity in the sport we love as soon as possible!

Covid-19 Update #12 November 17, 2020

Dear Recreational Parents/Guardians/Participants,

 The safety of our membership is always our top priority and we are fully committed to following all of the information provided by the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Gymnastics Federation.

 With the present enhanced measures, gymnastics clubs in metropolitan Edmonton are required to be closed from November 17th to 27th.

Ortona Gymnastics will be issuing credits on account for the missed classes during this time. You do not need to do anything for this to occur, and there is no admin fee for credits. Credits on your account do not expire.   We do ask for your patience, due to the high volume of credits that need to be processed.

 Should you choose to withdraw from the program we completely understand, all we ask is for a refund request to be completed and submitted  -  found at the following link https://www.ortonagymnastics.com/register/request-cancellation/- by November 30th, 2020.

 During this unprecedented time, we are amending our refund policy and will issue a refund of the remaining classes (November 17 – December 21) less the $25 admin fee.  Any refunds will be issued back to the original credit card used or mailed out as a cheque if originally paid by another method other than Credit Card.  Please note, membership fees are non-refundable.  

 We want to thank you in advance for your patience, kindness and understanding in these trying times and we will continue to keep you informed and updated as we receive more information.

 If you have any questions, please send an email to generalinfo@ortonagymnastics.com  

 Thank you so much for your support we hope to see you back at the gym once we can safely move forward and reopen our facility.

Covid-19 Update #11 November 5, 2020

Please review the latest update for the COVID-19 ALBERTA HEALTH DAILY CHECKLIST (FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18)  CLICK HERE

Our screening forms are in the process of being updated to remain relevant with the link above, as outlined by the Government of AB.

Covid-19 Update #10 October 27, 2020

New Update from Alberta Health Services

Covid-19 Update #9 September 17, 2020

With the return to school and increased cases/testing impacting your children & their activities, please review the below information.

OGC COVID-19 FAQs

  • My child has symptoms of COVID what do I do? 

 You are required to keep your child home for a minimum of 10 days OR until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

  • Can my child return once they have a negative test result?

If the child is tested negative and has no known exposure to the virus, they must stay home until their symptoms resolve. 

If the child is tested negative and has had an exposure to the virus, they are legally required to quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date. 

  • Do we need to prove a negative test before returning? 

 No, however it is always recommended to get a test if your child is showing symptoms. 

  • What will happen if a child or coach tests positive

The class or training group will quarantine for 14 days to limit further spreading of the virus. 

  • My child has been directly exposed to a positive case but has no symptoms. Can they still attend?

No. If the child is tested negative and has had an exposure to the virus, they are legally required to quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date. 

  • My child has been indirectly exposed to a positive case, can they still attend class? (for example, a sibling has had direct exposure from a classmate, a parent has had direct exposure from a co-worker)

They can still attend IF they do not have any symptoms

  • Does my child need to wear a mask

You and your child are required to wear a mask while in the hallways. Your child is NOT required to wear one in the Gym.  Coaches will wear masks when interacting with the children.

 

Covid-19 Update #8 September 9, 2020

Fall Session Information

What to Know:

  •  A Covid-19 online screening form must be completed before each class. The form can be completed on your Privit account. The online form will autofill for you after your first time completing it, however please ensure to change the date to reflect the appropriate date of class. 
  • Encourage your child to use the washroom prior to coming to class.  Washrooms are available if needed, however it is limited to one person at a time.
  • Bring a filled water bottle as water fountains are closed. 
  • COME DRESSED in tighter fitting active wear to class, no jewellery, and long hair must be tied back. 
  • A mask must be worn walking into the building, and can be removed once through the Ortona orange doors.
  • Please line up (physically distanced) outside the Ortona foyer, where your child will be temperature checked, and your COVID-19 screening reviewed, by Ortona staff member.
  • Parent/Guardians are not permitted past the Ortona orange doors at this time, your child will be escorted by a coach to the Ortona gym space.  The viewing space upstairs remains closed for the time being.
  • Athletes will be required to place their belongings into a small sanitized bin, that will remain with them throughout class
  • Upon entering Ortona, hand-washing will be enforced before class begins. Handwashing/sanitizing will be enforced between apparatus rotation changes.
  • Upon class conclusion, a coach will wait with the athlete outside the orange doors in the foyer, until parents pick up their child. 
  • Regular enhanced cleanings are being completed between classes to ensure participant and staff safety.

Fall Session Start & End Dates:

Week Day

Start Date

End Date

Monday

Sept 14

Oct 26

Tuesday

Sept 15

Oct 27

Wednesday

Sept 16

Oct 28

Thursday

Sept 17

Oct 29

Friday

Sept 18

Oct 30

Saturday

Sept 12

Oct 24

Sunday

Sept 13

Oct 25

Closures:

  • October 12th- OCG Closed for Thanksgiving

Refund Policy:

Any classes cancelled due to facility closures will result in a credit on account to be used at a future date. No Refunds will be issued in the event of closure due to Covid-19. If registering for a program after the start date, you will not be prorated.

REQUIREMENTS

 Create your account on PRIVIT to complete your new online waiver and COVID-19 screening form. Instructions are provided here: Ortona - Customer Registration Instructions 

If your class is a Parented Class, you will need to complete a all forms for both your child and yourself

780-492-7300 - if you have any questions, we are glad to assist!        

OGC has enhanced cleaning & safety protocols to ensure we abide to the AHS and Alberta Gymnastics Federation requirements. Distance markers are spaced throughout the gym to help as a visual aid for physical distancing. Hand washing & sanitizing are required between apparatus rotations, as well as entering and leaving the facility. Face masks are required to be worn in the Saville Community Sports Centre, however they will need to be removed once participating in physical activity for participant safety. Coaches will wear facemasks while spotting and/or when unable to maintain physical distance from athletes.

Covid-19 Update #7 June 12th, 2020

Dear contract families,
 
We are thrilled to have heard from the Government of Alberta that the allowance to reopen Gymnastics clubs was pushed into Phase 2!  We understand at this time that excitement and eagerness is common amongst our athletes, as well as our coaching staff.
 
Since Ortona is loacted within the Saville Community Sport Centre on U of A property (which remains closed), this creates for a unique dynamic when it comes to preparing a logistic approach for a safe re-opening plan for everyone involved. Go Centre Partners (Ortona, EVCS & Grads Basketball) and representatives of the University have a scheduled meeting on Monday June 15th to discuss the recent announcement  and proposed re-openings. We appreciate that you have been patient this long, and value your commitment to our club. Since we are not a private club we will not be able to open our doors as quickly as some of our neighbouring clubs, however we are working diligently to get the orange doors open as soon as possible!
 
We understand that hesitation to "Reserve A Spot" is common right now without knowing the plans of how Ortona will embrace a new normal. We have been in close communication with the Alberta Gymnastics Federation to ensure we properly prepare for the new outlined guidelines to adhere to all AHS expectations. We have been working on procuring supplies and developing protocols for cleaning and PPE use. On Tuesday, the management team will meet to prepare our summer training schedule for DEV/Comp athletes, as well as begin a thorough deep clean! We encourage our contract families to review the AGF guidelines for returning to sport that Ortona will be implementing. https://abgym.ab.ca/content/download/9987/66593/file/COVID-19%20Return%20to%20Play%20Guidelines.pdf
 
For the safety of our athletes, our return to play and training will be a slow process to phase back to what we once were. Your athlete’s schedule may differ from what is outlined in your contract, due to the restrictions and Phases of re-launching. We will be implementing our  philosophy of "Team Coaching" as we re-open, and we appreciate your respect with the decisions we make for the benefit of our athletes and club. 
 
We are so pleased to be working on returning to our second home and seeing the athletes involved in the sport of gymnastics again. We will update you next week, as we  remain "One Team" and  adjust together!

Covid-19 Update #6 June 11th, 2020

For those registered in Summer Camps 2020, please note that our summer camps will not be running. Those who were registered will receive a refund for both the membership fee and camp fee, less a $10.00 admin fee. 

Covid-19 Update #5 June 1st, 2020

Covid-19 Refund/Credit Update:
 
For those members that have submitted either a cancellation request or have sent an e-mail to contractadmin@ortonagymnastics.com, in regards to a refund, we have your request in our queue. We have an internal system fraud prevention mechanism, that limits the refunds we can process per day. 
 
Due to the high volume of requests, as well as a very limited staff currently working our turn around to complete refunds needs to be revised. We are processing them in the order we received requests, and are currently working on the May 23rd submissions. We understand your frustration, and we promise it will be completed, it will just take some extra time.
 
As of today, June 1st, 2020, we will be processing the remainder of the Spring Class registrations, that no requests for refunds have been submitted, as Credit on Account. At this time we are not accepting any further requests for refunds for Spring classes. 
 
We truly appreciate your patience during these challenging and unprecedented times!

Hope your family is staying safe and staying well, we hope to see you back in the Gym once we are able to re-open!
 
- OGC Management
 

Covid-19 Update #4 April 8, 2020

Covid-19 Refund/credit Update:
 
For those members that have submitted either a cancellation request or have sent an e-mail to contractadmin@ortonagymnastics.com, in regards to a refund/credit, we have your request in our queue. 
 
We have an internal system fraud prevention mechanism, that limits the refunds we can process per day. 
 
Due to the high volume of requests, as well as a very limited staff currently working, our prediction of a two week turn around to complete refunds/credits needs to be revised. 
 We are processing them in the order we received requests, and are currently working on the March 17th submissions.  
 
We understand your frustration, and we promise it will be completed, it will just take some extra time. 
 
We truly appreciate your patience during these challenging and unprecedented times!

Hope your family is staying well,
OGC Management
 
 

Covid-19 Update #3 (March 19, 2020)

Notice Received from Alberta Gymnastics federation:

Alberta Declares State of Emergency Prompting Further Event Cancellations and Club Closures

On March 17, 2020 the Government of Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. New public health measures were recommended to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces. The following took immediate effect:

For full details please visit the Government of Alberta COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans webpage
 
Further AGF Event Cancellations Effective Today

In response to Alberta’s announcement, the Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) in partnership with our local organizing committees (LOCs) and host venues, have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our provincial events as follows:

Please note that AGF is exploring alternative ways to select athletes for Canadian Championships should that event still take place.

Status of Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Championships
Western Canadian Championships (April 29 – May 3) have been cancelled: Gymnastics B.C. and Delta Gymnastics made the official announcement on March 18, 2020.

Canadian Championships (May 19 – 24) are still under review: On March 18, 2020, Gymnastics Canada issued a statement that they believe it is important to continue with plans to host this competition and are looking at options to postpone for up to 4 weeks. Given the fluidity of the current situation, they may need to re-assess that ‘window’ as the COVID-19 situation develops. View full GymCan update.

Clubs are Advised to Stay Closed Until Further Notice
AGF member clubs have done an outstanding job of taking proactive measures to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. All member clubs have voluntarily closed their gyms and adjusted programming to ensure full and timely compliance with provincial and federal government recommendations.
 
Due to the current state of emergency in Alberta, and upon recommendation from AGF’s insurance providers (Markel and Toole Peet), all AGF member clubs are strongly advised to keep their facilities closed and not resume gymnastics programming until further notice from AGF. Please be reminded that there is no coverage for members who fall ill due to COVID-19 as per Markel’s Contagion Exclusion.

Resources are Available
Daily updates are being made to AGF’s COVID-19 webpage as we continue to work with partners on compiling resources that may be of help to our members at this time. Please check back often.
 
AGF Staff Availability
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, most AGF staff are now working from home. Remote working procedures have been put in place to ensure the efficient operation of our office. All employees can be reached by email or phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. View AGF staff contact details.
 
We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding and will continue to keep members updated on changes as they occur.
 
Sincerely,
Your AGF Team

Covid-19 Update #2 (March 16, 2020)

Dear Members,

 Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these challenging times.

 There are many levels that we need to consider as they affect both members and staff.

Please be aware that we are taking the matter very seriously and have been constantly evaluating this COVID-19 situation.

 Effective immediately our FACILITY is CLOSED.

How does this affect you?

Our LEAPAH’S LEARNING GARDEN PRE-SCHOOL is closed until further notice. We will be contacting you individually in regards to your payment plan.

For our RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS, we are cancelling the final week of the Winter session (March 16-22) – your report cards will be emailed to you over the course of the week.

 For those who have registered in our Spring session or the Spring Break events they are cancelled effective immediately. Any fees already paid will be credited to your account, if you so choose you can receive a refund. Please note a $5.00 admin fee will be applied to refunds to offset our system fees. If you would like your fees refunded please email contractadmin@ortonagymnastics.com or complete our online form, found here https://www.ortonagymnastics.com/register/request-cancellation/.

 A condensed Spring session may be considered and current registrants will receive priority sign-up.

 For our CONTRACT PROGRAMS – coaches will be contacting athletes, so they may continue conditioning from home during this time.

We will be re-evaluating weekly as to the possibility of re-starting training sessions.

 For the duration of the closure the hours missed will be credited.

 Please check periodically for updates.

www.ortonagymnastics.com

 Thank you, as the health of our athletes and staff are our top priority.

 Should you have any questions, we are here to support you.

OGC Management & Board

Covid-19 Update #1

All recreational & competitive Ortona programs are proceeding as scheduled. As per ministry directives, Leapah’s Learning Garden Preschool will be closed. We will be issuing updates and keeping everyone informed.

At present the risk to Albertans from the nove