Dear OGA and KiDS body shop families,
It is only after great consideration, and a difficult decision, that effective Monday, March 16th, 2020, OGA and KiDS body shop will be closed for 14 days, due to the recommendations issued by Mayor Stothert, and Governor Ricketts, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As you are aware all local school districts have announced that they are closing for at least two weeks. The city of Omaha has banned public gatherings of 50 people or more. The white house has just recommended gatherings of fewer than 10 people. The CDC is encouraging the practice of social distancing: keeping six feet or more between individuals.
Friday, OGA and KiDS let you know that we, along with most places of business in the Omaha area, were trying to navigate these uncharted waters as best we could, and that we were planning to stay open until conditions warranted otherwise.
We have now concluded, after very careful consideration following these announcements, that we must close for a minimum of 14 days. Effective immediately, Monday, March 16th, our facilities will be closed to the public. We plan to re-open on April 15th, 2020. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will continue to monitor and assess, and take heed of any recommendations or mandates from government agencies.
All classes and activities at the Omaha Gymnastics Academy and KiDS body shop are suspended beginning Monday, March 16th through April 14th.
We know that you will have many questions about what this means for you. We are all working through this together, and our staff is prepared to take your questions and concerns as best as we are possibly able, but we do ask that you please read this statement in full as a first step. We also thank you in advance for your patience and graciousness with our support staff, who are on the front lines of your inquiries during this unprecedented event.
This was a very difficult decision for us to come to, and was not made lightly, but one that was made in the best interest of both our employees and customers. As we have shared many times, our goal has been to keep our doors open as long as possible in order to support our students and families. Our incredible staff and families have been unwavering in the commitment of our intense cleaning and safety protocols, and we appreciate everyone’s effort – this closure is in no way because of a failure in those practices. It is despite our best efforts to remain open, that we cannot continue to do so and still follow social distancing safety protocols. We have a responsibility, as a company who works with hundreds of children and adults, to comply with these guidelines in order to ensure a safer and healthier community for all.
The truth is, there was no decision we could make that would satisfy every person that attends OGA and KiDS. We know that we are a respite for many of our gymnasts and families, and we have heard from many of you that you were thankful we remained open. We are saddened to take a two-week break from the sport we are so passionate about, and more importantly, from the students that are like family to us.
However, we know that if our community is to stop the spread of this virus, that we have an obligation to adhere to the same actions. While many of our classes fall below the 10 person recommendation at most times, we cannot safely practice social distancing.
We cannot put our vulnerable populations at greater risk by continuing the spread of this virus. The most responsible thing we can do, is to take greater action now.
What does this mean for families enrolled in classes and paying tuition?
When we deem it safe to reconvene regular operations, we have come up with some alternative make-up options for students – in the same meaningful way that we strive to deliver in our regular classes, as if business had carried on as normal. This means all students will be given the opportunity to make up class time in formal classes. Our commitment to you is to fully and completely deliver everything we pledge with your tuition dollars – this plan is outlined below:
This schedule of makeup classes will take some time for us to put together logistically. Customers may pre-register for make-up classes over the phone or in person as soon as we resume operations.
What does this mean for April tuition payments?
If we can resume normal operations on our planned date of 15 April, 2020, we will at that time begin to collect April tuition payments. If you are on our auto-payment program, we will not auto-draft your account on the 24th of March. We will hold that draft until we know we will be able to resume classes and we will clearly communicate the date of the auto-draft to you. Due to this, late fees will not be assessed in April.
What does this mean for families attending drop-in activities (such as open gyms, open swims, family fun nights, and Birthday Parties)?
All drop-in programs will be suspended until we reconvene normal operation. Any pre-paid punch cards will have their values remain in-tact. We will work with Birthday Parties scheduled during this closure to either reschedule, or credit for future activities.
What does this mean for gymnasts in competitive programs?
All competitive practices will be suspended until we reconvene normal operation. Our competitive program leaders are working through this situation, in conjunction with USA Gymnastics, and will have further info for competitive families specifically, which we will communicate directly to you as soon as we are able.
Has OGA had a confirmed case of COVID-19?
No, to our knowledge, OGA and KiDS has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19. This closure is not to quarantine, but rather to align with the protocols our government and local agencies have put in place and/or recommended.
All of you are our family, we could not, and will not exist without you. This storm is very difficult to weather both as a business, and as people. We all need to support each other. We need to help our neighbors. We need to support our small businesses. We need to keep our families safe. We do not have all the answers. But we do know that if we all pull together as one community, we can recover, and regain our strength. We are stronger as one.
Please be safe, reach out to us with questions that we will try our best to answer, and we thank you now, more than ever before, for your support.
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