NRK Karate COVID-19 Response 03.13.2020

Dear Students and Parents,

We know this is a difficult and uncertain time right now as we deal with the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With this health challenge, we wanted to assure you that our priority is always the safety of our students and their families.

First, we want to share that there are no known cases of infection at NRK Karate. However, we want to emphasize healthy hygiene of each student to minimize risk exposure or transmission of any kind of infection to the best extent that we can. To that ends we’d like to share some of the steps we are taking, above our usual strict and regular dojo cleaning, to reduce the spread of germs:
Doors: we will keep the front entrance door open during business hours
Facilities: additional cleaning is being done to focus on touch points (training equipment, doorknobs, faucet handles, light switches, etc)
Hand Cleaning: we will start the Kids and Junior classes with students washing hands.
Note: Parents, please make sure your child uses the restroom before class. Several students leave the mat to use the restroom and rush back, without washing hands.
Hand Sanitizer: Is positioned at the exit to the training floor, the reception desk, and the teacher stand
Students: must have their own sparring gear. We will no longer allow students to borrow gear from the dojo. While the borrowed gear is disinfected, we will not take the risk during these times. Students who do not have gear will not be allowed to participate during that exercise.
Class Instruction: until we get through this crisis we will limit practices that involve prolonged physical contact between students (e.g. defense against grabbing, grappling, throwing, etc)

Also, please follow these recommendations:
Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well
we will monitor for excessive coughing, runny noses, etc. Students with these symptoms may be asked to sit out of class
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wash your gi (do not dry it) AT LEAST once per week
Again, please stay home if you are sick.
Lastly, at this time, the dojo will remain open for normal business hours as we continue to monitor the progression of this situation. In the end, please know we will persevere through these challenges and keep the safety of every student at the forefront of our decisions.

~ Be safe and see you on the mat!