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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 27
July 1, 2020
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A Message from the President

If you are like me, you find it difficult to develop reopening plans and adapt operations with the constantly changing guidelines coming from local, state and federal agencies.  I feel your pain and wish that VRPS could give you definitive information on reopening;  however, there just isn’t a specific source that you can go to find that information.
At this point, the best information sources for reopening guidelines are the CDC, the Governor’s plan “Virginia Forward”,  and NRPA. None of those will give you the specific information that you may always need to develop a plan but they will give you a framework which can aid in developing your plan.
Recently, VRPS representatives had a meeting with Virginia Department of Health representatives and their advice was simply to utilize the Governor’s Virginia Forward Plan and use your best judgement. Additionally, I would like to encourage anyone that has a phased plan for reopening to please submit it to the Park Operations Resource Group Chairman, Alister Perkinson, Alister.Perkinson@jamescitycountyva.gov, who can post it on the PORG page for everyone.
Thank you and stay well
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
804-365-4693
2020 VRPS Awards Application Final Deadline EXTENDED

Hello Everyone,
The deadline for the Awards submissions has been moved to July 15th, 2020.  We know many agencies have had staff working offsite or on a limited basis and feel this would give everyone a little more time to get their submissions in for all of their great work and people that made 2019 so wonderful.  As always, if you have any questions regarding your submissions, please do not hesitate to contact your Service Area or Specialty Resource Group Committee Representative or the Chair.  We look forward to seeing your submissions!
Leslie Bowery, Chair, Awards and Citations Committee
Park Operations Resource Group (PORG) – PHASE II UPDATE
The Virginia Department of Health has updated some of the language for the Phase II “Safer at Home” guidelines, specifically related to the Recreational Sports section. The new language is in regards to field occupancy and spectators and is divided between youth and adult sports:
  • For youth sports, there are no occupancy limits but spectators are limited to only parents, guardians, and other children in their care.
  • For adult sports the total number of attendees, including spectators, cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 persons. Fields are limited to 50 persons per field.
The full language is as follows:
“The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of outdoor recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 persons. For sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 50 persons per field. For outdoor youth recreational sports, spectators may not be present with the following exceptions: parents, guardians, and caretakers who are supervising children playing in the sports event, and other children in the parent’s, guardian’s or caretaker’s care. Participants in outdoor youth recreational sports are not limited to 50% of the occupancy load of the venue or the 50 persons limit.”
Additionally, some have asked about the definition of “incidental contact” from the following guideline:
“Indoor and outdoor recreational sports may occur if ten feet of physical distance can be maintained by all instructors, participants, and spectators, with the exception of incidental contact or contact between members of the same household.”
Incidental contact means any contact that is not planned. For example if two players are in pursuit of a ball, and temporarily come within ten feet of each other, their contact would be incidental. Contact that is planned, such as the normal positioning of players on a field (batter and catcher) is not incidental and those sports would need to be modified.
In addition, FAQs regarding the Phase II “Safer at Home” plan can be found here https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/faq/
LOOKING  AHEAD – Eldon James has put together some information regarding Phase III on the Legislative web page HERE (you will need to log in as a VRPS member).
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
804-365-4693
COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Services Tracker
As parks and recreation professionals, many of us are making the difficult staffing impacts and decisions of what services and amenitites we can continue to provide to the public.  The Park Operations Resource Group has created a central spreadsheet to track the service impacts to various communities.  A link to the spreadsheet can be found on the Park Operations Resource Group webpage.  The spreadsheet relies on input provided by everyone, so if you use it for information, please add yours for others to use.
For questions or technical issues, please contact Alister Perkinson at 757-207-0002.
NEW THIS FALL – Certified Playground Safety Inspector Virtual Course
NPSI
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
This Fall, with the safety of both professionals and instructors in mind, NRPA is offering a virtual CPSI Blended Learning Course. The course will be comprised of 12 hours of independent online learning, followed by 4 hours of a live Virtual Training Session by ZOOM with an instructor.
Examinations will be completed via computer-based examination at PSI Professional Testing sites upon completion of the CPSI Online Learning Course and CPSI Virtual Learning Session.
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.  Invest in Certification:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA‘s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety
2021 VRPS Management Conference
 
Registration is open for 2021 Management Conference.
A Message from NRPA
Please find the certification extensions that have been approved by the National Certification Board below.

We will also be granting extensions to individuals who have registered for the Computer-based examinations.
CPRP – Anyone who has an expiration date of 5/29/2020 or earlier will be provided a 90 day extension.
CPSI – Anyone that had a current exam period as of 3/23/2020 has been provided a 90 day extension. Anyone purchasing the CPSI Computer-based examination through 5/29/2020 will have 180 days to complete the examination.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Executives expiring on 9/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Professionals expiring on 9/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Aquatic Facility Operators expiring on 6/30/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 6/30/2020, to 12/31/2020. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in December. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Aquatics Program Manager Elizabeth Gonzales at egonzales@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Playground Safety Inspectors expiring between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020
Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board is extending all Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification expiration dates between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020 by 90 days.

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Julie Boland CPRE
VP of Membership and Certification
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn VA
(703) 858-4732

Looking to Earn CEU’s Virtually?
Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG)
Stay connected with us!
To make sure you don’t miss out on important updates for quarterly meetings, socials and more – join our group SEMRG VRPS <https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEMRGVRPS/> on Facebook. For instructions on how to update your VRPS profile and join our e-Blast list, click here: <https://www.vrps.com/specialty-resource-groups/special-events-and-marketing/>. If you have any questions or suggestions for SEMRG, contact Joy Johnson at joy.johnson@jamescitycountyva.gov
We want to hear from you…
For those interested in SEMRG, please take one minute to complete a survey regarding a potential Virtual Roundtable & Quarterly Meeting. Click here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWBDKVM> to complete the survey now!
Health and Wellness Interest Group
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Are you interested in joining a Health & Wellness interest group?  This group would look to provide educational and networking opportunities for Parks and Recreation professionals who are responsible for health and wellness classes and services, as well as those who desire to improve the health and wellness of their community members through the addition of new programs.   This group would be great for facility managers, programmers, fitness directors, and other parks and recreation professionals who are seeking leadership positions and would like to broaden their knowledge through cross-training.  If this interests you, please email Julie Frederickson at Julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Young Professionals Community
Network Focus: The Young Professional Community (YPC) is designed to inspire and engage members of the recreation profession under the age of 35 (of course all ages are welcome to be involved) to become active members of Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, grow and maintain their professional network, share ideas along with asking questions to the group, and discover the benefits of professional development.
For more information about the YPC, please join the group on Facebook at VRPS Young Professional Community group. If you have any questions or have additional information to share, contact Roberto Ramos at rramos@vbgov.com.
Keep Your VRPS Account Paid and Up to Date
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Update your personal profile by selecting “My Information”.
  • Have you recently earned your CPSI, CTRS, CPRP or other certification?
  • Has your title, designation, email address, or name changed?
  • Do you want to receive correspondence regarding Senior, Aquatics, Special Events, or Park Operation Resource Groups?
Your member record is available in the membership directory, and it is also used to “stuff your envelope” at member functions – badges, ribbons, and correspondence.
Job Opportunities
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  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
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