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CRANFORD P.A.L.

Updated August 13 2021


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AUGUST 2021 UPDATE:

Any indoor PAL activity shall require than all individuals are MASKED.  This includes video reviews, meetings, etcetera.  Currently, all Township of Cranford buildings and Cranford Board of Education facilities require masking indoors.

Individuals who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay home from PAL activities.  If the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, individuals are strongly encouraged to get a COVID test before returning to play.

Close contact is considered contact with a positive COVID-19 individual MASKLESS for extended periods of time (uncirculated ventilation - i.e. indoors).  For example: being around a household member who was diagnosed with COVID-19 while remaining maskless during that contact. 

Prior to returning to play, Individuals who are unvaccinated and exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient as described above are required to quarantine from the PAL programming for a period of no less than 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test - or a period of no more than 10 days symptom-free WITHOUT a negative COVID test.  Tests should be done NO LESS THAN 5 DAYS from the date of exposure.

Vaccinated individuals in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual who remain asymptomatic are not required to quarantine from programming unless symptoms (or a positive COVID-19 test) emerge.  In spite of vaccination status, vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their symptoms post-exposure for a period of no less than 10 days, or a period of no less than 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.  


  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
    • With this strategy, residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 1% with an upper limit of about 10%.
  • When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
    • With this strategy, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.

In both cases, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14) must be met and are outlined in the full text.

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER:

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unexpected and profound impact on all of our daily lives. COVID-19 has changed a lot about the way we at the Cranford PAL do business and the ways in which we interact with each other.

While much uncertainty and apprehension around COVID-19 remains, we do know that COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. It may also spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Some evidence suggests that COVID-19 can live on certain surfaces for several days.

There is a risk that you could contract COVID-19 while participating in one of our programs.

At the Cranford PAL, we have implemented various preventive measures aimed to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 among our volunteers, athletes and spectators. However, we do not guarantee or warrant against the risk of infection.

None of the information provided herein is intended as medical advice. This Notice and Disclaimer is intended as a warning to our participants of the risk of contracting COVID-19, a disclaimer of our liability and the liability of volunteers associated therewith, and an explanation of some of the things we’re doing to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19, as well as some of the things we believe our participants can do to help.

Spectators must socially distance while within Memorial Field and when not practicable, must adorn masks - especially when entering and leaving the facility or using the restrooms. In addition to coaches and players, there is a strong possibility that all spectators may be required to have their temperature taken before attending any event. We also must ensure that we do not exceed the amount of attendees at any PAL event. If we reach maximum capacity, spectators may be turned away at the gate.

As much as we can control in the Cranford PAL, we are not able to ensure that our counterparts in the NJSYFL are adhering to safety provisions as strictly as we will. If your child is considered a close-contact exposure to an individual who, through contact tracing, was positive for COVID-19, we will be mandating a 10-day quarantine from PAL activities. The PAL will be adhering to the “risk level” chart rules issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. Waivers may also include a provision about holding the PAL harmless in the case of a COVID-19 exposure related PAL activities. I have asked our Program Directors to coordinate with their volunteer staff to appoint one safety director per program who will oversee their sport’s compliance with the NJSYFL and NJSIAA regulations. From there, each team must appoint a safety manager to ensure that our kids are at proper temperature, using hygienic practices, and maintaining proper social distancing. Most of these provisions are self-governed, and we would rely heavily on parents and children to be open and honest about potential signs and symptoms of illness. 

Lastly, when our children are returning to school in a modified format, the PAL must closely monitor any changes to the schools’ scheduling in response to COVID-19 and mirror their response. We are collectively the Cranford Community, and our kids are our kids – whether in a school or on a field. If schools close due to a concern about the safety of our children, our season closes at that same moment for that same reason.


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Cranford Police Athletic League

P.O. Box 1021 / 8 Springfield Avenue 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 908-709-4313
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