SEASPAR strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for our participants and staff while ensuring everyone enjoys our programs and services. Please review these policies and procedures before registering for programs.
When a participant cannot attend an activity, families should notify SEASPAR. The number of staff hired for a program is based on perfect attendance. Help us avoid unnecessary expenses by advising us if a participant will be absent. For special events, this allows those on the waiting list to attend and means that no tickets are wasted. Messages may be left on the after-hours absence line. We realize that last-minute absences may not allow for notice; however, we appreciate your assistance and cooperation.
Atlanto Axial Subluxation
Individuals with Down Syndrome are at risk of having Atlanto Axial Subluxation Condition (ASC) that causes increased mobility in the cervical spine. For the safety of our participants, individuals with Down Syndrome are not allowed to participate in the butterfly stroke in swimming, diving, tumbling, gymnastics, high jump, and other activities unless they have tested negative for ASC. An x-ray determines if the condition is present. Please contact us online or call us at 630.960.7600 for more information.
Code of Conduct
SEASPAR asks all participants and family members to observe the behavior code below, which was developed to ensure enjoyable and safe program experiences. SEASPAR will attempt reasonable accommodations to enable participants to meet behavior expectations.
- Show respect to all participants, staff, and public.
- Listen to and comply with staff direction and program rules.
- Allow others in the program and others at public facilities to enjoy the activity without disruption (within reason).
- Refrain from using foul language or other offensive behavior such as rude gestures, sexually explicit language, or inappropriate touching.
- Refrain from causing bodily harm or aggressive physical contact.
- Show respect to equipment, supplies, and facilities.
Additional rules are developed for specific programs as deemed necessary by the staff.
SEASPAR applies a caring, positive approach to discipline. Staff review rules with participants and are willing to work with parents to develop behavior modification programs as necessary. When conduct expectations are not met, staff will take reasonable steps to accommodate the behavior and minimize future risks. However, when accommodations are attempted and are unsuccessful, or when no reasonable accommodation exists to avoid future risks, SEASPAR may take actions such as removing a participant from an activity for a short period of time, removing a participant from an activity for the remainder of the day, suspending participation for the next program meeting, or suspending participation in that program for the remainder of the season. Notwithstanding SEASPAR’s option to use progressive discipline, SEASPAR is not required to do so and may, at its sole discretion, forgo lesser forms of discipline at any time, and proceed immediately with suspending participation for the remainder of the season.
Listed below are examples of reasons for disciplinary action. This list, however, does not constitute a comprehensive list of all acts which may subject the participant to disciplinary action, including suspension from any program or activity. Instead, the following list sets forth some of the more typical circumstances that arise. They include, but are not limited to:
- Making loud noises in particular settings where quietness is expected.
- Inability to sit quietly in theaters, concerts, etc.
- Showing lack of respect for other participants/patrons at activities.
- Running in crowded areas or bolting from the group – this can cause disruption or be a significant safety problem.
SEASPAR asks that parents promptly drop off and pick up participants at the designated program times. Before programs, staff are busy preparing for the program and are unavailable to supervise participants. After programs, staff may be scheduled at another facility and need to depart soon after the program. By allowing them to complete their work promptly, SEASPAR can operate more cost-efficiently. Be sure to check in with the staff when dropping off and picking up your child.
Families of participants who are not picked up promptly are sent a letter that serves to remind them of the concern. If the situation continues, a charge is imposed for subsequent late pickups. If a participant is picked up late (more than 10 minutes) three times in three months or less, a warning is sent stating that the next late pickup results in a payment due to SEASPAR for the overtime. A rate of $18 per hour is used. Payment is due to SEASPAR within one week of notification. If not paid promptly, the amount is due prior to the next registration. The staff makes every effort to return on time from all outings; we ask your cooperation in making pickups promptly.
If a participant is traveling home unsupervised, parents or case managers must submit written notice to the SEASPAR office. Please submit this notice with the registration form. We ask that you notify SEASPAR if someone other than a familiar family member is picking up your child.
Loss or Theft
Label all items brought to programs with the participant’s name. Any electronic communication device or adaptive equipment must be checked in with a staff member upon arrival at the program. Participants are encouraged not to bring items of value. SEASPAR is not responsible for theft or loss of personal belongings.
The exchange of medication, information, and participants can become hectic as a group prepares to leave for an activity or at the beginning of a program. To be sure that all medication is in order and staff has the appropriate information, we ask you to put medication in specially marked envelopes, complete the label, and give it to the program supervisor before the group leaves. To make the process work more efficiently for overnight trips, envelopes are sent to you along with the packing list. For day trips, staff provides envelopes at the drop-off point. For the convenience of those who are involved in many outings, or who take medication frequently, we are happy to provide a supply of labeled envelopes.
SEASPAR provides leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and while participating in our programs, we stress socialization skills, appropriate behavior, and personal appearance. For the dignity and acceptance of individuals with disabilities, and for their overall self-esteem and enjoyment in community outings, the staff has developed a list of participant expectations. We ask that you assist us in fulfilling these basic guidelines. The participant guidelines were developed for the betterment of our participants, their self-esteem, and normalization.
- Clean, dry clothing.
- No bowel/bladder problems upon arrival at the program. If this is a concern, extra clean clothing, cleanup supplies, and Depends garments must be sent with the participant.
- Attention to body odors (should smell fresh).
- Appearance should be clean.
- Appropriate attire for program participation (gym shoes, warm-ups, or loose-fitting clothing for athletic, sports, or exercise programs). If you have a question about attire, call us at 630.960.7600.
Staff will be consistent in stressing personal hygiene while participants are at programs.
By registering yourself or your child/ward in a SEASPAR program or event, you consent that SEASPAR has the right to photograph or film you or your child/ward and use the photos/videos for any purpose in any medium of communication, without compensation. If there is a specific reason you or your child/ward cannot be photographed, please call us at 630.960.7600.
SEASPAR programs are staffed according to the needs and abilities of participants as well as the nature of a particular program. Most youth programs have one staff to three participants and most adult programs have one staff to six participants, but this varies due to the content and nature of the program. There are programs which have one staff to one participant. Closer staff-to-participant ratios are typically for those individuals who have more involved needs and/or behavior issues.
By completing your participant’s Annual Information Form completely and accurately, you can help us plan for our programmatic staffing and safety needs.
Weekly programs and special events may be cancelled due to inclement weather. To check the status of a program, call the SEASPAR office at 630.960.7600 one to two hours before the program begins, or between 4–4:30 p.m. for evening programs. If a program is cancelled, staff attempt to reach all participants by phone to inform them of the cancellation. After hours, program changes are available on the program update selection of SEASPAR’s phone system. If indoor facilities are available for weekly programs, the program is held as usual. Programs cancelled due to inclement weather are not rescheduled.
Severe Winter Weather Guidelines for Cancelling Programs:
Outdoor programs or programs with transportation for participants with physical disabilities:
- Temperature of zero or wind chill of -10° or less
All other programs with transportation:
- Temperature of -10° or wind chill of -20° or less
All programs (including indoor): snowstorm or blizzard situations when driving restrictions and emergency accident plans are in effect (e.g., winter storm or blizzard warnings).
Severe Summer Weather Guidelines for Cancelling Programs:
Outdoor programs or indoor sites without air conditioning:
- Heat index of 100° or higher
- Heat index of 110° or higher
All programs (including indoor) are cancelled when a tornado warning is in effect for the surrounding area. SEASPAR uses discretion for all other weather watches and warnings.
In consideration of other participants and staff, and to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses, it is recommended that participants refrain from attending programs when any of the following conditions exist:
- Fever of 100° or higher within the last 24 hours.
- Vomiting within the last 24 hours.
- Persistent diarrhea in conjunction with other symptoms.
- Contagious rash or a rash of unknown origin.
- Persistent cough and/or cold symptoms.
- Eye infections or discharge from the eye.
- Symptoms of mumps, measles, chicken pox, strep throat, flu, impetigo, or Coxsackie’s virus.
- Fatigue due to illness that hinders participation in a program.
- Runny nose with yellow or green discharge.
- Lice or mites.
Please notify SEASPAR if the participant contracts any contagious illness that will affect attendance at a program. Participants should return to programs at the doctor’s recommendation, or, if not under a doctor’s care, when the symptoms have clearly passed.
If you have any questions or concerns about our program policies or procedures, please contact us online or call us at 630.960.7600.