Unattended Age at Pool should be 12 and over
Recently the conservancy board voted to up the age of unattended children at the pool from 12 to 14. The statement in our newsletter declaring that "Spring Ridge had the only pool that permitted 12 year olds to use the pool without adult supervision" was an inaccurate statement. Here are some examples of our neighboring pool rules on the topic: Whittier - 10 years old, Linganore - all 3 pools - 12 years old, Dearbought - 12 years old, Clover Hill - 10 years old, Villages of Urbana - 10 years old. At the age of 12, a child can stay home and legally babysit his/her siblings. At the age of 13, a child can legally babysit infants and other children outside the home. However, in Spring Ridge, the 12 and 13 year olds are the ones now needing a babysitter. Again, there were no behavior issues with this age group that motivated this change. Please help us communicate to the board that the state laws of responsibility at the age of 12 are more than adequate for our life guard supervised pools. These children are deemed old enough by the state and social services to be entrusted with the safety of OTHER children in an UNSUPERVISED home - they should be entrusted to themselves at a SUPERVISED pool.