Page Updated January 20, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

We are currently only offering limited in person (direct service) appointments. Pre-screening is a requirement for ALL in person appointments. When arriving for any scheduled, direct services:

  • masks (preferably made with 3 layers of cloth) are to be worn by adults in all CVCDA locations.
  • hand washing/sanitizing is compulsory.
  • physical distancing is required.

All other appointments will be provided remotely through remote consultations. Please read update below for more details.

CVCDA Update: Jan 20, 2020

We are cautiously moving through the various phases of our CVCDA COVID Response Plan and continually adapting to the challenges of the evolving ways in which we bring our range of services to our clients.

As of December 8, 2020 and in compliance with the Provincial Health Authority recommendations we have modified our Phase 4 plan. These changes will remain in effect up until the next Provincial Health Authority update on Feb 5th, 2021. We recognize that these are challenging times for you and your family and we are doing our best to make informed, well thought out decisions that prioritize safety while striving to provide ongoing services to the children and families in our community.

At this time the CVCDA will only offer limited in person (direct service) appointments and only those in situations that are identified as essential. When arriving to receive direct services, physical distancing is required, washing/sanitizing is compulsory and masks (preferably made with 3 layers of cloth) are to be worn by adults in all CVCDA locations. Pre-screening is a requirement for ALL in person appointments and contact tracing is a part of our standard response practice.

All other appointments will be provided remotely through remote consultations. While remote services may feel uncomfortable at first, the teams at CVCDA have been specifically trained to offer your family the same high quality services through these platforms. You will continue to interact with your support team and receive valuable information and support with the convenience of being in your own home.

It is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

Preparing for the next phases and eventually a full reopening has been a meticulous process including a complete internal assessment of the association with considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services along with the specific needs of each of our 16 diverse programs. With such an array of services offered from multiple locations, we do truly require a multi-faceted approach to each phase of our COVID response.  

Our OH&S Committee has prepared our CVCDA COVID-19 Safety Plan for operations (available in the side bar). Our completed reopening plan incorporates many of the guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Finalizing our reopening plan to meet these guidelines was a must and is part of our CVCDA mission to continually safeguard our children, their families and the greater community. 

We are grateful for your continued patience during this extraordinary time. We believe these steps for a safe reopening are the best action for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible. Whether we continue to provide our services virtually or in-person (by appointment only), we cannot wait to see all of the smiling faces of our families once more!

Please watch this page for the most current information and updates from the CVCDA. For any general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

Visit the CVCDA’s At Home Resources for Diverse Abilities page to access a number of tools and activity links to assist you and your family during social distancing.

Visit the CVCDA Facebook page for further updates and sharing of relative posts from reliable sources such as public health authorities and government.

Review Past CVCDA COVID-19 Updates:
CVCDA Update: Dec 9, 2020

We are cautiously moving through the various phases of our CVCDA COVID Response Plan and continually adapting to the challenges of the evolving ways in which we bring our range of services to our clients.

As of December 8, 2020 and in compliance with the Provincial Health Authority recommendations we have modified our Phase 4 plan. These changes will remain in effect up until the next Provincial Health Authority update on January 8th, 2021. We recognize that these are challenging times for you and your family and we are doing our best to make informed, well thought out decisions that prioritize safety while striving to provide ongoing services to the children and families in our community.

At this time the CVCDA will only offer limited in person (direct service) appointments and only those in situations that are identified as essential. When arriving to receive direct services, physical distancing is required, washing/sanitizing is compulsory and masks (preferably made with 3 layers of cloth) are to be worn by adults in all CVCDA locations. Pre-screening is a requirement for ALL in person appointments and contact tracing is a part of our standard response practice.

All other appointments will be provided remotely through remote consultations. While remote services may feel uncomfortable at first, the teams at CVCDA have been specifically trained to offer your family the same high quality services through these platforms. You will continue to interact with your support team and receive valuable information and support with the convenience of being in your own home.

It is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

Preparing for the next phases and eventually a full reopening has been a meticulous process including a complete internal assessment of the association with considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services along with the specific needs of each of our 16 diverse programs. With such an array of services offered from multiple locations, we do truly require a multi-faceted approach to each phase of our COVID response.  

Our OH&S Committee has prepared our CVCDA COVID-19 Safety Plan for operations (available in the side bar). Our completed reopening plan incorporates many of the guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Finalizing our reopening plan to meet these guidelines was a must and is part of our CVCDA mission to continually safeguard our children, their families and the greater community.

We are grateful for your continued patience during this extraordinary time. We believe these steps for a safe reopening are the best action for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible. Whether we continue to provide our services virtually or in-person (by appointment only), we cannot wait to see all of the smiling faces of our families once more!

CVCDA Update: Sept 14, 2020

We are cautituosly moving through the various phases of our CVCDA Restart Plan and continually adapting to the challenges of the evolving ways in which we bring our range of services to our clients.

As of September 8, 2020 we are in Phase 4 of our Restart Plan. This phase has seen our indoor spaces now reopened to a limited number of scheduled meetings and appointments (direct services). Also, while the weather remains cooperative, we will continue to utilize our adapted outdoor spaces for in-person services (also by appointment only). Physical distancing is required and masks are to be worn by adults in all CVCDA locations. Hand washing/sanitizing is compulsory.

Preparing for the next phases and a full reopening has been a meticulous process including a complete internal assessment of the association with considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services along with the specific needs of each of our over 13 programs. With such an array of services offered from multiple locations, we do truly require a multi-faceted approach to our reopening.

Our OH&S Committee has prepared our CVCDA COVID-19 Safety Plan for operations (available in the side bar). Our completed reopening plan incorporates many of the guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Finalizing our reopening plan to meet these guidelines was a must and is part of our CVCDA mission to continually safeguard our children, their families and the greater community.

Before we move into our next phases of reopening, adaptions to all of our locations, procedures and services are under way. Various renovations are still under way in order to safely resume in-person services throughout our buildings. Additionally, each program will have their own set of requirements to put in place and therefore may also have their own timelines for reopening.

For the short term, our offices remain closed to general/walk-in traffic until further notice We are open for appintments only. For any general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

Finally, it is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued patience during this extraordinary time. We believe these steps for a safe reopening are the best action for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible. Whether we continue to provide our services virtually or now in-person (by appointment only), we cannot wait to see all of the smiling faces of our families once more!

CVCDA Update: July 30, 2020

We continue to be very busy here at the CVCDA adapting to the challenges of the evolving ways in which we bring our various services to our clients. Positive changes are in motion as we work through the steps of a responsible and safe reopening of our physical locations to the public.

We are also very excited to announce that as of this week, we have completed the next phase of our reopening plan. This phase saw our outdoor courtyard space converted to functional meeting space for on site, direct services. The space is now and throughout the warmer months, be utilized by a number of our CVCDA programs to resume our in-person services (by appointment only).

Preparing for a full reopening has been a meticulous process including a complete internal assessment of the association with considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services along with the specific needs of each of our over 13 programs. With such an array of services offered from multiple locations, we do truly require a multi-faceted approach to our reopening.

Our OH&S Committee has prepared our CVCDA COVID-19 Safety Plan for operations (available in the side bar). Our completed reopening plan incorporates many of the guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Finalizing our reopening plan to meet these guidelines was a must and is part of our CVCDA mission to continually safeguard our children, their families and the greater community.

Before we move into our next phases of reopening, adaptions to all of our locations, procedures and services are under way. Renovations are progressing in order to safely resume in-person services throughout our buildings. Additionally, each program will have their own set of requirements to put in place and therefore may also have their own timelines for reopening.

For the short term, our closures to the public remain in effect until further notice. For any general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

Finally, it is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

CVCDA Update: June 30, 2020

As the province moves to reopen, the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) is also continuing to work in this direction. Renovations are underway in order to safely resume our in person services. Although we are still closed for regular, in person interactions, the majority of our programs continue to be operational.

Our CVCDA team members continue to remotely provide services to our clients and their families and others are working independently behind the scenes. After July 2, many of our programs will resume their in person appointments utilizing outdoor spaces. 

Our reopening plan incorporates many of the guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Our OH&S Committee has completed our internal assessment and prepared the CVCDA COVID-19 Safety Plan including considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services.

Thank you for your patience as we begin to reopen incorporating the many new and adapted procedures to our various services. As well, there are many more being implemented throughout the organization in order to be prepared for a safe reopening.

Finally, it is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

For any general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this extraordinary time. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible.

Please watch this page for the most current information and updates from the CVCDA.

CVCDA Update: June 3, 2020

In a continued response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our physical locations here at the CVCDA remain closed to the public. Although we are closed for regular, in person interactions, the majority of our programs continue to be operational. Our CVCDA team members have been remotely providing services to our clients and their families and others are working independently behind the scenes.

We are also proactively preparing for a responsible reopening of our physical locations to the public. Our reopening plan needs to incorporate many guidelines including those laid out by the Provincial Health Authority, WorkSafe BC, Health Sciences Association and our Occupational Health and Safety Committee. We are currently working through an internal assessment including considerations for all individuals, employees, workspaces and services.

Before we can begin to reopen, there will be many adaptions required to our procedures and various services that will need to be prepared for and implemented throughout the organization. Additionally, each program will have their own set of requirements to put in place with the relative timelines.

Finally, it is important to note for new families seeking our services, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

For any general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this extraordinary time. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible.

The public office closures are in effect until further notice. Please watch this page for the most current information and updates from the CVCDA.

CVCDA Update: April 2, 2020

In a continued response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CVCDA offices remain closed to the public. In an effort to safeguard our children, their families and the greater community, we believe these steps are the best action for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19.

Although our offices are closed, all of our CVCDA team remain operational. They are working from home and independently behind the scenes. Many of our programs have already initiated contact with individual clients and families, at varying degrees. All programs are taking advantage of a range of the technology and online tools available to us, sharing online regularly and even meeting daily via video conference. At this point, a representative from each of our CVCDA programs has connected with the majority of our clients with updates and potential solutions moving forward, relative to their particular service.

Additionally, our Family Advocate (advocate@cvcda.ca) continues to accept referrals, do intake and work through our ongoing waitlist.

For all general enquiries during this time, please email info@cvcda.ca.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this extraordinary time. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and where ever possible.

The public office closures are in effect until further notice. Please watch this page for the most current information and updates from the CVCDA.

CVCDA Update: March 16, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 situation in our community and recommendations from the Provincial Health Authority, the CVCDA has closed our offices to the public and suspended all Programs, as of March 16, 2020, 4:30pm. In an effort to safeguard our children, their families and the greater community, we believe these steps are the best action for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19.

The closures are in effect until further notice. Please watch this page for the most current information and updates from the CVCDA.

USEFUL WEBSITES & RESOURCES

Please see below and in the side bar for a number of direct links and resources to stay knowledgeable and up to date on COVID-19 and related supports available.

 

Federal and Provincial Support/Information
FAQ’s

Common questions about coronavirus see:

BCCDC Common Questions – Self Isolation and Self-Monitoring vs. Quarantined
Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19
What actions can my family and I take to protect ourselves from respiratory illness, including COVID-19?
How is Canada supporting its citizens and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Information for children and caregivers:

BCCDC: Frequently Asked Questions on New Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Children and Students
2019 Novel Coronavirus ( COVID-19) B.C. public health guidance for schools and childcare programs (PDF 516KB)
  COVID-19 Q&A for the Child Care Sector
Q&A on COVID-19 and Child Care Settings

Symptoms & Testing

Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should phone their health-care provider, or call 8-1-1.

Testing is recommended for people with respiratory symptoms who have travelled outside of Canada. You can use the BC COVID Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Frequently asked questions about  COVID-19 signs and symptoms, including screening criteria, is available on the BCCDC website at www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

COVID-19 Information Lines

  • Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
  • BC COVID Information Line for non-medical information on the virus, from travel recommendations to physical distancing:1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) seven days a week 7:30 am until 8:00 pm
    or text 604-630-0300

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CVCDA COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT?

FEDERAL:

PROVINCIAL:

NEED PAYMENT ASSISTANCE?

  • BC Hydro Customer Assistance Program – for bill deferral or flexible payment plans with no penalty.
  • BC Hydro COVID-19 Releif Fund – if you have lost a job or are unable to work you can apply to receive a one-time bill credit of three times their average monthly bill amount.
  • 90 Day ICBC Deferral
  • BC Student Loans – Starting March 30, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.
  • Canada Student Loans – Effective March 30, there will be a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayments.
  • Comox Valley Regional District – CVRD residents will not be charged any late payment fees for utility bills paid by December 31, 2020

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