Comox Valley Schools is responding to the governments plea for school districts to support essential service workers and their families with childcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To determine the need in our community, a short survey has been created to explore where in our region assistance is needed and the number of children in a household requiring childcare.

While there is no provincial standard for what defines an essential service worker, the District follows recommended general guideline to define individuals who have employment in one of these fields.

Essential Service Workers (ESWs) are those individuals considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning, including emergency responders, front-line health care workers, as well as critical infrastructure and supply chain workers (e.g. food, medicine).

The Ministry has further requested to follow a tiered prioritization system to offer services and support.

Tier 1: healthcare workers and emergency responders.

Tier 2: workers supporting vulnerable populations (e.g. social workers, income assistance workers); utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions (e.g. grocery store workers, warehouse workers).

Tier 3: teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of ESWs.

To best understand the need in our community, please consider participating a short survey. Results of the survey can help the District plan necessary childcare support for all our essential service workers in the local region.

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)