Sept 24 2020
From the Waterloo Regional Block Parent® Program regarding the on-going COVID-19 crisis
Dear Block Parents and Volunteers of the Block Parent Program
Fall has arrived and like you, our hopes were that school children would be able to return to school as usual. At this time, the Region is still working through how best to keep our children and our communities safe, and so are we.
Because our program focuses mainly on students, schools, active transportation, and pedestrian and road safety skills, the Block Parent Board of Directors had decided to put a pause on all programs until schools re-open. Schools are now open and our programs are back up and running, but with a few changes.
RE-CERTIFICATION: Waterloo Region Police Services is AGAIN processing Police Records Checks (PVSCs) and at this time we ask that you apply for your PVSC on-line. If you have been asked to update your PVSCs, or if you’re planning to update your PVSCs in the next few months, please go ahead and apply on-line and then either mail or email your scanned PVSCs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW BLOCK PARENTS: Because our community is continuing to practice physical distancing, and in-home training cannot be conducted, we are unable to complete the application/screening process at this time. In the meantime, you can still complete the Block Parent application and you can apply for your on-line PVSCs. When those documents are ready, you can mail or email them to email@example.com and once we are able to conduct the in-home training sessions, we will be in contact with you.
OTHER PROGRAMS: The Walking School Bus program has started again in a few schools across the Region. If you are interested in volunteering to become a Walk Leader, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This opportunity includes 1-2 hours per week, you must be able to drive to a school location in the Region, you must be able to complete a 30 minute on-line training session, as well as providing a clear Police Vulnerable Records Check.
WINDOW SIGNS: As a Block Parent, we want to re-iterate to you that you are under no obligation to put your Block Parent sign in your window. You must always put your safety, the safety of your family, and your comfort level first. If you want to refrain from putting your sign in your window for the duration of this crisis, please take it down and put it away in a safe place. If you want to leave your sign in your window when you are home and available, you are welcome to do that, but we encourage you to speak to your neighbours while respecting physical distancing recommendations from our Public Health officials. This could mean engaging with someone in need through the screen door, the window, or through the glass. Your safety and level of comfort as a volunteer for the Block Parent Program is our priority.
While we continue to monitor the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, we want you to know that we are here, we are available to take phone calls and emails, and we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.
From the Board of Directors, to you and your families, please stay active, healthy, and safe!
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