BCPS COVID-19 BCPS Safety Plan Template
As of May 14, 2020, as directed by Order of the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, employers must post a copy of their COVID-19 Safety Plan on their website, if applicable, and in the workplace, and must provide a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan to a health officer or a WorkSafeBC officer, on request. The COVID-19 Safety Plan must outline the policies, guidelines, and procedures that have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission. The BCPS has prepared an adapted COVID-19 BCPS Safety Plan template for your use. Please download it here.
Please refer to these resources for information regarding COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control – provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention, and consultation services. Their website includes information for the public. The site also includes specific information for pediatricians and data specific to pregnancy.
BC Nurse Line – HealthLink BC – 811 – a free-of-charge phone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for provincial health information and advice in British Columbia – dial 811 to connect to this service
BC Children’s Hospital – provides answers to frequently asked questions, including information on when to seek urgent care
BC Health Authorities – access to each of the province’s regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority, and provincial health services
Child and Youth Mental Health Services | MCFD services continue during COVID-19
CYMHSU Partnership – Meeting Minutes
Government of Canada – information regarding health, finance and economic support, travel, safety and security. Get the Canada COVID-19 app (iOS or Android) for COVID-19 information, recommendations, and resources.
BC Children’s Hospital and UBC are studying Child and Youth Mental Health during a Pandemic
Who can participate in this study?
- Children and youth aged 10-17 in BC (only children aged 10 and up can fill out the MyHEARTSMAP on their own)
- Parents with a child aged 6-17 in BC (the MyHEARSTMAP applies to children down to age 6 if completed by a parent)
Here’s the link to the webpage for more information and to participate if you would like to do so.
Researchers at the BCCH Research Institute Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to find out how many children and young adults in BC may have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that was identified in December 2019 which causes the infectious disease known as COVID-19). Please use this link to access information about the study and to participate in the SPRING Study: Severe acute resPiratory syndrome-Related coronavirus 2 prevalence In children and youNG adults in British Columbia: an observational study.
Who can participate in this study?
- Children and young adults under 25 years of age living in BC.
UBC Study for Parents about Impact of COVID-19 on Inclusive Education for Their K-12 Children with Disabilities
Who can participate in this study?
- Parents/guardians of K-12 school-aged students with disabilities (inclusive of learning exceptionalities, complex learners, neuro diverse, special needs) in British Columbia are invited to participate in this study about your experiences related to inclusive education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These links provide information regarding K-12 School
Dr. Tyler Black spoke on CBC Am Radio The Early Edition on August 11, 2020 about the return to school and why it’s not the best idea for all kids to go back. You can listen to the segment here (10 mins 12 seconds).
Doctors of BC has a article by Dr. Ashley Miller, Psychiatrist, BCCH, called Going the Distance for our Kids Mental Health and Safe Return to School (dated Aug 26, 2020).
Here’s some information about supporting children and families in returning to school. This article was an op-ed published August 29, 2020 in The Vancouver Sun.
Dr. Srinivas Murthy spoke on CBC AM Radio The Early Edition on August 27, 2020 regarding health-related issues associated with the decision to send children back to school during the pandemic. You can listen to the segment here (14 mins 29 seconds).
These links provide information regarding specific situations
Adrenal Insufficiency – | Endocrinology & Diabetes Unit, BCCH
Anxiety – Coronoavirus Sanity Guide
Anxiety – Anxiety Canada provides information for children, youth, and adults including links to video and audio resources
Autism – Information about supporting children and youth with Autism, when they have anxiety about Covid-19 and are out of school and don’t have their usual routine. Here is a link for a package of specific resources – a very simple example, how to make a timetable for a new daily routine.
Breathing, Calming, Guided Meditations – this link is to a curated collection of online meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
Children and Youth with Disabilities – My Covid Disability Q: Canada’s New Q&A Hub for Canadians with Disabilities | CHILD-BRIGHT Network
Youth with Disabilities – Resources for Youth with Disabilities, Their Families, and Support Teams | CHILD-BRIGHT Network
Type 1 Diabetes – Diabetes at School | Diabetes@School
Family Support during COVID-19 – centralized resource sheet outlining comprehensive, biopsychosocial support resources for children, youth, and families across BC during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for quick access to an updated QR code.
MCFD Emergency Services for Children with Special Needs | BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Kids Help Phone – text 686868 or call toll free (1-800-688-6868) 24/7 to reach free support for children and teens
Mental Health – Taking Care of your Mental Health (COVID-19) | Government of Canada
Mental Health – MHCC Covid-19 Resources | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Wellness Together Canada | Government of Canada
TED Connects: Community and Hope during coronavirus | TED Live, daily conversation series with featured experts
Youth and Young Adults – Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 confidential health and wellness resources, services, and supports for free via virtual services and access by phone at 1-833-FØUNDRY (yes, that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379).
Here is a Video about Helping Children Through a COVID-19 Test
This video from BCCH provides information for helping children through a COVID-19 test.
Here are some resources for Physicians
Caring for self to be able to care for others | Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)
Care for Caregivers – mental health support for health care providers | a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) and SafeCare BC
Maintaining your and your family’s well-being during a pandemic | Canadian Medical Association, page includes links to each province’s physician health programs, how to talk to your children about COVID-19, and tips for managing stress and anxiety.
Free psychological services for front-line health service providers | Canadian Psychological Association
Here’s a link for the Physician Health Program. The Physician Health Program is now hosting a twice weekly drop-in COVID-19 physician peer support session every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm (PDT) via Zoom phone or video. Sessions are drop-in, no commitment necessary, focusing on peer support not psychiatric care. Please click here for more information.
Public Health Agency of Canada – information for health professionals