News School District 71 helping essential service workers find childcare SHARE ON: Jon Gauthier, staff Wednesday, Mar. 25th, 2020 File photo of the School District 71 office. The Comox Valley School district is helping essential service workers who need childcare support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s created a community survey to determine how great the need is for childcare support for families with essential service workers currently still working. The district says while there is no provincial standard for what defines an essential service worker, it follows the recommended general guideline that defines them as “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).” SD71 says the province has requested to follow a tiered prioritization system to offer services and support which included three tiers. Tier 1 is for healthcare workers and emergency responders. Tier 2 is workers supporting vulnerable populations like social workers. It also includes utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions such as grocery store workers. Tier 3 is for teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of ESWs. The district says the survey will help the plan necessary childcare support for all essential service workers in the region. To fill out the survey, click here.