Limited In-Person Services Update
Dear families –
Boyer has been delivering all care virtually since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. During this time, we have been closely following guidance from government officials, Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and King County COVID positivity rates.
Based on recommendations and direction from these resources, combined with the relatively low positivity rate and increased rate of vaccination, we will begin seeing high-priority children for one to two in-person sessions starting Monday, May 3rd.
We will use this limited re-opening period to discern best practices for gradually moving to a full opening. This decision takes into account the safety of our community balanced with the real and urgent needs of our families, and we continue to take both very seriously. Positivity rates will be continuously monitored with the understanding that even limited in-person services are subject to changes as indicated by communicable disease threats.
We have been working closely with DCYF to determine who will qualify for in-person services when we resume care on a limited basis. While the majority of our service delivery will remain virtual for the time being, the following guidelines from DCYF will qualify some families for limited in-person services:
— Inability to access teleintervention services/barriers to utilizing technology
— Housing instability, focus on basic needs
— Infant feeding/urgent feeding concerns that require in-person visits
— Fitting and modification of durable medical equipment or AAC
— In-person needed for appropriate hands-on assessment, positioning, and parent training
— Complex vision concerns that cannot be effectively addressed remotely
While we are extremely excited to begin welcoming families back to Boyer on a limited basis, we recognize that everyone has their own unique set of circumstances, considerations, and comfort levels around returning to in-person services. Participation will be optional for both qualifying families and staff. Please reach out to members of your service team if you are interested in requesting an in-person session.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s care or plans for reopening, please contact myself or Gay Burton, Boyer’s Chief Program Officer, at any time. We are happy to communicate via zoom, telephone or email, whatever is best for your family.
We truly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Again, we take our responsibility to our families, staff and community very seriously, and we are grateful for your continued flexibility.
All the best,
Executive Director | Boyer Children’s Clinic
PS. Per Governor Inslee’s recent announcement, all Washington adults are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.