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FALL 2020 Building and Program Update – Varsity Community Association

Varsity Community Association is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for the community.  2020 has provided us with a significant number of challenges including a global pandemic and fire damage to the community association building.  The team at VCA has been working through the logistics required for a phased approach to re-opening the building.    As we have a significant number of user groups that access VCA, we need to take thoughtful steps in our re-opening to reduce risks to participants and staff and ensure the long term success of future programming.   We appreciate that many users are anxious to get back to their old routines and access the facility.  We too look forward to launching community initiatives.   Most activities and services that VCA provides are not recommended until the province enters Stage 3 of relaunch.    With this in mind, we will continue to work with the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services resources to determine not only what programs and services can launch, but how we can safely facilitate these activities.

Varsity Out of School Care
With the start of school, our Out of School Care program has now launched.  This is a significant step in the relaunch process and we are following COVID-19 protocols as set out by Alberta Health Services and Children Services.  The relaunch protocols have significant impacts on how we operate and restrict access to parts of our building which will impact other groups.  We anticipate daily and weekly changes in the coming months as we and the government learn.   Reviewing how COVID-19 numbers are impacted by the return to school, prior to adding additional people into the building, is critical to ensuring the safety of all participants

VCA Programs
The Covid-19 pandemic has had significant long term impacts on programming at VCA.  Currently, most of our past programming is not recommended.  New registered indoor group programs will be available, with safety protocols and restrictions, when AHS approves Stage 3 relaunch provided guidelines support indoor group programming for various age groups.  Extensive consultation with AHS, the City of Calgary and other groups with regard to indoor group programming risks, especially for seniors, was done to reach this decision.   At this point, we do not have firm dates for program launches and must use a wait and monitor approach.

Please check the website regularly for updates.  We are working to provide new and innovative programming in different ways and look forward to having the community back in the building when we feel we can provide a safe environment.

We will contact past participants as we roll out new programming.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you again soon.