Air Station Clearwater Family Resources

 

 

AIR STATION CLEARWATER
COVID-19 Information Bulletin
    February 2021

      Updated Frequently

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

LOCAL INFORMATION

DAILY ROUTINE

  • Air Station Clearwater has commenced a modified work schedule. Please contact your supervisor for details.  When not at work you are considered in a liberty status but subject to recall.  Please observe social distancing protocols.
  • The unit-wide modified work schedule posture will not be changed without at least 10 days of notice. Your specific individual work schedule continues to be at your supervisor's discretion.
  • Coast Guard policy requires wearing a mask while working in close proximity or accessing base services.  This includes civilian contractors working on-base and anyone accessing the exchange or galley.  See additional guidance below.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

  • All personnel are required to wear a cloth face mask while working in close proximity or accessing base services.  The command is working to supply each active duty member with a standardized mask for use while in uniform.  In the interim, any cloth mask constructed in accordance with CDC guidelines may be worn provided it is appropriate for the workplace and adheres to our Core Values. See supervisors for details.
  • Contact your supervisor if you or your dependents are at higher risk for severe illness. Details on high risk are outlined at the link below:  
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/people-at-higher-risk.html
  • The Galley is only serving boxed “To Go” meals until further notice. The base gyms are limited to Coast Guard Active Duty Personnel.
  • All MWR events and Air Station tours are canceled until further notice.
  • All dental cleanings are postponed until further notice.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • District 7 active duty members are restricted from non-official travel (leave, liberty, etc.) outside of a 100 mile radius from your place of work or residence. This can be waived on a case by case basis by the Commanding Officer.
  • The Coast Guard highly discourages Civilians/Auxiliarists/Dependents from travelling outside a 100 mile radius from your residence.

OTHER CONCERNS

  • There is a temporary expansion of the Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) program for elementary and high school students impacted by school closures due to COVID-19.
    • Provides up to a $500 grant per client family for school supplies (paper, pens, printer ink, learning software, etc) for their children in primary or secondary school!
    • Does NOT include electronics such as computers, tablets or calculators, or other 'non-perishable' items. 
    • Receipts must be specific as to what was purchased, and must be dated between 1 February 2020 and 1 June 2020.
    • All applications must be submitted by 30 June 2020. 
  • ID Cards – Expiring ID Cards may be updated at a CG ID Card Office within 30 days of the date of expiration.  ID Cards that require updating due to a change of information (such as rank, name, etc) do not need to be updated at this time. See the CG COVID-19 Information Page for more details.
  • Will These be a fiscal year leave rollover policy for October 2020? HQ will address this issue later in the year
  • Child Care Subsidy Program information: 
    https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net/familyenrollment/community-programs/

SUPPORT AVAILABLE

The COVID-19 pandemic may create significant hardships for you and your families.  Please keep your supervisor advised on your specific challenges.  Several support mechanisms are already in place:

  • The Air Station Chaplain, LCDR Long: (727) 639-0018. He is at the Air Station on Wednesdays.
  • CG SUPRT: www.cgsuprt.com or (855) 247-8778 
  • Spouses and families are encouraged to stay in contact with our unit Ombudsmen, Claire Dewechter and Heather Mason.
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) loans are available if needed. Our Work Life department is standing by to assist. More information can be found here: https://www.cgmahq.org/  
  • If you were forced to cancel any travel plans, the command can provide you a letter which may help you recoup some of your losses. Please contact your DH or the CMC for a template.

 

 

 

Ombudsman Program

Purpose of Program
An Ombudsman serves as a link between a Coast Guard command and the families of the command. An Ombudsman can assist families in locating resources, communicate information from the command to the families, and take concerns of families to the command.

Program Confidentiality
Discussions of the Ombudsman Program may be confidential except family violence that must be reported. An Ombudsman must be able to distinguish between issues suitable for public discussion and those requiring confidentiality.

Point of Contact
If you need assistance please contact the Command Ombudsman:
 airstaclearwaterombudsmen@gmail.com

Claire Dewechter
(727) 698 6089

Heather Mason
(727) 698-6085