We have created this page of our COVID-19 programming policy (Spanish version: Póliza de Programación de COVID-19), resources, and ways to help to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep it as up to date as possible; please let us know if any information needs to be added, removed, or edited.


Programming Policy


Health & Safety Protocols

  • All gatherings are either outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor spaces (doors and windows open)
  • The capacity of indoor gatherings per room is limited to what can comfortably accommodate six feet of distance between individuals simultaneously
  • All individuals must wear masks indoors except while eating or drinking
  • All individuals must wear masks outdoors with the exception of designated break times or while sufficiently distanced from others
  • Group transportation on ministry vehicles is only allowed with masks on, windows open, distanced designated seating, and sanitized surfaces (before and after)
  • No sharing of program materials among participants with the exception of pre-approved activities
  • Office spaces, kitchens, and maintenance areas are “kid-free” zones and for staff/volunteer use only

Check-In Checklist

  • Individuals must use hand sanitizer or wash hands upon arrival
  • Staff will disinfect appropriate objects and surfaces before each meeting session
  • Staff will properly ventilate rooms prior to and during any indoor meetings
  • Individuals will receive temperature checks upon arrival; individuals with temperatures of at least 100.4 degrees must not participate in programming until symptom-free for at least 24 hours
  • Programs will only serve individualized pre-packaged meals or pre-prepared plates of food; neither self-serve nor family-style meals are allowed

Sanitation Procedure

  • Individuals must sanitize or wash hands both before taking masks off and after putting them back on
  • Staff/volunteers will sanitize bathroom, run fan, and leave door open after each individual’s usage
  • Staff/volunteers will sanitize interior ministry vehicle surfaces after each usage

Exit Checklist

  • Staff will disinfect used objects and surfaces after each meeting session
  • Staff/volunteers will sanitize bathroom after each meeting session
  • Staff/volunteers will sanitize interior ministry vehicle surfaces after each usage

Individual Requirements

  • A signed liability waiver (Spanish version: exención de responsabilidad por Coronavirus/COVID-19)
  • A personal mask
  • At least two weeks without COVID-19 related symptoms (fever, coughing, chills, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell)
  • At least two weeks without exposure/contact* with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

* In accordance with the Virginia Department of Health’s Thomas Jefferson Health District, “We consider a contact to be an individual who spends at least 15 consecutive minutes within 6 feet of an individual who is infected with COVID. The exposure time starts 48 hours before the symptoms start. At this time, wearing a mask does not change our definition of a contact.”

  • Abundant Life will inform relevant families, staff, and volunteers within 24 hours whenever an individual in their program tests positive for COVID-19. Any individual(s) who had contact (as defined above) with this individual will be required to quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning.
  • Any positive cases from individuals in a program must be disclosed immediately to the Program Coordinator who will then share this information with the Executive Director. Together they will consult any necessary staff, volunteers, and participants for contact tracing to determine the type of letter each individual in the program will receive. The letter will either inform the individual that there was a positive case but that they/their child did not have contact with this individual or the letter will inform the individual/guardian of the individual that there was potential contact with another individual in the program that tested positive and that they/their child will need to quarantine for two weeks. The Ministry will continue to check-in with the affected family/ individuals during that time.
  • Individuals with flu-like symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, or fever of at least 100.4 degrees) will not be permitted to attend programming until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.




City of Charlottesville: Service changes and updates due to COVID-19

Cville Community Cares: Housing, legal, and food assistance guide (in English and Spanish)

SupportCville: How to get money, supplies, and services locally



CCS Food Disbursement Program: Free meal pickup Monday and Wednesday for children 18 and under



Dominion Energy: Has suspended all service disconnections for non-payment; offering short-term payment extensions and long-term payment plans.

SBA Relief Programs: Low-interest loans and debt relief for small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19



CDC: National COVID-19 updates and guidance

Virginia Department of Health: State COVID-19 updates

Thomas Jefferson Health District Facebook: Local COVID-19 updates

Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition: Tips for wellness and managing stress

Virginia Trauma-Informed Community Networks: Talking about the Coronavirus and helping children and teens cope



Amazing Educational Resources: Comprehensive list of free educational resources for kids at home

VPM|PBS: Education materials

PreK/K Educational Resources recommended by our neighbor/Z95.1 and WINA’s February Teacher of the Month, Shannon Gillikin

Imagine Neighborhood: A podcast for parents and kids to listen to together to grow their social-emotional skills



Internet Essentials from Comcast (for income-eligible families): Two free months of internet and low-cost computers

Kindle e-readers available for loan (thanks to UVA’s Women’s Rowing Team): Contact Rebecca for info.



Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT): Providing fare-free transportation and using rear doors only to maintain social distancing


Ways to Help


CCS food disbursement program: Volunteer

Support Cville: Donate your funds, time, or resources locally


Last updated: January 12, 2021

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