Every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario will bring a voluntary rapid antigen screening kit home this week.
This Government of Ontario initiative is designed to promote a safer return to school after the winter break. Please see the letter below from the Government of Ontario regarding voluntary take-home rapid antigen screening kits for students over the holidays:
In an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario for every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario, Trillium Lakelands District School Board is providing take-home rapid antigen screening kits.
The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who participate in in-person learning. This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.
Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the winter break.
While providing students with rapid antigen screening kits is an important tool for managing the spread of COVID-19, vaccination remains the most effective protection against the virus and its variants. Ensuring that children and youth are vaccinated will provide them with a strong level of protection and help to keep schools open and as safe as possible.
It is also important to remember that we all need to continue with key public health strategies that have been effective in keeping this pandemic under control, including staying home when sick, getting tested if you have symptoms, washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering as required.
Take-home rapid antigen screening kits will be sent home with students next week and will include further instructions for parents/guardians. You can also learn more by reading the BTNX Rapid Response™ instructions document or by watching the Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device video.
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