Take-home COVID-19 test kit updates

Limestone Learning Foundation
Take-home COVID-19 test kit updates
Posted on 01/18/2022
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Recent significant changes to COVID-19 testing and case and contact management for schools has resulted in changes to current take-home testing kits for students and staff. The Government of Ontario continues to provide school boards in Ontario with take-home COVID-19 tests to provide students, families and staff with accessible testing options under the new conditions outlined below.

As announced on January 12, 2022, the Ministry of Education, in partnership with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, is providing publicly funded schools and licensed child-care programs with rapid antigen test kits for symptomatic students, children and staff. Students and staff will receive a package of two rapid antigen tests proactively, for at-home use if they develop symptoms.  

Effective January 2022, PCR self-collection kits are no longer to be used on asymptomatic high-risk contacts/exposed cohorts of a confirmed case of COVID-19, and should only be provided to symptomatic students and education staff experiencing symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19 while at school.

Instructions on how to use each test will be provided to students (families) upon distribution. If families have any questions about either testing process, they may contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

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The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.