The Ontario government has announced it is expanding voluntary testing of asymptomatic students and school staff in Ontario.
The Ministry of Education, along with the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health, are working with school boards and local public health units to support this implementation. This initiative will make it easier to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. It may also inform public health decisions and help to manage outbreaks.
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the three Public Health Agencies in our jurisdiction, will be supporting this initiative. Based on guidance of the local health authority, testing will take place at select schools in our district each week beginning March 6, 2021.
As an added measure to ensure our schools remain safe for all to learn and work in, we have partnered with LifeLabs, Canada’s largest medical laboratory, to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students and their family members, teachers, and staff at the selected schools each week.
Shorter swab = less discomfort!
The test process is very simple and safe and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety parameters. LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril).
Upcoming Testing Clinics:
Date: Saturday, March 6
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, 2260 Courtice Rd.
Participating School Communities: Good Shepherd CES and Holy Trinity CSS
Note: The families and staff at the selected school communities will be invited to participate in the testing and will be provided more information directly from their schools, including information on how to pre-register for the testing clinic.