COVID-19 Rapid Screening Tests in Schools Program

The provincial government has chosen Father Leonard Van Tighem school to participate in the ‘COVID-19 Rapid Screening Tests in School Program.’ One of the program’s main objectives is to help with the early detection of the virus, thus helping to fight the pandemic.  Early indications are that the program will start sometime next week.

Please see this document for information regarding the program:

Here are a few points to stress:

  • Participation in this program is voluntary.  The school will be sending out permission slips via homeroom teachers; please check your child’s bag;
  • An outside vendor administers the test, not school staff.  Also, the testing is a nasal swab; the swab is not the one that goes deep into your nasal cavity;
  • The testing will probably be done twice, one week apart;
  • Even with parent permission, students may change their mind at the last second;
  • Given our Jr. High is online next week, this will probably be just for our elementary students:
  • If you want your child to participate, please fill in the forms;
  • If you do not want your child to participate, please do not fill in the forms;
  • For those elementary classes currently in isolation, forms will go out once they return to school;
  • Once we have the exact testing days, we will inform our parents, students, and staff.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

2 thoughts on “COVID-19 Rapid Screening Tests in Schools Program

  1. I think there should be increased focus on implementing safeguards for teachers to avoid unnecessary quarantines. When one teacher quarantines, it sometimes affects multiple classes and a large number of kids.
    Protection as much as detection should be the focus! It’s been a year, doing the same thing can’t be the answer or solution anymore.
    Having the same kids quarantine multiple times even though they test negative and don’t get sick is very disruptive and unhealthy.
    A school should be an essential service, not something that can just flip between 8hrs a day with a professional teacher with a degree, to a kid spending an hour or so online with whomever happens to be home at the time.
    Since when did education be so disposable and teachers so replaceable?
    Rapid testing is a great start, but without proper prevention, your are only going to increase the frequency of isolation and quarantine times.

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