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ENHANCED COVID-19 TESTING PROTOCOLS

Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing of School Staff at Pharmacies

>> As part of an enhanced testing strategy to support in-person learning in Ontario, Region of Waterloo Public Health has worked with the Province on the expansion of asymptomatic testing at pharmacies to include school staff. Interested school staff will need to make an appointment at participating pharmacies and provide the name of their school/work location.

> Interested school staff will need to make an appointment at participating pharmacies and provide the name of the school/work location. Testing is voluntary.

Targeted Asymptomatic Testing of Students and Staff

>> As of February 22, 2021, school boards must provide asymptomatic targeted testing in at least 5% of the elementary and secondary schools within their jurisdiction, each week. In WCDSB, this means 2 schools per week, until all schools have had the opportunity to participate in testing.

>> School locations are being selected in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health. Participation in testing is completely voluntary.

>> School Boards have been asked to prioritize schools in areas of high transmission, previous or continuing high case numbers, and schools where access to current testing programs may be challenging. Dates, times, and locations are still being determined.

>> The initial WCDSB schools identified are:

  • Resurrection CSS / St. John CES / St. Dominic CES
  • Mary’s H.S. / Blessed Sacrament CES
  • Our Lady of Grace CES / St. Bernadette CES / St. Daniel CES
  • Doyle CSS / Holy Spirit CES
  • Gregory CES / St. Vincent de Paul CES