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Asymptomatic Testing

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing

Asymptomatic Targeted Testing Expansion for April 12 - 18


During the April Break, the Ministry of Education and its testing partners continue to offer voluntary asymptomatic targeted testing for staff and students through a variety of testing approaches. 


Mobile Testing Clinics

Mobile testing locations in schools will continue to be communicated by schools. Please keep an eye out for these testing locations and consider participating.


In-Pharmacy Testing:

Existing Pharmacies
For the week of April 12-18 only, pharmacies that currently offer asymptomatic testing for education staff, will now accept appointments from students.

Children attending child care located within schools will also be eligible to access this testing. Please check with your local pharmacy on minimum testing age.

While students/children can access testing in pharmacies for April 12-18 only, this testing will continue to be available for all staff.

To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website , and select “pharmacy” as your location type, with the booking details requested.

New Pharmacies
In addition to these pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart is also able to offer additional in-pharmacy Rapid Antigen Screening for students and staff beginning April 14, 2021

Please see read the full list of participating stores.

To book an appointment, please contact the store directly.

 
Assessment Centres
For the week of April 12-18, students and staff will also be able to access asymptomatic testing at local assessment centres.

Children attending child care located within schools, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.

This testing is only being offered to students, children and staff from April 12-18.

To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “assessment centre” as your location type, with the booking details requested


School-Based Testing

School Selection Process

At this time, TPH has indicated that the TDSB and TCDSB should identify hubs in the high priority neighbourhoods based on their Composite Index. Testing hospitals identify neighbourhoods and individual schools they are interested in testing based on active cases. For hub locations, TDSB and TCDSB staff identify schools that are accessible in the high priority neighbourhoods and the neighbourhoods of interest to the testing partners. Based on this, a preliminary list of proposed hubs and individual schools is put together and discussed by the Toronto Central LHIN with the testing partners.

Parent Consent
For hubs that operate as drop-in centres after school hours, parents accompany their children to the hubs and provide consent in person to the testing partners. For take home testing kits, parents provide consent by allowing their children to complete the tests and return them to the school (consent is implied by returning the kit). For testing that happens during school hours for the students in the school, the parents fill out a consent form in advance. The consent form belongs to the testing partners, but is typically distributed to students through the school.

 

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