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COVID-19 Testing

Tests for Students and Staff for Outbreaks, Exposures and Symptoms
The TDSB is working with three local hospitals to support schools with COVID-19 testing that is non-invasive, faster, easier and promotes equity of access.

Every TDSB has school has been assigned to either Sick Kids, Michael Garron Hospital or Women’s College Hospital. These hospitals are providing a supply of take-home saliva kits to each school. When there is a need for testing – such as an outbreak or exposure or when a student or staff member has symptoms – the school will provide individuals with a saliva test kit to take home and complete. The completed tests are returned to the school where they are picked up daily by a courier. Test results are available within one to two days.

This coordinated strategy will help ensure efficient and effective testing where necessary and support the continued health and safety of staff and students.

Mandatory Immunization Disclosure for Staff
As directed by the Ministry of Education, all TDSB staff are required to disclose their vaccination status to the TDSB. Staff who are unvaccinated or do not disclose their vaccination status are required to undergo rapid antigen testing twice weekly as a measure to protect schools from the risk of COVID-19. A TDSB Mandatory Vaccine Procedure is also in  development.

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