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Update re: Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing for Students and Updated COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool

February 19, 2021

​Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We want to inform you of recent updates from the provincial government in support of promoting the safe operation of schools.

To continue to support our schools, students, staff and families, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and local Public Health officials, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is facilitating the establishment of voluntary targeted COVID-19 testing opportunities for asymptomatic students and staff. In addition to daily screening, masking and the other health and safety measures, targeted testing of asymptomatic students and staff aims to support the mitigation of the transmission of COVID-19.

The voluntary, asymptomatic testing will be conducted by health professionals contracted by the Ministry of Education and coordinated by CLASS, and parent/guardian consent will be required. The LKDSB is in the preliminary planning stages in support of the local delivery of this Ministry initiative. Further details regarding the delivery and scheduling of voluntary asymptomatic testing for students will be provided as soon as plans are finalized.

Throughout the school year, students, staff and families are encouraged to remain vigilant and follow the health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, including completing the daily school screening assessment tool.

Please note: As part of the provincial government's efforts to strengthen health and safety measures and update guidance to reflect provincial trends and transmission risks, the government has made changes to the COVID-19 school and child care screening criteria. Please be sure to complete and follow the directions of the school screening assessment tool daily.

As a reminder, secondary students are required to provide daily confirmation that they have completed the school screening assessment tool.

Information about COVID-19 to support parents/guardians is available on the Chatham-Kent Public Health and Lambton Public Health websites. Additional information and resources for parents/guardians are available on the LKDSB website.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the health and safety measures in place to continue a safe operation of schools.

Sincerely,
John Howitt
Director of Education​

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369 Maria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 4T7
519-344-3714
Principal: Adam Miller
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