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Ottawa’s English public and catholic school boards have gone on Christmas break.
Students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are scheduled to return to class on Jan. 3, 2022.
In the meantime, the boards have sent home letters advising families how children may be tested for COVID-19 over the holidays to ensure a safe return to classrooms in the new year.
Ottawa’s French public and catholic school boards have one more week of classes left, going on break starting Christmas Eve and returning to classes Jan. 10, 2022.
Here is what the OCDSB and the OCSB say regarding COVID-19 testing for students.
The OCDSB has listed both rapid antigen testing and take-home polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing options.
"Testing alone is not enough to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask, reducing the number of contacts outside your household, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated places and isolating when sick prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the time it takes for a test to be taken, processed, reported and then for people’s contacts to be reached," the board says.
Holiday school rapid antigen screening test program
School rapid antigen screening test program
Holiday pop-up community rapid antigen screening tests
School take-home testing kits (PCR)
Whole school take-home testing kits (PCR)
Do-It-Yourself Test Kits – PCR (By appointment)
"In an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario," the OCSB says. "Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who participate in in-person learning. This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021."
The OCSB says participation in rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not required in order to return to the classroom after the Christmas break.
When to Use the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit (distributed prior to the winter break):
Using the Take-Home Rapid Antigen Screening Kit:
What to do after your test:
For more information on COVID-19 testing, visit Ottawa Public Health’s website
For information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
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