Information to SRCE Families on COVID-19 Rapid Tests

January 19, 2022

Good Morning SRCE Families:

We were pleased to welcome all pre-primary children, students and staff back to in-person learning on Monday. School is the best place for the continued development of students’ emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being.

In consultation with Public Health, we have implemented enhanced Public Health measures to support the safety of staff and students and to support public health efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. These are many of the same measures that have been and were in place in schools last school year.

This week, all schools have a supply of COVID-19 rapid testing kits available to provide staff and students following the advice below.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses like the flu, please continue to complete the Daily COVID-19 checklist before attending school and stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If a student or staff is feeling unwell or develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent home and offered a COVID-19 rapid test. They should test again 48 hours after the first test and follow the isolation guidance available in the decision tree online at https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/kidcovidtest. In addition, if a barrier to access is identified by students or staff, principals can distribute a rapid testing kit.

During the week of January 24, Public Health advises that they anticipate increased supply and therefore they will be providing more tests to all students and staff. Given the potential for ongoing COVID-19 exposures in schools, students and staff may choose to test up to twice per week regardless of symptoms. Test kits will be replenished on a regular basis as supply allows.

Please be advised that Public Health does not recommend testing for people who have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Students or staff who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to decline the school tests. If symptoms develop in those who have had COVID-19, within the 3-month period, they should stay home until the symptoms have improved and have no fever for at least 24 hours.

I have been very impressed by the amazing efforts of our children, students and families and am very grateful and inspired by your positive attitude, resiliency, kindness and understanding throughout these challenging times.  It is truly through our collective efforts of continuing to follow public health advice and being good to one another that we will continue to navigate our way through the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Paul Landry
Regional Executive Director of Education

 

Strait Regional Centre for Education
304 Pitt Street, Unit 2
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9
902-625-7065/1-800-650-4448; 902-625-2281 (fax)

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