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Asymptomatic Testing in Schools

The Ministry of Education has instructed school boards to implement a targeted COVID-19 testing program in schools. The testing is voluntary and consent will be required. Testing is for asymptomatic individuals only (i.e. not showing/experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). To check for COVID-19 symptoms, use the provincial screening tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please call an assessment centre to book a test. 

The Wellington Catholic District School Board's testing plan will invite asymptomatic students and their families and staff from specific schools to be tested on a weekly basis. Each week, the testing will become available to a different set of schools and the testing will take place at a designated “hub” school. The preliminary schedule is posted below. Schools will send information to families directly when they are eligible to participate in testing. 

The vendor that will be conducting and managing the testing is LifeLabs. For the test, LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). LifeLabs’ trained staff will perform the test in a space designated by the school. While some students may be nervous about testing, LifeLabs stresses that the test is not painful and should not be uncomfortable for your child. The test should take no more than two minutes from start to finish. Test results will be provided within 24-48 hours. Results will be uploaded to covid19results.ehealthontario.ca

If you have questions about LifeLabs’ testing in schools program, please review the information below:
LifeLabs: Testing in schools

Week 1
Schools Invited Location Dates and Times
Our Lady of Lourdes
 
St. Peter Catholic School

Our Lady of Lourdes

54 Westmount Rd, Guelph

March 11 - 6pm-9pm

March 13 - 9am-3pm

March 14 - 9am-3pm


Week 2
Schools Invited Location Dates and Times
St. Joseph Catholic School in Guelph
 
St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

287 Imperial Rd S, Guelph

March 18 - 6pm-9pm

March 20 - 9am-3pm

March 21 - 9am-3pm
 
Week 3
Schools Invited
Location Dates and Times
St. Joseph Catholic School in Fergus

St. Mary Catholic School in Elora

St. James (Centre Wellington residents)

Centre Wellington DHS

905 Scotland St, Fergus

March 25 - 6pm-9pm

March 27 - 9am-3pm

March 28 - 9am-3pm
 
Week 4
Schools Invited
Location Dates and Times
St. John Catholic School in Arthur

St. Mary Catholic School in Mount Forest

St. James (North Wellington residents)

405 Sligo Rd E, Mount Forest, ON N0G 2L2

April 1 - 6pm-9pm

April 3 - 9am-3pm