Rapid Antigen Screening Kits

The following email was sent to all parents on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We have just been notified that independent schools are going to be included in the Rapid Antigen Testing program that the Province is rolling out for the winter break.

As such, and in an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, Elmwood School is pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to all students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a participating school, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who participate in in-person learning.

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the winter break.  Student who do choose to participate will receive a Rapid Antigen Screening Test Kit which will include five tests.  It is recommended that students conduct the rapid antigen tests every 3-4 days over the holiday break, on every Monday and Thursday beginning December 23, until all five tests have been used.

If you do not wish to participate in the program, please email shay@elmwood.ca for Junior School students or health@elmwood.ca for Middle/Senior students. Otherwise, all students will receive their Rapid Antigen Screening Kit in their homerooms on Wednesday, December 15.

As this is a Ministry of Health initiative Elmwood will not be collecting any data but we do ask that you follow the guidelines that are attached to this communication from the Ministry of Health.

While providing students with rapid antigen screening is an important tool for managing the spread of COVID-19, vaccination remains the most effective protection against the virus and its variants. Ensuring that children and youth are vaccinated will provide them with a strong level of protection and help to keep schools open and as safe as possible. 

It also is important to remember that we all need to continue with key public health strategies that have been effective in managing the pandemic, including staying home when sick, getting tested if you have symptoms, washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering as required.

Please read the important information here prior to using the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit and follow the instructions here. If you have any questions about the tests or your results, please contact health@elmwood.ca

Thank you for your support in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Take care, 

James Whitehouse, Head of School